Friday, August 24, 2018

Day 14 - Thu August 23, 2018 Sixth Day at Sea - Crystal Symphony - San Francisco to New York

Day 14 - Thu August 23, 2018 Sixth Day at Sea

We lost another hour last night – thankfully, our last of this voyage.  We are now on Eastern Time. The wind was blowing and the ship rocking and rolling.  We managed 30 minutes of walking on deck, but it was difficult due to the wind.

It was a typical sea day with three lectures:
  •  “Social Networking Presence for Your Corporation, Your Non-Profit, Your Place of Worship” by Dr Jack McManus.  We skipped this one.
  • “Vietnam and Current Wars: Similarities and Differences” by Louis Beres. He explored the Vietnam War and compared it with current conflicts in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Lebanon and Yemen.  Previously U.S. foreign policy had been driven by a governing doctrine of “containing communism.”  Today the primary concern is to stop or slow down Jihad.
  • “Sondheim and Lloyd Webber:  Friends or Foes on the Musical Stage?” by Jon Bailey.  The differences between the two musical stage creators was discussed.

Our Trivia Team scored 13/15 correct today.  Much better performance (probably due to the questions being better suited to our knowledge base – politically correct way of saying easier). 

“The Tale” was the afternoon movie.  Not something we’d recommend to anyone.  It was disturbing.

It was the second Black Tie Optional evening of the cruise.  Everyone looked great in their best.  Pre-dinner cocktails in the Cove with Buzz and Ed.  Dinner was in The Waterside and wonderful as always.

Julie enjoyed: Poached Lobster

Appetizer Portion of the Cappellini Pasta with Broccoli Pesto, Walnuts, French Brie Cheese and a Light Cream Sauce – it was wonderful!!

Bob had: Mixed Salad

Roasted Plum Tomatoes Soup with Mozzarella Cream, Balsamico Pearls

We both enjoyed the:
Steak Mermaid – Grilled Black Angus Filet Mignon and Sauteed Tiger Prawn with Bernaisse Sauce, Fresh Asparagus

For dessert:
Macadamia Caramel Tart a la Mode – Clear Winner!

Turtle Creek Trifle-Milk Chocolate Sour Cream Mousse, Dark Sponge, Chocolate Ganache, Carmelized Pecan Nuts, Butter Pecan Ice Cream

The Production Show was Speakeasy – one of our favorites.  The Galaxy Theater was decorated as a Speakeasy and you had to know the secret password to enter.  It was terrific as usual, a definite winner.

Today we walked 11,863 steps, 5.1 miles.

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