Last Day of Cruise
Today is our last day here at sea on board the gorgeous Celebrity Silhouette. Sadly, we are heading directly back to Fort Lauderdale where reality kicks back in that the holiday is officially done.
These were our 5th and 6th Crochet Cruises. Without any doubt, no crochet cruise is alike. There is always a change of feeling, group, projects and more. The crocheters that attend dictate the level of excitement throughout the cruise.
Planning for these takes Daniel and I over a year to get us all planned for these events. Along with our group planner, Sherry, it’s a long year of idea building, implementation and working diligently behind the scenes. Though I have never done any wedding planning, I’m sure there are similarities. My planning binder is about 2″ thick of notes and plans that were implemented on the ship.
Of course, we each group being different in energy level and sometimes skill level, it changes my plans instantly on the ship and I’m okay with that. Truth be told, I’m okay with just planning 3 Crochet Cruises a year, I don’t know how wedding planners do it.
This year, we chose Celebrity Cruise Lines to be our ship host on board. In the years we have done Crochet Cruises, Celebrity has exceeded and implemented their contract obligations without fail. A step ahead of us the entire time and fantastic communications. Celebrity is an aging demographic and for me I loved that. In cruise 1, I may have seen about 6 kids on board. There was no pushing or shoving and us adults were casual, relaxed and this is my type of cruising. This week is Spring Break, so there about 400 kids on board, fabulously, the kids are busy but you can tell the ship is sold out. However, it’s not to a level where all seats on deck or in spaces are taken. Celebrity’s deck plans are great. It’s a ship where we literally fell asleep in a deck chair without worry or care. It’s my type of cruising. Daniel and I, for personal holidays, will be switching to Celebrity as our dedicated Cruise Line. For crochet cruises, we still will shop it around for what’s better for our community.
In about half hour from now, 7:30 am, we are meeting up with crocheters to conduct our official Project Linus Tribute. I believe there is 30 afghans for Project Linus at the end of this cruise. Daniel is having us meet up for photographs.
My highlight for Cruise 2 happened on an excursion. Many of us were in the ocean and we did the Pool Noodle Congo in the water. Sounds perfectly delicious childish behavior but it was bliss. In the end of connecting, we joined hands, laid back in the water to form a large circle. It was our friendship circle floating on the ocean. It’s was chaotic, comical and community oriented. Loved it.
So below are the two official pictures from both cruises. Please note that not everyone showed up for our official photo shoot, we were missing 15 cruisers in Photo 1 and I believe 15 in Cruise 2. Not everyone likes to get their photo taken.
This year, we finished off with 96 Crochet Cruisers for Cruise 1 and 92 Crochet Cruisers for Cruise 2.
We would love to thank Yarnspirations and Cruise Planners for being our official sponsors to make these cruises possible. We cannot do it without their support and sincerely appreciate their help!
I have many stories to share but I will wait until I get home. Have an amazing day.