Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Day 17 (Jan 28, 2020) – Crystal Symphony – San Diego to Guam – Tenth Day at Sea

We gained another hour last night (one more to go to Guam).  We were up early, about 5:30am and decided it was a good time to use the self-service laundry.  Only 1 out of the 6 machines was being used.  We were able to snag 4 machines and wash the majority of our clothing.  There are signs posted on the machines that tells you how long it takes for various cycles.  We went out to the Promenade Deck to start walking during the wash cycle.  After moving the clothing to the dryer we finished our walk.  It turned out to be VERY hot and humid. It quickly became really hard to continue on due to the heat.  Julie was happy to come in to the air conditioning and deal with the laundry, while Bob continued walking - 4.1 miles.

A nice sunrise
The special event today is the Mozart Tea, held in the elegant Palm Court.  It is always a nice event, with the servers being dressed in period costume, music, and of course, tasty food items.  Not really needing more food, we opted to go to the movie instead.  We enjoyed “Where’d You Go, Bernadette.”  It won’t win any awards, but had a nice story and wasn't depressing, so that was a win!

The really big news today was the announcement that the Captain made just before 6:00pm that Crystal was canceling the port of Hong Kong due to the Coronavirus outbreak.  Only 150 out of the 750 passengers were scheduled to get off the ship in Guam (we are getting off there).  Obviously most people were continuing on, and Hong Kong was the next big embarkation/disembarkation port.  As you can only imagine, this is the talk of the ship.  Keelung, Taiwan is being substituted.  People are trying to change flight arrangements, considering getting off in other ports (Guam, Manila, etc).  There is definitely a flurry of conversation and activity.  As well, we're sure those that we supposed to embark in Hong Kong are dealing with the change.

Crystal also announced that they would be doing shore side screening of passengers prior to allowing embarkation to the ship, at least for those that had traveled to the affected areas in China.  We’re not sure how health screening will be handled for others.  Crystal is certainly taking this all seriously and protecting the guests and crew to the best of their ability.

Again, our food porn comes from the Waterside restaurant. We both had the same appetizer: Stilton Blue Cheese Cake with Dried Pear Jam, Port Reduction, Caramelized Walnuts. We thought it was ok, but probably wouldn't order it again, there just wasn't enough Stilton flavor for us.

For the second course, Julie had an appetizer portion of the pasta: Tagliatelle Pasta with Tomato Concassé, White Wine, Calamari, Garlic, Parsley and Lemon Oil, while Bob had the Iceberg Wedge with Warm Bacon Dressing, Garlic Croûtons, and Boiled Egg.

For the entree, Julie had Broiled Salmon Fillet with Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes, Fennel, Snow Peas, and Sauce Dijonnaise while Bob had the Grilled Black Angus Sirloin Steak with Sauce Béarnaise (on the side), Stuffed Baked Potato, Broccoli Almondine. Julie loved the salmon, while Bob felt that the steak was WAY TOO BIG. He barely ate half of it.

For dessert, this was one of the first evenings that they offered one of Julie's list of 4 excellent deserts, “Mint Chocolate Trifle” with Mint Mousse, Chocolate Ganache, Cocoa Crumble, and Mint Chocolate Chunk Ice Cream. It's still staying on the list as it's awesome!! Bob had some Triple Caramel ice cream. 

The evening’s entertainment was the Production Show 5,6,7,8.  We always enjoy the production shows, and this was no exception.

Following that was the Crystal Showband performing Dixieland Jazz in the Cove/Atrium.

Behind the band is the Crystal Cove bar, where Petar works. He was on duty and we got a couple of long distance shots of him in action!!

And, no, that wasn’t the end of the evening entertainment – The Crystal Ensemble of Singers & Dancers performed the “Rock & Pop-A-Mania” show in the Starlight Club.

Busy, busy day!!!

Morning Exercise: 4.1 mi on the Promenade Deck
Weather: Back of Ship Thermometer 76 degrees
Seas:  About 12 foot rollers, not too bad
Breakfast: Omelets and Fruit in The Marketplace (so good, but so boring)
  • Dr Richard Turnbull - “Wood, Feathers and Bark:  The Arts of Oceania”
  • Dr Robert Freedman - “Sino-American Relations and the US Challenge in Asia”
  • Dr Barbara Udell - “After 60: Feast on Chocolate, Love, Sexuality, Intimacy and More Chocolate”
Trivia: Scored 11/15 correct, our best showing, Of course, there were two teams tied at 14 right, but we felt pretty good about our score.
Fun Trivia Question: What did the American Red Cross remove from it's classification of blood in 1950?
Movie: ""Where’d You Go, Bernadette” featuring Cate Blanchett.
Dinner: The Waterside
Trivia Answer:  Race
Daily steps: 15,788
Daily miles: 7.3

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