Cmacadet- I was on the POA (briefly) in March 2008. I was on the Pride Of Hawaii in 2006.
Interesting side story on the Pride of America… I was on vacation on Oahu and HR asked me to fill in on the POAmerica as a utility galley. I fly to Kahului and go to the ship. I go to to the safety office to find out my station bill duties and they say “Hey- it’s our new flambe cook!”
(I have ABSOLUTELY NO culinary skills whatsoever)
Turns out HR had made a mistake…:rolleyes:
So the executive chef, the chef’s assistant, and the safety secretary have a pow wow and ask me what I think of PRETENDING to be a chef/cook;)
They said they liked my cleancut appearance and attitude and thought I could do it for the short duration of my stay.
I tell them, repeatedly, that I can’t cook- but am willing to try…
Then they take me aside and say " Don’t worry- we’ll put you somewhere easy - and- Nobody other than us knows about this- don’t tell and of the other chefs!"
They put me in the Aloha cafe (one of the busiest places on the America) and had me making Bananas Foster (easy enough)
I guess I was convincing because the next day the Chef in the Aloha cafe put me in charge of 2 stations, and soon I was up to 4 stations- and stressed out of my mind!!!:eek:
I was running back and forth from deck 2 to the cafe trying to keep stuff stocked I had no idea where I WAS on the ship- much less what the ingredients were I was looking for.
This goes on for maybe a week- me being TOTALLY stressed out, getting put in charge of more and more stations- and not being able to tell anyone I’m not cook/chef. I just kept smiling, working my butt off and pretending I had an idea what I was doing!
Finally- I can’t take it anymore and tell the chef where I worked- he didn’t believe me! It took me 3 times and all he could say was- “Wow- I never would have guessed!”
Right about that time I got acall from Majestic America and went over to the deck department…