Sunday, August 12, 2018

Day 2 - Sat August 11, 2018 First Day at Sea - Crystal Symphony - San Francisco to New York

Day 2 - Sat August 11, 2018 First Day at Sea

We forgot to post picture of our cabin yesterday, so here they are (obviously we took these when we first got to our room with all of the luggage scattered about).






Back to Saturday.....

We started our day in our usual fashion - with an hour long walk on the Promenade Deck.

The morning was filled with two lectures:
  • "Managing Nuclearization: Frontiers for a Durable Peace" by Professor Louis Beres.  The subject was the growing number of nuclear and near-nuclear weapons countries, and urgent nuclear security matterrs concerning North Korea, India, Pakistan, Iran, Syria, Saudi Arabia and Israel.
  • "Traveling into Space" by Dr Jeffrey Hoffman, a Space Shuttle Astronaut.  He described the preparation of both the equipment and crew for a space flights, sharing personal experiences, and fascinating pictures.  Bob has always had an interest in the Space Program (his father was an aerospace engineer), and is looking forward to Dr Hoffman's upcoming lectures.
It was our first sea day - and, Team Trivia was held for the first time.  Crystal holds Team Trivia at 12:05 pm on each sea day, immediately following the Captain's Update.  Julie had organized 3 Trivia Teams (6 members each team) from the Roll Call for our cruise.  The Starlight Lounge was packed with about 25 Trivia Teams.  Our team got 11/15 questions correct.  We're hoping for a better showing tomorrow!  

Lunch was in The Marketplace, we were joined by Philip and also had the opportunity to meet fellow Cruise Critic member Muriel.  

After lunch we were all off to various activities.  We chose to watch the Live Broadcast of the afternoon lecture in our cabin:
  • "Floating Palaces: The Great Atlantic Liners" by William Miller.  He described the history and life on early ocean liners as well showing pictures of these lavish ships.
Crystal serves afternoon tea with live entertainment in the Palm Court.  We thoroughly enjoy one of the guitarists onboard (Conrad Abbott) and saw that he was playing for tea.  We each had tea (resisted the beautiful sandwiches, pastries and scones) and enjoyed Conrad's music.

Tonight was the first Black Tie Optional evening.  Crystal has relaxed the formal evening dress code for men to include a dark suit with or without a tie or a tuxedo.  And a cocktail dress for evening gown for women.  We've seen the dress become more and more casual over our years of sailing.  Everyone still looked wonderful!

Crystal Cove was our choice for a pre-dinner glass of Champagne, enjoying the piano music of Scott Mitchel.  Dinner was in The Waterside, with excellent choices.

Julie enjoyed:
The Captain's Salad
Forest Mushroom Salad served "Cappuccino Style" - one of our favorites
Broiled Fresh Cold Water Lobster with Asparagus and Leek-Truffle Risotto





Bob enjoyed:
Forest Mushroom Soup
Appetizer Portion of Spaghetti "Aglio E Olio E Peperoncini" with Roasted Garlic, Parsley, Chili Flakes and Olive Oil
Slow Roasted Black Angus Beef Tenderloin



We both had a selection of cheeses for dessert.

The evening's entertainment was "Rocket Man," a tribute to Elton John by Neil Lockwood.  As usual, it was an excellent performance.


For the day, we walked 15,211 steps and 7 miles.

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