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Crystal Serenity Los Angeles to Sydney, January 22 to March 3, 2020

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Seems like so many cruise ships are having their schedules changed for various reasons.

 

Having my cranberry juice while reading your report and listening to the rain come down.

 

Glad you will be able to visit Fiji.

 

Great picture of the sun set.

 

Thanks for sharing all the prayers.

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17 hours ago, rafinmd said:

Day CS20, Wednesday, February 12, Nuku’alofa, Tonga (NOT)


Queen Mary 2 is on her revised itinerary and is at sea from Port Klang to Fremantle, Australia. The sun rose at 6:28 and set at 7:35.  The moon set at 9:07 AM and rose at 10:02PM.


When I first stepped out on deck about 5:45 it was dark but the moon was just faintly peeking through the clouds a bit too lightly for the camera to pick up.  As I walked around I got a GPS reading and we were about 17 miles from Nuku'alofa harbor.  I planned very limited walking on the ship with additional walking expected in port.  As events unfolded I did eventually end up walking a total of 2 miles.


I went out again about 6:30 for sunrise which was also disappointing but noticed there was no land ahead of us which seemed about odd but I returned to my cabin anyway.


Captain Vorland came on the PA (just the bridge view channel on the TV) about 7 and broke the news that we had been denied permission to enter the harbor at Nuku'alofa.


This would have been my third visit to Nuku'alofa and each time I have taken basic tours but also had a bit of individual time in the city.  Right outside the dock is the Royal Palace which is closed to the public.


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My last visit was on the 2018 World Cruise and we had visited just weeks after Cyclone Gita had come through leaving devastation throughout the countryside.


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I was particularly interested in the city where the storm had virtually demolished the legislative building (It may have been the upper left panel of the "city" group although there may not have been enough left for even a photo)


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Rick came on the PA about 9:30 with a preliminary announcement of a new schedule.  There were 2 morning presentations, Bill McKay at 10 with "Beyond the Night Sky", and General Shaefer at 11 with "Lessons in Leadership: The US Response to Pearl Harbor", not just the military response but the civilian response as well.


In his noon update Captain Vorland made it official that we had gotten approval to arrive in Lautoka a day early.  It had become a calm day although there was more wind, possibly just the effects of turning in a more northerly direction towards Fiji.


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With no 1:30 lecture I held back on lunch so I could get more of it on the pool deck while the Quartet was playing.  I've talked about Scoops but haven't had any photos.  Business was booming and I did not get a view for a photo of the space but did get the menus.  First the ice cream selection.


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Next all the toppings.  Total delight.  I like mine with butterscotch sauce and cranberries.


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Crystal provides a Priest on every Ocean cruise and they do an excellent job with interdenominational services on Sundays.  Father Patrick would normally be my spiritual leader but for the World Cruise we have a Protestant Chaplain as well as a Rabbi.  The three work very well together.  Father Patrick had corresponded with the Cardinal in Nuku'alofa and they had set up an afternoon session at the Basilica (On the care of our common home) with all 3 faiths included.  A session was held at 2PM in the Avenue Saloon to discuss what would have transpired at the Basilica.  The Cardinal had supplied two prayers and one was read in the Avenue.


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There was a full house of 6 at my shared table.  I chose the vegetable broth from the vegetarian menu and the pork chop as well as a bowl of berries for desert.  Service was very quick and we were finished about 7:15.


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It seemed foggy outside after dinner but despite the weather we had a beautiful sunset.  Go figure.


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The featured entertainment was supposed to be piano showman Chris Hamilton.  He was due to join the ship in Tonga but hopefully will be able to fly to Fiji and perform Thursday.  In his absence, the Crystal Ensemble of Singers and Dancers performed the spot show "Rock and Pop-A-Mania in the Stardust Club.  We gain an hour overnight as we move to Fiji time.


My parting shot will come from the planned meeting at the Basilica in Tonga.  The second of the prayers, "A prayer in Unison with Creation" was not read but was provided for us.  


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Roy

 

Roy, 

Been so busy trying to get ready for our 3 cruises I am up early and wanted to catch up on your blog! Loved the prayers!

Sorry that you were not able to go to Tonga. I so appreciate your photos and your sunset was wonderful.Looked at Scoops and it is only 4am here and Ben and Jerry’s looks good to me right now 👍

Denise😊

PS Hope your feet are getting better too!

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Scoops shock horror....seems that Serenity does not have our favourite flavour, Chunky Banana😞. Must hide this news from DW.......

