ME AND MR JONES
Today we are approaching our final port, Ensenada, Mexico before returning to San Francisco. We do not arrive until four and leave at nine. It’s a quick Jones Act stop and I’m sure many passengers will not leave the Symphony.
I awoke later due to our late nights and traveling East losing hours. I grabbed an Americano and sat outside all alone on deck 7 watching the wake. Not very many walkers passed by. It seems like it will be a lazy sea day for others as well.
I returned to the cabin and snuck in so not to disturb the sleeping teen. That can be like waking a hibernating bear. I grabbed the Ipad to do some writing in the Bistro. I wrote and had a very light breakfast of fruit. Veronica joined me to have coffee and a pastry before trivia.
Trivia was drama free today. We scored 10/15 which once again was respectable but not award winning. After trivia, it was off to the Marketplace for lunch. Rather disappointing selections today. I made a rather boring salad as there was not much vegetable dishes to make it interesting today. Another passenger commented later that lunch was not very good. I think they are just trying to wean us back to reality. It’s probably a good thing for me. Veronica went to the grill for a cheeseburger instead. I think I would’ve gained more weight if the Grill had better French fries. French fries are one of my vices and can be hard to resist. The Trident Grill makes a coated French fry and I am not a fan of those. So thank you, Crystal for helping me! But, there is always the sweet potato fries....
We both decided to read after lunch. Veronica went to Silk to read in one of the swing chairs. I decided to stay in the cabin for reading today. The pool deck was more crowded as it seemed the Hillsdale clan had the day off from lectures. Of course reading turned into nap time for a little bit.
There was no Bingo on the agenda today so we returned to the art class. Before class, we went for a walk to view the shores of Ensenada. We met up with Martha to exchange contact information and say goodbye. They are disembarking today and will be driving across country after the trip to their new home. Veronica and I enjoyed hanging out with them in the evening and will miss them tonight.
Today’s art class was jewelry making. I stopped in Silk to grab a Paloma to take with me to class. We learned how to make a bracelet. We both chose turtles as the focus of our beaded bracelets. A nice reminder of Hawaii. The art instructor, Kitty Donato is a real sweetheart. She is perfect for the job. Very calming, relaxing presence that is perfect for an artistically challenged student like myself.
After our jewelry making, we returned to the cabin to dress for dinner. After I dressed, I went to the Avenue Saloon to sit on “our couch” to wait for Veronica. I decided to change up my usual cocktail and try an Aviation. Very refreshing. I sample a canapé from “Mr. Chow” as delightful bar waiter. He was introduced on the first day to us by Ricky and Giovanni from Silk as “Mr Chow” and it has stuck. I told him I’d help make his tray lighter as it was pretty full. Veronica appeared and ordered a fruit punch this evening to take to dinner.
Dinner was in Waterside and of course we sat with Viktor. Tonight, we sampled some of his recommendations but as usual I had to try my own things as well. It has become the running joke of dinner. We both started with the asparagus salad. I enjoyed it but Veronica thought it was just a salad. Veronica then had the veal carpaccio which was recommended and she did enjoy it. Viktor did not recommend the seared scallop starter but I enjoy scallops so I decided to see why he does not like it. I thought it was cooked nicely but he was correct that it is more blackened than the traditional seared look. I enjoyed it but I could see why some passengers might not. Veronica chose the gnocchi as her main course and it was also Viktor’s recommendation. I joked that I could get a dish like that at home so I wanted something different. I chose the seafood stew with a curry flavor. I asked if it could be made hotter and he brought me Tabasco with my dish. Perfect. It was really flavorful with the extra heat.
Viktor also placed another pasta dish between us. He stated the gnocchi were not getting good reviews from passengers tonight so he wanted Veronica to try this. The gnocchi were a tad bland for my liking. Veronica did enjoy the bonus pasta. She said she thought that pasta was better than Prego. I think with the great Italian food of the area in which we live, it makes us rather tough critics of Italian fare. For dessert, Viktor asked if I enjoy crepe Suzette. I told him that I do so he prepared that for Veronica and me as a special treat. It was not one of the menu items that evening. He brought a side dish of ice cream for Veronica as well. Very good dessert and we both enjoyed that special treat.
