First, the drama of Miami! We flew to Miami for 3 days of warmth, sunshine, and time to go shopping for our Voyager Club office supplies. Stop! Repeat that again....warmth....sunshine....time to go shopping? Wrong! We touched down in Miami on January 7th to start the record breaking freeze with rain and chilling wind! No sunshine until today! Yes, today and we took the sunshine aboard with us where the sunshine was also inside...all night!
We took a break from packing and, from our veranda, said goodbye to our country...."see you again in 108 days"! The skyline of Miami cast against a brilliant sunset never looked better to us!
We paused for some reflections on our past world cruises with Voyager Club and welcomed our return to this fabulous ship, the Crystal Serenity. Our first greeting was a gift of chocolates from Crystal President, Gregg Michel, wishing us a wonderful world cruise!
It was a great beginning of the evening which unfolded like a non-stop train of emotions, hugging old friends, greeting new ones, and being with our favorite Crystal Crew and Entertainers who have all returned for this year's world cruise. If you followed our world cruise blog last year, you will recognize some of the cast of the Crystal magic!
Our very special welcome goes to Virtuoso Chairman, Jesse Upchurch, who is our honorary Voyager Club Host for this celebration of the 20th Anniversary of Voyager Club and Crystal Cruises. 20 years ago, we sailed with Jesse Upchurch, his son and CEO of Virtuoso, Matthew Upchurch on the pre-inaugural cruise of the CRYSTAL HARMONY from Honolulu to Los Angeles. My how time flys! And so, we continue our Voyager Club tradition in style aboard Crystal Cruises.
Cruise Director, Rick Spath, not only brought the house down, but orchestrated the balloon drop to celebrate the beginning of our 20th Anniversary Crystal World Cruise. Michel Bell bellowed out, "Can You Feel The Love Tonight" (from The Lion King), and we did!
We all agreed that this Bon Voyage evening was a fabulous beginning! Thank you Crystal Cruises for your classic creation and the very first of many memories to come in the days ahead!
OUR THOUGHT FOR THE DAY......
"There is no moment of delight in any pilgrimage, like the beginning of it" - Charles Dudley Moore