We met Jonathan Coulton on the first day, enjoying drinks by the Lido pool. He came up to us and shook our hands, after which he told us “There, I just gave you diarrhea. That is why you never shake hands on a cruise ship.”
I learned that the appropriate term for people from Saskatoon is “Saskatonians”, and calling them “Saskatooners”, while hysterically funny to me, is wrong and likely a little rude. But they wouldn’t tell you that, of course. They’ll just smile politely and judge you internally.
While we were taking our scuba lessons in the pool, a giant iguana decided he was tired of hanging out in the tree, and belly-flopped into the water next to us.
I’m not sure who created it, but a “burn” gesture was born on this cruise. Used when a particularly good burn is issued, it consists of covering your mouth in mock horror and flicking your hand to divert any burn-ricochet that may come towards you, innocent witness to the spectacular burn.
John Hodgman always sat in the same place for every show – a balcony area christened the “Hodge Pod”. He sat quite regally in his Pod, sometimes rising and extending his hands in an attempt to zap the performers with Palpatine-esque finger-lightning.