After dinner, we went outside to see the lights of Ensenada. There was a fountain show we could see in the distance and we watched that for a bit until showtime. Tonight’s show was Broadway Stars in Concert with Andrea Burns, Aaron Lazar and Jamila. They are all very talented Broadway stars who we enjoyed. After that, we went to see the comedy show.
The comedy show was in the Starlite Club tonight. The comedian was Ritch Shydner.
Veronica thought this set was funnier as it wasn’t so marriage focused. He made a reference to South Jersey so I clapped. He asked where I was from so I gave my husband some credit and said “Carney’s Point.” I wanted to see how South Jersey he truly was. His face was shocked for a second and said “I’m from Pennsville. Can we share a ride home?” Small world.
After the show, DJ Danya started some line dances. We spoke with her earlier and promised we’d help her get some people dancing. We did three different line dances with her and a few passengers. We wanted to visit with Howard, one of the dance hosts before the evening ended so we popped up to Palm Court for the last fifteen minutes of dancing. I had a couple dances with Howard and David before the last song. We returned to DJ Danya at midnight to find the floor empty. So it was off to Avenue Saloon to get a nightcap from Priscilla to go back to the cabin to enjoy. Veronica also grabbed a popcorn to take back from the theater. We both enjoyed our drinks, cognac for me and a ginger ale for Veronica while we read our books. Another relaxing day at sea in the books
Another day a sea on our way to Ensenada. I started my morning at the Bistro for some coffee and writing. It is very quiet this morning.
After writing, Veronica and I went outside to see the weather at the pool. The pool was sloshing about and it was chilly. I really thought it would be warmer. We went over to Silk to read inside and peruse the evening’s menus. There we finally met Tom and Ed. We enjoyed a delightful discussion about cruising. They are very charming gentlemen who I enjoyed talking with this morning. We chatted until it was time for trivia.
We lost our teammates to a private dance lesson so we were just the two of us again. We did ok scoring 9/15. Had our first trivia drama though when the woman on the team we switched papers with accused us of marking their answers incorrectly wrong. She really got a nasty tone with my daughter. Uncool. The answers were just wrong. I knew she would be mad when I saw her clap excitedly when she thought her team had Midsummer’s Night Dream right but they put Eve, not dream. Trivia has been competitive with no partial credit so it wasn’t correct. They still would have needed three more right to even win. Close sweetheart, maybe next time. Some people need to just enjoy the vacation. Maybe the motto “Enjoy your day and if you can’t don’t mess up anyone else’s” would be one to learn.
After trivia, we went to the Marketplace for lunch. It was taco day so Veronica enjoyed her lunch. I made a large salad and was excited to use guacamole as my dressing. The wait for guacamole became pure comedy. I patiently waited while others behind me gave up. Passengers came from the other side of the buffet with tacos on the hunt for avocado deliciousness. I was in too deep to give up the wait. I had to see how it turned out. Veronica texted she was almost done her lunch. When I brought my meal out to the Silk lounge area, a woman at a table recognized me from the line. She cracked up at how long the wait for guacamole took. It was a great salad so it was worth it. After lunch, I tried a Ginger Rasp Fizz. A very light cocktail.
I decided to grab a blanket and my book to read in the sheltered part of the pool. It was so quiet but chilly. I took a quick nap to prepare for the strenuous activity of Bingo. I watched the end of the East Coast Swing class waiting for Bingo to start. We were not successful today but had fun trying.
We returned to our cabin to dress for our final Black Tie optional night. Veronica was ready first this evening and waited for me in the Avenue Saloon. I decided to be festive this evening and try a Lush champagne. Very lovely champagne cocktail with elderflower.
