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USS Enterprise Fire Reunion aboard the Norwegian Sun on an Alaskan cruise.
USS Enterprise Fire Reunion Alaska Cruise
Overall, the cruise was great. The itinerary we chose aboard Norwegian Sun afforded us a wide variety of experiences and views of Alaska’s beauty and wildlife and we lucked out with some very accommodating weather. My wife and I have been on only one Caribbean cruise before, on Royal Caribbean. The size and configuration of the two ships are comparable. Within that context I cannot say whether the differences in quality we observed are a factor of different cruise lines, an industry-wide change in quality over the years, or a combination of both.
Even though Norwegian is renowned for its “Freestyle” dining, we were most pleased with the arrangements made for us by our cruise agent, reunion specialist Brian Forrester (480-998-1112 or Brian@hcttravel.com), to have the option of dining together each evening, if we chose. This was ideal for those who wanted the camaraderie that reunions are meant to have.
This cruise was the first on Norwegian Sun for Captain Borg. We learned from staff that he had quite a bit more experience with the Alaskan itinerary than his predecessor. This became very apparent with his expert ship handling while cruising the fjords. He was very personable and his appearance and comments at the memorial service were appreciated.
Everyone was very complimentary about Forrester’s handling of their reservations and bookings. It has been a real pleasure working with him on this reunion and its success is due in large part to his efforts. Bravo Zulu (“well done”).
Reported by Mike Neville, Sparks, Nevada.
Claudia Bartow is author of Your Military Story and Served with Pride: A place to record your service, share your military memories and leave a legacy (Your Military Story, Marysville, Ohio, paperback, $17.95). She served in the Ohio Army and Air National Guard for ten years. Bartow created a website (yourmilitarystory.com) where any veteran or his/her family can share military memories, stories, and more. She says that when she invited veterans to the website, she heard comments like, "I didn't do anything," " I didn't go anywhere," or (her personal favorite) "I don't have any stories." With all due respect, if you wore a military uniform you DO have stories, memories and more that your loved ones and others would love to hear. Record it for posterity before it’s too late. Share memories and photos on yourmilitarystory.com.
Top: Some shipmates played Cribbage on one of the beautiful cribbage boards created by Rick Roy in the likeness of USS Eugene A. Greene.Bottom: Bob Clark entertained with great tunes on the piano.
Photo credit: Rick Roy
USS Eugene A. Greene (DD/DDR-711) Reunion
The USS Eugene A. Greene Reunion was held in Las Vegas, Nevada, at the Gold Coast Hotel & Casino, hosted by Glenn and Laverne Herman. The Gold Coast was outstanding and exceeded our expectations. The breakfast was exceptional, and the service to the "Strip" very reliable. We had a great Reunion!
Fifty-five persons attended, including 27 former USS Eugene A. Greene shipmates. We enjoyed a sightseeing tour of the Las Vegas Strip, including the “Fremont Experience,” a laser light show. We also enjoyed the beautiful lights and fountains that only Las Vegas can offer. Wednesday was a free day, and many visited Hoover Dam and Grand Canyon National Park.
Thursday started with the business meeting. The next Reunion will be hosted by Jack and Linda Plasterer near Buffalo, New York, in September 2015. They will explore combining our reunion with that of another ship to share expenses. Association dues will remain $20. Members voted to make two $500 donations, one to the US Navy Memorial Association and one to Tin Can Sailors.
The Thursday evening banquet began with a hospitality hour. Hosts Glenn and Laverne Herman were presented a plaque of USS Eugene A. Greene and a cribbage board. The banquet concluded with an opportunity raffle, with many lucky winners.