|Yesterday, Captain Rick Sullivan chatted with us in Dizzy's Jazz Bar. His warm demeanor and superb sense of humor have made sailing aboard Royal Caribbean Explorer of the Seas a sheer delight.|
After Tom stepped out to head back to the cabin for a few minutes, I stayed behind with my fingers flying across the keyboard in an effort to get the post uploaded so we could take off for a walk at the cruise port of call that requires a ride on the tender.
|The group of dignitaries from Kailua-Kona, Hawaii came aboard to present Captain Rick with a plaque welcoming the ship to the city.|
Stopping to contemplate my next line of type, the door to the Diamond Club opened with a key card and in walked our ship's Captain Rick Sullivan.
Having heard him over the loudspeakers, enjoying his lively and humorous demeanor and, seeing him wandering about the ship engaging so freely with passengers, I had no doubt it was him.
|During the presentation...the official from the Mayór's office and Captain Rick.|
We've never attempted to dine with a ship captain, meet with a ship captain or engage in any particular conversation with a ship captain. We always felt we could leave that up to those who found it most appealing and vital to their personal experience.
|A representative from the Mayor's office in Kailua-Kona and Captain Rick.|
As he entered the room with a wide and warms smile on his face, he suddenly fell into the category of another kindly human open to engaging in conversation with a fellow human in his path.
|Hotel Director Michael Landry, Kailua city official, and Captain Rick accepting the plaque|
After a chat, Captain Rick, upon hearing about our website, invited us to attend the upcoming presentation by local officials, marine and city staff to present Royal Caribbean Explorer of the Seas with a welcoming plaque for its first destination port of call in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.
|Plaques and gifts exchanged between the city and the ship.|
|Captain Rick also presented a plaque to the city of Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.|
When the guests arrived, Captain Rick reminded us, as he stood to greet his guests, to stay put and embrace the experience taking as many photos as we desired and joining in conversation with the group.
|The gathering took place in Dizzy's Jazz Bar on deck 14, outside the Diamond Club Lounge.|
|We enjoyed speaking to Mark one of the representatives from the city.|
Be well. Be happy.
Photo from one year ago today, May 8, 2016:
|The two Katuts and Ribud (the pool and landscape guy) holding up the three kilo Blue Fin tuna for our next meal. After it was cleaned and filleted there were two huge portions which we're sharing each night. Such wonderful people! Such fabulous fish! For more details, please click here.|