We walked to dinner at Waterside but stopped to take some portraits since we were both dressed in our formal attire.
The dinner in Waterside was fantastic. Viktor made some great recommendations as usual and changed our minds from our initial thoughts. We both started with a double order of caviar. It is served with the traditional blini, creme fraiche, egg and onion. The caviar did not disappoint. I chose a glass of champagne to enjoy with my caviar. We were going to skip a soup course but Viktor insisted we have soup this evening. Veronica chose the cream of asparagus while I selected the Consommé double “Dubarry” which had a cauliflower panna cotta. Both soups were excellent. Viktor wins again! For dessert, Veronica stuck with Viktor’s recommendation of La Pergola which is a chocolate coffee mousse cake with homemade vanilla ice cream, whiskey espuma and raspberries. She liked it. I decided to be adventurous and try the lemon and blueberry trifle. It wasn’t the most flavorful dessert so I think Viktor was spot on tonight. We posed with our wonderful dining team for some photos after our dinner.
Tonight’s show was a production show, Speakeasy. To gain entry, one needed the password to get inside. I joked the password was “Carnival” but then gave the correct one. I ordered a Sidecar as it was the first Prohibition cocktail that popped into my head. Very fun show. Brett danced in the aisle near us so we gave him a cheer. He gave us a smile in return. Another great show, Brett!
After the show, we decided to go dancing. We met up with Martha and Daniel. We enjoyed a few dances but we wanted to go to karaoke in the Avenue with Priscilla and DJ Danya. I think Martha resembles Gloria Estefan so I convinced her to sing “Rhythm is Gonna Get You” tonight. She is a very nice singer. The amazing Aaron Lazar sang with his father and also did some Bon Jovi. I’m glad he left before I sang. How can anyone follow him? He’s so talented. Priscilla wanted me to sing so I convinced her to join me for “Copacabana”. I’d like to offer my apologies if I tortured you with my rendition. We closed out the evening with “Don’t Stop Believing” as a group. Fun times! We talked to DJ Danya for a bit and it was 2:00am when we crawled into our beds. Wait...it was really 3am!! Good thing it’s a sea day tomorrow!
SAILING TOWARD ENSENADA
Another good morning from the Pacific Ocean. Today, I decided to skip my walk and sleep in later with the time change. Losing the hours is not as much fun for for sure.
I went to the Bistro for some coffee and fruit while I wrote. I did try a pastry this morning that I think is the Portuguese style cake that gets raves on Cruise Critic. I had pastel de Belem on our first trip to Portugal (which was on Crystal) and became obsessed with them. This has similar appearance but is more muffin/cake like. The filling is quite yummy as well but overall the texture isn’t the same. It’s a nice nod to them though and thankfully for my waistline they aren’t exactly the same. A great treat with my fruit and coffee this morning.
After breakfast, Veronica texted to meet at the Movie Making Made Fun: Writing a Screenplay. She went and had breakfast at the Marketplace and said she would meet me me there. I walked to Avenue Saloon and saw Veronica sitting. Who was the instructor? The seat stealer from last night. I whisper to Veronica that she could’ve texted me that. As awkward as I felt, I decided to stay because I know I have the next great screenplay inside my head after all. It was a small class with only about ten of us. I did learn a few strategies and the software I would need to purchase. The seat thief didn’t acknowledge us and we left right away at the end. I doubt we will attend his next class which is an “air drop party” (for those who are not tech savvy this is where you can send pictures directly to other devices on the same WiFi network) but Veronica joked about hanging near by and sending funny pictures.
After lunch, we returned to the cabin so I could write a bit more. Veronica did some reading. Trivia was approaching and we needed to mentally prepare after all. We thought we would be a team of two again our friends showed up about 4 questions in and helped us out. We scored 10/15 which was a three way tie for first. The tie breaker was how many words are in the Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets? Sad to lose when we are such Potter fans. By the way it is NOT a trick question. All teams asked if it was!
