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Rob & Jim, and Robin you are all very welcome.

 


It is rainy and windy as we are making our way to Cape Town.  I can hear the howling of the wind.  A couple of views from our room with the sliding glass door closed.

 

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I am afraid no Paddle Tennis for me today.  

 

A couple of additional items.

 

Captain Giske said as we get closer to our arrival the forecast calls for some sun.  Tomorrow is supposed to be cooler with a high of 60 degrees (F).  The Captain said they should be able to add  water to the pool later.  

 

On March 14 all guests will need to be on-board by 4:00 PM for a face-to-face immigration before we sail from South Africa. Reminds me of our time in Japan when at the last port of call we had a face-to-face immigration.  I think the concern is that someone will jump ship and stay in the country.  

 

A couple more photos and a video from yesterday along with today's daily Reflections  Program.

 

Reflections.pdf

 

Keith

 

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5 hours ago, Keith1010 said:

Rob & Jim, and Robin you are all very welcome.

 


It is rainy and windy as we are making our way to Cape Town.  I can hear the howling of the wind.  A couple of views from our room with the sliding glass door closed.

 

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I am afraid no Paddle Tennis for me today.  

 

A couple of additional items.

 

Captain Giske said as we get closer to our arrival the forecast calls for some sun.  Tomorrow is supposed to be cooler with a high of 60 degrees (F).  The Captain said they should be able to add  water to the pool later.  

 

On March 14 all guests will need to be on-board by 4:00 PM for a face-to-face immigration before we sail from South Africa. Reminds me of our time in Japan when at the last port of call we had a face-to-face immigration.  I think the concern is that someone will jump ship and stay in the country.  

 

A couple more photos and a video from yesterday along with today's daily Reflections  Program.

 

Reflections.pdf

 

Keith

 

 

 

 

 

 

If the view out of our balcony door is any indication, Captain Giske needs to get his Weather Crystal Ball in for a tune up!! We have fog and about 1,000 yards of visibility. The good news is now that we have turned northwest into the Atlantic the swells have reduced and the ship is not rolling quite as much as it has been. With a temperature of 16C/61F I don't think there will be much demand for water in the pool today!!:classic_biggrin: When we were up at the Grill at lunch, the Lido guys out by the pool were all wearing coats! 

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Larry, one thing about weather forecasts is the frequency of them being wrong.  :classic_biggrin:

 

The good news is that we had a reprieve around lunch time and I was able to play Paddle Tennis for a couple of hours.

It was brisk and windy but once we started to move around I was fine playing in shorts.  The other good news is that

unlike the last two weeks where we all were sweating after one game, no one was sweating today.  :classic_laugh:

 

Keith

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Well I see the reflection of sun from Crystal Cove  so maybe the forecast wasn’t too off.   LOL. 

 

Keith

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36 minutes ago, Keith1010 said:

Well I see the reflection of sun from Crystal Cove  so maybe the forecast wasn’t too off.   LOL. 

 

Keith

 

We’re in Franschhoeck now. The sun is out, the weather is balmy and we’re anticipating a beautiful sunset tonite. Hopefully this beautiful weather is moving toward Cape Town!

 

Rob & Jim

 

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Keith,

 

Did see some great photos on Facebook from the sail in!!!  I'm sure yours will follow!!! :classic_smile:

 

Nancy

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Nancy yes it was a spectacular arrival. One of the best. I’ll post a photo tomorrow.  Beautiful view of Table Mountain

 

Keith

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Yes, Mother Nature relented about an hour out and we had a beautiful sail in. Could not have asked for better, and at some point we will try and post some pictures. We are now docked at the Duncan Dock, Pier F, and will move to Pier E about 4:00 AM. For a change, we are docked on the starboard side and we have a great view of Table Mountain!

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Be careful of the Baboons on Table Mountain as they are plentiful and agressive.  That’s if you visit.

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Sounds like such an amazing trip. Are u guys taking medication for malaria? I would love to go to Africa but taking those meds holds me back.

