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Day Seren1, Wednesday, November 6, 2019, Leave Lisbon


The morning seemed a bit strange without my morning walk but I watched Ian MacLachlan's talk on Barcelona and Rick's morning update.  The sun came up almost immediately in front of us with a beautiful view from deck 12.


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I didn't do a heck of a lot in the morning other than trips to the lido and some organizing.  I did take a walk about 11 to the Ramblas and possibly walked a bit more than I should have (about 1.1 miles) It was a for a good cause.  I stopped at the first pharmacy I saw, and they did have an Ibuprofen gel.  I did outsmart myself with my packing.  I have 4 cameras and put 3 of them in my checked baggage for the flight, taking out the lithium batteries and keeping them in the carryon.  With Barcelona's reputation for pickpockets I took the camera I would least mind losing, and of course the battery was still in my carryon back on the ship.  I did get a look at a couple of the sights from the aft deck of the ship.  The Customs House was quite prominent but looked better from the street.


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The other traditional Barcelona icon (as well as La Sagrada Familia which I did not pick out from the ship) is the Columbus tower.  While walking past I noted that many of the sculptures at the base were covered with a netting.


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I think my regimen for the next couple of days will be Ibuprofen gel first thing in the morning and just before bed time.  I iced my knee after lunch (Verandah cleaning was done until 2PM), followed by a warm soak in the tub (or hot tub, weather permitting), and use of the brace for most of the day.  The knee is annoying but not painful.


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I went on deck just before 5 to watch the sun drop below the hillside, still 45 minutes before official sunset.  It was nice although not as spectacular as I thought it might be.


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The muster drill was at 5:15.  My station was in the casino.  I was a bit surprised that with the technological advances Crystal has made (other than their website), cards were not scanned but a staff member checked off cabin numbers on a paper list.  It was still a lot quicker than running a full verbal roll call.


Scheduled departure was at 6.  Crystal tradition is that at sailaway Louis Armstrong's "What a Wonderful World" is played as the ship leaves port.  If Louis sang it would have been at 6 and I'm not sure if it happened or not as I headed immediately to Pulse for the Cruise Critic Meet and Mingle.


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We had a good turnout, probably about 20 people although they drifted in slowly after sailaway.  I left about 6:20 for dinner but while I was there Future Cruise Consultant Jaque Brown and  and Crystal Society host (new to me) Andrew Triplow both stopped by.


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Since the entertainment was early I decided on a table by myself for dinner and chose the chicken broth, lamb chops, and ice cream as my dinner.  I was finished in time to return to my room briefly before the show.


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There were 2 shows, each repeated twice.  I went to Rustem Hayroudinoff's 7:45 (also 9:45) classical piano performance but skipped the Crystal Ensemble of Singers and Dancers spot shows "Rock & Pop-A-Mania" which were held at 8:45 and 10:45.  Hayroudinoff is one of my Crystal favorites and I have seen him perform several times since 2012.


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I am the treasurer of my local volunteer fire company and when I returned to my room there was an email from our accountants about our tax return that is due mid-November.  I had difficulty downloading the documents (their system more than Serenity's) and then discovered I can no longer plug a USB drive into the ship's computers to print out the document and had to download them a second time to print them out.  I did start my review of the return before going to bed but needed to finish in the morning.  I called it a night about 11 PM.


My parting shot, sometimes life gets in the way, even when on a cruise.


Roy

 

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Good morning Roy!

Thankyou for a nice write up This am.

For us Barcelona is home, we sure do enjoy it there. Nice pics from the ship of Customs House which the blue bus drops you off from the cruise terminal or to the ships. Columbus Monument nice seeing especially walking the Las Ramblas. I am glad for you Roy you got the gel for your knee and icing. It would also be good to go in the jacuzzi to exercise the knee in the very warm water. 
Sunrise and sunset pictures are nice!

Nice SAILAWAY!!

Take care Roy!

Denise😊

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Roy, as an FYI, Andrew Triplow is a "returnee" to Crystal. He was the Society Host on Harmony 2003 to 2005 and was the one who first introduced Monica to participating in Karaoke!! I may never forgive him for that!!😁😉

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2 minutes ago, Roland4 said:

Roy, as an FYI, Andrew Triplow is a "returnee" to Crystal. He was the Society Host on Harmony 2003 to 2005 and was the one who first introduced Monica to participating in Karaoke!! I may never forgive him for that!!😁😉

I knew he was a returnee, that's why I said "new to me" as I'm pretty sure I had never heard of him before.  I was still working back  then and sailed and sailed a lot less than I do now.  I was on the Harmony in 2004 but think I would have remembered him if he had been on that cruise.  I spilled the beans with him that I mix up my cruise lines, specifically that I would transfer to QM2 in Sydney next year and my first port of call would be his home town of Melbourne.

 

I think he said he had been with Crystal until 2009 but I had only 2 Crystal cruises in 2005-2009 and I pretty sure he was not on either of them.

 

Roy

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32 minutes ago, DeeniEncinitas said:

Nice SAILAWAY!!

Take care Roy!

Denise😊

White pickups too, just like Ft. Lauderdale.

 

Roy

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14 hours ago, USC Adventurer said:

Hello Roy I'm glad to know that you're safe for the on-board the serenity and I know you're going to be well taken care of by the Crystal crew I'm writing to you from Koblenz had a wonderful day visiting the lady Germania monument and visiting the town of rudesheim then we left Koblenz and saw all the beautiful castles along the Rhine this is just been a wonderful cruise however I am having problems with my knee and walking on cobblestone streets really makes it worse I think I'm going to need a SIM visc shot in my right knee when I get home I had in my left knee that 3 years ago and it works wonders and really loving the crystal Bach The Crew is marvellous very helpful and today Carolina leaves for the Debussy looking forward to reading your accounts of your Atlantic crossing hope your knee is feeling better now cheers David

David,

 

This is the medicine that I apply to problem areas on occasion and that has included my knee.

