Day CS1, Saturday, December 15, The Big Day, San J

Trip Start Dec 07, 2012
Trip End Dec 22, 2012

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Sunday, December 16, 2012

The day started a bit ominously, overcast and turning to rain about
7AM. I went out to a local bakery for breakfast and soon Keith arrived
there also. By the time of the wedding the rain had stopped and there
were patches of open sky. The ceremony was held on a patio on the beach
side of the hotel. The guests were seated under a pavilion but since
the participants were not sheltered the clearing skies were a blessing.
Tracey and Keith were pronounced husband and wife about 10:30.
After the ceremony I finished packing and checked out of the hotel about
noon. I shared a cab to the pier with Tracey's Aunt and Uncle, checked
in, and was on board about 12:30. After an Oceanview Cafe lunch, the
rooms were available about 2. My stateroom attendant was a familiar
face--Muriel was on my floor for my Solstice Transatlantic and while she
was not assigned to my room she did let me into my cabin once or twice
when I locked my key inside.
My luggage arrived about 3. I took a break from unpacking at 3:45 as
Ashley took about 15 of us on a tour of the public areas of the ship.
When I returned Tracey had placed a lovely decoration on my door.
I went up to deck 10 about 5:45 for sunset and found the family there,
also learning that our 6:30 reservation for the Normandie Restaurant had
been moved to 6. We enjoyed a lovely but very leisurely dinner there taking a break mid-meal for the muster drill.  Dinner ended about 9 and we went up to deck 10 for the final stages of leaving the harbor.

There was a variety show at 10:30 featuring most of the ship's performers, a bit too long and late for my taste.  I left about 11:20.

Today's parting shot is based on one of the minister's comments.  He quoted a proverb "Wise is the man who listens to his wife, for he shall gain wisdom", and added that the reverse is also true.  I would take it one step further and say that when both listen to each other, the whole wisdom gained is greater than the sum of it's parts.  Keith and Tracey, may it always be true for you.

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