TRAVEL THERE: THE FUN JUST DOESN’T STOP
It was over. The Vow Renewal Ceremony I’d been planning for so long was now in the review mirror. With that behind me I set out to enjoy the rest of our cruise, beginning with dinner in The Normandie.
Dining on the Celebrity Edge was fun. With four complimentary dining rooms to choose from, rather than the usual one, you had variety, but what you gained in variety, you missed out on personalized service.
The Normandie was touted as the cream of the crop with a French twist. I can’t think of a single thing that was wrong, besides the anonymity of it all. We showed up and they had the usual flurry of figuring out our beverage plans. The menu was divided into the three sections the other menus had. I don’t remember being wowed by any of the offerings, nor do I have a clue what I actually ate.
Except for dessert. I do remember dessert! The Aisle to Isle package offered a small cake for the bride and groom, but I had them upsize it to include plenty for everyone. Like many wedding cakes it was more beautiful than it was delicious. Fondant makes for pretty cakes, but is there anyone who actually likes to eat it?
While I might not have a lot to say about the restaurant, the company could not have been better. I sat there at that table feeling like the luckiest girl in the world. I feel that way often, but rarely with so many reasons.
We were on an amazing ship, headed to incredible destinations, with the best of friends. We were celebrating a wonderful 25 year marriage and had pledged to continue to keep the promises we had made so long ago. I am married to the handsomest man in the world and he loves me, in spite of all my flaws. And did I mention what great friends I have.
Just as I can’t remember exactly what I ate this evening, I can’t recall exactly what we talked about around the table, but I know it was seasoned with a lot of laughter. The picture of us all gathered around that table will forever stay in my mind. The actual photos we took don’t do the evening much justice, but I’m adding them so you can enjoy them.
Turning in for the Night
There’s one more picture to show you before we move on to the next day. Cruise ship towel animals might not seem like a big deal to you, but among the many cards spread about the room, explaining what things were, what was complimentary and what we’d have to pay for, one card explained why Celebrity no longer entertains their passengers with towel animals.
I’ve written cards and letters like that before. When we were forcing technology down people’s throats, we used to start all the letters with, “To serve you better…” Only we didn’t care whether it served anybody better or not. It was just what we said. The letters should have said, “Hey, we’ve found yet another way to cut corners, but there’s no way we’re going to pass any savings on to you, so get ready for this new thing we’ve dreamed up.”
Celebrity’s note about the towel animals began with “In order to preserve the planet…” That’s the new phrase they came up with that everyone seems to buy into. The towel animals were cute, but it did just sort of become yet one more schitick, and it had lost its luster. If we had kids, towel animals might be more interesting, but I really didn’t need a new version on my bed every time I returned to the room.
However, with the absence of nightly towel animals and being made aware of Celebrity’s desire to save the planet, we were quite appreciative that they broke their own rules and gave us a couple of swans that evening.
And that’s where I’ll leave you. We’ll be up early the next morning for Florence, so be sure to come back next week.