Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Day 8, May 11, 2015, Serenity Crossing – Fifth Day at Sea

We were kind of dragging, so Bob only walked 2 miles and Julie did 3.  We were also in a hurry because the first talk was at 9:45am.  It was by USC’s Drew Casper doing an introduction to the film: “From Here to Eternity” (1953).  His introduction was about how Sinatra was re-inventing himself and how he got the job to play the character Angelo DiMaggio (he won the best supporting Oscar for this role).  We don’t think that either of us had seen the movie before.  It was a pretty good movie and Frank definitely did a great job acting. 

The movie finished at a few minutes after noon, so we ran up to team trivia and barely made it.  The captain’s noon talk was discussing nautical miles and what it means.  We again did ok on trivia, but some team got 14/15 right.

We then went and tried to wolf down a quick lunch (as there was a talk at 1:30pm).  We had salads and a crispy chicken enchilada (which was actually quite good).  We made the talk by William Squire in plenty of time.  This time he discussed makeup and fashion tricks and trends for the fall Hollywood scene.  He was again quite entertaining.  Even though Bob was bored with the stuff about makeup, he enjoyed the talk.  Julie even took notes!!

We then went to the 2:30pm talk by Ester Kim Lee (a professor from University of Maryland) who discussed the movie “Flower Drum Song” (1961).  We then screened the movie from about 3pm until 5pm.  It was quite interesting to see how much movies have evolved.  Flower Drum Song was a musical that came from the Broadway play of the same name.  Julie liked it, but Bob thought that it was slow and had some really weird parts (a couple of dream sequences were just plain bizarre).

After that, we got dressed for dinner and headed to the Crystal Cove for a pre-dinner glass of wine.  

We again had dining by reservation at 6:15.  

Our first course was Puff Pastry Tart with forest mushrooms served with fine herb salad.  It was great.

Second course was the Roasted Beet Salad that included orange slices, argula, spice pecans and roast shallow vinaigrette.  Again, it was terrific.

Here is a view out of the window by our table.

For the entrée Julie had Dover Sole “a la Meuniere” with melted butter, parsley potatoes and almond broccoli.  Dover Sole is one of Julie’s favorite foods and she loved it.

Bob had the pasta dish which was “Butternut Squash Ravioli” with sage cream, brown butter, mushrooms and parmesan shavings.  It was amazing, but very rich.

For dessert, Bob had “Banoffee Oat Trifle” with oats, fresh bananas, yogurt cream, caramel sauce and vanilla ice cream.  He thought it was excellent.  Julie had the White Chocolate Mocha Cheesecake with Coffee Buzz ice cream.  She liked the ice cream, but didn’t care for the cheesecake.

After dinner, they had an 8pm show in the Stardust Club (available to both main and late seating guests).  The show was “Hear My Song – A Journey Through Broadway’s Best” starring Kelly Lester.  She sang for 30 minutes.  Julie liked the show, but Bob didn’t really like her voice.  It was very powerful, but she had a warble in her voice that he didn’t really enjoy.

After that, we went to the 8:45pm variety show in the Galaxy Lounge.  The show began with a dance piece by Epic Moves – Leighton Jones and Jo Almond.  They were spectacular, very beautiful and very athletic.  After that dance, the comedian ventriloquist Mark Merchant did his show.  Mark is extremely talented.  You just can’t see his lips moving.  He even did a bit where he drank a glass of wine while he sang.  Pretty cool!!!

We then went to the Bistro for some cheese and port.  

We were going to lose another hour tonight, so we went to bed at about 10:30 (11:30 new time).  Julie walked about 11K steps and 5 miles (but was about 2K behind).

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