Last evening we attended a cocktail reception at Captain Birger's Quarters along with several fellow guests. Several senior officers and senior staff were in attendance.
Cruise Director Rick joined us for dinner. We had three courses. We both noticed the night before that Swordfish was on the menu and we asked early in the morning if we could have it last evening prepared precisely as it was on the menu.
These are the dinner menus from Waterside.
The evening entertainment included entertainer Lou Gazarra who is unique in that his show includes songs from a wide range of performers.
With a 4:00 PM arrival to Cabo San Lucas today was pretty much a sea day.
There were three lectures. Bob Ray spoke about one hit wonders and there are many of them. The challenge is figuring out the names of the groups. World Affairs Lecturer Roberto D'Alimonte spoke about Political Challenges of our time. The last speaker was Ian MacLachlan who spoke about Mexico and the challenges they face.
At 11:45 AM, we attend the Vintage Room Champagn Luncheon which was organized by Head Sommelier Tilmar. Although we have attended and hosted several Vintage Room dinner this was the first luncheon we have attended. This program began two and one-half years ago.
The Serenity Vintage Room holds up to 14 people and that is the number of people who attended including ourselves.
They removed the VR chairs and used chairs from Umi Uma. This was done because they remove remove the chairs at both heads of the table as the one where you would have your back turned to the screen would obviously not work. With seven people on each side of the table with the Umi Uma chairs spacing was fine. We knew five of the other seven people this included two couples who are part of Cruise Critic.
The program began at 11:45 AM and we finished by a around 1:20 PM.
Price is $115.00 per person.
The discussion is done as a lecture by Head Sommelier Tilmar. The program began two and one-half years ago.
Since one couple who happen to be friend of ours had recently attended the VR luncheon Tilmar adjusted some of the varieties of Champagne serves. The single woman who we know has also attended some of these luncheons so it might have been adjusted for her as well. In fact, she was instrumental in getting Crystal to approve the purchase of the Champagne glasses we used rather than using the flutes that are so common when many glasses have to be placed on platters.
We learned a lot as we always do when attending the dinners. Each champagne was quite diverse from one another such as in sugar content and each one was paired accordingly to each course. We had four major courses; caviar, sashimi, chicken, and a dessert followed by one additional sweet.
There was the opportunity to ask questions as one does at the dinners and nice exchange of conversation.
Serenity arrived off Cabo San Lucas at 3:00 PM and the ship was cleared for tender service by 3:45 PM. As it is a tender port we didn't go off right away and will visit there tomorrow. So more on Cabo tomorrow.
Following is the daily Reflections Program.
Anne Marie & Keith