Debbie Reynolds was the headline performer on my cruise through the Mexican Riviera. I had heard rumor that she was on the ship for the entire week but I had yet to see her. People talked about running into Debbie and how great she was. She was on board to work one evening but she was also enjoying the cruise.
One afternoon I was hungry so I went to the Market Place Cafe (a 24 hour buffet with ever changing food and dessert options). I loaded up a plate, filled up my soda glass and picked a table. As I walked toward my desired chair, I noticed Debbie eating lunch as well.
I almost joined her but decided to stick with my original plan of finding my own seat. I sometimes get a little over confident around celebrities. Why wouldn't Debbie Reynolds want to have lunch with Michael Rivers (an almost celebrity)? It seemed logical to me.
As I ate I tried not to stare at Debbie. It was hard. This was the closest I'd ever come to eating lunch with an Oscar nominated actress.
A few people approached Debbie while she ate and she was always gracious. Posing for photos, signing autographs and telling people how much she was enjoying the cruise (not that I was listening in on conversations).
When she finished eating I went over and asked if I could get a photo with her. I said I was really looking forward to her show and wished her well for the rest of the week.