One of the questions we’re asked often, especially by first-time cruisers, is whether it’s better to do an itinerary that’s loaded with sea days or port days. Of course, I’m willing to bet that every single person on Celebrity Edge with me today — our third sea day, although not consecutive — would say, “Who cares? I’m back on a ship.”
But in general, I find itineraries like this one, which essentially featured an equal number of sea and port days (if you don’t count embarkation day), pretty ideal.
So here we are, on the last sea day of this trip. Tomorrow, we’ll visit Nassau and then it’s back to Fort Lauderdale.
Even when it’s time to get off the ship, I won’t be able to complain too much, as less than 48 hours later I’ll be jumping onto Carnival Horizon. Yes, you’re going to get two week’s worth of trip reports! And what makes this interesting is, doing them virtually back-to-back will make it really easy to compare and contrast each line’s protocols and how they’re handling things.
I woke up excited today, because there were two things taking place that I was really looking forward to: a tour of the bridge, and an opportunity to sit down and have a one-on-one chat with Captain Kate McCue. (Rumor had it I would also get to meet her legendary feline companion, Bug Naked, but that seemed like almost too much to hope for.)
Needing a little fuel before diving into the day, I headed to the buffet for a very health selection of fruits and vegetables…
… and, I’ll cop to it, a not-quite-as-healthy but really delicious cinnamon roll.
Afterwards, I headed to the theater to catch a bit of Brian Abel (Vice President of Hotel Operations) and Captain Kate doing a public question-and-answer session. One thing I’ve really noticed about Captain Kate is just how visible she is. I don’t think I’ve ever seen so interactive a captain… and it’s not simply because this is an important sailing with some members of the media on board. This is something that’s pretty widely known about Captain Kate: She loves her job, she loves her ship, and she loves the passengers who sail with her.
Soon, it was time to head up to the bridge tour. No matter how many times I’ve had the honor of being invited onto the bridge of a cruise ship, it never, ever stops being a special occasion.
It’s almost impossible to imagine that the people in this room are able to make some of the incredible maneuvers that cruise ships have to execute. It’s one thing when a ship as large as Celebrity Edge pulls into a slip at a pier such as we’ll do tomorrow in Nassau. It’s another entirely when the entire ship has to rotate, and then be maneuvered into place — sometimes between other ships along a pier.
I shared the picture below with a friend who I knew would love seeing what the bridge was like, and their response wasn’t at all what I expected.
By this point, even I was starting to fill up… but the main courses were just arriving, including a grilled skirt pepper steak…
… and a nice seafood kabob with scallops, shrimp, and salmon.
By this point, I was 100 percent full and pretty much ready to burst, so I excused myself to head back to my cabin and get a little work done. Shortly after arriving, I looked down at my app and saw that notification that no cruiser ever wants to see.
Clearly, we were getting close to the end of our trip. Tomorrow, we’ll arrive in Nassau, and then it’s back to Fort Lauderdale. So join me tomorrow for a final day of exploration, final thoughts, and a look at how the embarkation process goes!
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