In the fall of 2018, we signed up for the Celtic Lands cruise, in early June 2019, , especially as it included a 2 day side trip through the D-Day beaches, the day after the 75th anniversary. We both looked at the brochure and said, “I wanna DO that!” So we reserved our spots and spent the next 6 months paying for it in installments, and dealing with Life.
We left for London on June 3. We considered the 10-11 hour flights between San Francisco and Europe (Heathrow going, Amsterdam returning), and decided to fly business class, the first time either of us has done so. It’s appallingly expensive but boy, does it help. For one thing, we waited for our outbound plane in the Delta Lounge, in comfortable chairs, waited on by attendants with free food and drink! For another, when they feed you in business class, you get a table cloth and cloth napkins, and real plates and silverware! (And real food.)