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DETROIT (Jan. 22, 2020) – Quite often, All Things Cruise travel journalists set sail and start recording and reporting on their travels — cruising and land destinations all over the world. Recently three fortunate journalists were able to do so and have memorialized their day-to-day activities for others to enjoy and consider for themselves.
Here are excerpts and links to three recent cruise travel diaries:
Diary 1: Crystal Serenity Haute Caribbean Holidays Cruise – Gerry Barker’s Cruise Diary
Excerpt: We also had dinner at their Asian restaurant, Silk (reservations required — lunch is open seating) and Churrascaria, the Brazilian restaurant open evenings in Marketplace.
Trident Grill is another option near the pool, serving soup, sandwiches, burgers and sides throughout the day. Adjacent to Trident is Scoops Ice Cream Bar, featuring Ben and Jerry’s ice cream. I definitely added a pound or two there.
We were frequent visitors to the Bistro, a coffee/tea/pastries and light snacks enclave that would be right at home on a street in Paris. Like your food with refined music? Go to the Afternoon Tea in the Palm Court, or even better, the Mozart Tea, with the wait staff in their 17th century finest. And complimentary room service is available 24/7 as well.
If stellar food, dining and service seem important to Crystal, that’s no accident. The cruise director told me they consider dining central to the whole cruise experience.
Diary 2: Destination Hawai’i: Princess Cruises’ Grand Princess–Sittin’ On The Dock of the Bay –
Dennis Cox’s Cruise Diary
Excerpt: SAN FRANCISCO – The largest cruise ship in the world when it was launched in 1998, Princess Cruises’ Grand Princess carries 2,600 passengers and a crew of 1,150, making it a standard-size ship compared to today’s megaships with passenger capacities nearing seven thousand. … Grand Princess will take five days to reach the first of the four Hawaiian Islands to be visited. The return to San Francisco will then take seven days, including a required one-day stopover at Ensenada, Mexico.
Our arrival in San Francisco was a day early allowing time to photograph around Fisherman’s Wharf near our hotel. Unexpectedly, the weather was beautiful with an absence of fog. Nevertheless, I was reminded that when I think of San Francisco — a city I visited often in the past on stopovers going-to and coming-from China — I think of a poem by its most famous resident poet, Lawrence Ferlinghetti:
“The changing light / at San Francisco / is none of your East Coast light / none of your / pearly light of Paris / The light of San Francisco / is a sea light / an island light / And the light of fog / blanketing the hills / drifting in at night / through the Golden Gate / to lie on the city at dawn.”
Diary 3: Spectacular Seadream! A Week Aboard SeaDream II – Judi Cuervo’s Cruise Diary
Excerpt: Aboard SeaDream II this afternoon, guests mingle around the pool sipping their libations or retreat to the ship’s Salon where full drink service and welcome canapes are offered. Already we are indulging in the camaraderie that only a ship as intimate as ours can foster. Americans (primarily), English, Bermudians, a group of 12 Norwegians and a handful of other nationalities mix and mingle, some of us having met previously on past SeaDream sailings. The social magic that is SeaDream has already begun!
DAY 2: Virgin Gorda…. Almost
After a heavenly night’s sleep in our 195 square-foot suite outfitted with two lower beds, marble bathroom with powerful shower and body jets and a shelf filled with Bulgari toiletries, I head to the gym for an hour-long workout that, hopefully, will compensate for some of the damage done by last night’s dinner: cloud-like gnocchi served in a “basket” constructed of luscious fried cheese and topped by a rich and creamy sauce, a refreshing cucumber tamale garnished with bamboo sprouts and a rose petal served alongside a half-moon garnish of crunchy chopped pistachio nuts, tender John Dory filet, moist with a glistening touch of buttery sauce. For dessert, it was the sweet and salty white chocolate selection from the petit fours tray and olive oil—yes, olive oil—ice cream, a slightly-fruity creamy concoction. Wish me luck with the daily work outs.
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