DAY SEVEN OF SEVEN SEA DAYS - ON THE ROAD TO MAURITIUS
These are the Waterside Menus from last evening. It was a Black Tie Optional Night.
Yesterday we had some appointments late afternoon and into the early evening. Because of this we decided to have dinner in our room.
We made it an Umi Uma night enjoying several items from the Japanese Specialty Restaurant.
This included sushi and sashimi, tacos, lobster tempura and Hot Soba Noodles for Keith and Lobster for Anne Marie.
This photo shows the sushi, sashimi and appetizers. We didn't take a photo of the entrees.
The evening featured two showings of the Production Show Curtain Call and later in the evening the Crystal Showband performed at the Crystal Plaza. There was live music earlier in the evening at the Crystal Cove, Avenue Saloon and the Palm Court.
The Movie Mama Mia! Here we go again was shown two times at the Hollywood Theatre.
The good news is we set the clocks back an hour as we continue to sail into a new time zone. We appreciate getting another hour as we went to sleep late on Monday evening and we were up early on Tuesday morning.
We began the day as we normally do and you have come to know very well. Keith was up early and back to the Fitness Center for his first workout of the day. Our son Eric got a little confused on the time zone we are sailing and called Keith early while he was on the Elliptical Machine. Since no one was in the Fitness Center at the time he was able to speak to him and catch up with how everyone is doing.
After having coffee and breakfast Anne Marie walked inside the ship while Keith took another indoor cycling class. The class was taught by Melanie who is also the Fitness Instructor that Keith takes personal training with.
All bikes were in use which really adds to the class and it was a challenging one. After class Keith picked up our passports at the reception desk for a mandatory face-to-face immigration inspection tomorrow morning before we can get off the ship in Mauritius. Inserted into our passports were the two forms that we filled out a few weeks ago for those countries requiring immigration forms.
There were two sessions for those on the Full World Cruise. We attended the 10:30 AM session. We passed on the Waffles and enjoyed the opportunity to visit the Bridge. We have been on the Bridge other times and enjoy the visit each time. We spoke briefly with the Captain, a couple of Senior Officers and members from the Food & Beverage team. Kudos to Crystal for organizing this including the Food & Beverage team for the food and beverages.
Photo of Anne Marie with Captain Giske. When we visited the bridge with a large group in the past guests could walk near the equipment. We think it was very wise that the areas was roped off to keep the area secure and also to keep food and beverages away from the equipment.
There were three excellent lectures given today.
Ken Rees spoke about the French Connection between Mauritius and Reunion Island which are our two upcoming port stops. Ken has an outstanding way of delivering his talks. He provides insight into the history of the Islands, discussed things to do, shares lots of beautiful photos and keeps everyone interested with good humor and excellent delivery of the material.
On a more serious note Dr. Robert Freedman spoke about Putin and Russia and how his leadership has contrasted greatly from that of Boris Yeltsin who preceded him in office. He covered areas that those in the USA and several countries in Europe should be concerned about. His delivery is more on a college level lecture with lots of information to absorb.
When one cruises food is certainly something that most people enjoy including the two of us. On this cruise we have benefited from talks given from Dr. Khalid Sheik about health. Today's talk continued along these lines as he spoke about the challenges when attempting to lose weight by eating less and moving more. His discussion reaffirmed what we have learned which is that getting to and maintaining the weight that one desires can be a challenge and that a good approach to this is a lifestyle change rather than going on a strict diet which can lead to feeling deprived.
We appreciate the diversity of topics presented which is part of an extensive enrichment program that is offered on each voyage but expands on World Cruises and on Crystal Cruises with lots of sea days. This segment certainly has this combination.
We enjoyed lunch back at Marketplace having our usual salad entrees. The buffet had a Latin theme. Photos below.
After lunch we enjoyed our usual routine of Paddle Tennis for Keith and a walk for Anne Marie. It was "hot, hot, hot" outside.
Anne Marie will be busy with a few appointments the rest of the day so I plan to read, write and enjoy conversations with some friends.
Today's Reflections follows at the end of our post.
AnneMarie & Keith