He yelled at me in front of everyone. He yelled in front of my husband, my husband's co-workers, the CEO and President of my husband's company and a bunch of strangers. Why? Because I gave him "the look." As a mother, I am working on perfecting this skill. I guess I have it down pat because he walked over to my table and chewed me out. I'd write down his words if I could have understood them. He was from another country with a very thick accent. I sat there and didn't listen to a word. I just kept thinking "I really can't believe this waiter is yelling at me."
After he left and I wiped my tears, I sat there in disbelief. We were on a cruise for my husband's work. At dinner, we all sat together at many tables. During the meal, the man sitting next to me ordered but then decided he wanted to sit with a co-worker at a different table. When his food arrived, he grabbed his plate and took it to his new table. Apparently, this is a big no-no for Princess cruise staff. The waiter that yelled at me, let's call him Meanie, screamed and bitched out our super nice waiter. In defense of my super nice waiter, I gave the look at Meanie. I did not say one word. That's when I got tore into by Meanie.
It has been a year since our cruise and I have forgiven Meanie. (The situation was handled on board and Meanie's supervisor handled the situation) Since we are really cutting back and I am pregnant, there is no way I can take a cruise. And what do you know? IT IS ALL I THINK ABOUT. I have been tempted by the fantastic offers that are available due to the downtown in the economy. But like the rest of the country, we aren't comfortable spending so much money when everything is so shaky.
But let's pretend we can book a cruise. Carnival is the cheapest, their food is pretty good and their staff was excellent. Princess, the food was better, the price is a little higher but the staff was OK to fair. So hard to choose! Maybe we go with NCL or Royal Caribbean and try them out. I'd love to take a cruise to Chile. Someday!
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