Thursday, June 15, 2017

Crystal Serenity – LA to Vancouver – Day 6 – Wednesday, June 14, 2017 (Day at Sea)

Today we are celebrating our 40th wedding anniversary, even though it’s actually Sunday, June 18th.  That day we will be eating in the onboard specialty restaurant Prego (our favorite one).  So, Crystal has flagged us for our anniversary celebration for formal night in the Dining Room.

We slept in until almost 7am.  Deck 7 was closed off again (windy and 52 degrees), so we decided to try walking inside today.  We essentially walked on decks 5, 6, and 7 going from one end to the other.  Going up or down stairs when we completed a deck.  We walked for about 35 minutes.  It wasn’t as refreshing as walking outside in the fresh air and also seemed to be harder walking on the carpet.  When you are outside, the time passes very quickly.  Maybe because it is mindless going around the outside and you focus on the scenery and the fresh air.  While we walked, we took some pictures of the ship:

Stardust lounge:



As our only sea day on the trip, today is one of the formal days with Black Tie optional dress.  We got ready for the day, and decided to skip breakfast (looking forward to lobster and beef wellington tonight on the menu).  We headed to the Bistro to hang out, get a latte, and do some blogging work.  Julie was looking forward to the Portuguese Custard Tarts that they bring out in the Bistro around 10am every day.  They are truly amazing and worth every calorie.  That would be our only food before lunch.


The Bistro:

The Tarts - yummy:

As the only sea day, they decided to cram as many lectures as possible.  Generally we push hard and go to all the lectures, but decided that this cruise we needed to actually relax some and not push so hard with all the wonderful activities.  We did go to the 11am talk by Ken Walsh (he has been covering the White House since 1986 for US News and World Reports).  His topic was “The Presidency of Donald Trump: Governing a Divided America.”  The best part of his talk is that he tried to be a true journalist without biases and just report the news.  It was a fine talk showing how truly divided the US is and how no one seems to be interested in compromise any more. 

After the talk, we went to the Lido for lunch.  It was Asian buffet day.  We mostly had a large salad with a few samplings of Asian delicacies.  We ate in the open area on the aft of the ship. 

After lunch, we took a few upper ship pictures:

just hung out in our room, Julie did a bunch of work and Bob just relaxed.  At 3:15, we went to the Palm Court for Mozart tea.  While there is tea time daily on Crystal, the Mozart once a voyage is truly special.  This is an incredible affair where the wait staff dress up in period costumes, and they have a huge selection of savories and sweets, plus tea.  We both had the excellent Hot Chocolate Amadeus (with dark rum, whipped cream and chocolate shavings – yummy).  

Carlos serving our drinks:

Rum and hot chocolate - who would have known how good THAT is:

We had to bug out early (3:45) to get to the Magic Castle magic show that was to start at 4pm.

We’ve seen the magicians on many occasions and it is always a treat.  This one was no different.  It’s always a very small affair with only about 15 guests for the show.  Our favorite trick was 10 tricks in 2 minutes with 3 different length ropes.  Incredible.

We then got all dressed up for dinner.  We went to the Cove for pre-dinner cocktails and then had our pictures taken before heading into dinner (hopefully one of them will come out LOL). 

Did we mention that they serve appetizers while you are drinking?  Well, they do.... (this is Max serving us).

For starters, Julie had a fresh artichoke with tomato-herb vinaigrette and Bob had the Mesclun lettuce tossed in creamy champagne dressing.  Julie definitely had the winner here.  The artichoke with dressing was amazing.

For the second course, we both had the pasta dish as an appetizer.  It was pappardelle “al pesto” which was essentially pesto pasta.  Again, it was excellent.

As promised, for dinner, Julie had the Fresh Cold Water Lobster, while Bob had the Filet of Beef Wellington with Cabernet Sauvignon gravy.  We were both very impressed.  The food has been wonderful this cruise!

As part of the Anniversary celebration, they brought us a special anniversary cake.

After dinner, we went to the production show – “My Life: The Music of Billy Joel” starring James Fox.  This was a high-energy show with the singers and dancers doing a whole slew of Billy Joel songs.  James Fox performed as Billy Joel in “Movin Out” on Broadway and the West End as well as had a musical career.  He is extremely talented both playing the piano and vocally.  It was an excellent performance.  We just love the production shows.  It was a wonderful way to end a special day.

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