One of the highlights of 2014 for our editorial director Caitlin was her honeymoon adventure with Celebrity Cruises (and, of course, her wedding day!). You may remember seeing snippets of Caitlin’s European travels on our Instagram back in October as she soaked up the sun, explored Italy, indulged in wine tastings, took in some breathtaking views and essentially made us all extremely jealous! Today she’s sharing a recap of her trip, some thoughts on her first-ever cruise, the expectations (and fears!) she had before setting sail and a few travel tips for cruising.
“Since this was my first cruise, I was a little nervous. I had a few misconceptions about the cruise industry—I’d never really thought about taking a cruise before, and I was worried that I wouldn’t like the food, that I might get seasick and that I wouldn’t like to be around quite so many people. I also thought we’d be eating at a lot of buffets. Well, I was certainly wrong! The moment we boarded the Celebrity Equinox (it’s massive!) and were immediately treated with such an outstanding level of customer service, my fears vanished. The décor was far from tacky—I soon noticed artwork by several of my favorite artists hanging in the halls. Our room was wonderful—small, of course, but perfect for the two of us. And the balcony quickly became my favorite spot to relax with a cup of coffee. Oh, that coffee! I had breakfast delivered to our room every morning to enjoy as we got ready for a day of adventuring. That was such a nice treat, especially when the sun came up and we could see the view of the port ahead.”
Cruise travel tip: Pack lightly. I really edited my wardrobe before I left, and I was so happy I did. Bring lots of layers that you can mix and match. Plan on at least two outfits per day—one for exploring your port city and another for time on the ship and dinner that evening. Don’t forget lounge clothes for relaxing in your room! Also, be sure to utilize all of the storage areas in your room. We kept sweaters and pants in the cabinets above the bed and stowed suitcases under the bed.