After trivia we decided to go to Marketplace for lunch. I made a salad and Veronica decided to go back to Trident Grill and get a cheeseburger. The vegetables today were not very exciting with lots of cheese type dishes. I decided to get a garden burger. Earlier in the trip, I asked if the garden burger contained cheese inside as most of the Gardenburger brand do. I was told it did not. I didn’t notice it the first time but it was more well done and crunchy. Today, it was mushy and I could see the orange bits that Gardenburger sometimes has. I don’t understand why to have a vegetarian burger with cheese inside when you can easily melt it on top. So my vegan friends, always ask and Crystal, switch to a bean burger!
After lunch, I went for some tea and a stroll inside the ship. I watched a bit of the foxtrot class and read some of my book. Of course, at 3:15 I had to meet Veronica for Bingo. A fun game but unsuccessful at this time.
We were not that excited about the dinner selections in Waterside so we called to see if we could dine in Umi Uma, the Japanese restaurant. They only had a nine o’clockreservation which we decided to take. Growing up with a 5:00 dinner on the table each night by my grandmother, this would be the latest I’ve dined. Veronica brought me some chips and salsa to tide me over before I showered and changed for the evening.
I went to Avenue Saloon to wait for Veronica and I ordered us both Lonely Mules, a non alcoholic version of the Moscow Mule. It was nice and spicy for me but I’m not sure if Veronica enjoyed it as much.
We decided to go to the early show at 7:30 to see comedian, Ritch Shydner. He was funny but Veronica thought he talked to much about marriage. She’s right, they were his only real jokes. It was more funny when two little girls sat next to us and we overheard the comments from other passengers about kids. These girls were sitting alone next to us in the front row and I’m not sure if others thought I was the nanny for all of them. We sat near the same girls for the first comedian who picked on them so I think they wanted to be stars of the show again.
After the comedian, we dashed to the 8:30 showing for “Jump & Swing-A-Mania” which is a variety performance by the Crystal Showband and Ensemble. Another fine performance. Great job, Brett! You looked fabulous!
The show ended right before nine and we were just steps away from Umi Uma. If I didn’t mention, Umi Uma is designed by Chef Nobu. It has an amazing menu and the sushi is spectacular. We decided to skip the sushi since we had some yesterday at the Gala Buffet. We both started with our own order of the lobster tempura as we both enjoyed it immensely last visit. We wanted to try something new so we shared the Soft Shelled Crab Spring rolls. These were ok but not a favorite for us. The portions are perfect here to try new things. We wanted to eggplant but we were informed they were out. We both wanted to try the mushroom soup. It is presented in a tea kettle with a small cup to sip the broth and chopsticks to pick out the mushrooms. Very great flavor and nice variety of mushrooms. We both preferred this the the Prego soup but we both enjoy lighter soups. Veronica decided to be different tonight and order the Wagyu filet. She said it was now the best steak of the trip. It is served with three sauces and her favorite was the teriyaki. I was a creature of habit and returned to the Nobu Lobster for my entree which was a tasty as the first time. For dessert, I ordered the fruit plate again but Veronica tried the chocolate soufflé dessert which is more like chocolate melting cake then a true soufflé to her disappointment. She still enjoyed it and really liked the sesame ice cream that came with the cake. Another great meal in Umi Uma!
We walked around the ship after our late meal. The Avenue Saloon was busy this evening. We made our way up to Palm Court to have a drink before returning to our cabin.
In the cabin, we finished the movie, IT. Yikes! That movie freaked me out. Clowns give me the heebie jeebies. Now, my closet door made quite the noise the first night. It shook at frequent intervals all night so I asked if it could be fixed. I thought to myself of my Grandmother who on a cruise in the 70s or early 80s, had a noisy cabin on I think a Holland America ship. She told me how she snuck out early in the morning hours and slept in a lounge. Thankfully, I did not have to do this. It was fixed the next morning. The door became difficult to open with the repair and I still had to slightly crack it to not hear shaking. As the cruise has progressed, the door has become easier to open. Last night, I was awoken with some rather violent shaking from the closet like something or someone really wanted out. Too freaky after such a scary movie!