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1 hour ago, Cairn Mom said:

Sounds like such an amazing trip. Are u guys taking medication for malaria? I would love to go to Africa but taking those meds holds me back.

 

I don't think you need to take malaria medication for South Africa. I know that I didn't take it when on safari in Botswana, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

 

Patty

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Only during the rainy season and definitely in the Okavango Delta.  We have been going for twenty years and returning in July for a month.  The only side effects were weird dreams.  It is a prophylactic agenist  Malaria and really harmless.  During the dry season in Botswana or Zimbabwe you really don’t need them.  It all depends on the season.

 

No real worries about taking the tablet but like anything else consult you physician.  Africa is beautiful and we have traveled most of the continent.  Malaria is not something you want to get.

 

Patty it depends on what time of the year you were there.  We have been to Zimbabwe, Botswana, Zambia, Cape Town, Nairobi, Thorny Bush and many other places.  Rainy season in any part of Africa you should take Malaria pills as it is a mosquito breeding ground.  We have seen first hand what damage this can do and not that easy to treat.  Before one goes you need to start taking the pill once a day a week before you leave.  Cape Town really no issues there if that’s where one is going.

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WELCOME TO CAPE TOWN, South Africa

 

Good morning from Crystal Serenity.

 

I was up late last night but still managed to get up early today and am looking forward to a wonderful day. As we did in 2015 we will spend one of our days at Cape Town visiting some charming towns and going to some boutique wine vineyards.

 

Carin Mom, yes this has been an amazing trip.  You asked us what we did in terms of Malaria.

 

In the past there was no advisory on taking something to prevent Malaria.  In our case, on past visits we saw a travel medical specialist and didn't only go over itinerary but we went over where we were going.  We had two past Safaris in South Africa and they were to Malaria free zones so we did not take malaria pills.

 

Fast forward to this World Cruise.  We did receive information form our Travel Agency who received it from Crystal Cruises about    Visa Requirements and something on Malaria.  This is what it said about Malaria.

 

"Malaria Prophylaxis: Malaria prophylaxis is highly recommended, particularly as there has been in increase in cases in sub-Saharan Africa this year. Please contact your physician for further information."

 

So we consulted with our travel health specialist going over the itinerary and what our plans are.

 

I would rather not make this a discussion on whether or not this is necessary to take.  I am only sharing the information we received.  

 

Yes the arrival to Cape Town was spectacular.  We went from the Crystal Cove up two flights to the Promenade Deck to watch the arrival.  What a difference from a few hours early when it was cloudy and windy and cool.  We walked outside and it was beautiful with sunny skies, and warmer and very little wind.  Often arrivals to Cape Town can be choppy and there was one year that Serenity had to stay at sea until winds were reduced and dock the next day.  

 

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We live in a beautiful world.  Cape Town is one of many places around the world where one can enjoy a beautiful arrival by ship. 

 

Today is the last full day of this segment and tomorrow morning those leaving at the end of this segment will depart Serenity (some could depart today) and newly embarking guests will join Serenity.

 

Tomorrow several members of the crew will be going on well deserved holidays.  I am happy for those going on holiday.  We will miss them.  At the same time we will welcome back to the ship some members of the crew who we saw on the first two voyages prior to the start of the World Cruise who return.

 

It is hard to believe that the fourth and final segment of the World Cruise begins tomorrow.  We received a letter from World Cruise Hostess last night about some of the items on the fourth segment of the World Cruise.  Items covered are for all guests regardless of whether one is on for one or more segments or the entire World Cruise.   

 

Back to last night:

 

First it was a visit to the Crystal Cove where we sat at the bar, conversed and listened to Richard Pucci on the Piano.  He played Yesterday by The Beatles (yes written by Sir Paul) and when we went up to take a photo Richard asked if I wanted to sit next to him.

 

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We stayed to listen to the World Cruise Choir under the direction of Paster Ed with lots of help from his wife Ruth and accompanied by Pianist Richard Pucci.

