At 2:30 PM on 8 January six Lions members of the local Antigua Lions Club arrived dockside and presented their papers to Mariner’s security. Quickly admitted for boarding, they were greeted by Loomis Lion Jack Morris on their arrival inside the ship’s Observation Lounge. They were warmly applauded by the gathering of ship’s officers and guests.
Mariner staff presented the visitors with finger foods, beverages and champagne. This was followed by introductions and a short explanation of Lionism by Jack Morris for the benefit of ship’s passenger guests.
The large carton containing more than 600 refurbished eyeglasses had been specially wrapped by Mariner’s staff. It was presented to the Antigua Lions by Loomis Lions Freda and Jack Morris at 3:00 PM.
Previous to the ceremony, the ship’s publicity announced the program in the daily newsletter reaching all passengers on board. A special video taping pf the event was broadcast that evening on the ship’s cabin television sets.
Mariner officials Cruise Director Paul Reynolds and General Manager Franck Galzy presented the visiting Lions with a ship’s wall decoration and Elsa McLean, Ship’s Hostess, gave the Antigua Lions a personal tour of the m/s Mariner. She then escorted the Guatemala Lions members off the ship moments before the cruise liner departed Santo Tomas port.