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Snile Virus Spreads on Galaxy 2/3/03 Cruise.  Victims photos below

As we were being transported to the Galaxy for embarkation, we noticed at least three couples who were beginning to show symptoms.  As they were talking to us in anticipation of boarding, we began to notice strange twitches at the corners of their mouth.  After awhile, these twitches began stretching all the way across their face.  It was alarming, but, no doubt a harbinger of things to come.  We believe the poor souls most infected with the Snile virus were Mark & Pam, who came up to us, when we were most vulnerable, at our Cruisecritic party.  They had these huge Sniles on their face and told us we had helped them with their cruise with some information we had provided.  This revelation and the fact that they couldnít seem to wipe the Sniles off their face was the giveaway.  Immediately upon meeting them, we were struck by the urge to Snile and could not avoid the intense desire to do so.   Every time we met them, they had the symptoms of infection.  The Snile Virus seemed to spread rapidly in the days that followed.    Apparently the service staff was not wiping the rails hard enough or perhaps forgot to wear their protective gloves, as most of them were catching this insidious Snile.  In most of our previous cruises, we had found the Purserís desk to be the most resistant to the Snile.  Apparently, they were as vulnerable as the rest of the service staff.   One particularly virulent example came when my wife asked for a specific brand of beer for which she had recently developed a taste, to accompany her slice of pizza.  After frantic digging, James Palmer, Bar Server, sadly reported he had none.  My wife shrugged it off and went up to join me on the open sky deck above.  A few minutes later, the telltale signs appeared.  We spotted James Palmer running up the stairs, looking all around for my wife, and as he came running up to her holding up the beer she wanted, we could see he was clearly intensely infected.  The Snile had caught another victim.

Snile Virus Victims      Click thumbnail to enlarge   THIS IS JUST A JOKE...THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS THE SNILE VIRUS (Didn't think I would ever have to say this, but apparently someone, via e-mail, was concerned about the problem.  Possibly, someone is putting us on in reverse, but just in case...)


Kate, Springhill Suites desk clerk beginning to get snile

Fred Scott, extremely friendly manager of The Wreck of the Richard and Charlene restaurant in Mt. Pleasant (our favorite in Charleston area)

Bill, Mary, Carol, and John, sniling fellow cruisers waiting to embark

Joe and LeRae almost fainting from the snile, fellow cruisers waiting to embark

John Alfred, Celebrity embarkation help who looked like Donald Sutherland

Vasile Huiban, easily the best Asst. Maitre'D we've had on 18 cruises, catching the snile

Carol and Bob, at the Cruisecritics party beginnings of infection

Carina Starkl, our Assistant Waiter doing double duty

The Pasta Man with a serious case of the snile

Fellow wine tasters catching it

Gary Black, our waiter, obviously infected

Peter and Gloria, our infected tablemates

Peter and Gloria and Us with a serious case

Badrus, our magnificent Room Steward

Carina Starkl, our Assistant Waiter getting sicker with it

The Pasta Man, the most infected of us all

Seriously infected Music Man on Tortola dock - great music

James Palmer, in a tie for infection with Pasta Man

Kristina Burrec, the most class and best Sommelier we've ever had

Julie, along with her partner, extremely infected Excursion desk

Late Night Buffet Server innocently infected

Fred, along with his wife Elaine, our outstanding Dance Instructors

Late Buffet Server, delerious with infection

Late Buffet Server and Diane, heads swimming with infection

Our Chef, responsible for all the dining snile spreaders

Mr Lopez, the extremely infected Don Q Factory barman in San Juan

James Palmer, the hunt you down and give you your requested drink guy...note the snile infected passenger in the background

Shawn, the snile infected waitress at Twin Brothers, the best of the "Fish Fry" restaurants in Nassau

Mark and Pam, who had invited us to dine with them, and Renee Cummings, the Social Hostess.

Gary Black, our always infected Waiter

Carina Starkl, our easily infected Assistant Waiter

Gary Black, in his natural state, snile infected

Pam and Mark, the most snile affected people on the ship, who caught the snile virus after seeing their Penthouse Suite

This cruise was by far the most happy service crew and the happiest passengers of any of our 18 cruises.  It was a bit uncanny.  Spread the snile, yourself, and reap the rewards.


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