That was a great report I am so enjoying this about all your adventures. I would love to cruise with you someday MaryAnn I don't think it will be this summer I am hopping we will be taking a short cruise with dd and grandkids right around the duck cruise. I enjoy traveling with dd and grandkids also.
Mary Ann, I'm glad that you are continuing to have a good time. When you get to Hong Kong, are you participating in the post cruise hotel program with Crystal, or have you chosen a hotel on your own? I would imagine Hong Kong has some wonderful hotels.
I cannot believe our crossing is fast drawing to a close. Despite so many days at sea, the time is flying by quickly as we near Hong Kong. I know some made comments about the times when the seas were rough. That goes with the territory when making an ocean crossing. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve been keeping a weather eye on Hong Kong for the time IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll be there. T-storms and showers. I hope the weather forecasters can be just as wrong there as in the U.S.A.! :grin
We had the usual day filled with lectures, lessons and games. I was doing work for my group, but did go to the famous Mozart Tea this afternoon in the Palm Court. Stewards and Stewardesses are in period costume, as is the 3-person music ensemble playing mostly selections from Mozart. I took some photos of the table filled with petit-fours and finger sandwiches. I opted for a verbena mint herbal tea which was quite nice.
Tonight, the dress is informal (semi-formal). Only three more dinners on board this beautiful shipÃ¢â‚¬Â¦and then my first visit to Hong Kong. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve opted for a sightseeing transfer between ship and hotel, and then IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll do the private tour the next day. On the one hand, IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll hate to see this journey end; on the other hand, I miss little Pucci terribly and am anxious to be reunited with him. I DO telephone him every day - only another pet lover will understand. =love
Last night at dinner, Captain Zander mentioned that the Officers and Crew on board (over 500) come from 48 countries. That prompted me to look at the Guest List. I counted 14 different countries from North America, South America, the United Kingdom, Europe, Asia, Australia. Surprisingly, there are children - well-behaved - and quite a number of younger guests. The demographics are more mixed than I would have imagined for a voyage of this length.
I sat in the Crystal Cove before dinner, as usual, listening to the pianist tickling the ivories, and then the a capella quartet Full Sail gave a short concert until dinner time. The dinner menu tonight was one of those where everything looked tempting. I started out with soft shell crab, then had a wee taste of pasta. Wiener Schnitzel was on the menu, so I ordered that - forgetting that the chef was preparing risotto with mushrooms for me. I savored part of the veal AND the risotto. Both were deliciousÃ¢â‚¬Â¦extremely deliciousÃ¢â‚¬Â¦extremely EXTREMELY delicious!
I did not have dessert, but these were the two featured sweetsÃ¢â‚¬Â¦
The Siam Tower - Cassis Mousse, Tapioca Pineapple Mousse, Passion Fruit Coulis
Not everyone was at table, but those of us who were sat around quite awhile having a wonderful discussion about travel, especially in Europe. The Sacher Cake (remember Open House one weekend with the Sacher Hotel in Vienna?) inspired one of the couples to start talking about that hotel and Vienna. Then we chatted about Rome and Amsterdam. Brought back many memories for me.
We all went to the Galaxy Lounge to hear Michel Bell (Porgy & Bess) and Dale Kristien (Phantom of the Opera) perform for almost an hour. What magnificent voices - some of the selections were from Aspects of Love, Phantom of the Opera, South Pacific, Porgy & Bess to name but a few. What talent! Just another example of why Crystal wins awards year after year for their entertainment.
Another day ended on a beautiful note.
To answer BevÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s question, since IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll be in a new city with a totally different culture, language, etc., I booked CrystalÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Ã¢â‚¬Å“Crystal Classic PlusÃ¢â‚¬Â hotel package that includes transfers, upgraded rooms, etc. I also arranged through the Concierge on board working with the Concierge at my hotel for a private car and English-speaking guide to tour Hong Kong the day after I arrive. This will probably be my one and only time in Hong Kong. If I were able to walk around as I used to, hop on/off buses with ease, it would be different, butÃ¢â‚¬Â¦
I'm so glad you're enjoying the travelogue. I have suitcases open on my bed - I HATE that!
Tonight is formal - and the Captain's Farewell. It will be hard to leave Friday morning (Thursday your time). They're not offering the sightseeing transfer to the hotel, so I'll go directly there. Those of us who booked our hotel through Crystal don't even claim our luggage ashore. We'll find it in our hotel room.
Now, your eyes are not deceiving you with what you are about to read. Tomorrow, EVERYBODY must show up to have their temperature taken. I understand this is standard procedure for arrival in Hong Kong. I know what bOB, in particular, is ready to ask - DON'T!!!
More tonight IF I can log on. I'm having a terrible time, and it's the website itself, not our internet connection.
Jim - I'd say it would be a good guess that the Hong Kong flu pandemic of 1968-69 originated there and then spread.
Our latest update - we're heading into predicted heavy seas tonight/tomorrow, and there have been very heavy rains in Hong Kong. We're starting to move more noticeably, and my knee does not like it at all. I'll be using my cane (doggone it).