Monday, February 19, 2018

Crystal Symphony - Sydney to Tahiti - Day 4 - Mon Feb 19, 2018 (Sailing Tasmin Sea - Day 1)

We love sea days.  They are jam packed with things to do.  We started the day with our usual walk on the Promenade Deck.  It was windy.  Julie paused the walk to use some of the outdoor exercise machines.  On the aft of the ship on several levels they have machines for:  chest presses, leg presses, sit ups, hip flex, ellipticals, and more.  It’s pleasant to use the outdoor machines while watching the wake of the ship.  After an outdoor breakfast we headed to the Galaxy Lounge for a lecture.  The enrichment lectures on Crystal are amazing and one of the reasons we enjoy this cruiseline.  The speakers are top notch. 

The lectures today include:
  • “Cities of the South of New Zealand” by Brian Lawrenson.  He talked about several of our upcoming ports (no, they don’t mention shopping in the lectures).
  • “War Stories and Leadership Lessons” by Brigadier General Nick Halley (retired US Army). We’ve seen General Halley speak on another cruise.  Today he relayed serious and humorous War Stories ranging from the Cuban Missile Crisis through both Iraqi wars.  He discussed Leadership Lessons by using personal experiences with the North Vietnamese Army, Cuban forces on Grenada, Iraqis, and Radical Islamic forces.  He’s a great storyteller and we always enjoy his lectures.
  •  “Prehistory and Maori settlement of New Zealand” by Peter Donovan, historian, presenting an overview of the physical characteristics of the nation and impact of volcanic activity and earthquakes that have been so significant.
The Symphony and Serenity also both have a nice movie theatre.  They have two showings of a film in the evening as an entertainment choice, and then repeat the movie the next afternoon.  This afternoon we chose to see “The Dressmaker” with Kate Winslet about a glamorous woman returning to her small hometown in rural Australia.  With her sewing machine and haute couture style she transforms the women of the town and ultimately gets revenge on those who wronged her.

Tonight was formal night – black tie optional.  Crystal has become more and more casual over the years.  We would estimate that 15% of men wore tuxes, 60% in suits or sports coats, and another 25% in collared shirts. 

We dined in Waterside this evening.  Julie loves Maine Lobster and they always serve that in the dining room on the first formal night.  Julie had Vegetarian Nicoise Salad, Pasta with Pesto appetizer size, Fresh Maine Lobster and Tahitian Vanilla Crème Brulee.  Her meal was amazing.  Bob enjoyed the Chicken Liver Parfait, Vegetarian Nicoise Salad, Beef Tenderloin, and lastly, a Cheese Selection. 

The evening entertainment was “Rocket Man,” an Elton John Tribute Show.  Neil Lockwood does a superb job with the Elton John songs. 

Today we walked 4.77 miles and had 11,359 steps.

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