Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Day 4 - Mon August 13, 2018 Cabo San Lucas - Crystal Symphony - San Francisco to New York

Day 4 - Mon August 13, 2018 Cabo San Lucas

The start of the day was another walk on the Promenade Deck.  The further we travel south, the warmer it is getting.  We definitely need to adjust our morning walk earlier.

Our arrival in Cabo was 2 hours early – at 10:00 am.  We heard rumors that the Captain wanted to beat the Carnival ship into port.  If that’s true, he succeeded.  The sail in to Cabo Bay is beautiful with views of Los Arcos, Lovers Beach and the rugged rocks.  

Cabo is a tender port, and having been there at least 3-4 times before, we decided to just go to the beach.  They have arranged the marina very cleverly – the beach is actually not far from where you disembark the tenders.  However, it turned out to be 1.3 miles away by the time we wound our way around all the shops, restaurants and tour vendors.  

It was pretty hot and by the time we got to the beach we wondered if we should have taken the water taxi instead of walking it.  We certainly enjoy walking – but not in the heat.  We were refreshed after swimming in the ocean, the water temperature was perfect.  

We decided to walk back to the tender while we were still wet to see if being wet helped with the heat.  It did, and the 1.3 mile walk back was tolerable.  And, the bonus is that we actually got an extra 2.6 miles of walking in that we didn’t plan!

Back on board, we hurried to grab a light snack in The Bistro Coffee Shop before showering and going to the movie – “The Book Club” starring Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda, Mary Steenburgen, and Candice Bergen.  We had seen it before and enjoyed it, so went again.  We both commented that we think we enjoyed it more the second time.

We continue to meet Cruise Critic members, today it was Terry and Kerry. It is great to make connections between our virtual selves and real people. Terry's posts and guidance helped us greatly back on our previous trip when we started in Sydney.

Pre-dinner cocktails were in the Crystal Cove, enjoying the piano music of Scott Mitchel, and dinner in The Waterside.  Julie had a hard time deciding what to order, so she had:

Crabmeat Tower

Mexican Seapot seafood stew with Red Fish,Salmon Fillets, Scallops, Shrimp, Mussels in a Shellfish Broth with Cilantro Aioli. She had an appetizer portion as she couldn’t decide between this for her entrée and the steak.

Steak Diane with a Cognac Flavored Green Peppercorn Sauce

Bob had:

Goat Cheese Hazelnut Ravioli with Citrus Brown Butter and declared that it may have been his favorite appetizer ever!

Butternut Squash Bisque with Toasted Sunflower Seeds and Pumpkin Seed Oil

and Steak Diane. We felt that the steak was excellent, but a very large portion.

It was a heavier meal than we usually eat, so we both skipped dessert.

The evening’s entertainment was fabulous – Gary Arbuthnot, an Irish Flutist, playing classical, pop, jazz.  His performance included film clips while he played music from the soundtracks (such as the iconic Pirates of the Caribbean) and was very enjoyable. 

After the show, we stopped by the Bistro. Bob had one of the world's smallest creme brulee.

It is quite interesting that with the ship having 745 passengers, it seems quite uncrowded to us.  The Waterside Dining Room was quite empty for most of our meal, as was the first show of Gary Arbuthnot.  The open seat dining and the addition of two extra evening dining venues seems to have really spread the passengers out in the evening.  The only evening that The Waterside seemed full was the Black Tie Optional evening as most passengers eat there to enjoy the special menus.

We walked 18,542 steps, 8.41 miles.

1 comment:

  1. Do you actually remember the details of each of your courses, or are you like me and take a photo of the menu? After a day onboard and the activities, I might remember I had a slide, a steak and Ice cream. Maybe it is just me.