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Celebrate a Ruby Anniversary, with a Cruise with Fred Olsen

We have now been married with our Golden Anniversary, I wrote this in 2013 when we were so much younger. Both of us have lost considerable weight in the intervening years, so be kind when you look at the photos.

CF11 Boudicca

Some said our marriage would never work (no names, but she was female, and closely related to my wife) but forty years on we thought we had something to celebrate. Our Ruby Wedding Anniversary!

Our first cruise on Balmoral had been some three years previously, so Fred Olsen was our cruise comfort zone. The Boudicca date and itinerary were perfect, so we booked on the phone an inside twin cabin.

The very pleasant and efficient staff reserved our cabin, and I also requested any upgrades going as it was a special occasion.

My call was directed to a  special office, and I had to post a copy of our certificate to verify, as apparently there are some unscrupulous people out there who are less than honest on occasions such as this. Yes, I knew you would be surprised!

I did volunteer a copy of the wedding photo, then withdrew, as I am not the same man now as I was then. Tummy has expanded, I had hair then, and a long-forgotten moustache that my new bride hadn’t told me she disliked and it was going to go – very soon after the honeymoon was over!

Meanwhile, back at the cruise. Our big day found us in Mahon, on the beautiful island of Minorca. It was a Sunday, and shut. However, there was a dotto land train, so it was all aboard for an hour round the sights. The ship moored very close to the road, and there were a couple of cafes open, with of course the obligatory souvenir shops. They all did an excellent trade, with most of the ship’s passengers venturing ashore. The photo of us by the dotto train is not a flattering one!

Ruby 3
Ruby 3

We had lots of pleasant surprises on our return. When we checked into our cabin we found a lovely bottle of red wine, plus an arrangement of flowers that lasted almost two weeks. Fred Olsen arrange for any special occasion to be celebrated in the manner of your choice, so as we were getting on so well with our new four friends over the evening meal, we invited them along to our private party in the bar on the big day before dinner.

The head barman had reserved a table, and we had complimentary canapés waiting, together with two free bottles of Lanson Champagne.

Secretly, we suspected that we should only have had one, but, hey ho , it’s rude to refuse!

Some friends from home had organised a bottle of Chardonnay for us , so it was a very merry party at dinner that night!

Over the coffee, a special cake was brought to our table, with a group of waiters singing, accompanied by their leader  who was playing  a  guitar. Most embarrassing, but we had grins as wide as Boudicca.

The ship’s onboard photographer provided us with a souvenir framed photo, all compliments of Fred Olsen.

Just in case I have not mentioned this last icing on the cake before, when we returned to our cabin in the afternoon of the first formal night, there was an invitation on the bed. To dine with the Captain that night. Exalted company indeed! It was a drinks reception in the main bar, with a roped area for special guests, including us. Then to dinner, table of nine, he was alone. No stint saved, wine all evening, superb service and food, this was the life.

Ruby 9
Ruby 9

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