Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Day 2, May 5, 2015, Serenity Crossing – First day at sea

Today, after losing an hour, we didn’t get up and get going until after 9am.  We decided to skip the lecture on Frank Sinatra (eventually we watched it in the afternoon in our room).  We then went for a walk around deck 7.  We were able to walk 4 miles.  It was really windy on one of the sides and was a LOT of work walking against that wind.  The temperature was in the 70’s.  After getting ready for the day we made it to the 11am talk by Ronald Marks (ex-CIA) for a talk about Vladimir Putin and how he went from being a KGB spy to leader of Russia.  It was a great talk and gave us a bit of insight into the man and his motivation.

We then went to trivia and joined 4 other people.  We got 10 out of 15 right, which was not great.  There were 10 teams that all got 12 correct.  They did a bonus question to name how many innings is the record in a Major League Baseball game (the answer is 26 and 3 teams got it right – so all of those teams were declared winners).

After that, we went to lunch (having skipped breakfast) and had large salads for lunch.  We were hoping for some kind of Cinco de Mayo food, but unfortunately there was nothing available (although Bob got a few tortilla chips and salsa and had a mini Cinco de Mayo celebration).
After lunch, we headed to the talk by stylist to the stars: William Squire.  He gave a very interesting and funny talk about his experience styling the stars at the various awards shows-Oscars, Emmys, Golden Globes, etc.

Back in the cabin, we watched the lecture on Frank Sinatra that we missed this morning, did some blog work, and got ready for dinner.  



We stopped in the Crystal Cove for drinks and sat with two of the people on our trivia team. 


We then went in for dinner at 6:15, again dining by reservation.  We both chose the red wine tonight, which was a cabernet that Crystal has commissioned.  It was excellent.  For appetizer, Julie had the Fricassee of Fresh Spring Morels, Chicken and Asparagus in Puff Pastry.  


Bob had the Sweet Corn Soup with Crisp Leeks and Black Truffles.  Bob liked his soup, but Julie felt that her appetizer was a little dry.



For the next course, we both had the Fresh Garden Salad Tossed in Creamy Citrus Dressing with Cocktail Tomatoes, Ruby Grapefruit, Cucumber, Radish, Fresh Mushrooms, and Sprouts.  It was fantastic.



Julie had the Fresh Maine Lobster with Asparagus and Chive-Truffle Risotto; while Bob had the Beef Tenderloin with Potato Mousseline & Baby Carrots.  We thought that both were excellent.



Julie had the Fresh Maine Lobster with Asparagus and Chive-Truffle Risotto; while Bob had the Beef Tenderloin with Potato Mousseline & Baby Carrots.  We thought that both were excellent.



For dessert, we both had the Vanilla Crème Brulee. 


After dinner, we wandered by the captain’s welcome reception for a few minutes and then went down to the Galaxy lounge for the show: My Life – The Music of Billy Joel starring James Fox. 


Originally from Wales, James Fox was the Broadway star of the musical about Billy Joel-“Movin’ Out” and also was the star of both the US & UK touring company.  He is now starring as Paul McCartney in the Broadway musical “Let it Be.” Although he didn’t sound exactly like Billy Joel, he played the role well- an excellent pianist and commanded the stage.  The Crystal Ensemble of singers and dancers joined in.  It was a great show.  


After that, we called it a night.  BTW, for the day we did 6.25 miles and 12.3K steps.

Oh yeah, when we arrived back at our cabin there was a gift – two pins commemorating the 25th anniversary of Crystal Cruises.


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