LET'S GET THIS PARTY STARTED
Today begins a new adventure. All items on our checklists are complete. We added last-minute items to our carry on and checked luggage and ensured all important documents are with us including passports, and cruise documents. We received two sets of cruise information; one for Crystal Serenity and one for Mozart. Mozart Final Cruise Documents will be sent to us electronically a e-documents while on-board Serenity.
The documents we received in November were for the Holiday Cruise and included the "Before You Sail" booklet and luggage tags on the left side of the photo. In December we received the information for the 2019 cruises on-board Serenity. This included a revised "Before You Sail" booklet reflecting the new dining venues on-board Serenity following the recent dry-dock and a new look for the luggage tags. We also received updated luggage tags for the Mozart River cruise. The updated tags and booklet are on the ride side of the photo.
We want to mention that packing our luggage was more challenging for this cruise than past cruises. This is because on the day the World Cruise begins we will change rooms. The good news is the rooms are next to one another. We decided the move would be easier if we didn't unpack all the luggage. Anne Marie determined the items we would need for our pre-cruise stay. These items went into one piece of luggage. She also figured out what clothes and other items we would need for the first two voyages and placed some in the pre-cruise bag and the remaining items in two other pieces of luggage we shipped to Serenity. The rest of the clothing went in other suitcases we shipped. Once on the ship we will not unpack those bags until we change rooms. We will have them stored for us until the start of the World Cruise.
This is the luggage shipped to California for delivery to Crystal Serenity on the day we board.
Since September we received three letters from Crystal Cruises with information about the World Cruise. We also received hard copy booklets in a keepsake holder detailing all of all World Cruise shore excursions and land programs.
As we have done in the past, we are staying overnight at an airport hotel this evening before our early morning flight.
Crystal will provide most of our transfers on this adventure. They provide two complimentary transfers for those on the full World Cruise plus we are using one Crystal Society Milestone providing two additional transfers. A private vehicle organized by Crystal Cruises took us from our home on a one hour drive to the hotel.
The driver's name was George. He was quite the professional in all ways. He arrived early, was courteous and a safe driver. He drives on the weekend to keep busy but has a job at one of the luxury hotels in our city. The drive went by quickly as we talked the entire time.
This is our third visit to this hotel and the staff is very customer focused. Our room was ready when we arrived and the few items we asked for (extra coffee and creamers) had been placed in the room. The person who checked us in remembered us from our one night stay in September prior to our flight to Rome for the three Crystal Serenity back to back cruises.
A reminder of the Holiday Season at the Hotel.
We will enjoyed dinner at the hotel and relax as we get ready for tomorrow. Our next post will be tomorrow evening from Southern California.
We will conclude today's post with a map showing our itinerary for this adventure.
Anne Marie & Keith
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It's Time. Let's get the party started.
Anne Marie & Keith