New iPads will be deployed to each room during this voyage. One was place in our room today. We cropped out the top portion which show names, room number and it also has home key, mail, etc.
Some photos and short video from playing Paddle Tennis yesterday afternoon.
Before dinner we met with Arlene and Gil who we are sailing with for the first time, and they are a lovely couple.
Then it was dinner at Waterside.
All we can say is bravo. The service, cuisine and dining venue are a wow.
Rather than doing a typical end of cruise show, last evening featured two different performances. At 6:30 PM in Palm Court vocalist Annette Manhuyod accompanied on the piano by Mark Manhuyod performed a special tribute to Broadway Hit Songs. Annette has a brilliant voice.
At 9:45 pm, James Fox who has-been on-stage with Crystal for several years performed My Live: The Music of Bill Joel. He is always sensational.
Today is turn around day. This is the end of the first cruise and the start of the second cruise. Ninety-eight guests are continuing to the next voyage and are in-transit and the remaining guests are leaving the ship to go home or to do other travel. While we will leave the ship in Southampton at the end of this cruise some guess who boarded in Marseille will stay on. In-transit guests can stay on or go off the ship today as they would in any port. They are encouraged to attend the 5:30 PM muster drill but are not required to do so.
Today is the day that Captain Vincent Tallard is the new Captain for Crystal Serenity. He has been on-board observing and performing various duties in preparation for today. The Captain began his career on various vessels and private yachts, and earned his class on license in 2007 and has commanded numerous cruise and expedition ships on all seven seas.
Captain Birger Vorland returns home. It has been a pleasure sailing with Captain Birger who we have sailed with numerous times on World Cruises, on the first of two cruises of the Northwest Passage which Captain Birger commanded and on several other cruises with the last being in November of 2021.
The captain is highly trained and experienced, keep both crew and guests safe, is a wonderful communicator and an all-around very nice person.
A couple of photos as we were making our way to the port of Lisbon.
Keith went off the ship early while Anne Marie walked the Promenade Deck. The could see one another. It was a fairly long walk to exit the port terminal and then Keith took a route we have walked often towards the downtown area. There is a lot of construction and portions of the road are new from our last visit. Weather was perfect as it was 70 degrees Fahrenheit.
We enjoyed our traditional Cobb Salad today to begin the next cruise.
Today's Reflections follows.
Anne Marie & Keith
Keith & Anne Marie love traveling by cruise ship and have sailed the equivalent of several years traveling the world.
St Peter Port