One of the most exiting aspects of the cruise was meeting the ship employees whose home countries/regions were listed on their name tags. Throughout the trip I had the pleasure of meeting staff members from South Africa, Estonia, Turkey, Jamaica, Indonesia, and India just to name a few. One of my most memorable experiences was meeting Betty, a spa employee whose parents came from Kenya & Oman. As we spoke, I found that she had grown up in many countries, attending international schools throughout her life and had at one point been fluent in many languages. We had lively exchanges of the differences amongst countries with regards to food cultivation and consumption practices, child rearing, and the degrees of stress associated with daily life. The first night ended with an “Around the World” parade, put on by cruise staff.

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