GOLDEN STATE DISCOVERY - DAY 4 CRYSTAL SERENITY - SAN FRANCISCO
We wanted to mention one more item related to our Wedding Vow Renewal Ceremony and Reception. It truly exceeded our expectations. We have only been to one other renewal ceremony which took place on land and all we can say is that we are so very happy that we booked this with Crystal Cruises and that it far exceeded our expectations. If others have thought about it we would highly recommend it.
After posting yesterday we had the photo shoot with the Photo Manager wearing those red shirts which you saw when we Blogged from Disneyland. He took the photos in three different areas around the Crystal Plaza/Cove. He would have done one outside but it was too cold and windy so he recommended that we pass on it.
With a scheduled 1:00 PM arrival for San Francisco the Lido Cafe opened 30 minutes earlier then usual so we went with the entire family for lunch. While we were eating we saw the beautiful Golden Gate Bridge while sailing near and underneath it. We were off the ship by 1:30 PM.
We walked along the Embarcadero. It was very sunny which was nice and the temperature in the low 60's. Lots of people were out and about. We eventually came to the Ferry Building and then crossed the street. Our destination was Nordstrom to pick up Mother's Day gifts for our daughter and daughter-in-law. We then walked for quite awhile until we retraced our steps via the Embarcadero over to the ship. We walked just under nine miles.
Our other family members went off the ship at different times. Eric, Kara and Jackson got off the ship late as Jackson took a very long afternoon nap.
We had dinner with the family in the Crystal Dining Room. On the first nigh at dinner we spoke with Head Waiter Augusto and pre-ordered Caesar Salad and Beef Wellington. Both of these items were a "hit" with all of the adults.
Afterwards, we took the grandchildren dancing at the Palm Court. Jennifer has a friend in San Francisco who she met. We know that Jackson likes to dance and in very short order he began to dance only to be followed to the dance floor by cousin's Andre and Emma. The vocalist of the Crystal Quartet also sang a song directly to Jackson. She also danced one song with him. Coincidentally at the end of the dance we saw two of the Crystal Ambassador Hosts at the elevator and we said you may have to watch out for your job. LOL.
After having breakfast this morning we walked around San Francisco for a few hours. We were here around this time last year before boarding Crystal Serenity. The weather was a delight. The forecast two days ago called for strong winds today. Wrong. The forecast called for cooler weather. Wrong again.
There was no apparent wind. Temperature was perfect. Sun was shining. Very few clouds. The sky was what you might expect in the afternoon.
We enjoyed our walk. We revisited places that we had visited this time last year. We ran into some members of the Serenity Crew and a few other guests.
We are going to post early today since we plan to go out on another walk and have some other plans for this afternoon and this evening. There is a sailaway party at 2:45 PM
TODAY'S THOUGHT FOR THE DAY....
When we lived in Northern California the emphasis was on the outdoors. In fact at home the emphasis was having a very nice backyard with less emphasis on the interior. We are reminded of this as we walked one of the most beautiful cities in the entire world.
Keith & Anne Marie