Over the years, Dave and I have made a practice of connecting with waiters, desk clerks, and other service folks by creating opportunities to share a chuckle and a smile. We love it when others choose to play – and especially when they start the game themselves!
We had an inkling that our exchanges were going to be fun on the very first day of the cruise, when I asked Vitor for a new stick pen. The plastic case on ours was cracked, and the nib and refill kept sliding out when I tried to write with it.
Vitor’s response to my request was an expression of mock horror as he proclaimed, “Madam, we have not yet set sail and already you have damaged precious Princess property!”
On handing me three replacement pens, he added sternly, “Don’t come running to me if they don’t work. That’s all I’ve got.”
Our next goofy exchange came the day we almost collided. As we boogied down the ship’s narrow hallway, Vitor zoomed out of a stateroom at full speed. Having narrowly averted a collision, he assured us we would never be in any real danger, because on board ship he drives a finely tuned Porsche with the latest in high performance ceramic brakes!
We have since learned that Vitor is a car aficianado who sometimes refers to his room cart as a Porsche and other times as a Ferrari! This morning, Dave passed Vitor in the crowded hallway. To make room, Vitor attempted to press the button on an imaginary remote control, and indicated he was using the remote to move the cart out of Dave’s way.
The driving theme continues. When we left for dinner one morning without hanging out the ‘All Clear’ tag requesting service, Vitor later told me, tongue in cheek, that he was going to let me get away with just a warning this time. However, he assured me that if I continued to disobey the traffic rules he’d have no choice but to issue me a ticket!
Yes,Vitor takes excellent care of his everyday responsibilities – but it is that playful spirit and the sparkle in his eye that makes the day for those of us he serves. I’m guessing that very same lightheartedness keeps things fun for him as well!