Yesterday’s long nap ruined my night’s sleep. I finally got up about 7:45; watched the morning show; & then went up to the Bistro for some breakfast. The strawberry supply is still primo; & I’m going to continue to take advantage of the sweet prosciutto as long as it stays as good as it has been since I boarded. I wish I had access to Crystal’s supplier, because I can’t find anything close to this authentic back in FL. To have it sweet, not too salty & buttery tender is almost unheard of outside of Italy.
Capt. Glenn reported that the weather was going to be calm & beautiful today, & the next several days. He mentioned that 3 years ago today during the world cruise, & in this very location, they traveled through some extremely rough seas. We will be leisurely cruising at 17.6 knots (20 mph) on 3 of our 6 engines. Everything is looking good for our 7 am arrival tomorrow in Adelaide. His thought for the day…..”The beautiful thing about learning is that nobody can take it away from you.”
Afterwards, I went to the Lido Buffet for lunch. I saw Peggy & Elaine as I was walking through; & they asked me to join them. I fixed a salad; had my quota of hearts of palm; shrimp cocktail; red & white cabbage salad with tomato, onion, feta cheese & toasted nuts (very tasty); & ham coronets with herbed garlic cheese.
I also had a drumstick braised with paprika cream sauce (okay); & a half of a pulled pork sandwich. Unlike any BBQ I’ve had before, Crystal put their own spin on it, adding creamy corn slaw & jarlsberg cheese served on caramelized onion bread. It was pretty good as long as you don’t grade it by southern standards.
I was late getting to the Hollywood Theatre for the next lecture; & therefore had to stand in the back. Shelby Coffey (former editor of the L.A. Times, President of CNN Business News & Exec. V.P. of ABC News) gave a humorous look at “The Media World Gone Mad”. His impersonations of Bill Clinton & Henry Kissinger were hilarious; & he brought to light how diligent we must be when looking for reliable news info on the web. He shared funny stories about the responsibility of being the ‘gatekeeper’/censor for a live news network. Mr. Coffey will speak again later in the cruise; & he said it was also planned for the movie theatre. I hope they reconsider that locale, as he could easily fill the Stardust Lounge.
From there I rushed to the Avenue Saloon to hear master photographer, John Parris, speak. I was hoping this would be a master class where one could pick up tips on composition & the like. Although I did enjoy looking at some of his work, this presentation was primarily an infomercial for the private photo shoots he can arrange for you. He does private commissions starting at $595. For this consultation fee, he will help you choose your wardrobe & suggest settings throughout the ship or ashore that would best suit your personality. Once he does the shoot, he will print & publish your photos into a coffee table type book for an additional fee (dependent upon how many pages you want).
You would think I’d learn my lesson after yesterday; but no…..I laid down & took a nap. This one only lasted 2 hours; & I’m sure I’ll pay the price later. I’m in between books on my Kindle. I’ve been hesitant to start another one because I was hoping to clear the waiting list for Steve Job’s biography from the library. His is a huge book, which I’d be lucky to finish even if I did start it. I shall check on my waitlist status tomorrow.
I treated myself to a nice soaking bath (something I NEVER do at home), while I waited for Liz to bring dinner. Tonight was a very good menu. For an appetizer I had poached lobster salad (cut into medallions) with an avocado & tarragon dressing (sweet & tender).
In my quest to try more fish, I tried something tonight that I have no clue WHAT it actually was. It was broiled fillet of New South Wales Red Emporer; so I’m guessing it’s local. And it is a mild, white fish that was cooked to perfection. It came with a beurre blanc sauce; buttermilk-mashed potatoes & I substituted glazed beets with the vegetable lasagna. No, I did not have a carb with a carb…..the lasagna had no pasta, instead it was layers of zucchini & eggplant with ricotta & tomato sauce. It was fabulous.
We are expected to arrive in Adelaide way before 7 am in the morning; so I thought I’d sleep with the drapes open. When I turned out the light, I could see a bring moon shining on the water. I had to try to photograph it.