Saturday, February 1, 2020

Day 19 (Jan 30, 2020) – Crystal Symphony – San Diego to Guam – Eleventh Day at Sea

Good news!  It was a very pleasant 72 degrees when we went out to walk a little before 6 am.  Bad news!  It was raining lightly. We toughed it out and walked a little over 2 miles when the rain got harder.  Inside we went to walk on Deck 6.  There were not many people up yet, so it was no problem to walk indoors.  Although, it was difficult to walk at our usual pace on the carpeted portions.  We walked a total of 3 miles. While walking, we took a few pictures of empty venues.



Avenue Saloon
While outdoors we saw a large bird on the Promenade Deck.  It didn’t move, other than looking around, in the time that we were outside walking.  We could also see it from our cabin.  Then a Crystal Team member arrived, and the bird had disappeared when we next looked.  Julie would prefer that he encouraged it to quit freeloading and it flew away.

We enjoyed the movie “Hampstead.”  It was a rom-com with Diane Keaton as the female in an unlikely relationship.

Pre-dinner drinks were in the Crystal Cove.  We enjoyed sitting at the bar and chatting with Petar when he had a few moments.  We have enjoyed watching the bartenders making so many amazing looking cocktails.  They do an incredible job!

As a formal evening the dinner selection in Waterside is always amazing. Tonight for appetizers, Julie had White Sturgeon Caviar with Sweet Onion Brûlée (fancy!!) and Bob had a boring, but tasty Commander's Salad with a Selected Salad Bouquet, Tomatoes, Palm Hearts, Asparagus,
Crisp Purple Potato Chips, and Balsamic-Hazelnut Vinaigrette.

While we were eating, Julie observed this incredible sunset out of the dining room window (we were seated in a two-top right by the window):

For second course, we both had an appetizer portion of Spaghetti "Aglio Olio E Peperoncino" with Roasted Garlic, Parsley, Chili Flakes, and Extra Virgin Olive Oil

For the entree, Julie had Broiled Nordic King Crab Legs with Melted Lemon Butter or Sauce Hollandaise, Garden Vegetables, and Saffron Rice Pilaf, while Bob had “Filet of Beef Wellington" in Puff Pastry with Caramelized Shallot Demi-Glace, Glazed Vegetables, and Duchess Potato.

We both had Vanilla Creme Brulee for desert.

After dinner we attended the Captain’s Farewell Reception in the Starlite Club, for just a few minutes and then realized it was almost time for the production show.

The evening’s main show was “Icons in Concert.”  This is a new show to us, and is a tribute to Music Legends.  We thoroughly enjoyed the singing and dancing.

Morning Exercise: 3.1 mi on the Promenade Deck and Deck 6 (during the rain)
Weather: 72 and rainy off and on all day
Seas:  About 6 foot waves, really quite nice.
Breakfast: You know, the usual in the Marketplace
  • Tom Faranda - "The Next Ten Years – Putin’s Russia."
  • Comdr. Jeff Tall OBE RN - “Submarines in the Cold War – from the horse's mouth." 
  • Jon Malay - "Where Sea Meets Sky – Marine Meteorology."
Trivia: Scored 8/17 correct, it's amazing how stupid we are.
Fun Trivia Question: Which wind is a warm southerly coming from the Sahara desert over the Mediterranean?
Movie: "Hampstead" with Diane Keaton
Dinner: The Waterside
Trivia Answer: Sirocco
Daily steps: 13,951
Daily miles: 6.2

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