We will begin with yesterday. Right now the Internet is not cooperating so we will either not be posting photos or very few.
We both enjoyed Cobb Salad for lunch yesterday. This is a traditional embarkation for us and also often on turn around day when we have the salad and toast to a wonderful cruise and our love of one another. Great Cobb Salad.
We haven't been to Marketplace for lunch since boarding. Our typical routine is after the first day of the cruise to go there for salads but with Anne Marie's situation we are having lunch in our room. We did go before guests arrived to see some of the members of the waitstaff we haven't seen since boarding. As they say, mission accomplished.
Yesterday afternoon fellow guests joined the ship got settled including a couple of our friends Ashley and Kelly.
Everything seemed to go smoothly as it did the week before.
Many first time Crystal Cruisers as you could tell as they were making their way around the ship.
There are about 580 guests on board. Would have been around 630 of thee 60 or so guests scheduled to board in Bimini around 8 of them joined Serenity in Nassau after Bimini was cancelled due to an outbreak of Covid on the island.
The Band who played at the pier for us last Saturday did the same.
This was followed by Cruise Director Rick gave the shipboard wide announcement which is given at the Muster Station Drills. Guest had gone there earlier for an abbreviated explanation of how to put on the life vest in the event of an emergency.
After this Captain Birger spoke from the bridge. He noted we would depart around 8:00 PM (and hour later than schedule) as there were unsubstantiated reports of flights not taking off at Fort Lauderdale due to a Bomb Threat.
The Captain also noted about 9:00 AM we would sail off Bimini the stop we are missing and also we would sail off an Island either owned or used by MSC Cruise Line.
Before dinner we enjoyed some wine in our room and from there we went to Prego. Prego was less crowded than last week and the difference is we dined on turn around day.
As usual, amazing service, lovely dining venue and the food was wonderful. We were joined by one other person as was the case on last weeks cruise when someone else had joined us for dinner.
Marco was our waiter and we talked about last year and what a 16 months it had been. He, his wife and mother live in Serbia and he shared with us how things have been there. Sommelier Marcello has moved from Waterside over to Prego for this voyage. We think they will rotate Sommeliers for awhile. We had sent down a wine (well Butler Frederick took care of this) and it had been decanted for us. Wine was Duckhorn Merlot and quite nice.
Great dinner and conversation and a wonderful way to start off the next leg of the cruise.
When we departed Nassau What A Wonderful World played. We realize this is a wonderful world with its beauty and the diversity of its inhabitants and how blessed we are to be seeing it by Crystal which we love.
Keith still stopped by Marketplace to see the waitstaff who serve coffee and who were setting up there early risers breakfast. Before that he also managed to get a workout in at the Fitness Center. This included not only the Elliptical Machine but 45 minutes running back and forth the length of the Center.
Keith returned to the Fitness Center for one more run. However with a few people there he did something he's not done before which was to run on the top deck and loved it. He saw a beautiful sunrise as well.
We enjoyed coffee in the room. The espresso coffee pods arrived yesterday this time being delivered by air so this made it convenient for us. The other good news is the Power Ade Zero which we had special ordered arrived. Yes. LOL.
Breakfast in our room thanks to Frederick and before wee knew it was time for a nice walk on the Promenade Deck.
It was breezy and we walked for quite awhile. Ran into two couples who we chatted with. One posts on Cruise Critic and another one on the Face Book Crystal Society Page. All very nice people and another reason we love cruising.