TRAVEL THERE: BRUNCH, THE SALON AND MORE
Eventually, we did leave our cabin on our special day at sea. First stop was the buffet, where we found Deborah and Viktoriya. I was a nervous wreck and absolutely nothing looked good to me, but since we planned to have champagne later on in the salon, I had to eat something. I know I was acting weird. Deb and Viktoriya were afraid Bill and I had a fight, but nothing could have been further from the truth. I was just tied up in knots.
Things Begin to Come Together
My gown made it back to our cabin. We had a meal. The vow renewal countdown began.
While we’d been having brunch, the bed had been made and the cabin had been put in order, so I began to lay out all the paraphernalia for the ceremony, both Bill’s and mine. Bill was antsy to get out and start enjoying the pool, so I released him, but not before I had quizzed him mercilessly to make sure he knew when he had to be back to the cabin.
Next, it was time to take my shower. At least I didn’t have to try to do my own hair and make-up. I was nervous as a cat. After my shower and toiletries I sat down to read, but couldn’t comprehend anything.
Finally, I gave it up and decided to do my waiting in the salon. I grabbed my bag of hair ornaments and jewelry and made tracks there. The salon didn’t help, because none of the girls were there yet and the people who worked in the salon had no clue I was coming apart at the seams. Anyone who knew me would have been able to tell, but strangers couldn’t. I should have called one of the girls and told them I was in desperate need of hand-holding, but I knew at least one would show up soon, so I waited.
Let’s Have Some Fun
Finally, my bestie showed up with a bottle of champagne and suddenly everything was OK. She was right on time for her 3 PM appointment, but I felt like I’d been waiting for ages. The champagne was a perk we earned with our Concierge Class cabin. There was a flutter of activity, because there weren’t any glasses in the salon, but that was soon remedied.
I have a suggestion for Celebrity. You need to make drinks a little easier to obtain in the salon. I’d planned on adding a bottle or two to the one Deb had brought along, but there was really no way for that to happen, without going to a bar, so we just made do with the bottle among the four of us. Thankfully, Viktoriya wasn’t partaking which make the bottle go a little further.
They started on everyone else before me. That made sense, but it left me with nothing to do and you don’t want an already nervous person not to have anything to do. Soon, however, the champagne took effect and we were reminiscing about all the years we girls had been together. Melanie and I had been roommates in college and I’d met Deb in my twenties, so we had a lot of reminiscing to do.
Let’s Fix the Bride
At 4 PM I climbed in the salon chair for my “bride’s hair” appointment. It still appeared to be the very same thing the other updo girls were getting, even as it was happening. So, if you do indeed, ever have a ceremony on a Celebrity cruise ship and you get your hair done in the salon, don’t pay extra for bride’s hair. I’d asked for clarification seven ways from Sunday, but couldn’t get a straight answer for the extra cost. Here’s the answer: It’s just another updo.
In the end, I loved my hair, but I felt as if Melanie actually had the most elaborate do. She had braids! I had wanted braids in the beginning, but after I bought my dress I felt a sleeker look was more in tune, but I was still a little jealous of Melanie’s braids.
Deb and Melanie headed off once they were all gussied up. Viktoriya and I had our make-up done together. I had only teared up once and that was because there were so few of us. I had hoped more friends and family could come along. I understood why they weren’t there, but a part of me wished for that backyard ceremony I had originally dreamed of.
The Dream Begins
Released from the salon chair I went back to our cabin and was greeted by my very handsome groom. He was already in his tux and he helped me get into my wedding finery. Together we made our way to Eden for the event we’d been planning for a year.
Come back next week for all the details!