This past week, Celebrity Cruises invited us to Miami to introduce its brand-new Celebrity Edge. I was thrilled to attend the event as I was anxious to hear about the big announcement (it was more than I could have imagined!) and I had not been to Miami since I was 6 years old. It was a whirlwind of a trip highlighted by an incredible event at Celebrity Cruises, tons of gorgeous photo opps and delicious seafood.
After a late check-in to the ME Miami, I was excited to crawl into bed and watch “Big Little Lies” from a comfortable hotel bed. Has anyone else been watching and loving that show? I can’t get enough. The next morning, I worked from the patio and then headed over to Celebrity Cruises at 11 a.m.
The anticipation in the room was palpable. Celebrity has been building up this announcement for years, and it was obvious the media was ready for the big reveal! Each chair had an iPad to be used throughout the demo we would see after the press conference. Mimosas, juices and Champagne were served as everyone scrambled to find a seat.
The reveal was met with gasps and excitement, as Design Ambassador Nate Berkus helped tell the story. The Celebrity Edge released all new design concepts, amazing technology and more. The ship itself was designed with 3-D technology, which we got to experience hands-on in the Innovation Lab.
Kelly Hoppen’s design was enough to urge you to book your vacation ASAP. From an absolutely dreamy spa to comfortable, yet luxurious suites (more than double the usual number of suites on a ship like this!), she really took cruise ship décor to a whole new level.
The event closed with a cocktail hour on the water—complete with rum-spiked coconuts. To top it all off, there were dolphins swimming through the water right in front of us. A picturesque scene to say the least!
That night, per recommendation of Sara Mueller, I hopped over to Mignonette for a glass of rosé and a lobster roll. The staff was super friendly, and the décor was so cute. I don’t frequently eat alone, but it was a nice change of pace, and I found myself much more aware of my surroundings.
On Tuesday morning, I set out to explore South Beach. First, I headed over to The Raleigh for breakfast by the pool with Sara. This chic, yet unpretentious, hotel became my home base for the day (I later enjoyed happy hour snacks before my flight back to Nashville!). The décor begs to be photographed, and the food was excellent (I couldn’t pass up the avocado tartine).
The South Beach views are worth a long walk on the beach—especially if you’re looking for a photo opportunity. The striped umbrellas, beautiful blue water and white sand are an absolute dream. Plus, there’s plenty of great people-watching to be done, too!
It was one of the first times I’ve traveled completely alone, and I really enjoyed it and would recommend that you try it out! A few tips for your first time:
- Do your Instagram research. I always use Instagram before I travel to scope out restaurants, hotels and other scenes around town to see. This trip, I particularly relied on @saramueller and @ananewyork to help me plan my days! From browsing their feeds to messaging them directly, I found that it was an easy way to find the places I would most like to go.
- Take advantage of the alone time. Even though I live alone, I often tend to be distracted when I’m in my own home. Whether it’s laundry that needs to be done, a friend popping over or just taking my dog outside, it always seems like something pops up when I’m in the middle of something else. When I was in Miami in a hotel room, there were no distractions (minus “The Bachelor” finale!), so I was able to catch up on some work that had been pushed aside. If you’re really on vacation, though, I’d recommend diving into that book you’ve been holding onto, or calling a friend you’ve been missing (and take advantage of room service!)
- Reach out to bloggers, creatives or other friends! As I mentioned above, I reached out to Sara to get together while I was in town. While we’d never met before, we had been following each other on social media/our blogs for years. It was so much fun to connect over some of our favorite topics and finally meet in person! Nine times out of ten, those people to whom you reach out are more than willing to schedule a get-together.
- Don’t be afraid to eat alone. I’ve done coffee and lunches by myself plenty of times, but dinner was new for me! To be honest, I was a little intimidated to request a table alone, but as I glanced around, I noticed I wasn’t even close to the only one. Getting a seat at the bar can also make you feel more comfortable! Lots of people recommend taking a book, but personally I love people-watching, taking photos and chatting with the waitstaff. In fact, I enjoyed it so much I think I’ll be doing it again soon!