True story. About 6 weeks before we were scheduled to set sail, I got a packet from Celebrity with all our pre-cruising luggage tags and boarding information. As I was combing through the mounds of paperwork for our upcoming vacation, I noticed something a little off. Our stateroom number. It wasn't the same room number I'd originally booked. In a slight panic, I went back through my laundry list of emails from our booking agent trying to see if maybe I'd forgot what room we were in or if our booking had somehow gotten screwed up. Sure enough, I was right. It wasn't the original stateroom we booked. It was better. Celebrity had upgraded us (gratis) from our measly picture window stateroom to a glorious Deluxe Ocean View VERANDA stateroom! Cue squeals! I'm not sure why or how it all happened, all I know is that instead of looking out a tiny window each morning, we would be having our room service breakfast served to us on our spacious ocean view balcony as we sailed along the Mediterranean. We were floored, to say the very least.
Upon arriving to the room, D and I were both giddy as school girls. We couldn't wait to see our veranda room and all its glory. I must say, it definitely didn't disappoint! The veranda rooms were much bigger than I'd pictured (even with only 194 sq ft to work with) and had storage in every nook & cranny of the room. We never felt cramped or cluttered (unpacking your suitcase and hiding it under the bed makes a world of difference!). Not to mention, we had the absolute best stateroom attendant in the world (Hi, Ivoky!). Everyday he greeted D and I with the biggest smile and well wishes for a wonderful day out exploring. Anything we wanted or needed...he got for us. Every night upon returning to our stateroom after dinner, our beds would be turned down, chocolates on our pillows, and a cute towel animal at the foot of our bed, wishing us sweet dreams. By the end of the trip we were all best buds, and I found myself teary-eyed while telling him goodbye. It's amazing how much you feel like family after only being together for 12 days!
I have to say, Celebrity exceeded our expectations in every aspect of this cruise. For example, you could order room service through your TV (the whole ship is wired with Apple technology) at any time of the day. For free (well, it was included in the price you paid for the cruise, so why not use it!). I love room service, almost to a fault (like there are times I'd rather just eat in the bed than go out. Waving my old fart flag!), so we ordered it almost every day for breakfast. It saved us a lot of time when we had those 8 am tour meeting times, had to be up at the crack of dawn, and didn't want to fight the crowds at the buffet. We'd order breakfast via our TV the night before, and at 7 am sharp, Ivoky would be there, bright eyed and bushy tailed with our breakfast in hand. I just couldn't get over the level of impeccable service we had on board every single day. Being such a brand new ship, you'd figure there'd be hiccups and kinks to work out. Not this ship. Everything moved like clockwork. D would dirty up a hand towel and we'd step outside for a moment...when we came back, a new, clean towel would magically be there. You see why we're spoiled rotten now? I blame Celebrity. D still hasn't quite gotten the hang of making towel animals yet. Don't worry, he'll get it. ;)
Coming soon...the food of the Celebrity Reflection! I'm gaining weight just thinking about it.