Finally, the journey begins. In the months prior to any major cruise, there is lots of planning and anticipation. The flights must be scheduled. The shore excursions discussed. You need to decide which dining plan to go with…
And, for every guy, do I bring the tuxedo or not?
Then it all comes to fruition and the trip begins. Our trip began yesterday morning when we boarded a flight in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., bound for Atlanta, Ga., and then flew overnight to Rome, Italy. We arrived at 6:30 a.m. today and moved into a comfy room at the new Hilton Garden Inn right by the airport.
For overseas cruises, we always fly in a day early to allow our bodies to adjust to the time change and, more importantly, to make sure that our baggage makes it as well. We were fortunate…all three pieces of luggage did make it with us, but there are some here at the hotel who are waiting for bags. It has happened to us in the past.
Thankfully, they gave us a room early and we were able to nap for a few hours. Then a late lunch, a few hours of catching up on the computer and now we are about to have dinner and turn in for an early night of much-needed catch-up sleep. Tomorrow we board the Celebrity Equinox for a two-week transatlantic cruise that will end up back in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., just a couple of hours from our winter home.
We love these “repositioning” cruises, when the companies move their ships from one area to another. The itineraries are always unusual (we have not visited any of the ports on this particular trip), the price is usually excellent, you will travel with veteran cruisers and have many days at sea to enjoy the ship. And this ship, Celebrity’s newest, is very special and we will be discussing that in coming days.
By the way, Chet did bring the tux!