TRAVEL THERE: GOING TO THE EDGE WITH CELEBRITY
To say Bill’s choice won would not be exactly correct. We talked though all the options and in the end, it made the most sense. It wouldn’t have been my first choice, but looking at the ship and the itinerary, I certainly didn’t lose. And there had been no arguments. Not even differences of opinion, just a realization that given our options, Celebrity’s Edge was the choice for us.
Horses Before Carts
When we decided to cruise on The Edge, the ship didn’t even exist. Oh, they were in the process of building it, but we were taking a leap of faith. On Saturday, March 24, 2018 I sent an email to my travel agent, Sandra Rubio of CTC travel that we’d chosen The Edge’s June 15, 2019 cruise, out of Rome. The ship would have her maiden voyage in December 2018. I thought the next step would be the red tape involved with setting up an official “group” with Celebrity. That meant a selection of rooms would be set aside for us and I’d have some time to recruit people to fill up the rooms. It might even mean that we’d get a free room ourselves, but even if we didn’t there were a lot of other perks with being a group.
Only that’s not what happened. Someone at Celebrity made an executive decision. There would be no “groups” on The Edge – at least not during our cruise. So, no free room for us or room discounts for our fellow travelers or any of the other perks that come with having a group would ever be ours. It was just a case of, “We’re going, do you want to join us.” I wasn’t surprised. I wouldn’t know what to do if things ever just went my way.
Then I got an email from Jim Bagley. Jim is the husband of my friend Melanie. She was my roommate at SFA and we’ve stayed close friends all these years. Oh, we’re not the talk-to-you-every-day type of close friends. I don’t have any of those, because I’m not that sort of person. Even my bestie and I go days without so much as a text. With Melanie, there have been years where our only correspondence has been Christmas cards. However, get us together and you’d think we’d been connected at the hip since birth. Jim and Melanie had booked their cabin.
I have to admit. Bill and I were still wringing our hands over the loss of our group. Was Celebrity still the best choice? Would the Viking cruise be a better deal for us? Jim’s email defined our dilemma and tightened our focus. Were we going on The Edge or not? We took another look at The Edge brochure and called Sandra to book our own cabin. We were going on a cruise for our 25th wedding anniversary.
That Was Then, This Is Now
I promise to share every single detail along the way with you. If you’ve been following this blog for long, you know I won’t be able to resist it. However, today I’m in Monte Carlo. Yesterday, was our Vow Renewal Ceremony. This morning we’ll be able to take it slow. It’s a long day at this port of call, but we plan to sleep late and enjoy a sit-down breakfast. Perhaps we’ll lounge by the pool or stroll around onshore. At 4 PM we’re joining the CEO of Celebrity Cruises for a Wine Tasting at the Monte Carlo Yacht Club. (Yeah, I know. I’m still pinching myself.) Then we’ll take a special after-hours tour of the Prince’s Palace. After the tour, some brave souls will be dining with her up on the Magic Carpet, but alas, I can’t imagine enjoying an open air dinner up in the air. I can’t even endure a wimpy zipline at a Texas roadside attraction.
Next week, I’ll be back home. I’ll pick up this tale up with the giddy moment we got our cabin confirmation and share a few of the disasters we’ve suffered on our way to The Anniversary Cruise. Please join me. We’re gonna have fun!