Saturday, December 31, 2016

Happy New Year

We aren't at sea this year, but we're celebrating with a water view nonetheless. Our party spot is the elegant Augusta Marriott at the Convention Center alongside the Savannah River.

Included in our festive New Year's Eve package are dinner, drinks, and dancing in the main ballroom, a nearby "game lounge" with television so we can pop in and check on how our Clemson Tigers are faring in their playoff game against Ohio State, a champagne toast at midnight, accommodations (so we don't have to drive home), and New Year's Day breakfast.

Party hats, leis, noisemakers, and champagne. The Marriott has those as well. And, as was routine more then two decades ago—illustrated in the photo here of Cruise Diva and Mel—so did cruise ships. In fact, that twenty-something-year old picture was not taken during a New Year's Eve celebration. Back then, there was a festive party atmosphere on the second formal night of every week-long cruise aboard Norwegian Cruise Line's iconic SS Norway.

Here's wishing you a very happy and prosperous 2017 and smooth sailing no matter where your cruise travels take you!

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