Got to thinking more about the issue of sea day activities. RCC did a really nice job of planning the sea day activities for the transatlantic we just took a few weeks ago. One of the real highlights of which was the Master Sea Chef competition. This is similar to what you see on FoodNetwork or similar. Seven non-chef crew members were selected to compete. On each sea day, the Centrum was staged for this event. Each chef had a work table, a container full of required ingredients, a pantry/larder from which to select optional ingredients, and about 20 minutes to prepare their dish. Three top-tier C&A guests were selected to serve as judges. The cruise director was MC and the head chef was also involved. Each day, one of the chefs was eliminated until it was down to two. The last sea day was the final competition.
It was a great way to get a lot of people involved in the experience and the crew members who competed really appeared to enjoy themselves too. Some of the competitors included the Staff Captain, the Food & Beverage manager, the Guest Relations Manager, the Hotel manager, and someone from engineering.
This type of event required a lot of planning and some out of the box thinking but it was great fun. Guests participated as observers and rooted on their favorite crew member. Everyone enjoyed themselves but you really had to get a seat early if you wanted to see anything.