Sea ViewsFrom President and COO, Adam Goldstein

Sea Views Blog with Adam Goldstein

The Many Advantages of Table Tennis

Table tennis is a fantastic game and I have greatly enjoyed my eight years of once a week lessons from my instructor Juan Ly. There are so many advantages to the game that it’s a wonder it hasn’t really escaped its status as a basement game children play. I played constantly until I was 12 and then not again until I was 43. I’m very happy I started up again and wish I hadn’t waited 31 years.

If you want to read more about the organized sport of table tennis, try the official website of USA Table Tennis – teamusa.org. According to the site, Parker Brothers trademarked the name “ping pong” which explains why the sport must be known as table tennis today. The web site says there are 285+ clubs in the U.S. so there may be one near you. In other countries it’s even more popular. When I play on the ships or at cruise industry events against all comers, I almost always find the players from other countries are tougher to play.

You can become reasonably proficient just rallying with someone. Just doing that is worthwhile as an anti-aging remedy, in two senses. First, because the hand-eye coordination exercise is good brain food. Second, because the game happens so fast that the brain also benefits from the processing of strategies and tactics at such high speed.  Despite the speed and the aerobic demand table tennis presents, I find it to be quite relaxing. When I’m playing with Juan, there is nothing to think about except the hitting the ball and preparing for the next shot.

Although I am getting to the point where I probably could play tournaments without embarrassing myself, my running takes priority. Nevertheless, recently I had two memorable table tennis experiences in two days, both charity related.

On Allure of the Seas, we hosted a fund raiser for the Israel Center for Disabled Sport.  This idea apparently got going when someone read about my table tennis interest. One thing led to another and here I was (along with Juan Ly and also Adam Ceserano of the Florida Caribbean Cruise Association) playing an exhibition against two remarkable Israeli athletes with disabilities. One was a 16 year old girl who was born paralyzed and is one of the top female wheelchair players in Israel.  She hopes to represent her country in Rio De Janeiro at the 2016 Paralympic Games.  The other was Danny, a 26 year old male player. They are both way better than me and it was incredible to see them in action.  Even Juan had to work hard to beat the young lady. The event raised about $50,000 for the ICDS.

The next night I played with Juan in the Jason Taylor Foundation annual JT Ping Pong Smash doubles tournament. In prior years I had been paired with a Dolphins cheerleader, a policewoman and a retired Dolphins defensive lineman.  Those efforts produced a series of first round exits. Playing with Juan was of course an entirely different experience and we won the tournament. The final was a very competitive affair and we had to fight off four game points in the second game before winning in overtime. One aspect of that game reflected what a great sport competitive table tennis can be.  I was not able to handle the spin serve of the better player on the opposition, however at 10 – 8 (game point) I made just enough of an adjustment to keep the return on the table and we won the point. My adversary noticed I had made the adjustment and in overtime he reversed the spin and I missed it. Although we won the game, I was impressed that he had done that and we discussed it afterwards.

I encourage all of you to give table tennis a try in the new year.

13 responses to:
“The Many Advantages of Table Tennis”

  1. Debra Kerper

    Glad to see your committment to helping the disabled community extends beyond your ships. You are a very good man!

    • Adam

      Thank you, Debra, we truly appreciate your comment.

  2. Scott Preiss

    Mr. Goldstein, I would like to meet with you about performing and doing clinician work on one of your cruise lines. I might be performing with my son Austin at the PGA National this summer and I thought of doing a short cruise with my wife of 24 years Hong Yu who is from Shanghai, China.

    My son Austin who performs with me around the world is a 9 time US National Junior Table Tennis Champion and represented the United States at the World Maccabiah Games in israel in 2009, we would love to have the opportunity to meet you and discuss possible future promotions or just meet someone who loves the sport like we do…

    Scott Preiss
    US National Table Tennis Coach and Trainer, Entertainer
    pingpongman.com

  3. Joel Barrios

    Hi, My husband Joel Barrios, Loves Table Tennis and he always participates on every tournament on the Cruise Ship, he is now looking forward on going to the Oasis of the Seas probably for Oct. for his Birthday.

    Thank You

    Joel Barrios
    Vivian Barrios

    • Adam

      We look forward to having you both onboard, Vivian. Thank you.

