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NO BUTTS, IT HAS TO BE JOHN


One of the highlights of the voyage was Cruise Director John Butt, the stand-in for Black Watch’s regular incumbent.


John is the world’s longest-serving cruise director, having started with Cunard in 1955.


This amazing man was one of the original cruise directors on QE2 and spent 42 years with Cunard. His recall is also quite


extraordinary. In his time, he has met many famous people, from pop stars to the late Queen Mother and Princess Grace of Monaco. Despite being in his 70s, he is still spritely, always has time to chat to people and is the perfect host for the evening entertainment.


ing Teas, including fruit-flavoured varieties. Formal afternoon tea in the Garden Café starts promptly at 3.45pm and is always a popular event. Tea is served by smiling staff whilst a fabulous self-service selection of cakes, open sandwiches and hot scones with cream and strawberry jam is available at the buffet. This enjoyable occasion is accompanied by the delightful Rosario Trio, Black Watch’s resident string group. Afternoon tea is also available poolside, weather permitting, and, if you want an even more stylish tea-fix, there is always the special afternoon tea á la Ritz, served in The Observatory, with music on the grand piano from the talented Mark Risi, a classically- trained musician whose rendition of the Gershwin favourite Summertime was perfect and played from the heart. This Ritz- style experience costs £5.95 per person. Although the majority of passengers are British, the menu selection in the main two-seating Glentanar Restaurant is inter- national. The overall variety and quality of


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the food served is extremely good, espe- cially at the Gala Dinners, where we were offered choices such as lobster thermidor, tagliatelle “frutti di mare” and chilled beef Wellington.


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or traditionalists, there is always a British dish of the day and, of course, on Sundays, the familiar roast lunch


makes its appearance. In the evenings, we dined in the Orchid Room, an elegant Oriental-themed room once used for pri- vate dining but now part of the Glentanar Restaurant. Although the food is the same as the main restaurant, the atmosphere is more exclusive and intimate. There are separate buffet areas on the ship, poolside and in the Garden Café, which is next to the Glentanar. The Café also has themed evenings, with offerings such as Spanish or Indian cuisine. How- ever, because of limited seating, advance booking is highly advisable.


On the penultimate night of the cruise,


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