Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Day 18 (Jan 29, 2020) – Crystal Symphony – San Diego to Guam – Pohnpei, Micronesia

Sunrise while walking
Today we are in Pohnpei, Micronesia. One of the wettest places on earth with over 300 inches of rainfall per year. It is a very jungly island that came from a volcano. It is surrounded by a coral atoll and very shallow. The Captain decide to "anchor" us near the entrance and to use tenders to get to shore. In our case, "anchoring" isn't possible (we assume because it is so deep), so we are drifting around near the entrance. It is a 45 minute tender ride into the port.

Port and Border people coming on board via a rope ladder

Tender getting ready to go into the water

Tenders going in and out

Water breaking over the reef
Looking around the maps, the port doesn't have much - lots of containers, so one has to take the Crystal provided shuttle (a 20 person van) to the closest town Kolonia (about a 10 minute ride). It doesn't look like there is much in the town either. One important site on the island is Nan Madol which is an architectural site dating back to the 1600's just off the shore of Pohnpei on the east coast. It sounded interesting, but exploration involved wading in the water to get there.

After a lot of consternation on Bob's part (Julie already decided not to go in), he agreed and decided not to go. We did see some pretty incredible bobbing up and down by the tenders, so it probably was an "E-ticket" ride on the way in and out.

Instead of going into port, we spent several hours packing one of our suitcases for the return home. It's a bit tricky since we we have a 12 hour layover in Seoul (from 6:30am to 6:30pm - and we have reserved a transit hotel for those hours), plus 2.5 days in Seattle. Our luggage will be checked through to Seattle and once in Seattle, we'd rather not have to root around in 4 suitcases just to find a change of clothes. So, it has required some planning.

We decided to hit the afternoon movie - "Wolf Hour." Another movie about a person struggling with mental issues and how she deals with it. It seems to be the theme of so many movies this cruise.

Pre-dinner drinks were in the Silk Bar because we were having dinner in Silk, our first opportunity to go to this casual speciality restaurant. Everything is served family style, by placing the dishes in the middle of the table.

For dinner, we decided to order most of the appetizers (Pork Spring Roll, Beef Pot Stickers, Crispy Fried Prawn Dumpling, and a Dim Sum sampler - sorry, we forgot to take a pic). We loved the prawn dumplings and the pot stickers. The others were fine, but if we went back, we'd order those two.

For our entree, we had the Kung Pao Shrimp and the Signature Stir-Fry Beef Tenderloin. These were great! (And yeah, we forgot to take pictures here too).

We decided to skip the show by classical pianist Simon Tedeschi. Instead we went to the room and watched an episode of season 3 of the Crown (we had previously downloaded it before going on the ship). Then we went to the Hollywood Groove Latin Dance show, which was terrific. The only problem is it is in the Starlight, where unless you are in the first row, you simply can't see their feet and steps.

Morning Exercise: 4.0 mi on the Promenade Deck
Weather: Back of Ship Thermometer 78 degrees, TV said the temp was 82 degrees
Seas:  Not too bad,
Breakfast: Omelets and Fruit in The Marketplace (Lucky came through again, making great omelets)
  • Jon Malay - "Ancient Polynesians and the Stars – The History of Marine Navigation." (normally a port day, but there isn't much here, so a 4pm lecture was scheduled by Russ)
Trivia: None
Fun Trivia Question: None
Movie: "Fidler: A Miracle of Miracles” this was at 10:30am (we didn't go) and "The Wolf Hour" at 2:30pm.
Dinner: Silk
Trivia Answer:  None
Daily steps: 20,374
Daily miles: 8.9

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