A week of unforgettable moments to be written into the beauty and wonder of history in a place that has truly stood the test of time. From the West Coast of California to the Island of Santorini Greece by car, plane, shuttle, tender and ship they will travel. Friends and family from all over the US will join them on the Jewell of the Seas for an unforgettable destination wedding!
Monday, June 20, 2016
June 19, 2016
Hotel lobby waiting
We meet at the hotel to catch a huge bus to head to the
port. Thirty people sitting in the hotel lobby with 60+ pieces of luggage is
quite a sight! The bus arrives and we load on- front row are of course the
Bride and Groom along with Ollie and Aunt Mickie. Ollie and Aunt Mickie sing B
I N G O and various other things for most of the trip. Ollie is in heaven.
Getting tired of her he then requests Uncle Mike to join him for song and
laughs. Meanwhile as you look to the back of the bus to see the majority of traveler’s
are sleeping. Arriving at the port we unload the bus to load again on a shuttle
bus to the ship. Luckily our rooms are ready and most of us embark without
issue. The exception was those who stored “beverages” inside bags that were
held for additional inspection. Michelle had agreed to help Matt get his
special brandy purchase on board and Justin and Becky had Champagne. In the end
the items were retrieved after a bit of a hassle.
Lunch on the back of the ship was a blast as everyone was
able to eat together and come and go and get final introductions. After an
Emergency Drill in 4 languages that lasted forever we go to dinner. At dinner,
a non-group member accidently decided to sit with us and thus we were short a
seat. Lilly was the self appointed one who explained to her and she moved. We
sit at three large tables are together and probably the loudest of the dining
room. Brian is convinced that the Assistant Waiter hates him as his food
arrives 10 minutes after everyone else and his wine was ordered first and
Table number two had Nana, Sarah, Jeff, Niki, and Erin. They had a
photo of someone kissing the amazing parts of the fake statue of David and
showed it to poor Nana. Nana thought it was a sausage. The group roared with
laughter and the ice was broken. Meanwhile Ollie from Table 3 was going between
them all soaking up the attention. Table 3 also has the Bride and Groom, both
looking quite tired at this moment. They had finished the plans for the big
rehearsal dinner as everyone else works now to prepare remarks.
After dinner the gathering place seems to be the piano bar
for drinks, laughs and song. Around 11 the group fades as the Groom is just
getting started and the Bride comes to life. Justin and Becky talk Debbie,
Angela, Mike, Brian, Matt, Tina, Jeff and his wife, Andy and Jessica into
heading to the ship Club. Debbie is not impressed with the constant thump thump
of the no lyrics music but everyone tries to dance anyway. Justin works at
serving as Matt’s wingman only to have him fail with a couple girls. Practice
will make perfect. Dancing into the night the group looks forward to the first
day at sea.