Today we held our renowned Country Fayre onboard. The Country Fayre is only held during the World Cruise and as such it is always eagerly-anticipated by passengers and crew alike.
All proceeds from the Country Fayre go to our World Cruise charities, this year Bantay Bata Children’s Village in Manila, Philippines and St Jude Childcare Centre in Mumbai, India and therefore the generosity from all those that contribute is greatly appreciated.
Each department onboard takes responsibility for a stall at the Fayre and the work starts weeks before hand. Posters, paints, sellotape, balloons, banners and bunting are all prepared and shared and then within a couple of hours the Ballroom is transformed!
This year we had a wide variety of games and stalls, here are just a few of them...
The Balloon Darts Challenge - throw the darts and pop the balloons for prizes, manned by our Housekeeping Team – who were incredible cheerleaders for those that played.
The Speed Sudoku Stall – hosted by our onboard Shop team, they tested Sudoku skills against the clock. All the hours of practise came in handy for many passengers today
The ‘Crew Shop’ – selling World Cruise 2012 T -Shirts & ‘Crewz Newz’ souvenir calendars. (‘Crewz Newz’ is a publication written by the Crew, for the Crew and produced onboard – for the calendar photograph, we had a large picture that included all members of crew!)
The ever-popular Tombola – no explanation needed for this one! It was very well run by our Purser’s Department.
The Bridge Officer’s Lifebuoy Challenge – those that played had to stand at a distance and then throw small bean bags into the centre of the lifebuoys for points. And needless to say ‘points win prizes’!
And in addition to all this, our Food and Beverage Team had a fish and chip stall and ice cream parlour to ensure that everyone remained sustained and refreshed!
We then held the ‘Grand Auction of Experiences’ – some of the most popular lots were:
The World Cruise 2012 Track Chart plotted by our Navigating Officer, accompanied by a signed photo of the Bridge Team
A private Bridge visit for two as we sail out of Lisbon, Portugal – our final port of call for the World Cruise
And dinner for two on the Preview Balcony, cooked and served by our Executive Chef, John McCerery.
We also had a romantic dinner in the View Restaurant with Cruise Director, John Parton – this was in competition with a romantic dinner in the View Restaurant with Assistant Cruise Director, Mark Western – all I will say is that fortunately, John raised £5 more than Mark, therefore Mark’s job and the harmony within the department is safe!
I am delighted to say that with the combined efforts of all of these activities, this year we raised over £7,500.00!