 

Early on when we sailed World Cruises a member from the Galaxy Orchestra (now the Showband) would coordinate all of this and I was thinking how great it is that Paster Ed and his wife take the lead on this.  With Richard on the Piano and Paster Ed on the Guitar they sang a few songs.  They were missing some guess on Safari but still did very well.  This is part of that small town feeling on-board a World Cruise.

 

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We dined a Umi Uma where we enjoyed a wonderful meal.  This was our second time dining there.  While I love the food we go there on occasion so when we go we not only look forward to our Umi Uma "fix" but we savor each dish.

 

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Our night continued with a late night visit to the Palm Court to meet two people we know who were visiting the ship last night.

 

I will close for now.

 

Cheers,

 

Keith

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Great day yesterday with a full day private tour visiting the wine country.

 

Enjoyed wine tasting at two Wine Estates and taking in all of the natural beauty, tasting at an Olive Farm, lunch at a third Wine Estate at a beautiful restaurant, nice walks, great conversation, lovely wine and the opportunity to learn lots from our tour guide.

 

Ironically this was a tour guide I wanted to use in 2015 but even eight months out he was booked solid.  He referred me to someone else and this time around I was able to book him for the tour.  

 

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Enjoyed dinner at Prego last evening. Very quiet for most of the evening.  Reminded me of the time when fewer people dined at the Specialty Restaurants.  The menu will be updated again at Prego for the next segment.  I had been thinking of trying the recent corn fed chicken entree and learned that it would not be on the next menu so I had that for dinner and loved it.

 

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There will be a good number of crew leaving today for  well deserved holidays. We wished some of them a wonderful holiday including some from Prego.

 

Today marks the end of Segment 3 and the beginning of Segment 4 of the World Cruise.  We traveled the equivalent of 7,058 land miles during segment 3 as we went from Fremantle to Cape Town.

 

We got clarification of the temporary closure of the Laundry Room and as noted in Reflections it is due to the water shortage in South Africa rather than the ship not making water unless it is at sea.

 

While on our tour we learned that they did get relief with the drought last winter but if they didn't drastic steps would have been taken.

 

We were told that today would be the best weather day this week in Cape Town.  

 

Keith

 

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Looking forward to seeing those of you who are joining the ship today.  

 

Some information.

 

As I mentioned tomorrow is the mandatory Face-to-Face meeting on-board Serenity with immigration personnel from South Africa so all guests must be back on-board by 4:00 PM.

 

The mandatory muster drill is scheduled for 5:15 PM tomorrow.  All guests including those in-transit must attend.

 

All guests must be back on-board in Dakar on March 27 by 6:00 PM.  This is because Serenity is scheduled for bunkering (fuel storage) in Dakar and the ship has to relocate to a petroleum pier at 7:00 PM and guest are not permitted to be ashore at the petroleum pier.

 

The second episode of Jon Ashton's Culinary Journey will be released this month.  With a  total of 12 episodes we will be able to enjoy new episodes through the end of August with two episodes released each month.  

 

Speaking of food, a few additional food photos from Prego follow.

 

Keith

 

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FINAL DAY IN CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA'

 

Newly embarking guests arrived yesterday.  While in the Crystal Cove last evening we saw Pat  along with Rob & Jim from CC.

 

We look forward to seeing more of them (Pat and Ray & Rob & Jim) over the coming days.

 

We ran into more of the crew who joined the ship yesterday many of whom we saw on the Holiday Cruise and the seven day cruise before they went on Holiday.

 

The ship is carrying more guests than the last voyage.

 

The weather was terrific yesterday as our tour guide predicted.  

 

We enjoyed time at the Victoria & Albert Waterfront.  I think it is one of the most beautiful areas near a cruise port in the world.

 

While there is a shuttle it is easily walkable and the walk takes about ten minutes at a leisurely pace.  Thankfully all of the construction that we encountered in 2014 and 2015 is finished.