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roy,

thanks for providing the scoops menus.  ben and jerrys ice cream is great and the toppings and sauces all look fantastic.  hope you enjoyed your first day in fiji.  all your pictures are enlightening to me but i especially like the sunrises and sunsets when you are able to get them. seems like your feet are getting better.  hope the insoles are helping.  perhaps the hard surface of the outside decks give your foot more support for your arches where the carpets indoors don't because your feet sink into the carpet.

take care and cheers,

david

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Mr. Smith in Cabin 7506: Report to the Galaxy lounge immediately".  We pulled up to the dock about 10:40 and the people of Lautoka appeared quite eager to welcome us with a number of buses and popup shelters in place for our arrival.


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While doing their best  for us the Fiji authorities were taking quite seriously their due diligence in protecting the Island's health and it was 11:30 before we were cleared to go ashore.


Two tours had been set up for our first day, a 6 hour  tour to a Navela Village at 9:15, and an 8-hour tour at 10:15 to a beach resort.  With our delayed clearance I don't know if either of these tours actually happened.


I had planned in going into town in the morning but once we were cleared there was not much morning left and I headed up to Trident for lunch.  A shuttle into town (about m mile) was announced and I boarded it about 1:30.  Once at the stop I remembered it from 2 years ago.  A narrow gauge railroad track runs down the main street.


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I took a short walk around the town.  It did not strike me as attractive but I certainly never felt unsafe.  There were a number of grocery stores and the one I entered was quite attractive.  There is a diverse faith community and in the photo clockwise we have protestant and Catholic churches, a Sikh Temple, and a Mosque.  There were also several Hindu temples on the map but I did not get to them.


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The market was vibrant but seemed rather dimly lit.  That was probably a good thing as it may have been a bit more comfortable in the heat (34/93 with 66% humidity) in the afternoon, and I was quite drained in my hour or so of wandering the streets.


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Reflections had said the shuttle would run every 30 minutes but it was mostly minibuses and there was one almost every 5 minutes.  I was back on the ship around 2.


I was booked at the 4:30 magic show with Magician Anthony Salazar.  There was some sleight of hand magic but it was mostly mental tricks.


There were 5 people at my shared table including 2 Ambassador Hosts.  I opted for the chicken consume, fillet steak, and apple pie.  I had just enough time after dinner to return BRIEFLY before heading up to Palm Court.


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I think it is unusual to have the Crystal Society Party on an overnight port call and it wasn't planned that way but that is how it worked out.  The honoree was just at her 100 cruise milestone.  The Employee of the Month for January was also recognized, an Able Seaman.


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The featured entertainment was piano showman Chris Hamilton (thank goodness there are direct flights from Tonga and he was able to catch up with the ship).  He played a variety of music but was much in the style of Liberace.  It is the first time I've seen him and it was a very nice show.


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My parting shot is aided a bit by being on this side of the International Dateline so it shouldn't be too late.  Wishing all my readers a Happy Valentines Day.


Roy

 

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Roy

Both the tours were cancelled yesterday due to our late arrival 

 

The narrow gauge train track is for Sugar Cane trains - I have no idea if that particular line is still used though 

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16 hours ago, kool kruiser said:

Scoops shock horror....seems that Serenity does not have our favourite flavour, Chunky Banana😞. Must hide this news from DW.......

The good news is that all the available ice cream flavors aren't listed each day...they seem to rotate through.  My favorite is Cherry Garcia and it has always been on board.  Chunky Monkey has too!!

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At least you had a chance to get off the ship and walk around a little.

 

Scoops ice cream does offer more flavors compared to HAL.  HAL doesn't even have the liquors anymore.

 

Liberace -- there is a name I haven't heard in years.

 

Great pictures.

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5 hours ago, oakridger said:

The good news is that all the available ice cream flavors aren't listed each day...they seem to rotate through.  My favorite is Cherry Garcia and it has always been on board.  Chunky Monkey has too!!

Good news indeed😀. What a relief...BTW Cherry Garcia is also one of our faves !

Incidentally, although Ben and Jerrys is available here in the UK, our licensee produces a very pale imitation of the offerings we so enjoy at Scoops. Also, these ''classic'' flavours are, inexplicably, no longer sold. Yet another reason, as if any were needed, to stick withe best cruise line...!!

Many thanks Mr O.

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Happy Valentines Day back at you Roy!!

I enjoyed your blog and pictures!

I am happy you were able to get some walking in and seeing alittle bit of the town.

Denise😊

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Day CS22, Friday, February 14, 2020, Leave Lautoka


Queen Mary 2 is at sea from Port Klang to Fremantle, Australia.  The sun rose at 6:03 and set at 6:45.  The moon set at 10:39AM and set at 10:43PM.  I did a bit of walking and headed down to Waterside to check the dinner menu and a large Valentines day display was almost completed.


