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It's been a busy few weeks and the team said it would be a good time for me to touch base with everyone. They even allowed me to have my own handle for Cruise Critic (I'm moving on up in the world).
Last evening I left Miami and began my trip to join Celebrity Reflection as she leaves Meyer-Werft very early Sunday morning and makes her way to the North Sea up the River Ems.
I just arrived in the UK to visit my colleagues here for a couple of days prior to heading to "the yard".
Over the next few days, I'll be our designated blogger for the event and also be doing some Facebook updates in conjunction with my colleagues from Germany. It will be great to see them. They have such tremendous pride in having the Solstice class ships built in their homeland.
Look for a blog post over the next couple of days. If you'll indulge me, I'll be reminiscing back to 2006 when I first joined the Celebrity Marketing team after 2 years of leading our Celebrity Revenue Management team (yes, Marketing is more fun than Revenue Management). It was a great honor to be among such a talented group of professionals in the development of our Solstice class. It's definitely one of my most cherished career moments.
Please bear with me as I’m kind of new to posting on “blogs” and “FaceTube” (sorry, Facebook). If I can find an appropriate handle for the occasion, they’ve convinced me that I might even be capable of “tweeting”. For this assignment, I had to go to my two teenage sons for a few lessons. In learning from them, I was reminded of one my favorite Oscar Wilde quotes: “I’m not young enough to know everything.”
I look forward to sharing my experiences over the next few days and hopefully share some stories from the early days of developing the Solstice class (with the intention of not boring you.)
Thanks for everyone’s continued interest and support of our great brand. Your enthusiasm drives us to new heights each time we deliver new destinations, new products, and most definitely our new ships.
Enjoy your trip and the wonderful experience that awaits you. We'll be looking forward to your reports, and your sharing of an insiders look at the Reflection and the people who are proudly responsible for her !!
Last edited by rwr235; September 13th, 2012 at 09:07 AM.
Hello Brian and thanks for coming here and introducing yourself. The Reflection has generated a lot of interest so you can be sure that your blog will have a great readership! If you can, will you put photos in it too?
Fantasic, at last a new CC member who won't be asking interminable questions about the dress code and how many peas you get on your plate in the MDR.
Welcome aboard Brian.
BTW, it's 10.
Welcome aboard, Brian.
** Just around the corner - CELEBRITY ECLIPSE - 14 night Exotic Southern Caribbean, January 2015, 7th Solstice Class Cruise
** Way way down the road - CELEBRITY SILHOUETTE - 12 night Scandinavia & Russia, May 2016. "Going back to see what we missed"
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As one who is anticipating my first Celebrity cruise, I look forward to reading about your experiences. I am sure they will continue to whet my appetite for my Celebrity Eclipse sailing in February.
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