 

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Dinner on-board Crystal ships is always special and that continued last evening.

 

We dined at Waterside and enjoyed a wonderful meal at a leisurely pace.

 

We have a Sommelier who we have not had before; Donovan from Cape Town.  He is a pleasure.  

 

From time to time people ask on this board if local wines are brought on board and where that is possible they are and Cape Town is an example of that.  We enjoyed two types of wine that was just brought on-board.  This included a Chenin Blanc and a Full Bodied Cabernet.  

 

Crystal does a really good job procuring local wine.  They don't just procure it blindly and their personnel are actively involved in the selection of wine doing their due diligence.  This includes both inclusive and wine that might end up for purchase on the connoisseur list.

 

We were very pleased with our food choices.

 

Appetizer was shrimp cocktail for Anne Marie and the Ahi Tuna from the Modern Menu for me. The Ahi Tuna with the items that accompany it was amazing.  And I mean amazing.  It had such a pleasant taste.  It doesn't get much better than that.

 

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Salads were great and thankfully Spinach is back on the ship.  LOL but we were very happy.  

 

This salad came with eggs and bacon but I had it without the bacon. 

 

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The entree was delicious.  We had the Local Kingclip Fillet and it was a terrific fish which was enhanced with the items which accompanied it.  I had a couple of additional pieces added to the bowl after I took the photo.

 

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Today we will enjoy our final time in Cape Town.

 

There is a mandatory face to face meeting with local officials on board the ship.  It begins at 2:30 PM and we are in group 3.  Later today a mandatory muster drill for all guests.

 

I am including Reflections from yesterday and today.

 

Reflections.pdf

 

Reflectons2.pdf

 

Keith

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FINAL DAY IN CAPE TOWN

 

Good afternoon from Cape Town.

 

The weather was terrific and allowed for gorgeous views of the city and the surrounding area.

 

We took the Hop On Hop Off Bus Today which included beautiful views of Table Top Mountain and the Coast Line.

 

We enjoyed a wonderful walk around the Waterfront before getting on the HOHO bus.

 

Since 2015 several improvements have  been made to the Waterfront with more in progress.

 

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We completed the face-to-face immigration inspection as this completes our time in South Africa.

 

Muster drill for all guests in less than an hour.

 

Keith

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When Keith posted about the pre sail in I was in sunny Capetown rejoining the ship. The sun was pouring into my room as I looked  at Signel Hill. The morning of the 12th was very cool at,Robbens Island. Later in day very warm and sunny. Today was not walking and needed a hat.

 

hated leaving Capetown..great city

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ON THE ROAD AGAIN TO LUDERITZ, NAMIBIA

 

Thank you Ken for your comments and thank you Robin for your comments.

 

We enjoyed a great night on Serenty.  

 

Due to high winds we were unable to leave the port on-time as the port was shut down.  This happens from time to time.  In 2011 Serenity anchored off Cape Town until the following day due to high winds.

 

When the Captain made the announcement, Captain Birger noted that we might be there until Midnight or even the next morning.  The good news is we did leave at 11:45 PM last evening.  The Captain did say if we were delayed we would go at a higher speed to reach Luderitz on-time.  Once in a while the winds are so bad that ships have been stuck there for one or two days. If that happened since we had already completed the customs face-to-face meeting we would have been stuck on the ship.  Not the worst thing in the world but thankfully that was not the case.

 

Wonderful day today with lots on the program and also a fun fitness day for Anne Marie and myself between personal training for each of us, indoor cycling and paddle tennis for me and yoga and walking for Anne Marie.

 

They kicked off today with solid lecturers and as the cruise progresses, we have many speakers to look forward to along with the Ocean Views panel discussion.

 

We have met several people who boarded in Cape Town that we know from previous cruises and one nice couple that were with us on segment one who we knew were returning for this segment. They live in Australia so at spin class today the wife and I were discussing the challenges of getting to many places from Australia.  The good news is that we live in a day and age where we can fly.

 

Several items at Waterside reflected an African Buffet Theme including several desserts.

