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The Purser: A Romantic Tale of Life Aboard a Cruise Ship by [Aschiero, Walter]
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Discover the most intimate secrets of life aboard a cruise ship. Take part in the daily activities of the officers and crew. Meet the passengers who, for better or worse, become part of the ship’s lore. Experience life at sea…!


"A cruise ship is a miniature world, a microcosm of every art and science known to humankind. We might easily assume she epitomizes our conquest over the laws of nature. Surely such an impressive being must be capable of imposing herself upon the whims of creation. We are awed by her vastness. We consider ourselves her privileged companions. We rejoice in her intimacy.
Then, one day, we go out on deck and see our noble lady humbly plowing her way across a rolling sea, fluttering like a toy boat in a pond. It is then we realize that we are but an insignificant speck at the mercy of a vast ocean." (p. 84)

"Passenger ships rarely get caught in heavy weather. Thanks to radar we can maneuver around local storms, and thanks to weather services we can keep away from the major ones—something cities cannot do. The only bad experience I’ve had was during a transatlantic crossing on a voyage from dry dock in Bremerhaven, Germany. We were headed for the Caribbean with an empty ship—an eerie experience in itself. Steaming out of the English Channel into the North Atlantic, we were met by a gale of sixty-mile-per-hour winds. Twenty to thirty foot seas washed over the decks and sprayed onto the bridge. They battered the Olympia as if buffeting her for pleasure. She rolled, pitched, yawed, heaved, surged and swayed for three days and three nights until we reached the Azores. Captain Strom logged more than eighty hours on the bridge without sleep. I don’t think anyone slept much. I spent those three nights listening to the wind howling outside my porthole, the salt spray hitting with such force it sounded like metal pellets. I promised myself never again to set foot aboard ship. On the third morning we sighted the Azores silhouetted against the gray horizon. I recalled the words of the Roman writer Titus Plautus, 'There is no greater joy than that of a sailor sighting from the deep the distant land.' I agreed." (p. 106)

"The promenade deck is my favorite part of the ship. It is the only public area that doesn’t resemble a luxury hotel. I enjoy looking at the lifeboats, the varnished wood railing, the freshly greased davits, the orange life rings with the ship’s name painted in bold white letters..." (p. 108)


About the Author: Walter has served aboard cruise ships in the Caribbean, Mediterranean and North Atlantic. In addition to ships and the sea, his interests include literature, mountaineering, physical fitness, cycling, and a lifelong passion for the fine art of tea.

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  • Print Length: 166 pages
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001ELL06M
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3.0 out of 5 stars A work of fiction which is interesting 1 March 2017
By Drew (@drewsant) - Published on
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A short story (about an hour for me) about life at sea. It really doesn’t go much into the actual day to day life but more of an over arching theme of the people and stress life at sea entails. It’s well written and interesting but doesn’t really go anywhere and the main character’s unrequited pining for Natalie does get a bit annoying. If your looking for a quick read and love the beach/sea this is a nice read.
3.0 out of 5 stars A light, fun read that could have been more. 1 May 2015
By June Price - Published on
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I enjoyed the book but after reading some other shipboard related books, the story seemed somehow incomplete. The author told me more than he showed me, to be simplistic. The characters seemed only partially filled out. That said, it was an enjoyable read and I would recommend it to anyone interested in behind the scenes activities on a ship.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a sweet book of cruises and romance 8 August 2014
By Judith - Published on
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A lovely tale of a ships purser and his cruise romance with Natalie told through a backdrop of delightful characters both crew and guests.
3.0 out of 5 stars Not a bad book. A peak at what the purser does ... 11 March 2015
By Patrick Brown - Published on
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Not a bad book. A peak at what the purser does on ship and how the purser relates to others. There are some funny situations and a love story that is pretty cool.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The purser 20 January 2014
By medic124 - Published on
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Nice look at the soul of being a seaman and a look at what it takes for a person to choose that as a profession. Nicely written some loose ends.