ANOTHER GLORIOUS DAY AT SEA
Falling back into the lovely routine of sea days is so relaxing. My day started once again with a few miles around the deck. It was very windy this morning.
Veronica and I decided to skip breakfast because today is the Gala Buffet.
The Gala buffet is an extravaganza that the culinary team sets up in the cove area. It is a wide variety of appetizers, salads, pasta, entrees, seafood, sushi, breads, fruits and desserts. You can find ice and food sculptures decorating the tables. A feast for the eyes as well as the palate. They allow pictures at 11:30 and begin serving at noon. After we took pictures, we decided to play trivia and then attend the buffet.
Trivia was hosted by Brett today. He had told us it was his first time and he did very well. People can take trivia very seriously I warned him. We teamed up with Martha and Daniel who we met because of this blog. We scored 9/15 which was second place! The winners had 10 correct. So close yet again.
The buffet was waiting for Veronica so we headed down to sample the delights. I made a big salad but topped it with lobster tails and a couple pieces of sushi. Veronica tried the roast beef, lobster and eggs Benedict. After seeing all the desserts, we went back to get some sweets. I walked around and admired them but I’m not much of a dessert fan. So instead I placed a little more sushi and a lobster tail on my plate. Veronica returned with fruit tarts and chocolate covered fruit. We both saw Viktor manning the cheese stations. He unsuccessfully tried to get us to sample the cheese. Our waiter asked Veronica if she liked chocolate and when she said yes, off he ran. He returned with three of his favorites. I tasted a small bite of each and they were all quite lovely. Veronica sampled them as well.
After our gala lunch, we returned to the cabin. Veronica stayed inside to read while I changed into my bathing suit to head up to the pool deck. The pool was rather empty so I picked one of my favorite couches to read my book. After a bit, I went into the hot tub. It felt very warm so I decided to try the pool. This was the first day the water felt cold. I did a few laps and it was back to my spot to read. I ordered a Pimm’s Cup to sip while reading. I decided to take a quick pool nap before Bingo. A girl needs to rest before the strenuous activity of Bingo!
Bingo was fun and successful again. Veronica got to yell Bingo on the second game. She completed the crazy bow tie but so did another passenger so they had to split the pot. Playing Bingo brings back fond memories of playing with my grandmother on my first cruise. She was quite the bingo queen in her day. I always enjoyed playing with her. It was nice to feel that connection.
After bingo it was time to prepare for dinner. I went to an empty Avenue Saloon to wait for Veronica. I sipped a gin martini and sampled some great guacamole.
Dinner tonight was in Waterside. We both started with the escargot. Veronica thought it was good however I find the version at Le Bistro on NCL to be superior. Then, I had the chicken consommé while Veronica had the goat cheese and hazelnut ravioli. This was on Viktor’s recommendation and Veronica’s favorite. She stated she could eat a whole bowl of it. For our mains I chose the monkfish while Veronica had the steak mermaid. The monk fish was prepared fine but I was not a fan of the garnish of mainly olives. Veronica thought the steak was better than her steak in Prego. The shrimp was very tasty. Viktor also brought a sea bass for me to try. It had more flavor but it was a very heavy dish with a cream sauce. I couldn’t eat more than two bites. For dessert, Viktor helped Veronica choose the apple strudel. I tasted one bite and it was excellent. I had the prickly pear sherbet with mixed berries which was refreshing.
After dinner, we saw the 8:30 showing of the Latin Dance Show in the Starlite Club. Another high energy performance with lots of fast costume changes. I have really enjoyed watching all of their performances.