  4. Janaina Chagas

    Dear Mr. Adam,

    My name is Janaina, I am trying to cantact you since the begining of february with no sucess. I really need your help. I work for the mayor here in Manaus-AM/Brazil and Im working on 2014 Brazilian WorldCup.
    Anxious to welcome the tourists who will visit our city during the 2014 WorldCup, we conclude we need a larger number of beds available to offer to the amount of tourists who we expect to receive.
    For that reason, we are trying to expand the number of beds by contacting some cruise lines that works on Bazilian Coast to check the possibility of chartering 3 or 4 ships ships to stay docked at the Port of Manaus or try to create a route for this period. This way we will not even have more beds, but we will offer another way for them to arrive and departure from our city.
    We are trying to cantact Royal Caribbean´s Office here in Brasil since the begining of the year but we dont get any answer and thats why Im trying to have your attention, becausewe really need to know if its possible to make this idea real.
    We could try to have a meeting in your office or wherever you would like us to go.
    The days of games in our city are 14th, 18th, 22nd and 25th of june 2014.
    We really have urgency to define it or try other ideas, for this reason, I ask you Sr. a special attention and I’ll be waiting a returno as soon as possbile.
    I appreciate the attention and look forward to have your return.

    Im available for any other information you need.

    Thanks a lot.

    Best regards.

    Janaina Chagas
    janachagas@gmail.com
    +55 92 81020388

  5. Janaina Chagas

    Mr. GoldStein, Just for you to know, I´ve been onbord on Oasis of the seas and Allure and I love both…
    Sant Thomas, Saint Martin and Bahamas … and Labadee, Costa Maya e Cozumel… It was amazing!!!
    Hope to be onbord of one of them again soon!
    Thanks again for you attention!!
    Have a nice day!

    Janaina Chagas

    • Adam

      Thank you, Janaina. We’re looking forward to seeing you again soon.

  6. Harry B

    Sailing on Allure on April 7, 2013 and we can’t wait!!!

    We would appreciate if you could have the appropriate department open up the online Entertainment reservations for our cruise since it is only about 45 days away. Thank you.

    We love sailing on Royal Caribbean and think the entertainment and shows are much better than any other cruise line.

    • Adam

      Hi Harry, we appreciate your compliment, our show reservations open up 90 days prior to your cruise.

  7. JOSEPH SOLE

    Possibly the Quantum of the seas will have a transatlantic sailing when it leaves the factory in Germany.How would I get details.

    • Adam

      Hello Joseph, stay tuned for future Quantum of the Seas information coming soon. Thank you.

  8. Colin Mifflin

    Had a bad trip On freedom of the seas with a high seas rally 2500 bikers not informed till we boarded
    No reply to my complaint will not sail with this line again

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>

Close

Connect With us

Tab indicator
Royal Caribbean's avatar
Royal Caribbean@RoyalCaribbean
@Marii34_ We recommend once you are onboard to call and make a reservation for your visit. Have a wonderful sailing.
Royal Caribbean's avatar
Royal Caribbean@RoyalCaribbean
@Marii34_ It sure does! Once onboard visit our Vitality Spa on deck 12 and you will be directed to the beauty salon. Thank you.
Royal Caribbean's avatar
Royal Caribbean@RoyalCaribbean
@CVazquez3_ Have a wonderful time!
Royal Caribbean's avatar
Royal Caribbean@RoyalCaribbean
@LovesZachPorter So soon! What are you most excited for onboard?
Royal Caribbean's avatar
Royal Caribbean@RoyalCaribbean
A toast to you. http://t.co/oDguQphnoY
Explore even more of the world. See where your favorite ship is sailing from in 2015.
When are you constantly moving, but always in the same place? 
#allureoftheseas  
Next step in building #QuantumOfTheSeas: putting the azipods into place.
Countdown to November: Today the final block of #QuantumOfTheSeas was moved into place. 
You've got questions, he's got answers. CEO Adam Goldstein is hosting a Google hangout today at 1:30 / 12:30 CST to talk about Quantum dining: http://bit.ly/1g4n6du 
Watch Adam Goldstein and Moderator Colleen McDaniel as they answer questions and discuss the latest innovations coming to Quantum of the Seas
Get a taste of our next Quantum reveal. Stay tuned for an exciting announcement next week.
Disembark to a new world. #norway  
So much more to explore.  #stmaarten  
The options are endless.  #allureoftheseas  

JavaScript and Flash are required to view video content. View the playlist on YouTube.