 

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Tonight is the first Black Tie Optional (BTO) of the cruise and a Captain's Welcome Party for everyone.

 

We continue to enjoy each and every day on Serenity.  

 

Cheers,

 

Keith

 

 

 

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On 3/14/2019 at 12:02 AM, Keith1010 said:

FINAL DAY IN CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA'

 

Newly embarking guests arrived yesterday.  While in the Crystal Cove last evening we saw Pat  along with Rob & Jim from CC.

 

We look forward to seeing more of them (Pat and Ray & Rob & Jim) over the coming days.

 

We ran into more of the crew who joined the ship yesterday many of whom we saw on the Holiday Cruise and the seven day cruise before they went on Holiday.

 

The ship is carrying more guests than the last voyage.

 

The weather was terrific yesterday as our tour guide predicted.  

 

We enjoyed time at the Victoria & Albert Waterfront.  I think it is one of the most beautiful areas near a cruise port in the world.

 

While there is a shuttle it is easily walkable and the walk takes about ten minutes at a leisurely pace.  Thankfully all of the construction that we encountered in 2014 and 2015 is finished.

 

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Dinner on-board Crystal ships is always special and that continued last evening.

 

We dined at Waterside and enjoyed a wonderful meal at a leisurely pace.

 

We have a Sommelier who we have not had before; Donovan from Cape Town.  He is a pleasure.  

 

From time to time people ask on this board if local wines are brought on board and where that is possible they are and Cape Town is an example of that.  We enjoyed two types of wine that was just brought on-board.  This included a Chenin Blanc and a Full Bodied Cabernet.  

 

Crystal does a really good job procuring local wine.  They don't just procure it blindly and their personnel are actively involved in the selection of wine doing their due diligence.  This includes both inclusive and wine that might end up for purchase on the connoisseur list.

 

We were very pleased with our food choices.

 

Appetizer was shrimp cocktail for Anne Marie and the Ahi Tuna from the Modern Menu for me. The Ahi Tuna with the items that accompany it was amazing.  And I mean amazing.  It had such a pleasant taste.  It doesn't get much better than that.

 

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Salads were great and thankfully Spinach is back on the ship.  LOL but we were very happy.  

 

This salad came with eggs and bacon but I had it without the bacon. 

 

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The entree was delicious.  We had the Local Kingclip Fillet and it was a terrific fish which was enhanced with the items which accompanied it.  I had a couple of additional pieces added to the bowl after I took the photo.

 

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Today we will enjoy our final time in Cape Town.

 

There is a mandatory face to face meeting with local officials on board the ship.  It begins at 2:30 PM and we are in group 3.  Later today a mandatory muster drill for all guests.

 

I am including Reflections from yesterday and today.

 

Reflections.pdf

 

Reflectons2.pdf

 

Keith

 

We had Donovan as our Sommelier for most of the time we were onboard. He is a great guy and extremely knowledgeable about what wines go best with each food option on the menu.

 

We arrived home a couple of hours ago after two long (26 hours in transit), but comfortable, flights on Emirates. We were too busy with Monica's cousins on Wednesday, and then with actually leaving yesterday, to process the fact that we had left the ship after 37 amazing days, but I suspect "Crystal Withdrawal" to start setting in anytime now!! :classic_blink:😁

 

Enjoy the rest of your cruise!

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Welcome home and now back to reality.  We love Emirates as it is one of the top airlines in the world.  So glad you were able to meet a couple of our friends on your cruise.

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I ran into Maestro Hector Olivera today (we live in same county).  He told me he'll be performing near the end of the World Cruise this year.  Lucky people!  ENJOY!

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10 minutes ago, gwesq said:

I ran into Maestro Hector Olivera today (we live in same county).  He told me he'll be performing near the end of the World Cruise this year.  Lucky people!  ENJOY!

Yes he and his lovely wife should be on board starting on March 27.


We love Hector's performances and seeing the two of them.

 

Keith

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