It only takes one person to change your life…. you. ~~ Ruth Casey
A special speaking engagement and question and answer session with Archbishop Desmond Tutu was a truly special event. I came away thinking that Bishop Tutu was a happy man who spread joy just by being!! Although I do not agree with all of his positions, I recognize a truly good man in him. On Sunday Bishop Tutu celebrated the Holy Eucharist Service. It was an uplifting service and a once in a lifetime experience of receiving Communion from him.
A cocktail party hosted by Stein and Linda Kruse was exceptional. Mary and Ed, Mary Ann and John, and I consumed cocktails, took photos, and laughed as only good friends can do.
At the 5 Star Mariner luncheon Stein Kruse circulated, talking with Mariners. Stopping at my table, he was interested and concerned about the experiences of longtime cruisers. He is very observant; he picked up the woven metal breadbasket and noted a metal sticking out and pushed it back into the weave. After our conversation, he gave me his card and asked me to contact him concerning my views. And in the receiving line prior to the luncheon, Linda Kruse commented on my bracelet which I had purchased in 1000 Hills outside of Durban.
At a question and answer session, Stein Kruse introduced Arnold Donald, CEO of Carnival Corp. He is very personable. He was handpicked by Mickey Aronson last July to take his place. They discussed the position at a Miami Heat game. The Heat won. Arnold joked that if they had lost, he might not have the job! His driving force is to “exceed our guests’ expectations” on the 10 brands under the Carnival umbrella.
We were entertained one evening by the Soweto Gospel Choir, winner of two Grammy’s and an Emmy. They also participated in the Holy Eucharist service. Another evening the Soweto Strings performed; four African men playing eighteenth century instruments. Most enjoyable!!
All in all, the three sailing days between Durban and Capetown were an exhilarating experience!!