Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Day 11 - Mon August 20, 2018 Fifth Day at Sea - Crystal Symphony - San Francisco to New York

Day 11 - Mon August 20, 2018 Fifth Day at Sea

It was a bit rough getting up early to walk this morning, but we made it.  Julie put a couple loads of laundry into the machines to run while walking.  It’s nice that the times for various cycles are posted so you know when to go back and move the items from the washer to the dryers.  Towards the end of the walk it started to sprinkle lightly, which was actually quite pleasant! 

We decided on breakfast in The Waterside. It really is a nice, relaxing experience. Julie had a Crab Omelet and a small Orange, Carrot, Ginger Smoothie.  Bob requested a Denver Omelet – which our waiter had not heard of.  They made him a great one, and the waiter was pleased to have learned something new this morning.

With it being a sea day, there were lectures to enjoy:
  • “International Criminal Trials: From Nuremberg to the Present” by Professor Louis Beres.  He discussed the important trials of the 20th and 21st centuries, from the landmark Nuremberg tribunals after WWII to the International Criminal Court at The Hague.
  • “The Future of Space Flight-Vacations in Earth Orbit and What It Will Take to Travel Beyond” by astronaut Dr Jeffrey Hoffman.  He talked about the prospects of space travel for private citizens in the not too distant future. 
  • “West Side Story and The Music Man-Longing for the Past, Looking to the Future” by Jon Bailey.  He discussed the musical and social aspects of these to popular musicals. 

Dr. Hoffman
Today was the Grand Gala Buffet served in the Crystal Plaza.  The fabulous Chefs are introduced, and they put on a spectacular buffet with truly special presentations.  The buffet ranges from Salads, Soups, Sushi/Shashimi, Lobster, Shrimp, Hot Dishes, Spectacular Desserts and more.  Pictures are allowed at 11:30 am, the Chefs introduced at 11:45 am and dining begins at noon.  

There was an absolutely frenzy for the lobster when the buffet opened.  They were serving the lobster tails as fast as they could, and trying to get them replenished quickly, but just couldn’t keep up.  I have no idea how many lobster tails they served, but it must have been a huge number.

We were soundly thrashed in Trivia scoring 8/15, the winning team had 12/15.  There’s always tomorrow.  We ate with Team member Phillip after Trivia, about 12:45 pm.  There were still having trouble keeping up with the lobster demand.

We are roughly half way in our journey. At 2:42pm on Monday, we have traveled a total of 3226 nautical miles or 3,715 land miles (it's not exactly half as we had 5 port days thus far, and 3 more on the way up to New York). We go through Panama Canal tomorrow, which obviously is not as quick as just sailing on the ocean. Today the seas were incredibly calm. Considering this is the giant Pacific Ocean it was pretty remarkable.

Pre-dinner drinks were in the Crystal Cove, enjoying the piano music of Scott Mitchell.  Dinner was in The Waterside.  Julie enjoyed: Charred Beef Salad with Spicy Mango-Cilantro Relish and Yuzu Sauce- Fabulous!

An Appetizer Portion of Seared Sea Scallops with Clam Risotto, Grilled Green & Yellow Squash - Julie did not like the sauce on the scallops, it was fennel-based and she didn't feel that it mixed well with the scallops.

Tortiglioni Pasta with Crabmeat, Cream, Tomato, Squash, Eggplant and Italian Herbs

Bob enjoyed: Goat Cheese Cake with Champagne Jelly and Dried Grapes - Bob thought it was tasty, but filling - a bit much for an appetizer.

Roasted Tomato Soup with Kafir Lime Leaf and Pickled Ginger

Coconut Chicken Curry with Saffron Biryani, Fried Bananas, Papadam Cone with Condiments - Bob thought that the curry was amazing, spicy and tasty.

The evening’s entertainment was vocalist Earl Turner.  He is a Las Vegas entertainer and received the Las Vegas Review Journal “Male Vocalist of the Year” award.  He sang songs of our era and had the audience participating with singing along.  It certainly was a high energy, fun, show.

Today we walked 16,500 steps, 8.2 miles.

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