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This is my third visit to Lautoka but to date I haven't done much "touring".  In both of my previous visits I have taken volunteer excursions.  In 2011 it was an orphanage called Treasury House and we painted the dining room floor.


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In 2018 the charity was a development called "Koroipita".  We worked on a number of projects including creating shutters, painting, and entertaining children.  Our tour escort created a video.


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I had originally planned on returning to Koroipita this time but with the possibility of painting and having only one pair of shoes I can wear comfortably it did not seem like a good idea.  Instead I booked a tour called "Highlands Adventure" where we divided into a number of 4-wheel drive vehicles.  We drove through scenic areas and stopped at an overlook where a table with an assortment of fresh fruits had been spread out on a table for us.


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It was a short drive from there to the village of Nausori.  We were ushered into the community center for a welcoming and Kava ceremony.  Our guides had shown us the Kava root at the overlook, and the root is ground into a powder and then washed repeatedly in a large bowl.  "A chief had been chosen at the overlook and he took a seat at one end of the room while the other guests sat on the side lines.  The village chief could not be present but sent several young men as his representatives.  They massaged the Kava powder (in a cloth bag) for several minutes, and then offered some words of welcome.  The "wash water" became the kava drink and the Village chief and our chief drank the first bowls.  Then other guests had the opportunity to taste a bowl.  I declined.


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We divided into groups and the chiefs representatives (the Rugby team) took us around the village.  Most of the homes were either cinder block or corrugated metal with corrugated metal roofs.  A few had more conventional siding.  Our escort told us the village's current population was about 250.


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There were 2 structures with some history.  There was one traditional house with a thatched roof.  It is mostly vacant but used for some ceremonies.  There was also a monument to the missionaries.


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The church looked quite nice.  There is also a parsonage and our escort noted that the pastor's wife is the village's nurse.  There is a full time nursing station.


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The school is across the road.  There are 248 students and 8 teachers (obviously including pupils from other villages), and covers grades 1 to 8.  The secondary school is in the lowlands and most students board near the school.  When my group arrived other groups had already arrived and the students were all massed out on the patio.  Each adult was asked for their names and hometowns as the children listened intently.  At the end of our visit they sang a song or two for us.


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Before we left there was another get together in the village center with a spread of treats and lemon tea.  There was a farewell dance and several songs by the villagers.  


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We returned to the ship about 1:15.  Marketplace was open until 2 (instead of the usual 1:30) so I had ample time to get a salad to go with my ham and cheese.


All aboard was 5:30 but apparently people were mostly ahead of that.  There was one announcement at 5:10 for one party to identify themselves; they must have been accounted for as Louis sang promptly at 5:30.  While we sailed one and a half hours with a pilot on the way in, on the way out he departed after about 10 minutes.


There was a full shared table and I chose the beef consume, pasta, and berries for desert.  We were out very early, about 7:25.

 

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The featured entertainment was to be the Crystal Ensemble of Singers and Dancers with the LED based show, "The Tourist".  The 7:45 show went pretty well despite the seas and winds kicking up while the 9:45 show had to be cancelled.  The combined White Party and Valentines Dance did go on as scheduled.  Dance Team Curtis and Beverly started things off as well as singer Karin Kovacova, and violinist Irina Guskova. Assistant (and soon to become full time) Cruise Director Raphael Dirksen was the emcee for the time I popped in.


My parting shot will be a welcome home for passengers completing stressful cruises on the Crystal Symphony and the Westerdam.  


Roy

 

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Thank you Roy for doing your blog! I so enjoy reading !!

You know I am so glad you chose not to drink the Kava from the bowl👍👍 we were in the same type of ceremony in New Zealand with Chiefs in charge and passing Kava around. We declined why? I was

not going to drink from the same bowl with everyone else. 
I am glad to see Crystal doing such a nice job with celebrating Valentines Day❤️
Denise😊

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3 hours ago, DeeniEncinitas said:

You know I am so glad you chose not to drink the Kava from the bowl👍👍 we were in the same type of ceremony in New Zealand with Chiefs in charge and passing Kava around.


I’m almost certain it wasn’t in New Zealand as Maoris don’t have Kava and I don’t know any Maori cultural ceremony where they drink from a common bowl 

 

Now I know they might share a beer bottle or two between mates 😉😁

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15 minutes ago, Stickman1990 said:


I’m almost certain it wasn’t in New Zealand as Maoris don’t have Kava and I don’t know any Maori cultural ceremony where they drink from a common bowl 

 

Now I know they might share a beer bottle or two between mates 😉😁

OMGOODNESS! I meant Vanuatu!!!