Tonight in the theater was renowned concert pianist, Phillip Wojciechowski. He is amazing. He did classical music as well as some interesting arrangements of classical fused with jazz. I did have to leave during the show briefly. I figured this would happen so we sat in the far back. Upon returning, my seat was taken. A man had asked Veronica if it was taken and she told him yes and nodded. He plopped down anyway. I returned to see it taken. There was no room so I stood in the back listening to the rest of the performance. I did not want Veronica to miss out on the music. She enjoyed it very much. I met up with her afterwards and she said the man was wearing a name tag. Wow. I really think he should’ve returned my seat then for sure.
Afterwards, we went to visit Priscilla in the Avenue Saloon for a nightcap. We ordered our drinks and who should walk in but the seat stealer. He came over and said “Sorry about the seat. There was plenty of room. Truly.” I saw inches of space. I would have been squashed in rubbing thighs for sure. To which I told him not that I saw and my daughter did tell you it was taken (seriously why ask if you’d sit anyway but often young girls get ignored). He sat right next to us and turned his back away from me. Awkward. We decided to take our drinks to go and return to the cabin. It is another hour lost tonight as we travel back.
Twenty thousand and forty minutes, how can you measure, measure a cruise? In sea days, in port days in cocktails and dining. In smiles and dancing, enrichment and friendship...
Today, we return to glorious sea days. After the busy experiences of port, sea days are perfect to relax and still have fun. I slept a bit later due to losing an hour so I headed out on deck to walk. Walking on a cruise ship might sound boring but I’ve been treated to an array of interesting sites. I have seen spectacular sunrises, rainbow, fish or dolphins playing and while rounding the bow, some very attractive male crew members working out very creatively by the pool. How can that be boring?
I decided today I would let my teenager get some much needed rest. I remember the days of being able to sleep endlessly. I let our cabin stewardess know that she could skip our cabin until after dinner and went down to the Bistro for some coffee. I did some writing as I sipped my coffee. I snuck back to the cabin to return my items and went out for another walk. I knew Veronica would want to play trivia so I returned around 11:30 to wake her up.
We did really well at trivia scoring 12/15 but one team scored 14 correct. Of course they had a full team so I think for 2 of us we are doing just fine!
After trivia, we headed up to the Marketplace for lunch. Today’s theme was Mediterranean which is one of my favorites. I made a large salad but used hummus as a dressing. I added a few Spanish style potatoes and falafel to the salad. Best lunch salad yet.
After lunch, I decided to try the dance class. It was an intermediate American Waltz class taught by the Latin Dance quartet. They did a nice job but I wasn’t enjoying one of my partners so I left the class. The step was a very familiar one that is taught often before dances at home and waltz is not my favorite dance.
I went back to the cabin. Veronica was reading as she brought her summer required reading with her. I asked her if she’d like to try Bingo and she agreed. Bingo was fun especially since I won the first game and didn’t have to split the prize. That always makes it more fun. She wants to play again so I might have created a monster!
After Bingo, Veronica went up on deck while I dressed for dinner. While I was finishing up, she returned to shower and change. I told her I’d meet at Avenue Saloon as it is close to Prego where we would be dining. The lovely Priscilla was there and quickly brought me my Bombay martini. She’s a doll. All of the crew provide great service but I feel at times some give that little something extra or I just connect with them. That is one of the things I really enjoy about cruises.
Veronica arrived and it was off to Prego for our 6:30 reservation. Prego is the upscale Italian specialty dining restaurant. Each guest is allotted a number of visits to Prego and Umi Uma depending on the length of the voyage. Although this is my third Crystal cruise, I have yet to try Prego. With a longer voyage, I felt I should give it a try since it gets lots of raves from passengers.
We were greeted and escorted to our table for two. It is a very nice atmosphere but the table was very close to others. Veronica and I have actually enjoyed this because sometimes you meet nice people or just overhear interesting conversation. It helps make the cruise memorable. The woman next to us was fanning herself non-stop which I could feel as we were close together. We could easily tell by their conversation that they were part of the Hillsdale conservative contingent on board. The woman also remarked how she hates children. Veronica found that funny. She’s a good sport.
