Friday, March 16, 2018

Day 29 - Thu Mar 15, 2018 At Sea Toward Bora Bora - Crystal Symphony - Sydney to Tahiti

Day 29-At Sea – Thur, Mar 15, 2018

Our day started again with walking on the Promenade Deck and using the outdoor exercise machines.

This morning we had to present ourselves to the French Polynesian immigration officials onboard since we are getting off the ship in Papeete, Tahiti.  Since we are able to handle it onboard, we assume when we get off to go to the airport early Sunday morning we won’t have to do anything.

As is usual for sea days, there were three lectures offered:
·       “Encounters with Paradise” by Dr Teri Sowell.  The subject was the myths and misconceptions of Polynesian culture.
·       “Ocean Views,” an interactive exchange with Guest Panelists, Dan Raviv, Major General Arthur Denaro & Richard Roth, a discussion/opinion on World Affairs, moderated by Cruise Director Shane Morley.  The audience was able to give opinions (via electronic devices) on various subjects before and after the panelists shared their views.
·       “Whales” by Dr Jay Christofferson, about how to identify the major groups of whales and how these animals have adapted to their environment.

Ocean Views.

The Grand Gala Buffet was in the Crystal Cove.  It is a lavish buffet featuring seafood (lobster, shrimp, oysters, etc), pasta station, carving station, sushi, breads, cheeses, desserts and more.  Quite the beautiful spread.

Rather than attending the afternoon lecture, we chose the see the movie- “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.”  The film received 7 Oscar nominations, and had Academy award winning performances by Frances McDormand (Best Actress) and Sam Rockwell (Best Supporting Actor).  Woody Harrelson also gave a stellar performance and was also nominated for Best Supporting Actor.   While we enjoyed the film, the ending was not very satisfying. 

It was formal night and we chose The Waterside for dinner.  Julie enjoyed Baked Shrimp Thermidor, Cream of Asparagus Soup and Broiled King Crab Legs topped off by Pumpkin Tart for dessert.

Bob had the Captain’s Salad, Cream of Asparagus Soup and the Beef Wellington topped off by Crème Brulee.

The Crystal Society party was after dinner, honoring Crystal Society members (the couple with the most number of cruises with Crystal had 75 cruises).  The production show was “Speakeasy.” We really enjoyed it last cruise, so went again.

Today we walked 16,383 steps (our miles are not correct today)...

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