Thanks Stickman. We were doing French Polynesia at the time. When we were in New Zealand we stayed with a Maori family when we did our 22 mile hike Milford Sound. We got to visit with their local relatives and they take great pride in their culture and they do love BEER! LOL

Denise😊 

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Wonderful report.   Sounds like you had a wonderful excursion.  Love the looks of those treats.

 

Hope you will soon be able to wear more than one pair of shoes and the foot is healing.

 

Great pictures.

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Day CS23, Saturday, February 15, 2020, At Sea, Crystal Serenity


Queen Mary 2 is at sea from Port Klang to Fremantle, Australia.  The sun rose at 6:03 and set at 6:57. The moon set at 11:44AM and rose at 11:26PM.


I started the day walking forward to the laundry and noticed in passing that both the forward promenade doors were roped off and the wind was howling.  With the bad foot making walking on thick carpet difficult there were few options.  I spent about 15 minutes on the exercise bike but the shoe was too big for the toe clips and kept slipping out.  I ended up walking several times around deck 12 (Palm Court, pool deck, Silk/Trident, and  Marketplace) with just a few feet of carpet at the aft stairs.  I did not see the moon but there was a classic sunrise just after 6.  


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My activity day started with morning devotions with Pastor Voosen at 9.  The morning talks were Capt. Richard Hayman on Magellan's voyages and Captain John Creighton on things that can go wrong in space.


In his noon update Captain Vorland indicated that winds were slowly declining and I did do one token lap around the promenade deck in the afternoon.  A sudden rain shower came up right after the update.


The 1:30 talk was Bill McKay on South Pacific Architecture.  While Reflections doesn't come out until dinner time, the day's lecture schedule pops up on channel 3 right after the last lecture ends.


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I ventured out on deck just before 5 to check the sky.  The sea has been pretty riled up and it shows on the promenade deck railing with salt deposits heavy enough to show up on the camera.


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It seems the second Black Tie Optional is coming frequently on nights with nothing unusual in the way of program but everybody looked great anyway.  I chose to dine on my own and opted for the oxtail consume, kosher chicken, and sour cherry crumble tart.  I was able to wear my dressier shoes to dinner!


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I did not finish by sunset but there was still some nice color in the sky when I left Waterside.


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The featured entertainer was classical pianist Simon Tedeschi, I believe relatively new to Crystal.  It was largely Gershwin and he was really good.  


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Crystal has a few ways to minimize paper usage.  There are no cards when we have a time change; the stewardess turns the TV to the appropriate channel at turn down.  While we should always be gaining hours on a westbound circumnavigation this was not the message I was hoping for.


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The night ended on a sour note.  There was no bar service at the show.  I poured myself a Diet Coke back in the room and spilled it on my secondary laptop.  I've been traveling with two and sadly needed the second on 3 straight trips.  The first two have been warranty issues but this was my own fault.  As of Sunday the machine is totally dead.  I use the secondary machine for some things and wasted quite a bit of time recreating things on the working computer.


My parting shot is a salute to two cruise lines.  The Corona Virus is changing plans for a number of ships.  Royal Caribbean has withdrawn their Spectrum of the Seas and moved it to Sydney where she will be offering complementary cruises to first responders who served in fighting the Australian wildfires.  Half sister Celebrity Millennium is proceeding to Los Angeles where she will do the same for first responders in the California wildfire area.  While I am sure they will get some revenue for things like the casino and specialty restaurants it is still a very gracious move to bring some good in the wake of three tragic events.   


https://www.cruiseindustrynews.com/cruise-news/22457-royal-caribbean-to-sail-free-cruises-for-crisis-responders-with-displaced-tonnage.html


Well done!


Roy

 

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I am having a brandy while I read your most recent report -- it is evening here.

 

Great sunrise picture.

 

Sorry about your second computer.

 

How wonderful that RCI is going to offer first responders free cruises in Australia and USA.  And when this virus is over, they will send a ship to China for free cruises there for the medical staff, etc.

 

Great pictures.

 

Glad that you were able to wear a different pair of shoes in the evening.

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Hi Roy,

Just like KK it is evening here. I am so sorry to hear about your foot still bothering you.

Roy would the MD onboard be able to check your foot out? Just asking. I was hoping by now your foot would be better.You love your walking so much.

I sure did enjoy your sunrise pic.

😒Sorry about your laptop!!

Now that is the spirit I love to hear with RCI!! 
May tomorrow be a great day for you Roy.

Denise😊

 

 

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5 hours ago, DeeniEncinitas said:

Hi Roy,

Just like KK it is evening here. I am so sorry to hear about your foot still bothering you.

