Monday, March 19, 2018

Wednesday, December 6, 2017 – Embarkation Day

The Noisers had to sleep like the rest of us so it turned out to be a very quiet night – didn’t get up once.

The restaurant at the hotel may be a bit run down and in need of some serious updating, but it does provide a real good breakfast – waffles, eggs (instant), instant oatmeal, very good coffee, and a huge bearclaw that may have come from an actual bakery.

We are booked on the 11:30 Shuttle to Port Everglades (the only two people going on the Crystal Serenity). Our shuttle left on time and left off everyone but us at the NCL Neuew Amsterdam. We did a series of security checks and then waited for our boarding number (6) to be called. The wait was short and soon we were on the ship for the real check in.

We had lunch in the Lido Café and waited on one of the open deck areas for our cabins to be available.

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View from the Lido Café

We were assigned cabin 8020 – a deluxe verandah cabin – for this cruise. A very nice room – we were in a cabin like this the first time we sailed on Crystal.

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Cabin 8020

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View from Cabin 8020

The cruise director on this ship is Gary Hunter (first time sailing with him) and the assistant CD is Valentina Shtyrenko (dancer) (sailed with her last time).

We knew from experience how difficult it is to get a table for two (or any table for that matter on the first evening).  So, instead of going through this, we made reservations for dinner tonight in Prego.

I did have an envelope waiting for me describing the Rs and Rs for the cruise but no schedule. I called Valentina and left a message. She left me a return message indicating that I would be giving a talk tomorrow at 1:30 PM in the Hollywood Theater.

Prego is always a pleasant experience – the staff are very friendly and attentive and they all sound Italian (even though they’re not).  Tonight I ordered Cesar Salad, Mushroom Soup (the best), Fettuccini Pesto, and a dessert of some kind. A lot of food but good. Also tried both a white and red wine.  Ellen had the soup and the fish.  It was all good.

The Welcome Aboard Show again featured numbers from Chorus Line and Grand Hotel – we stayed only for the Chorus Line segment. Gary Hunter took a lot of time to describe what would be going on during this cruise and even mentioned me (first time that has happened).

We spent a few minutes up in Palm Court listening to the quartet and watching the dancers.

The Crystal Serenity departed around 8 PM for Grand Cayman Island on the itinerary below.


The seas are smooth and the room seems quiet.

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