Sunday, January 26, 2020

Day 15 (Jan 26, 2020) – Crystal Symphony – San Diego to Guam – Ninth Day at Sea


Overnight, we passed 4,000 nautical miles since we left San Diego (about 4,600 statute miles).

In the Captain’s noon address he mentioned the 12-15 ft seas and that he had the stabilizers out to normalize the ride.  As we looked out the window when we rolled one way we saw only sea, when we rolled back we saw only sky.  The most exciting event we witnessed due to the seas was a champagne bucket filled with ice and wine toppling over in the dining room during dinner.

Today there is a special event – a Sunday Jazz Brunch Buffet.  The menu differs from the Grand Gala Buffet, and is also an amazing artistic display of food items.  We enjoyed the brunch – there was stir fry, pasta and omelet stations made to order.  Seafood selections, salad bar, cheese station, and prepared main dishes were also available.  The desserts, of course, were beautiful.  We sampled a South African dessert, Malva Pudding, which was declared a winner!

For our dinner in The Waterside, Julie's first course appetizer was Mushroom Orzo with Soy Jelly, King Oyster Mushrooms, and Parsley Mayonnaise. Next she had Cream of Butternut Squash soup with Maple Syrup, Sage Cream, and Pumpkin Seeds. Finally, her entree was “Macademia" Shrimps with (Golden Fried Tiger Shrimps) with Creamy Sweet Chili Sauce, Sticky Rice, Broccoli Florets, Honey Roasted Macadamia Nuts. She loved the orzo, thought that the soup was terrific and she felt that the entree was one of the absolute best that she has ever had on the ship. It was even better than the shrimp offerings in Umi Uma, which is saying something!

Bob had a salad for his appetizer: Crunchy Greens with Creamy Sesame Dressing, Roasted Eggplant, and Zucchini. He had the same soup as Julie and then for his entree he had the Five Spice Pork Fillet and Char Sui Pork Belly with Vegetable Fried Rice and Green Beans. Bob felt that the salad was good, but hey, it's a salad. The soup was great and the two porks was terrific. Not as good as the shrimp that Julie had, but very good.

The evening entertainment in the Galaxy was Comedy Impressionist Scott Record.  He sang many songs and truly sounded like the original artist. We thought that he was terrific.

Afterward we enjoyed the Blackjack Dance Show of the Latin Dance Quartet in the Starlight Lounge.  When Crystal first added the Latin Dance Quartet, their performances seemed more like a Dancing With the Stars Demo of various dances. Now it seems that they have truly evolved into performing a show.

Morning Exercise: 4.1 mi on the Promenade Deck
Weather: Back of Ship Thermometer 72 degrees, TV said the temp was 84 degrees
Seas:  Rocking and Rolling all night long-enough that an item fell off bathroom shelf
Breakfast: Omelets and Fruit in The Marketplace

  • Comdr Jeff Tall - “Allied Submarine Operations in the Pacific”
  • Dr R Turnbull - “Sacred Eels and Atomic Bombs: The Marshall Islands and Pohnpei
  • Dr Khalid Sheikh - “Living to 100 and Loving It!”

Trivia: Scored 8/15 correct, still pretty dismal
Fun Trivia Question: What is the more common one-word name for members of the Imperial Council of the Ancient Arabic Order of the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine?
Movie: "Jojo Rabbit” which has 6 Oscar nominations including Best Picture. It was very strange, but we both liked it.
Dinner: The Waterside
Trivia Answer:  Shriners
Daily steps: 16,139
Daily miles: 7.0

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