Roy would the MD onboard be able to check your foot out? Just asking. I was hoping by now your foot would be better.You love your walking so much.

I sure did enjoy your sunrise pic.

😒Sorry about your laptop!!

Now that is the spirit I love to hear with RCI!! 
May tomorrow be a great day for you Roy.

Denise😊

 

I can be pretty stubborn and the foot is improving slowly.

Roy

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Day CS24, Sunday, February 16, 2020, At Sea, Crystal Serenity


Queen Mary 2 is at sea from Port Klang to Fremantle, Australia.  The sun rose at 7:00 and set at 8:09.  The moon rose at 12:24AM and set at 2:07PM.


While windy (with several promenade deck doors roped off) it was significantly less so than Saturday.  After getting coffee I walked forward on the top deck and the moon was almost directly overhead.


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There were clouds on the horizon and the view crossing the bow about 25 minutes before sunrise was better than anything that came later.  I walked about 2 miles over the course of the day.


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There would be a Grand Gala Buffet lunch and preparations were well under way in the Crystal Cove.  


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My activities started with the Protestant Worship Service at 9 in the Hollywood Theater.  I watched the first of the day's presentations, Captain Richard Hayman's introduction to New Zealand, on TV, and then started the video of the 2017 Northwest Passage Cruise which has been placed on the on demand TV system.


The 11AM talk was General Joe Shaefer on Russia but I knew I wouldn't be around for the end of the talk so I didn't watch until later in the afternoon.


The Gala Buffet opened for photos at 11:30 and I walked around amid the sumptuous displays.


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Cruise Director designate Raphael Derksen has become more visible since his appointment and he acted as emcee as the chefs were all brought out for a photo op.  I did not stay for lunch at the buffet.


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In his noon update Captain Vorland noted we had 350 miles to go and the nearest land was the northern tip of New Zealand only 40 miles closer.  Most of my readers know my normal lunch spots are the Trident Grill and sometimes Scoops Ice Cream.  They are right next to each other.  In the photo the Trident is the upper left panel with some fixings and fruit on the counter to the right, and Scoops lower left with the case with fixings and cookies lower right.  Desert will be either ice cream or some pineapple from the case in Trident.


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Today desert was ice cream but I deferred it until after the 1:30 lecture (Judith Fordham with another DNA story) and went up while the Quartet was playing on the pool deck.  Later that afternoon I watched General Shaefer's talk on TV.


The Cruise Critic Meet and Mingle was held in Pulse at 5:30.  I only saw a few people there along with some officers (Rick and the Food and Beverage Manager while I was there, and some others later).  I only stayed a few minutes as the World Cruise Chorus performance was at 5:45.  They sang about 5 songs.


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There was a full shared table.  My choices for the evening were the melon balls, lamb shank, and mixed berries for desert.  We were finished with a bit of time to spare before heading for the show.


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That show was jazz pianist Kim Perling.  There has been some criticism of Perling as many have sat through his life story time and time again.  For better or for worse, I dozed off at that part of the show.


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As a long parting shot I had a very nice comment on my blog about Come From Away and how one of the actors got a chance for a first visit to Newfoundland, and it may be a good time to repeat my relationship to the play.  I visited Newfoundland on land tours in 1999 and 2000, passing through Gander on both trips.  When the town welcomed thousands of stranded travelers on 9/11 the story registered with me as a recent visitor, but quickly faded deeply into my subconscious.  Fast forward 15 years and I was on Crystal Serenity's first Northwest Passage cruise.  On 9/11/16 I was trying to think of something to say in a parting shot that was a little different from what everybody else was saying.  Finally at dinner time it dawned on me that we had spent the day sailing along the Newfoundland coast and it was appropriate that we were doing so on the 15th anniversary of the town's outpouring of kindness.  I had never heard of Come From Away, but a reader alerted me to it and it was then playing at Ford's Theater, almost in my back yard.  As they say, the rest is history.  I will see Come From Away for the 10th time March 8 when Queen Mary 2 visits Melbourne.


Roy

 

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Your lamb shank looked so good Roy!

The Gala Buffet is very impressive IMO!

COME FROM AWAY 10th time in Melbourne WOW! 
Denise😊

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WOW you are a fan of Come From Away.  I enjoyed Come From Away in Melbourne.  Having attended 10 times, I'm interested in how the Melbourne production compares to other productions you've seen. 

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Thanks for your reports and photos.

The Gala Buffet looked very  impressive, did you sample any of the food?

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1 hour ago, erewhon said:

Thanks for your reports and photos.

The Gala Buffet looked very  impressive, did you sample any of the food?


I have in the past but not this time.

 

Roy

 

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