Ah, today we say hello again to Serenity! Can’t wait. We started off with breakfast at Hawksworth. We had the same waiter – same great sense of humor, and Alison got her tea made the way she likes it. I got my granola, berries and yogurt!
We decided to burn some energy, and went for a walk. Naturally, we ended up down at the Cruise Terminal, and there she was!
The clouds persist, as you can see in the picture, but the weather was fine. We walked back to the hotel, packed, showered, dressed, and moved our bags down to the lobby. We checked out and decided, at the last minute, to take a cab down to the ship – good thing. We had heard that Crystal often isolates itself for a nicer experience for its clients, so we were diverted to a different level, and immediately received personalized attention, which was nice.
Security and Customs were rather smooth, and not too crowded; and check-in was on board – a first for us. We had to check out of our hotel by noon, and knew that Marion and Barry wouldn’t arrive until almost 3, so we boarded and had a champaign lunch in the main dining room – not quite the same without Marion and Barry, though. Alison utilized her organizational skills and we managed reservations for Silk Road, the Japanese Restaurant for tonight at 6PM, and we also tried getting wait listed for earlier dinners on a couple other nights. We grabbed our iPad and Kindle, and went up to Deck 12 to hang out until 3.
Marion and Barry got in around 2:30 and met us up on 12. Alison saw them first. She popped up and ran to them — and then straight to Barry for a hug. LOL – Marion was surprised, but all part of the fun. More champagne and hugs all around!
Back to the cabin, we unpacked, showered and dressed for dinner.
Silk Road is one of those specialty restaurants we’ve enjoyed in the past. We started with Saporo Beer and a sampler of sushi and sashimi, which we all enjoyed, and followed that with other specialty dishes and dessert. When all was said and done, we were very happy – and tired! There wasn’t much going on, so we retired for a good night’s sleep.