The Diamond Odyssey

posted by: Chelsea and Kyle Johnson

In the summer of 2011, my wife and I were married. Our wedding was amazing, but our honeymoon will forever be our best story.

In August, we flew into Athens to board our first ever cruise together aboard the Seabourn Odyssey. From the moment we stepped on board, we were referred to, quite fittingly, as "The Honeymooners." Walking onto the ship was a surreal moment. Neither of us had ever imagined we'd be on such an amazing ship. Walking across the sparkling black marble floor we couldn't help but gaze in awe at the ship we would call home for our Mediterranean adventure. Because we were "The Honeymooners" we received an upgrade on our room, which was an incredibly pleasant surprise. We were introduced to our chambermaid Sylvia, who was very sweet and told us how to say cheers in Hungarian as we toasted to the start of our adventure.

After traveling to Santorini, Corfu, Katakolon, and Montenegro, all of which were amazing, we started what would be the most memorable night of our trip in Dubrovnik, Croatia. We spent the day walking inside the walls of the city. We took a walk along the fortress walls and were amazed by the beautiful views of the Ocean and the terracotta roofs of the city buildings. Needless to say, my wife and I were very tired by the time we boarded the ship. We decided we'd have an early dinner and go to sleep early that evening. The universe, however, had other plans for us.

As we got off the elevator, my wife and I walked hand and hand across the sparkling black marble floor once again into The Restaurant. We had an amazing meal, made our way back to our room, and prepared for a relaxing evening. That's when it happened. I was sitting on the couch and my wife picked up the shirt she'd been wearing early in the day. She screamed. Not a "oh there's a spider" scream, a "the worst thing on earth just happened" scream. She immediately started sobbing. I jumped up from where I was seated and frantically asked what was wrong. She held out her left hand and now to both of our horrors the diamond on her engagement ring was missing! My heart sank. After a moment of shock and hesitation I snapped to. This was no time to panic, I needed to do everything I could to find this diamond. I called the front desk and told them what had happened. They said they would alert the staff and send someone up right away. We both quickly scrambled looking all over the carpet hoping it had just fallen out. No luck. I went into the hall, found Sylvia who found someone another chambermaid to help us search. With my wife, Sylvia, and the other chambermaid searching the floor, I decided the best option was for me to search the ship. I kissed my wife, told her I loved her, and I promised we'd find it.

I left the room with my heart going a mile a minute and began retracing our steps that evening. I walked down to The Restaurant and found our waiter, I told him what happened and asked him if I could look around the table were we'd been sitting. A new couple was already seated at our table, so I explained to them what had happened. To my surprise, the couple and all the people at the tables around were we'd been sitting dropped to the floor to help me look. A man with a French accent at the table adjacent to ours told me he would go get "his flame" to help me look, when I looked concerned his wife explained that he meant his flashlight. After searching for what seemed like an eternity we did not find the diamond. The wonderful people in the dining room told me they would keep looking while I searched the rest of the trip. I began pacing through the halls where we'd walked, back and forth, back and forth.

I'd been gone from the room for over an hour when I approached the elevators. I decided I had looked long enough and should go back to the room. Defeated, I reached for the button, but pulled my hand back. I decided to take one more walk around. The odds were against me, but I had to keep trying. The moment I turned around and walked back towards The Restaurant I caught a bright flicker. Right in the middle of the sparkly black marble floor, was an even sparklier diamond! I picked it up, did a fist pump, and quickly made my way to The Restaurant to let those who had helped me know I'd found it. I received a small ovation of applause when the room learned I had the diamond. I said as many thank you's as I could in a matter of seconds and then raced up to our room.

When I opened the door, my wife and one of the chambermaids were still searching the room. My wife looked at me with tear soaked eyes. I extended my hand with the diamond in the middle of my palm and asked her if she'd marry me. We embraced, hugged, and kissed. My wife, nor I, could believe I had found it. We thanked the chambermaid for all her help and sat down together with a bottle of wine to try to calm down. Just then we heard a big boom outside the ship. We went out onto our balcony as fireworks lit up the Dubrovnik sky! My wife and I held each other as we watched the fireworks and reflected on the most memorable moment of our honeymoon. This will always be one of our greatest memories.

 

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