DAY 2 CRYSTAL SYMPHONY
After we posted we met our butler. His name is Dario and he is from Italy. This is his first Butler contract. He worked in Waterside and at many hotels on land. He seems very nice.
He found our luggage and it was delivery to us promptly. Thank you Dario.
Anne Marie got us all unpacked while Keith followed up on some items.
Keith checked out the Fitness Center and spoke with both of the Fitness Instructors. They made Keith's day as they were very surprised when they heard his age.
We attended the Muster Drill at 5:15 PM. On Crystal Serenity it is done inside the ship as that is where the muster stations are located. On Symphony you go to your lifeboat on the Promenade Deck.
Afterwards, we enjoyed our first dinner of the cruise and our first dinner at Waterside.
We've included Luncheon and Dinner Menus from yesterday.
Getting ready for the Muster Drill.
Dinner at Waterside. Normally with fixed dining on the first night there would be a long line to get into the dining room. This was not the case as there was very little queue for open seating at the time Waterside opened. We liked how they greet you. One waiter approaches you to ask for your room number. Another waiter asks if you would like to dine alone or be seated with others Restaurant Manager Slavko greets you and lets the waiter know what table you will be at and the waiter takes you to the table. This was efficient and personable.
Food was delicious. Service was terrific. The waiter and senior waiter were excellent. She senior waiter offered recommendations and was very adapt at taking orders which are now taken on smart devices instead of on paper. It was very easy if you wanted to change things up. Head Waiter stopped by a few times to check on us. Met the Head Sommelier and the Sommelier was at our table to take care of the wine.
Anne Marie had a Shrimp Appetizer and Keith had Mahi Tuna. We asked for a simple salad not on the menu and Keith had fish as an entree and Anne Marie had Filet Mignon. We each enjoyed wine; Chablis for Anne Marie and Chardonnay for Keith and then he had some Pinot Noir. Lots of choices were available. Service was fantastic. Loved the venue.
After dinner we went to the show Crystal In Motion. A very upbeat and wonderful show.
A nice feature of the new suites is a washer/dryer combo and Anne Marie did one wash. It was very quiet. The seas were relatively calm and we slept very well. Keith was up quite early and worked out at the Fitness Center. When he put on the television they were showing a countdown to the royal wedding. Keith watched for a short while. He ended up using one of the many playlists he has made for when he reached indoor cycling three times a week at home and that worked out well for his workout on the Elliptical Machine.
A couple of hours later he returned for another workout. This time he worked out on one of the indoor cycle bikes and used a playlist from the last class he taught before we left for this adventure.
We enjoyed our first breakfast of the cruise in our room. Butler Dario brought the breakfast inside on a nice table. We keep to a very simple breakfast on most days of oatmeal for Keith and cereal for Anne Marie along with some fruit.
We touched base with Stewardess Marina with a couple of questions. She went over the lighting with us including how to set the lighting to more of a night light.
Stopped by to see Cruise Sales Consultant Jaque Brown about one item. Jaque recently moved to this position having served for many years as the Crystal Society Hostess. It was chilly, windy with some roughness to the seas so Anne Marie walked inside the ship with Keith joining her for about half the walk. While Anne Marie continued walking, Keith attended Jay Wolff's talk about Moby Dick and the Missionaries. Jay also took several questions at the end of his talk and did a terrific job speaking about the creation of the Hawaiian Islands.
We enjoyed lunch at the Market Place. We each had salads and also added some chicken. During the talk from the Bridge, the Captain announced that due to safety issues we would not be stopping at Hilo, Hawaii. We will still go to Kona the following day and that stop has been extended a couple of additional hours.
The Senior Waiter and Waiter who took wonderful care of us last evening at Waterside are working lunch at the Market Place and each came by our table to see if we needed anything.
After lunch we both went on a walk inside the ship. The weather was not conducive for Keith to play Paddle Tennis nor for Anne Marie to walk outside.
Another nice feature of the new suites is the refrigerator. You pull the door like a drawer and it is easy to see what is in the refrigerator and there is another area that you can move the shelf to get to other items.
This evening is Black Tie Optional on the ship and we look forward to a fun-filled evening of dinner a reception and a show.
Anne Marie & Keith