May 22, 2013

Cruising with the Cotés: Our Room



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.

24 comments:

  1. That monkey towel is the cutest thing ever! Also I love room service too and am always trying to convince Fredrik to order it at least once on each vacation!

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  2. WOW! The water is so blue and beautiful. I'm getting a little jealous over here, you're making me want to hop a cruise right now! :)

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  3. I love love LOVE the towel animals. I hope you're serious that D is trying to learn how to make them... I want to see his creations!

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  4. We've been on two cruises so far (the last one was we were on was the Carnival ship that was stranded in St. Maarten for several days!), and we have yet to receive a monkey towel animal!! Ha! Beautiful room! You lucked up!

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  5. Wow! That room is amazing! We are definitely going to have to try celebrity for our next cruise! I also love room service! It was so great to have breakfast delivered to our room!

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  6. so so jealous. the ordering via tv is pretty darn awesome.

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  7. Can I just say WOW WOW WOW!!! What a room! What a ship! What a vacation! Absolutely Magnificent!

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  8. Wow that room is absolutely amazing!!! :)

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  9. I love that you felt like best buds with Ivoky - I bet that simple friendliness made the trip exponentially better. So jealous of that balcony.

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  10. The more I read the more jealous I am............what a bloody lovely cabin.........you are so lucky

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  11. Oh man. Can't beat a free upgrade!

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  12. Wow I was gonna SAY! I've been on two cruises but my rooms were like the cubicles of living spaces...veryyy tiny! Your room is beautiful and so spacious! I also remember having my towels always folded into animals, too hahah I wonder if it's a cruise thing? ;) Glad you had fun! Excited to see more pics...though I think I might have to skip the food post because I'll be too jealous!

    xoxo
    Melyssa
    The Nectar Collective

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  13. oh my gosh! I would love a cruise like that...those towels are incredible. And the room is stunning.
    The room service...I so would want to take him home so that I could be spoilt like that every day!
    Cant wait to see about the food...

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  14. Um, SCORE!!!! What a gorgeous room! Even after almost capsizing in the Med, I'd totally go on another cruise again. It is so awesome to be able to unpack all of your bags and still wake up in a new country almost every morning! Can't wait to hear more :)

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  15. What a GORGEOUS room, congrats on the upgrade!

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  17. You guys were so lucky! I love the towel animals at the end of the bed, what an awesome idea!

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  18. I can't get over how stinkin' cute this room is! Enjoy!

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  19. I used to work on cruise lines and they will upgrade you when you book far in advance so they can re-sell your room. That way they don't cruise half full just because people don't want to pay for the more expensive rooms. That's why it pays to book early! They have all kinds of upgrade's they can give you.

    Looks like you had an amazing time!

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  20. Upgrades rock my socks off! You guys got a sweet room :) I told my husband that we're screwed now the next time I (we) cruise, because I'm going to want a bigger room! A balcony is also non-negotiable for cruising now.

    Celebrity should be paying you for these posts, btw!

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  21. Thank you for your detailed appreciation of the cruise experience, with photos and emotions you share with everyone! I believe the upgrade was not just your good luck, it was the response from the universe for your appreciative vibration. I can feel it from your articles and I am getting infected and excited! Thank you! Thank you!

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  22. 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!). Cruise Secrets Exposed

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