Today's Daily Refections Program.
We had a nice visit by the Executive Housekeeper Maria and the 1st Assistant Housekeeper Nivalda and caught up on life on land and sea. We spoke about time at home, family and housekeeping. There are a number of new protocols in-place performed daily and also on turn-around day to as part of the COVID-19 protocols in addition to all of the other routine activities. The ship continues to look beautiful and clean and Housekeeping is key to all of this.
Afterwards Dinner at Waterside and this is the dinner menu.
We had an amazing dinner. Food was great. Service was great. Elegant dining venue. And before we forget the wine as great.
You can tell why we get along so well. Same roll. Same salad. Same appetizer which was a Grilled Vegetable & Buffalo Mozzarella. Same entree which was Wiener Schnitzel.
We had our first authentic Wiener schnitzel before we sailed the Crystal Mozart River Cruise Vessel in Vienna twice at two different restaurants in Vienna, Austria. We had it for the third time on Mozart. In all of our Crystal Ocean Vessel voyages we never had it until last evening. It was delicious. It came out hot and was accompanied by warm potato salad and berries. We loved it.
The dining venue was not busy which gave us extra time to converse with many of the wait staff and it also provides more time for items to be cooked to order although we realize some items are prepped.
One of the many things we love at sea is the beauty of our surroundings.
We slept very well and began our day bright and early. Keith was up first and kept to his routine including exercise. After breakfast we walked together on the Promenade Deck. From there Keith played Paddle Tennis with friends Ashley and Kelly and a couple of other guests while Anne Marie continued packing.
While we were on the ship several guests were visiting Long Island. Long Island marks the final stop of Serenity for the this cruise prior to arrival to Nassau this Saturday. Other than Keith taking a walk in Nassau on turn-around day we have remained on the ship for the rest of the time. This is a first for us making Crystal Serenity the the destination for us for this trip.
Early this morning Keith took additional photos of the ship with emphasis on outside and inside areas he didn't photo on Wednesday. One of the areas is found on the aft (back) of Passenger decks 8,9,10 &11. These locations include chairs and tables so guest can sit outside and enjoy the views of the ship. At times you feel you are sitting on your own private yacht. On deck 7 you will find Shuffleboard. On many ships these areas are verandah's for guest suites. On the bow (front) of several of the passenger decks you can stand and take in the views such as transiting the Panama and Suez Canals or arrivals to many places around the world.
As part of the Covid protocols some changes can be seen inside the ship. This includes hand sanitizers at all elevators and outside all the venues and in a few other locations. In addition, all faucets are now automatic so no need to raise and lower faucet handles.
The afternoon included lunch followed by walking and packing for Anne Marie and Paddle Tennis for Keith. Head Butler Engin brought lunch today as Frederick was on break.
Anne Marie and Keith