No, in this case I’m not talking about cruising into a new decade when it comes to my weight. I’m literally talking about an actual cruise as part of my birthday celebration next year when I turn the big 5-0! I’ll be heading off on an Transatlantic cruise with BFF Tracy, her parents, and our Australian friends, Valerie and Ian. So, we’ll be getting the same crew back together again from our cruise last summer to Alaska.
That beautiful ship is the Legend of the Seas which is part of the Royal Caribbean line (my favorite!). She’s the ship we’ll be sailing as we make our way across the Atlantic Ocean to Europe. She actually just went through a $27 million renovation, so she should be looking all spiffy and shiny when we set sail in next year.
Since this is going to be my big event for celebrating turning 50, I’ve decided to really do things up right! I’ve got enough air miles on American for a free first class airfare to Ft. Lauderdale (our embarkation point). Since we will be setting sail on a Wednesday morning, we decided to add a few days in Florida prior to setting sail, so we’ll actually end up having a 22-day vacation. Woo Hoo!
Here’s the itinerary for our trip:
- Day 1-2: Key West, Florida
- Days 2-4: Pompano Beach, Florida
- Days 5-11: Depart from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida followed by several days at sea
- Day 12: Ponta Delgada, Azores
- Days 13-14: Sailing days
- Day 15: Cork, Ireland
- Day 16: Sailing day
- Day 17: Paris, France
- Day 18: Brussels, Belgium
- Day 19: Amsterdam, Holland
- Day 20: Sailing day
- Days 21-22: Copenhagen, Denmark
Again, since we’ve decided to travel in style. We’ll be staying in a Junior Suite while we’re cruising. We’ll have a “spacious” 230 sq ft cabin with a 76 sq ft balcony. In all the times I’ve cruised, I’ve never had a balcony, so I’m beyond excited about that! Here’s a pic of what the suite looks like, but bear in mind this photo was taken prior to the recent renovations, so some things will be different, like the TV being replaced by a flat screen instead.
For anyone who has cruised before in a regular stateroom, you probably remember the “joys” of the bathroom all too well. You know, those “overly friendly” shower curtains in the miniscule sized shower? Well, that’s actually another thing I’m most looking forward to about being in a suite this time … a real bathroom! Again, this pic was taken pre-renovation, but look … an actual TUB! Seriously, it’s the little things, right?
Finally, since this vacation is again all about traveling in style, I’ll be using my air miles on United for a first class ticket on the way home as well. First class airfares, a junior suite on the cruise, and some amazing ports of call in Europe … yeah, this is definitely going to be the vacation of a lifetime and I can’t think of any better way to cruise my way into my 50s.
Until next time …