I cannot believe that less than three weeks have passed and we are at sea, sailing back to San Juan with a very different looking ship!
We continue to stay ahead of schedule, and now the venues are really coming to life. Café Al Baccio is serving delicious gelato, cookies and sandwiches accompanied by aromatic Lavazza cappuccinos, espressos and lattes. Lunch was served in Blu yesterday, and many people agreed that it was the best chicken Caesar salad they have ever eaten! Also, Blu, Bistro on Five, and Qsine will be open tonight to serve our shining stars—the crewmembers who are normally behind the scenes doing all of the important jobs that most people don’t know about. Now they too will have the chance to experience these magnificent restaurants!
It is amazing to walk around the ship and have each area and venue looks as though it belongs exactly where it is, and almost as if it has always been there. The work that was done over the past three weeks is absolutely amazing. Now it is time to bring everything to life. Everyone is up and about putting the final touches in place.
I would like to thank everyone who made this transformation possible: our wonderful guests who choose us for their vacations and give us the chance to do what we love, the thousands of people involved in the planning and design of the solsticizing process, the contractors, yard workers, and of course the crew. Always the crew. We are like a mini United Nations on board. There can be over 55 different nationalities on board the ship at certain times, but there is always open communication, respect and support for one another. The crew has done an incredible job helping and contributing to make their home away from home as amazing and beautiful as she is. They are buzzing, excited, and looking forward to welcoming our guests on board and doing what they do best—making dreams come true.
This is Sheldon, your Hotel Director from Celebrity Summit, signing off for now. So, if anyone sees a big, shiny, blue and white ship in port with a big blue X on the funnel, give us a wave. We are all very proud and happy to be here, and we look forward to seeing you on board our beautiful ship.