We wanted to begin with some items from the first of our two voyages.
Things you wanted to know but were afraid to ask.
A summary of people on board and a few little tidbits.
Who’s on Board?
Captain Birger Vorland, Cruise Director Rick Spath, Vice Captain Miho Radulic, Chief Engineer Robert Bayfield, Hotel Director Scott Peterson, Ship’s Doctor Andrii Shvets, Crystal Society Host Andrew, Cruise Sales Consultant Paula Jean, Chief Concierge Marco, Concierge Ariella, Restaurant Manager Leo, Food & Beverage Manager Svein, Specialty Restaurant Maitre d’ Paolo, Executive Housekeeper Maria, and hundred more of an amazing crew we have sailed with many times.
Golf Pro Joe Hubert
Pilates & Yoga Instructor Tammy Gibson
Bridge Instructors Bill Young & Debbie Hoveland
CY @ Sea Instructor Tim Grey
Odyssey Art at Sea Instructor Maureen Schmidt
Fitness Director Dragan Milovancevic (he was on last years World Cruise)
Avenue Saloon Pianist Joel Spire
Richard & Irina
Duo Julie & Andy
Crystal Cove Pianist Steepheen Roberts
There is a new Crystal Society Hostess who is presently in training Sara from Spain. In a couple of weeks, she will be on her own and Crystal Society Host Andrew will be on Symphony when sailing restart. Previously Sara was Crystal Society Hostess on two of the Crystal River Cruise Vessels.
Lots of enrichment and entertainment:
Crystal Magicians at Sea Christopher Tracy (10 shows twice a day 4:00 PM and 5:30 PM)
Shows/Entertainment so far
Rock & Pop-A-Mania Show featuring Tom Lowe & Elizabeth Combs with Serena, Holly, Rachael, Natasha, Gabor, Bohdan, Dmitri, & Breett
Crystal Showband under the direction of Raphaeel.
My Life – James Fox
70’s and 80’s Tribute Dance Hour
The Great American Songbook with Bruce Hammond, Tom Lowe & Sarah Combs with the Crystal Showband.
Crystal White Extravaganza (two shows for the first time)
Crystal on Broadway Thee Show
The Crystal Showband & Friends
Bahama Nights Deck Party
Icons In Concert
Dr. Jay Wolff (destination lecturer)
Dr. Jeffrey Hoffman (former astronaut)
General Nick Halleey
Comedian John Joseph
Vocalist Karin Kovacova
Comedian Steve Stevens
Good news is the stores were opened on July 6.
A tidbit. There are two women butlers and that is a first. Sometimes, there have been one. Congratulation’s ladies.
We have avoided most public bathrooms but did see in the one on Deck 5 no longer sink faucets but hand activated. We think that is new.
If your flight is before 3:00 PM shared transfer to the airport is $50.00 per person.
After 3:00 PM Nassau Highlights and Airport Transfer $59.00 per person
We wanted to mention that those who were getting off today had their COVID-19 test required to return to the USA. It was very well organized with assigned times and results available within 15 minutes. For those who are continuing to the next cruise we also were given a COVID-19 test as they want each guest tested weekly. We tested negative. Even our results were sent from Crystal Cruises to the Bahama Travel Heath Visa site and a few hours later we received an e-mail with a Happy Face.
Our Bunker stop at Freeport was longer than planned as there was a delay in thee start of fueling. The Captain informed the guests of this before our arrival to Freeport.
Dinner last night was wonderful and we dined at Waterside.
With only 600 guests on-board and four other dining venues in addition to room service and open dining people spread out and Waterside has been quiet. On a 7 day cruise and people wanting to try most if not all the dining venues this also adds to less people in Waterside at once.
The benefits are it makes Waterside quieter and provides more time for the waitstaff to attend to and converse with guests and provides more time to the galley for the prepping and cooking of the items.
Food, ambience and service was flawless.
Appetizers continue to be delicious with a nice presentation such as the seafood asparagus salad we had last evening with white asparagus. Salads were fresh and the entree wonderful. We both had swordfish for the first time in 17+ months. Keith had asked earlier in the day if his could be prepared butterfly style and Anne Marie had hers prepared as is. We both loved it. Had a real dessert as Anne Marie had ice cream and Keith had cheese and crackers. The Senior Waiter helped Keith select three different slices of cheese from the cheese menu. Great wine and we were there for 2+ hours which has been our norm on the cruise.
Most importantly we feel very safe dining. Some photos from the last two days. It's been hard posting them with the Internet so Keith had to be creative getting them on the blog which is why they are different sizes and not in order.
We are unable to upload Reflections and Menus. We'll try again tomorrow.
We arrived to Nassau early. Keith was working out at the Fitness Center as we approached the pier and could see the Royal Caribbean Ship from afar. We docked around 5:30 AM. Once docked we see we are right next to the ship.
Today is turn around day. It will be a busy day for the crew with the extra protocols for Covid including more detailed cleaning of rooms. We believe around 100 guests are staying on board.
After breakfast, we walked the Promenade Deck. As we were heading back to our room, we saw Sneha in the stairwell. She is assistant to the Head Housekeeper and she took wonderful care of us several years ago as our penthouse attendant. It has been wonderful seeing her responsibilities increase of the years. She goes home today for Holiday.
Keith went out to walk around the port area. The good news for those embarking and disembarking today is Crystal is docked at a more convenient location than last week as it allows for vehicles to part near the ship. All of Crystal's Buses and Private Vehicles were near the ship and Keith understands those who made private arrangements their drivers could get near the ship. On the other hand those from Royal Caribbean had to walk about 10 minutes to exit the pier for their transport.
However, next week Serenity will more thank likely turn around where we embarked last week and there is no room for vehicles to meet near the ship.
Keith walked for about an hour and walked some of those streets with stores you see in the Caribbean and these days Alaska. People on the street were friendly as were those at the pier. He asked about the Straw Market where we visited 30 years ago and it is still closed due to COVID-19 social distancing. Everyone was wearing masks and they can keep you feeling hotter so by the time Keith got back to the ship he was hot, hot, hot.
We enjoyed a nice lunch. Waterside isn't open for lunch today so we ordered our traditional lunch of Cobb Salad and enjoyed it in our suite. Afterwards, a nice walk on the Promenade Deck and enjoying a nice afternoon on Serenity.
Anne Marie & Keith