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If I Were Not Upon the Sea (Under the Captain's Table) Paperback – September 9, 2000

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"A fascinating, personalized account of life onboard a cruise ship. Cruising will NEVER be the same again." -- Brooks Aehron, Internattionally Acclaimed Pianist, Great Britan July 4, 2000

"A fascinating, personalized account of life onboard a cruise ship. Cruising will NEVER be the same again." -- Brooks Aehron, Internationally Acclaimed Pianist, Great Britain July 4, 2000

"Through carefully constructed vignettes, Joyce Adamidis exposes the soft, vulnerable underbelly of the cruise world... -- Carol Keith, Florida historian and lecturer-Author "A Watch for Evil"

From the Publisher

Inside story of a courageous woman who dared to write her ship life story, dared to tell a private story that most of us will never hear or ever experience and dared to put it in front for every one to read. She self published this book in hopes to bring some entertainment to a special inside story of the various shipboard life escapades that land based persons do not know exist. This book has sold over 9000 copies and still going strong. These special little anecdotes tell of the lifestyle that Joyce and the Captain had lived while having fun working and living on board cruise ships. The easy read allows you to compare it to your own experiences of sailing on the high seas. Some stories are filled with amusement, some with mystery and some with wonder. All in all, it is a life. This is a "Limited First Edition".
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 170 pages
  • Publisher: Joyce Gleeson-Adamidis; 1st edition (September 9, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0971422907
  • ISBN-13: 978-0971422902
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.4 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #553,280 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is an excellent resource for anyone interested on what goes on beyond the signs that say, "Crew Only." Ideal for veteran cruisers like myself who have met many crew members and have wondered what it would be like to work on a ship. A fascinating travelogue of the author's years working as a cruise director aboard various lines, the destinations visited (with color pictures) and people on board (celebrities and run-of-the-mill folk). Also how she met her husband, a Captain for Celebrity Cruises, and several pages written by him about his experiences. The book is full of anecdotes, some of which are rated "R"! All very interesting and unique...I don't know of any other "tell-all" book like it on this subject.
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I have just finished this fascinating little book and although I enjoyed it immensely, it still left me with many of my original questions unanswered. I know, I know-it is extremely unthinking of me to fault a writer and their book for not writing the book that the reader would have written but still after a number of cruises there are many areas of the onboard cruising experience that are still pools of unknown knowledge that I cannot provide material to fill. Joyce has covered many interesting topics, some of which had never even occurred to me and I am richer for the wonderful anecdotes that pepper her book.

I would, however, have preferred her to supply some of the "nuts an' bolts" of the cruising experience from an employees point of view such as: who rooms with who and who decides this important question, what do crew members do when not working and where do they do it, how are crew quarters laid out, is food supplied, what sort of amenities are onboard for the crew, etc. etc.?

Joyce's book is a wonderful insight into that hidden world of the criuse employee and I would encourage her to write a folow up and tell her readers of the "hidden" world of contemporary international cruising. Considering how popular this fom of holiday has become, I am sure the book would sell well.
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Will someone pass the whine? The author snivels and whines her way from port to port. I could live with a good bitchy book, but this isn't it. She's just a natural born complainer, with nothing much to say. I can't believe some people enjoyed this "book." It's not a book. It's some random notations by woman who has had a very interesting life, done some fascinating things, and could not get them down in this book. I read the blurbs and thought it would be a fascinating look behind the scenes on a cruise ship. It's not. It's a bunch of repetitive anecdotes about annoying passengers...but they're all annoying in exactly the same way. Surely with all those people sailing, the variety of jackasses has increased. I have taken a couple of cruises and believe me, there is no lack of jerk diversity onboard. A collection of random paragraphs, there is nothing that takes us backstage. I would have loved to understand how the kitchen functions, what trouble the carriers go to to please unusual requests...and even some over the top passenger requests. We get to see various ports through the rather unsophisticated eyes of the writer, and she can't describe them, merely lists what she did there. There are many, many flirtations, none of them particularly sexy or exciting. There's no THERE there. If you had never heard about ocean liners or cruises and you read this book, you would never step off of dry land for fear of death by ennui. The writer managed to create a lot of writing with nothing whatever to say. Not bad as a parlor trick, but not a book either.
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If I Were Not Upon The Sea....Under the Captain's Table... is a book read for those who love to cruise. The author is an experienced writer and one who enjoyed her career as a cruise director on cruise ships. Her first hand experience with cruising and working on a cruise ship makes this book a delight to read.

During my own personal experience with cruising my husband and I had the pleasure of meeting Joyce, her son and her handsome Captain while traveling to South America. If you want to read great stories from upon the sea and what really happens while cruising then this book is one you really can't pass up.
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This book was reviewed on Cruise Critic and I thought it would make good reading while awaiting my next cruise. Unfortunately, I could not get through the first three chapters. Maybe it is because of the explicit details of the authors love life or what she perceived as her love life and not enough about the actually inner workings of a cruise ship. The book I got was actually signed by the author, but I plan on taking it with me and leaving it in the give away section of the cruise ship library. Maybe someone else can get into this book. It was not for me.
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