Cruising the Yellow Sea
I finally dragged myself up at 8:45. It’s sunny outside, but cold 38* with a northerly (head) wind of 40 mph. According to Capt. Glenn’s morning report we are cruising at 18 knots (20 mph). China is just off our portside; & Korea is off our starboard. His thought for the day…..”Cooperation is doing with a smile what you have to do anyway.”
Up to the Bistro about 10 am for some hot chocolate. (Mama) Gaye was there; & we had a nice long chat. Fate is funny sometimes. To think that I got so attached to Debbie because she was nice enough to bring me some fruit back to the bus after a ‘happy stop’ in Java. We continued to bond during that horrendously long, hot day in Borobudur. And now to meet Gaye, who is every bit as sweet as Debbie. Just hearing some of their stories, the whole family sounds like they’d be fun. I’ve asked; & I sincerely hope they can come to Naples for a visit. And of course, if I ever happen to be in South Africa……….
I finally made decisions about tours for Osaka & Petropavlovsk; so went down to ShoreEx to book them. Today was the ever popular Asian themed lunch buffet up at the Lido. I fixed a plate of my favorites; & took it home. I had a spring roll, steamed dumpling, sushi, spicy orange chicken, sweet garlic eggplant (my all-time fave), beef & broccoli with oyster sauce, lo mein noodles, duck & lychee salad, Filipino chicken with rice noodles, & Cantonese shrimp. All delicious.
It was a busy night in Prego with Paula Jean (onboard cruise consultant), Jacque (Crystal Society hostess), Neil (head photog), Johann & Melanie (concierges) all having a great time at a table close by. Our special group consisted of Celeste & Bill, Darko, Debbie & Gaye. We had so much fun. It was formal night; & Celeste was debuting one of her custom made outfits from HGK. She looked really pretty all in white & silver.
It was nonstop shenanigans during dinner. Darko with his quiet, off-beat sense of humor; & then the rest of us somewhere this side of insane. A couple of bottles of wine; & we were pretty ‘jovial’. I asked for a large platter of bruschetta, which everyone fell in love with. They didn’t even know that you could request it; but this is Crystal after all.
I had the seared sea scallops appetizer as I normally do. A few others opted for the beef Carpaccio, which looks really pretty once it’s dressed with all the optional oils, sauces & cheese.
Always outstanding, the Caesar salad.
At 12:30 I called it a night; so everybody else did to. It was a great evening; & I actually did enjoy going out for a change.