In March, after 8 months of planning, payments, and prep, Eric and I went on our first cruise! The first for both of us. It was an "Osmond Brothers Fan Appreciation Cruise," leaving from Fort Lauderdale, FL, with 6 days and 5 nights aboard the Celebrity Constellation. There were stops in Cozumel, Mexico and Key West, Florida, plus daily activities with the Osmond Brothers (Merrill, Jay, and Jimmy) and our group of 110 people.
We had SO MUCH FUN!!
The bonus was that we made some incredible friends from around the world. We met people it felt like we'd known forever. We're excited to nurture these friendships for many years. And, after the cruise was over, we zipped home for 2 days, then flew to Vegas for another week to see the Osmond Brothers in concert there. Many people from the cruise were in Vegas too, which made it feel like an extended vacation!
After combing through my hundreds of pictures, I picked out just a few to share here. Of course, there is no way to ever duplicate the fun feeling and excitement of each day. These two back to back trips are experiences we will never forget.
|After 2 nights in Fort Lauderdale, we finally boarded our beautiful ship! Celebrity Cruise Lines definitely set a high standard for any and all future cruises we take.|
|It was SO nice to have a stateroom with a balcony. It was a small room, but with creative storage that made it feel bigger than it was. Being able to step out on the balcony and enjoy the beauty of the ocean was truly wonderful.|
|On our first evening on the ship there was a reception where we saw the Osmond Brothers and got a feel for the fun adventures ahead! Above, me with Jimmy, Merrill, and Jay Osmond. All superb performers, but even more important--impressive gentlemen.|
|The Osmond Brothers are troopers when it comes to picture opportunities with everyone. L-R Merrill, me, Eric, Jimmy, Jay. Such a fun, fun evening!|
|Wednesday we stopped in Cozumel, Mexico. Here's a panoramic shot of Eric and others outside on the back of the ship.|
|Friday was our day in Key West. We loved Key West!! We rode the Conch Train with our group for a couple of hours and then got to tour around on our own.|
|A very yummy lunch and fun chatting was a great way to bond with new friends.|
|One great thing about the concerts on the ship was the lighting. It was perfect for pictures!|
In the midst of our homecoming, we decided to sell our cute little RV, the Winnebago Chalet. Talk about amazing timing. The same day we told the place where it was stored, they had made the decision to close. AND, only 2 days after making our intention to sell public on Facebook, we had a done deal!!
|Jennifer, the Chalet's new owner and her friend, Lisa, rolled out of here on Monday morning.|
We love our Chalet, but we just weren't using it enough to make it worth it. And yes, we discovered we enjoyed cruising a lot more than camping. As our neighbor observed Monday afternoon..."Yeah, I didn't really see you as Winnebago people." True, we weren't Winnebago people. But it was a fun chapter of adventure and experimentation. We are also happy to see that chapter come to a close and feel like we've simplified our lives a little in the process.
Well, how's that for condensing? Have I left out a lot of details? YOU BET. But this is a blog, not a book.
I will say this...we have been ABUNDANTLY blessed lately. The Lord and His timing have worked miracles in our home and in our marriage. "Fantastic" is getting even better. We are truly, truly grateful.