Tuesday, March 18, 2008

1st Seltzer Family Reunion

I just came back from a lovely cruise with my Great-Aunties Sylvia and Maggie (the Seltzer sisters).  Great Auntie Sylvia decided to spoil her sister a/k/a Margaret for her 89th birthday, with a cruise adventure.  Auntie Maggie flew to Florida from California on Tuesday for the beginning of a splendid trip.  Soul Mama (Noah's Mom) booked tickets for all of us on Celebrity Cruise Lines' Century ship.  And what a lovely ship it was.  And with a most wonderful sailing itinerary as well.

Thursday at noon, WSM Noah and I went to Miami's Port to get registered and checked in.  The boarding process was simple and fun.  And 15 minutes later, luggage-free and with a Celebrity ID/credit card, we went to check out our room - a lovely stateroom on the 8th floor with a balcony overlooking the port.  We then went to meet & greet the rest of the members of the family and walk them through the registration and boarding process.

By 1:30 p.m. we met up at the Lounge on the 11th floor and had lunch - a smorgasbord of culinary choices and appetizing dishes to eat.  We ate and talked - happy for this adventure to begin.  At around 2:30 p.m., sated and slightly tired, we wheeled the Great Aunties and accompanied their caretakers to the StateRoom on the 5th Floor.   We parted ways so they could unpack and nap with a promise to return to escort them to the Dining Room for early seating dinner.

At 5:00 p.m., we sat on our balcony (with a table and two chairs) and watched as the Celebrity left the Port of Miami.  The ship turned around in Biscayne Bay and sailed right out of the Port into the open sea. 

We explored our stateroom and all the choices available to us on this ship.  The best part is that everything is interactive through the room's TV screen. 

At 6:00 p.m, we met for dinner and were blessed with our waiter Hector from the Phillipines and Irwin from Ecuador.  Two of the nicest people you could ever meet.  It seemed that no matter how difficult our request was (hot steaming soup that had to be carried out on another platter because the bowl was burning hot), they were ready to serve and please.

And what a  blessing to be with the Matriarchs of this family and to share their wisdom and observe their mannerisms.

Our adventure has just begun!!!

For more pics of our adventure at sea, check out Cruise

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