  • Buddha in Java, Indo Buddha in Java, Indonesia. 1 day + 16 minutes ago
  • Bali, Indonesia | 30 Bali, Indonesia | 30 Amazing Places on Earth You Need To Visit 1 day + 16 minutes ago
  • Dawn in Benoa (Bali) Dawn in Benoa (Bali), Indonesia. 1 day + 16 minutes ago
  • Temple in Bali, Indo Temple in Bali, Indonesia. 1 day + 16 minutes ago
  • Pura Lempuyang Door Pura Lempuyang Door in Bali, Indonesia. 1 day + 17 minutes ago
  • Semporna, Sabah in I Semporna, Sabah in Indonesia. Canoe past starfish and mountains. 1 day + 17 minutes ago
  • Raja Ampat, Indonesi Raja Ampat, Indonesia. This country's made up of hundreds upon hundreds of islands. 1 day + 17 minutes ago
  • Glowing pink sunset Glowing pink sunset in Bathsheba Beach, Barbados. 1 day + 1 hour ago
  • Learn to surf in Bar Learn to surf in Barbados. 3 days + 20 hours ago
  • Palm trees at sunset Palm trees at sunset on a Barbados beach. 3 days + 20 hours ago
  • Picturesque villages and beautiful beaches? Welcome to the Greek Isles. Follow the link in our profile for the full itinerary.
  • Wander the winding streets in the historic heart of Athens. Follow the link in our profile for Mediterranean itineraries.
  • Not to be missed in Montenegro: the Old City of Kotor, one of the best preserved medieval towns in the Adriatic. Link to Mediterranean itineraries in our profile.
  • First stop on our Mediterranean trip: Venice, built on 118 submerged islands. Follow the link in our profile for Mediterranean itineraries.
  • Your #royalwow view awaits in the Mediterranean. Set sail with us tomorrow as we explore the European coast.
  • The banana toffee panini. Simple, sweet, sublime. Follow the link our profile to see the full menu for Michael's Genuine Pub.
  • A taste of the Mediterranean. The Greek farro salad at Michael's Genuine Pub, made from the freshest ingredients available. (Follow the link in our profile to see the full menu.)
  • The ultimate comfort food: thick-cut potato chips with pan-fried onion dip. Coming this November to Michael's Genuine Pub onboard Quantum of the Seas. (Link to full menu in our profile.)
  • Love 150 Central Park? We're partnering with Michael Schwartz again to create his newest restaurant onboard Quantum of the Seas. All this week we're giving you a sneak peek of the menu (or follow the
  • When are you constantly moving, but always in the same place?
Autism Friendly Family Vacations: What You Need to Know

Wednesday, April 23, 2014 10:09 AM

Autism friendly. Two seemingly simple words, but they are having a huge impact for our guests and the autism community. My name is Ron Pettit and I’m ADA and Access Compliance Consultant at Royal... Continue Here to Read More…

Why Everyone Should Get Involved and Volunteer Everywhere

Friday, April 18, 2014 11:50 AM

GIVE Day (Get Involved Volunteer Everywhere) is the corporate global volunteer day for Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. and is our largest employee community event. My name is Helen O’Connell, Manager... Continue Here to Read More…

Quantum Class Ships: Empowering Guests to Take Full Control of Their Dining Experience

Thursday, April 10, 2014 2:14 PM

Hi everyone. I’m excited to begin our Quantum of the Seas blog series by sharing details about a new approach to dining at sea onboard Royal Caribbean International’s Quantum Class ships. Our... Continue Here to Read More…

How to Connect with a Colleague When You Have Conflicting Interests

Monday, March 10, 2014 10:11 AM

We are not all the same.  Not in life and not in business.  As a consequence, maintaining a healthy perspective on differences among people is a critical success factor in a business career. Some... Continue Here to Read More…

Humorous Travel Stories

Wednesday, February 19, 2014 3:30 PM

It might be my impending trip to Shanghai for dinner with four red eye flights in five nights.  I want to believe this will be tolerable.  So I find myself thinking of some of the humorous things I... Continue Here to Read More…

Why We Needed Bumper Cars to Go Head to Head

Friday, February 14, 2014 1:56 PM

Guest post by Nick Weir I’m Nick Weir, the Vice President of Entertainment at Royal Caribbean International.  As usual we’ve been hard at work and are very focused on Quantum of the Seas in... Continue Here to Read More…

She’s Back…Navigator of the Seas Emerges After Massive Makeover

Friday, February 7, 2014 6:20 PM

Guest blog by Lisa Lutoff-Perlo It’s a very exciting week for us here at Royal Caribbean International. After spending a month in drydock, we’re pleased to announce Navigator of the Seas is... Continue Here to Read More…

Productivity Hacks: Build a Great Team at Work and at Home

Wednesday, January 22, 2014 12:35 PM

When you live at the outer limits of multitasking, you never feel productive enough. So it’s nice of LinkedIn to assign a topic on the premise that I am in fact productive. Time is the scarce... Continue Here to Read More…

Why Project Radiance Didn’t Turn Out as Planned

Monday, January 13, 2014 3:00 PM

A reader recently asked if there was a time where I did something and it didn’t turn out the way I wanted it to, and what I did after that.  There are probably many relevant examples, but the one... Continue Here to Read More…

The Importance of Shipyard Visits

Monday, January 6, 2014 5:59 PM

Recently I visited both shipyards that are currently building ships for Royal Caribbean International.  First I traveled to Meyer Werft in Papenburg, Germany (builders of Quantum of the Seas,... Continue Here to Read More…