So time to talk food.
I have to say that I was underwhelmed by Prego. Maybe the expectations were too high? We can get very good Italian food on the East Coast (Shout out to New Jersey) and this also was a factor in our critique.
I ordered the octopus and lobster starter and Veronica chose the Caprese salad. I think she chose her starter because I had raved about the tomatoes at lunch. The octopus and lobster was excellent. Veronica thought the tomatoes were just OK. I sampled one and found it rather bland and mealy. We decided to share a beef carpaccio as this always gets high marks. The beef was excellent but we both felt they overdressed it. It had too much olive oil in addition to a sauce, balsamic vinegar, capers and Parmesan cheese. For the soup course, I convinced Veronica to order the Cream of Mushroom, another fan favorite. I selected the minestra primavera which was great. Loved the variety of vegetables as well as the amount of seasoning. I did taste her mushroom soup. We both liked the variety of mushrooms in the soup but it’s cream of mushroom. It’s hard to really make it that special.
For our entrees, I chose the spaghetti “Pescatore” while Veronica ordered the filet. The pasta was cooked nicely and the sauce had a definite heat from chili that I enjoyed. I thought the seafood pasta ratio was disappointing. It was a rather small amount of seafood. Veronica’s filet was cooked to a nice medium rare. She wasn’t a fan of the sabayon on the steak. She said it was good but nothing spectacular. Earlier, I had posted on Cruise Critic that it was White Party night and Prego was probably a bad idea. Yes, I jinxed myself. I had a few small drops of tomato sauce on my pristine white blouse. I know I like black for a reason. We looked at the dessert menu. Everything was cream or cheese which I do not enjoy after eating a plant based diet. There was a sorbet but I really didn’t want dessert. Veronica decided to try the deconstructed cannoli. I told her to order and I would run back to the cabin to try to wash my shirt. I was successful in removing the stains but it needed to dry. When I returned, Veronica had left. We met up on the stairs. She said the cannoli wasn’t great because the texture was very grainy. The service was a tad on the slow side compared to the other meals so far as well. I’m glad we tried the restaurant but I doubt I will return in the future. I personally really enjoy the Modern menu in Waterside with a few Classics dabbled in. I think it is more creative and interesting. We are both big fans of Asian food and I find that style more difficult to prepare at home. The food in Prego while good is somewhat boring to me. But that is why Crystal offers choices and choice is a good thing!
Tonight’s entertainment was Crystal on Broadway The Show. It is a production show featuring three musicals, Something Rotten, West Side Story and Rent. As I have said, I’m not the biggest fan of Broadway. I watched the opening number and whispered to Veronica I was going to go dry my shirt so I could wear it to the party later. I snuck quietly out the back and returned during the end of West Side Story with a clean, dry shirt. I watched all of the Rent numbers. The performers are very talented and it does give you a taste of the shows. Something Rotten is coming to the Playhouse in Delaware so Veronica is now interested in attending.
It was then off the the White Party where the cruise director said is the biggest party of the cruise and would go until dawn. The atrium area was decorated in white and white themed drinks and snacks were passed around. The showband performed with the Latin Dancers. The dance floor was also open for dancing. I did a few dances with the hosts but the highlight for me was dancing with the cruise director, Shane. He asked me to dance before a song even started. That’s a gamble. It was a disco hit and after a few disco type steps, he suggested a triple swing. What a workout he gave me! He’s a fine dancer with some great steps. He navigated the floor well and even gave me a big triple spin. He later asked me to dance again to Proud Mary done Tina Turner style. Another great workout with lots of spins and a dip at the end. Bravo Shane!
After all the fun dancing, Veronica and I returned to the cabin. I was determined to finish I, Tonya. We ordered a little snack to share from room service which helped me stay awake. Around two we finished the movie! Time to get some rest with the seas rocking me to sleep.
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