Sunday, October 19, 2014

Day 11, October 14, 2014, Symphony Crossing – Final Sea Day

Julie got up at 5:30 and started some laundry (mostly the swimming suits and clothes from our outing yesterday so they would be clean and dry to take home).  She then started exercising.  Bob slept until 6:45 and also started exercising.  Exercising was quite difficult, probably because of all of the extra exercise that we had done the previous day.

We then went to breakfast  at 8:30 and then had about an hour to kill before the morning talk.  Our room hadn’t been made up as our room stewardess was sick (we hope that she is ok, this is the third day in a row that she has been sick).  So, we both worked on the computers.

Robert Schrire’s planned talk was on Democracy in Russia.  He ended up compressing the talk so he could answer some questions.  He had received 32 written questions, of which he collapsed them into 7 to answer.  He covered things such as what are the Chinese Leaders future goals (they don’t have a clue) and could America actually collapse into anarchy (not unless some external event happened like massive climate change or a global pandemic).  He is amazingly thoughtful and articulate.  On the question about was it possible for democracy to occur in Russia, he said basically that Putin was a thug and is causing so many problems that he believes that the people will likely work to kick him out at some point.  Then it is “possible” that democracy could happen in Russia (but not that it is likely).

We then kept working on our computer work while our cabin was being made up.
After that little break, we went to our final team trivia.  We again got in the left hand column (two answers behind the leaders), but not good enough.  We then chatted with our team and said our goodbyes.

Next up was lunch in the Lido, it was Mexican food day and we had an assortment of Mexican buffet items (Bob loved the tacos).  After lunch we went to our cabin and did our packing, skipping the last two lectures.

We did manage to make it to the final bingo.  We missed it by one number (and apparently so did a lot of people).  Using machines with 102 cards makes some games go crazy fast.

We then got ready for dinner and went to the early showing (5pm) of Route 66.  We have seen the show several times and it is still one our favorites.  Then off to dinner.

For our final dinner we both started with this appetizer with the Roasted Beet Root and Herbed Cheese Napoleon with Sherry-Walnut Vinaigrette.  It was fantastic.  For our second courses, Julie had the Caribbean Clam Chowder and Bob the Red and Green Caesar Salad with Garlic Croutons and Parmesan Shavings.  Both were very good.  For the entrée, Julie had Dover Sole a la Meuniere with Melted Butter, Accompanied by Chateau Potatoes and Glazed Vegetable Sticks, while Bob had the Steak “Diane” where the sauce was Cognac Flavored Green Peppercorns, with Creamy Parmesan Potatoes, Sautéed Forest Mushrooms and Glazed Carrots.  We both loved them!!  For dessert Julie had the White Chocolate Passion Fruit Delice (White Chocolate Mousse, Passion Fruit Custard and Coconut Crumble), while Bob had Vivian’s Chocolate Banana Trifle with Bittersweet Chocolate Cremeux, Caramelized Bananas and Banana Bread, and Caramel Butter Stick.  We both thought that the trifle was the best of the two desserts.

The Beet Root appetizer:

Salad:

Soup:

The steak Diane.  Note - Bob asked for extra sauce.

The Dover Sole:

The Trifle:

The Mousse:


After dinner we went to the one comedy show by John Joseph.  We had seen him before and he was excellent.  He told a really funny story about how he boarded the ship in Grand Turk, but lost his luggage.  Well, it wasn’t really lost, the plane was so small they couldn’t fit the luggage on it with him and one other, rather large passenger.  It eventually arrived on a later flight, fortunately before the ship left the port.


We then called it a night.

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