Before I talk about how New Years was celebrated, I want to mention our experience at the Platinum Photography Studio. (By the way, the professional shots on this page were NOT the ones from the Platinum Studio. Those will be in black and white.)
Earlier in the cruise we had decided that we wanted to have a special photo taken of the two of us. Having celebrated our 25th anniversary earlier this year, and since we are in the middle of remodeling (updating) our cabin, we thought it was an ideal time to try to get a black and white picture of the two of us to hang in our bedroom.
These sessions are by appointment only and only 30 sessions are normally available on this cruise.
Our photographer, Milos, warmly greeted us at the private studio located all the way up on the 19th deck. We had previously spoken on the phone, and I had let him know that we were interested in a casual, fun photo that represented “us”. Nothing formal, just relaxed.
He asked us to tell him about ourselves, how we met, our love story. I am such a sentimental fool, that I had to be careful to not tear up. Having my mascara running down my cheeks was a bit too casual of a look…
Eventually we eased into the photo taking part. With soft lighting, a lot of laughter, and a comfortable environment, we HAD FUN!
And then the hard part – we would have to wait until the next evening to see the results.
OK, back to celebrating New Year’s Eve on the ship.
The ship was decorated throughout to help get everyone in the mood to celebrate. Having a before dinner drink, we started the evening.
It was our final formal night, and the dinner included Baked Alaska on parade at the end. Strange though, it was not offered as a dessert.
A production show, “Blame it on the Boogie” was presented in the Princess Theater. It was cheerful, the music familiar, but the dance quality was not quite as professional as some of the other production pieces we have watched. Maybe I have been watching too much “So You Think You Can Dance”, and have become more of a dance critic 🙂 But after saying that, I have to give them loads of credit that they are performing at sea, on a moving ship, and sometimes with stormy seas!
Running across Susan and Roper, we decided to find a quiet lounge where we could visit and wait for more of the celebration activities to get into full bloom. The lounge right next to Share restaurant was ideal, until we were invaded by the kids club having their own get-together. On the other side of the coin, I was so happy to see that the kids had been corralled and were having a fun, safe time.
Out on the main deck, the place was starting to hop. In fact, we were surprised to find so many still up, as normally, on other nights, by 10:00 or 11:00 p.m. the ship had started to wind down. The DJ was pumping out tunes and the crowd, young and old were dancing all around the pool.
We ran into Mark and Terry who we had met on the Santiago walking tour and then toured Valparaiso together. We were happy to able to wish them a Happy New Year.
By 11:15, we moved inside to the main atrium. The dance floor was PACKED. But I did not let that derail me.
Forging ahead, Susan and I found a (kind of) pathway to the center. I would have been fine, except I somehow managed to trip on some poor ladies foot (stepped on it I’m afraid), and ended up landing on the arm of a chair. Tim swears that I landed in some guys lap, but that is not my recollection, lol.
For the next 45 minutes we swayed to the music, did a terrible “YMCA” deconstruction, shimmied and shook with the best of them.
There was a large net strung up on the ceiling that was filled with colorful balloons, and a large big screen TV that showed the countdown process.
At midnight, the net was opened and we were drenched in balloons.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
A fun and memorable way to bring in 2018!
GRATITUDE MOMENT: Today I am grateful for so many amazing experiences that we have had the opportunity to share throughout 2017. Our friends and family are our greatest treasure and continue to keep us grounded and in touch with what is truly important in our lives.
We are especially thankful to those of you who have faithfully followed along, and left comments and/or encouragement.
Our New Years wish for all is for peace, tolerance, equality, vibrant health, love, happiness, prosperity, wisdom and laughter.
May you all find someone special to hug and reflect on the many blessing you have.
I honestly do not know where our travels will end up taking us in 2018. Of course this trip is not over, and we still have a stop in Montevideo, Uruguay, before disembarking in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Then after a few days on our own to explore, we will be joining an Intrepid tour and heading off to Iguazu Falls and eventually on to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
We hope you will join us.