We were served every meal that we ate in one of the dining rooms by the same crew. Head Server Haydar, Turkey; Server Leasa, Jamaica; and Assistant Server Clefton, India. Thus, they became familiar with our needs as well as our likes and dislikes. One of the granddaughters was especially finicky and they took it as a challenge to discover what she liked and played games to entice her to try new things
Engaging crew members in conversation is easy on a DCL vessel. They make it easy. I have never before had so many people greet me every time of every day. Nor have I ever before had so many offer assistance whether I needed it or not. Thus, I cornered one young man busing our table at breakfast one morning and asked how he was recruited. The story he told me was fascinating.
The busboy appeared to be in his early twenties and told me that he had earned his bachelors degree in business and was well on his way to earning an MBA. (An MBA candidate busing tables?) It seems that he was lured by the promise of advancing through the ranks and could foresee becoming a DCL executive one day.
He told me that he was first approached by a Disney agent in his home country of South Africa who put him on a short list of candidates sent to the DCL offices in Orlando, Florida. There his name percolated to the top of another short list for a Disney representative to visit him at home. After extensive background checking, another conference in Orlando placed his name on a list of candidates to be invited to visit the corporate offices for an interview. Ultimately he was invited to join the DCL family, taken back to Orlando for training, and placed on board the Disney Fantasy for additional training.
Our Cabin Host, Jay Ar, Philippines, saw to our every need (including finding my smart phone when I lost it) and entertained us with towel sculptures on our berths when we returned to our cabins to settle in for the night.