Started out November 2nd from Cincinnati Airport to Paris, then on to Rome. Finally arrived there around 1PM on Tuesday, November 3rd where Romeinlimo picked us up to transfer to St. Regis Hotel. Francesco was our driver. Very nice gentleman, dressed in a suit & tie and drove a really nice Mercedez car. All our luggage fit into it with no problem - and we had 5 large & 3 small suitcases. November 4th, we hired Romeinlimo again for our tour to Pompii - WOW! was it worth it. We were provided with a guide - Lucia - who knew everything there was to know about Pompii and we had a wonderful time there for the 3 hours we had available. Afterwards, Francesco introduced us to a small restaurant El President in Pompii where we had it all to ourselves. The owner opened up the restaurant just for us and cooked a wonderful pasta dish. We had wine which was grown inside the walls of Pompii and took a bottle home. After getting back to the hotel, Dave & I walked down to the Trivie Fountain and back again. Then on to bed.
Next morning Francesco's father, Pedro, from Rome in Limo drove us to the pier where we had no wait to get on. We met up with friends in the buffet. I will say now that most nights we met up in the Elite lounge for drinks and then on to the Martini Bar to wait out the time till supper. Our first night at the Silhouette Restaurant did not go too well. We are three people and were given a table for 2. Our other friends (4) weren't even at a table near us. We had linked our tables together. Consequently, we were first given a table for 6 (7 people) and then finally a table for 8 (under the stairs) where we stayed for the duration of the trip. Went to the show, but most of the shows were not to our liking.
On Friday, Nov. 6th, we had our cruise critic party at 10:15 AM. It was VERY crowded. I think all 416 were there and we met up with a lot of new friends. This was our first port - Marseilles, France. We went on a tour to St. Remy with Mara Burns and visited Van Goyh's hospital & cloister. What a great artist. We also visited an Olive Oil mill and watched how it is made, then on to an old 10th century castle. Lots of french pastry and carmels along the way. Great tour.
Saturday, Nov. 7th was Barcelona - we visited along Las Rambles for a while and saw the market. Did not stay long.
Sunday, Nov. 8th - was Palma de Malorca - where we toured with Bev Rogers on a train ride through the countryside and a few small towns, then on to a castle and cathedral. Nice tour. That night a group of Shooting Stars went together to Silk harvest. This wasn't my favorite restaurant, but my daughter loved it, as did several others in the group. On Monday, Nov. 9th, we arrived in Cartegena. Went shopping for a pharmacy and met up with Astrid's sister & BIL, who helped us considerably. We had a sail a way at Bob & Dor's that evening.
Tuesday, Nov. 10th, we had our cc cabin crawl from 2-4PM. Everyone seemed to enjoy seeing all the different cabins. We enjoyed the Tuscan Grill that night with a group of friends. At 8PM, the Sr. officers had a party in the Sky Lounge.
On Wednesday, Nov. 11th, was Lazarote. Went out to an old fort and ate lunch people-watching. Then back to the ship. Thursday, Nov. 12 - was Tenerife. Walked into the city for shopping and then a cab to the beach. Stayed there a few hours and enjoyed the relaxation. It was 20 Euros to get there. A bus back was only 4 Euros. (4 of us) We ate dinner at Blue tonight - cost of $5.00 each. Dave had meat loaf.
On Friday, Nov. 13th (Formal night) I wore my new pink dress. It was a hit. I had gotten my hair put up for the occasion. We had our slot pull for the Shooting stars at 2PM - Bob (gadget guru) won the trophy.
Saturday, Nov. 14th we had our special luncheon at the Bistro on 5. It was a great time. The cruise critic slot pull was also today. We had fun, but did not win.
Sunday, Nov. 15th: Got my nails ndone. At noon was the CC luncheon. Good time. At 1:30-3PM was the Captain Club in the sky lounge. My party was at 4PM and all 34 invitees showed up. We had a great time.
Monday, Nov. 16th was the elegant tea - not too elegant. No one was dressed up except us. The tea was the same served in the buffet. They ran out of several items before getting to our table. We went to Betty's that evening for an anniversary party. Had a great time. Then on to Morano's for dinner.
Tuesday, Nov. 17th was the 3rd formal night. We went to Chuck & Val's party. Wednesday, Nov. 18th was our Shooting star "Baby" contest. Fun for all. Thursday, Nov. 19th we went to Michael's club for disembarkment. Summary: The glass show was a great hit. They held it twice a day and I tried to be there every time, but missed several. It was the most amazing show to wtch. As for the regular shows, we did not like most of them. Between flying over our heads and weird costumes and bad singing, they weren't up to our expectations for Celebrity. The mixup with the table was unnecessary and should have been fixed sooner. Cherry at the front desk was a great person. Lonzo, Restaurant mangager was also wonderful to us. Our waiter, Gary was always ready with a trick. Most evenings were spent with friends. There were over 700 elite members on board, so it was crowded. The new perks like laundry and free internet were great. The ship's open areas were great. The ship seemed small, but cozy. All in all we had a good time.