|The moon shining down through a few clouds on the docking Symphony|
Julie had:Seafood Plate, Salmon, and one of her four favorite deserts - Raspberry Sundae.
Bob had:Potage Vegetable Soup and Cobb Salad.
After lunch we took care of some “business” and proceeded to make additional Dining Reservations in the two Specialty Restaurants – Umi Uma and Prego. Only one reservation each is allowed prior to embarkation. We also obtained tickets for the Crystal Magicians at Sea close up Magic Show. Our cabin was ready just before 3:00 pm, and our luggage was in room. The Muster Drill was at 4:15 pm and we unpacked as quickly as possible, hoping to be finished before the drill. We didn’t quite make it, and in our rush didn’t organize as well as we usually do. The Muster Drill has changed in that you do not need to take your lifejacket to the drill anymore. That is really nice – it always seemed like a safety hazard with the straps hanging as people carried them from/to their staterooms.
Traditionally we go out on the Promenade Deck to watch sail away and enjoy a glass of Champagne. By the time we got outside, we were already pulling away from the dock and “What a Wonderful World” (a Crystal sail away tradition) was playing over the speakers. We left San Diego at 4:52 pm, a few minutes earlier than the 5:00 pm scheduled time.
The Palm Court is a wonderful venue on Deck 11 at the front of the ship. We chose that for pre-dinner drinks to enjoy the view as we sailed out of San Diego Harbor. Passing the Naval Air Station North Island we were at just the right angle to see a fighter jet take off and had a great visualization of the afterburners – it was quite a sight in the twilight.
Dinner was in Umi Uma, a Nobu restaurant. The cuisine is amazing, and our wait staff did an incredible job of pacing the meal. We enjoyed several courses of appetizers including: 2 sushi rolls (spicy tuna and salmon asparagus); eggplant; lobster tempura; lobster taco; and rock shrimp tempura. (Sorry, we missed taking pictures of a few courses).
|Rock shrimp tempura|
Today is Julie’s Birthday and Maitre d’ Bruno surprised her with a birthday cake.
|Julie's serving of the cake with some vanilla ice cream to go along|
|Sushi and Sashimi Menu|
One of the big reasons we love Crystal is the staff. It truly is like coming home with all the familiar faces. We hadn’t been on the ship for more than 30 seconds when we saw one of the bar waitstaff Petar, who we enjoy immensely. He gave Julie a big hug as we headed off to check our hand luggage. Later on, we saw Mikaela in the Palm Court.
Today we walked: 12,199 steps and 5.3 miles.