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impossibly blue water as St. Thomas grew closer. They spent
that afternoon in a Jeep, bouncing along roads exploring
the island, David at the wheel, Sheila with the map. A
once-in-a-lifetime vacation, they thought.

They were wrong.

Twenty years have passed since David and Sheila's first
cruise. A lot of life fills two decades. Back then, they had
three children still in high school and college. Now, their
children have children of their own, and four grandchildren
have joined their family. David and Sheila have retired from
full-time careers and now pursue passion projects. They've
also become seasoned cruisers. They've taken ten cruises
since that first one. Through the years they've advanced to
bigger balcony rooms and even bigger ships, including
Allure of the Seas, which held the title of the biggest cruise
ship in the world when they sailed on it five years ago.
There was just something about that first cruise, they
thought. As they began to plan their 45th-anniversary
celebration, Sheila checked to see if Grandeur of the Seas
would sail on July 26, the date of their anniversary. It would.
She checked to see if Room 3560 was available. It was.

Sheila had an idea.

What if they celebrated their 45th anniversary just like
they celebrated their 25th? Same ship. Same room. Same
magic. They called Matt Spencer, the AAA Travel Agent who
helped them arrange a three-week Mediterranean cruise last
year. He arranged this cruise as well, and even added
on-board credits for little luxuries during their trip. Matt
asked if they wanted a room upgrade. No way, they
responded. They wanted Room 3560. He booked the room,
and surprised them with a "Happy anniversary!" sign on
their door and a bottle of champagne waiting for them inside.
"My favorite moment on this cruise was walking onto
the ship, and remembering how overwhelmed we were
during our first trip there," David says. "We've walked onto
a lot of ships during our lives, but to walk onto that ship
and think, Wow, this is us, twenty years later."
Not everything would be the same, though. This time,
Grandeur of the Seas departed from Baltimore and sailed
north. It made stops in Boston, Portland, Saint John
and Halifax. It's a droolworthy itinerary for anyone,
but especially for David, a

lobster lover. On this cruise, the ship's menu featured
lobster rolls and whole lobster, irresistible options for
David. During their excursion to Peggy's Cove, a fishing
village that's home to Nova Scotia's most famous
lighthouses, they got a unique lobster lesson: namely, how
to put one to sleep. Instead of dropping a lobster into a
boiling pot fully awake, they learned to lull it into a
pre-bath nap. As they held napping lobsters, a cruise
photographer snapped a picture. It was a sweet memory
that became a beloved photo - and, quite likely, a
delicious meal.
The napping lobster photo wouldn't become their
favorite photo from their trip, however. That honor
belongs to an even more special moment. On the night of
their anniversary, Sheila donned a black floor-length
gown and David wore his tux. She slipped on a black,
sequined jacket, the same one she wore 20 years ago, and
they had their picture taken by the curved staircase, the
same one they posed beside 20 years ago. The two
pictures together tell the story of one marriage and two
special trips, of the little details that change and the
important ones that remain just the same.
Their room wasn't the only one to have a "Happy
anniversary!" sign on Grandeur of the Seas. As they passed
other signs, they'd offer cruise mates happy-anniversary
wishes and ask how many years they were celebrating.
Several couples exclaimed they were there celebrating
50th anniversaries.

Sheila had another idea.

As their ship steward bid them good-bye as they
departed the ship back in Baltimore, Sheila responded
with a smile and the beginnings of a new plan:
"We'll see you in five years!"

Celebrating a milestone? Your AAA Travel
Agent can help you plan a vacation to
commemorate it! Visit AAA.com/Travel
or call 800-750-5386 today!


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