Tuesday, November 12, 2019

February 3, 2019 - Buenos Aires, Argentina - Partly Cloudy - 85F

The hotel was pretty quiet and we got a pretty good night's sleep - in spite of the jeg lag.  It is a beautiful day in BA and we are planning on boarding the ship but then going back off and checking out the city.

The breakfast at the hotel was standard but pretty good - assortment of cereals, breads, cheeses, and some kind of egg.  The coffee was strong and had to be diluted with hot water.  Overall, it was a good meal.  I especially like the sign on the entrance of the breakfast room.

Our room, 705 on the seventh floor, has a spectacular view of the famed Recoleta Cemetery and I just had to take a bunch of shots.  Considering the price and location, the hotel is a bargain.

The view in the other direction was not as spectacular but nevertheless interesting.

We arranged a ride to the pier with the front desk and our driver (dark suit and dark car) showed up on time.  We wanted to get to the Symphony in time for their fabulous lunch buffet.

It is only about three miles from the hotel to the Cruise Terminal and the ride took about a half hour in traffic. The price was the same $25. Crystal check-in is pretty simple and fast - we have passenger boarding passes so we don't have to explain our speaker status.  We were on the ship pretty quickly.

We have been assigned Cabin 7098 - Promenade Deck Port Side - the issue here is people walking the deck pretty much all day in good weather.  We will have to use our shades a lot.

The view from the ship is not as good as that from our hotel but we are on the ship.

Crystal Symphony is here for two full days.  We revised our original plan and decided that today will be a day of rest on board.  The buffet was, as usual, really good.  The salad bar is my favorite selection but the tuna sandwich and gazpacho soup from the Trident Grill also made the lunch special.  Somewhere in there, of course, was a mojito.  

I did run into Russ Grieve, the Cruise Director.  I have sailed before with Russ when he was on Azamara.  

We had dinner tonight at Prego - our unusual place on embarkation day - the Cesar Salad, Mushroom Soup in a bread bowl, and the pasta pesto were all excellent as was the service.

We went to the Welcome Aboard Show, which again featured the singers and dancers doing numbers from Chorus Line and Grand Hotel.

Tomorrow, we plan to see more of Buenos Aires.

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