We asked Lauren what tips she would offer to newcomers, and she said it really comes down to “a few things outside of the basic rules associated with net games, like what is considered in court versus out of court.”
“The most important thing to know about is the non-volley zone, which is also known as the kitchen. The kitchen is the area closest to the net. You can’t stand in that area and hit the ball without the ball having bounced first. That’s why sometimes you may hear people say, ‘get out of the kitchen.’ The other main rule is the double bounce rule. The first two times the ball crosses over the net, it has to bounce before someone hits it. It then has to bounce when it’s returned to the serving team. After that it’s a free-for-all, and you can just hit it without it bouncing, except in the kitchen.”
To serve, Lauren said you stand behind the base line and then serve diagonally across the court into the back block as an underhand shot. You can either drop it and let it bounce before serving or serve the ball without it bouncing at all.
In addition to sports, Lauren loves photography. She has captured many spectacular moments while cruising Alaska, from wildlife to icy-blue glaciers.
“Glacier Bay is stunning, especially when surrounded by snowcapped mountains in the early season. I also get excited whenever there’s an animal nearby because I know it’s a photo opportunity.”
The other thing she loves most is working with the crew.
“I quite like the people I work with here. They’re really happy and everyone cares a lot about the experience. That makes everything enjoyable and fun.”
Now for a Quick Cruise Q&A with Lauren:
Favorite meal on board: “I love the soups, like pumpkin soup. That’s my jam!”
Favorite game to play: Sjoelen (Dutch Shuffleboard)
Favorite port to visit in Alaska: Skagway