DAY 13 CRYSTAL SYMPHONY -SEA DAY
We kept to our same routines of visiting the Avenue Saloon for a pre-dinner drink. We find the Avenue Saloon to be relatively quiet and a very intimate lounge for a pre-dinner drink. Keith changed things up with the recommendation of the Bartender having a Cosmopolitan Martini.
These are the dinner menus from Waterside Restaurant from last evening.
We dined at Umi Uma (former Silk Road) Japanese Specialty Restaurant. These are the dinner menus. There is also a separate sushi/sashimi menu in addition to these menus. This was our second time dining here since we boarded.
We had an amazing meal. Waiter Emerson took good care of us along with the help of another waiter and Head Waiter Jed checked up on us several times during the course of the meal.
These are photos of just some of the food. We enjoyed Sashimi (Keith), Sushi (both of us), Tempura (Anne Marie) Salads (both of us) Lobster entree (Anne Marie), Hot Soba Noodles with soup and some scallops (Keith), Whiskey Cappuccino Dessert (Anne Marie) and a Fruit Plate (Keith).
The only item that was off at bit was Keith's mushroom salad. Normally the mushrooms and sauce are warm and this time it was closer to room temperature. Otherwise everything else was terrific with the items that should be hot being hot in temperature.
The pace of the meal was perfect as we had lots of time between courses and we could just take out time enjoying each mouthful of food. We dined for about two hours.
The evening entertainment featured Comedic Impressionist Steven Caouette performing two shows, and Jump & Swing-A-Mainia featuring the Crystal Showband, and the Crystal Ensemble of Singers and Dancers.
The only down-side is that we had to set our clocks forward one hour after getting back to the room. One more hour to go. As such we didn't make it to the entertainment. We were fortunate to see the Crystal Entertainers rehearsing for the evening show so we saw a portion of it. It was very upbeat.
We awoke regular time which was good considering we set the clocks forward one hour. After enjoying breakfast in our room Keith went to the Fitness Center and led one fellow guest for a third time of indoor cycling. Keith used a playlist for a class he will be teaching the week we get home. Anne Marie came by and took some photos before going on a nice long walk. Keith didn't make it to class yesterday because of Anne Marie's Birthday Breakfast but it was small with three people there. All three were going to come today but evidently the couple didn't make it likely due to forwarding the clock by one hour. Anne Marie noticed while walking that very few people were out and about. It was Keith and one other guest who we know along with his wife from the Northwest Passage Cruise. Nevertheless it was a good workout according to the other guest.
Lots on the program today. This included a talk by former General Nick Halley on the challenge in the Middle East. This was followed by a talk given by Celebrity Actor Bruce McGill called Friends, Roman, Cruiser...Lend me your ears. It is a terrific talk focusing on Shakespeare and the Movies and shows the true depth and talent of Bruce McGill. The afternoon featured a talk given by Dr. Herb Keyser on The Life and Music of Andre Lloyd Webber. We watched the second and third talks on the TV in our room. Keith has seen the first talk on a prior cruise.
We will be disembarking in a few days so Keith took care of a few items at the Reception Desk and the Concierge Desk while Anne Marie did some organizing. We enjoyed a nice lunch at Marketplace before Keith played Paddle Tennis. It was a little windy but a great day to play and Keith ended up playing for close to two and one half hours. Lots of fun. Lots of good laughs. Anne Marie went on her one hour walk.
As she has been doing the past couple of days she sat out on our verandah reading a book from the library while enjoying the views of the sea and getting fresh air.
We were asked about seeing a copy of the Silk Luncheon Menu and we are including it below.
Anne Marie & Keith