 

I know on Crystal the doctor has prescribed this as one of our friends needed it for pain in their knee.

 

I have gotten it in Canada, England, Gibraltar and most recently earlier this year in Australia.

 

I like it because I am not big on taking medicine and in this case I can apply it directly to the area with the pain.

 

I have used three kinds of it and one is more potent than the other two.

 

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With that said in the USA it does require a prescription and someone who has not spoken with their physician about its use should either speak with them or if that is not possible should read the labeling carefully as like any medicine there could be side effects.  It is also important not to exceed the recommended dosage.  Like I said it works well for me and a good friend of ours who was prescribed it from the ships doctor.  Like all medicine it might not be good for some people.  

 

It has helped me a great deal on the occasions where my pain is significant that I have taken it along with ice and at time heat.  

 

Keith

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Thank you Keith.  I'm in cologne tonight and will look for it tomorrow.  If not here maybe in Amsterdam on Saturday.  If not there maybe London next week.  Thanks for the pictures.  Cheers David

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14 hours ago, USC Adventurer said:

 I think I'm going to need a SIM visc shot in my right knee when I get home I had in my left knee that 3 years ago

 I have not heard of that shot

 Here in Canada we have Orthovisc or Synvisc

I had to have 3 shots series  but they do work wonders  until  a knee replacement  is needed

cobbles are not good for bad knees that is for sure

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6 minutes ago, USC Adventurer said:

That's what I had, Synvisc.  My phone couldn't interpret that name.  It's a true miracle drug until it isn't!

 Cheers

That is  for sure

Had to opt for the replacement in 2012  as my knee was bone on bone

Good luck 

the Voltaren creme helps  though 😉

 

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3 hours ago, LHT28 said:

That is  for sure

Had to opt for the replacement in 2012  as my knee was bone on bone

Good luck 

the Voltaren creme helps  though 😉

 

We buy a tube every time we leave the US - just bought a tube in Barcelona. They even have Extra Strength here.   It's crazy that something like this needs a prescription in the US. THe pharmacist in BCN was surprised to hear that.   

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18 minutes ago, gwesq said:

We buy a tube every time we leave the US - just bought a tube in Barcelona. They even have Extra Strength here.   It's crazy that something like this needs a prescription in the US. THe pharmacist in BCN was surprised to hear that.   

OTC  here  in Canada

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1 hour ago, LHT28 said:

OTC  here  in Canada

 

Yet I believe meclizine, the seasickness medicine, is OTC in the US but requires a prescription in Canada.

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2 hours ago, Texas Tillie said:

 

Yet I believe meclizine, the seasickness medicine, is OTC in the US but requires a prescription in Canada.

I have never looked for it  so cannot say

 

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5 hours ago, LHT28 said:

OTC  here  in Canada

Hi LHT28!

It is amazing  to me as a DDS what RX’s are needed for with Voltaren in US  and what is OTC!!! I hope my Roy is able to get a good anti inflammatory product! NZ was great for my husband who had a terrible sty and was able to take care of his

needs. In the US everything is Rx. Sometimes triplicate forms!

Barcelona for us is great for getting a lot of things at the pharmacy that we can’t get in us.

Hope Roy and David Get relief!

Denise😊
 

 

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8 minutes ago, DeeniEncinitas said:

Hi LHT28!

It is amazing  to me as a DDS what RX’s are needed for with Voltaren in US  and what is OTC!!!

 

OTC=  over the counter  or off the shelf 

Yes DH had to sign his life away in Texas to get some cold pills that we buy off the shelf here

other countries  you can buy stuff we need RX for  at the counter  there

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10 hours ago, Keith1010 said:

 

 

I like it because I am not big on taking medicine and in this case I can apply it directly to the area with the pain.

 

 

 

 

 

What you mean of course is you do not like taking oral meds.  Because you are certainly taking medicine.

 

 

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1 hour ago, KenzSailing said:

 

What you mean of course is you do not like taking oral meds.  Because you are certainly taking medicine.

 

 

Absolutely.  It is medicine and needs to be used in that manner.

 

What I do mean is in general I avoid taking all kinds of medicine if I can. 

 

Sometimes it is unavoidable and this is an example when it is in my case where the injury/pain makes taking something necessary for me.

 

f this was not available  I would have no choice but to take it orally.  However, I like I prefer this "medicine" as I am applying this directly to the injured area as opposed to taking it orally where it  is

 

Because it is medicine I used a word of caution in my earlier post.

 

Keith

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3 hours ago, KenzSailing said:

 

What you mean of course is you do not like taking oral meds.  Because you are certainly taking medicine.

 

 

Probably also injections and anything else delivered to the whole body rather than the area of need.

 

Roy

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Day Seren2, Thursday, November 7, 2019, Palma, Mallorca


When I am not walking in the morning it is perhaps a bit harder to remember when sunrise is and today I completely missed it.  I did go up to the lido to start breakfast about 8AM and we were just pulling alongside the dock in Palma de Mallorca.


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Our dock was about 1 ½ miles from central Palma and there was a shuttle to the area near the Cathedral.  I took the one about 11.  Oceania's Marina had docked a little while after we did and from the vantage point of the shuttle dropoff there appears to be a bit of an optical illusion.  Serenity looks to me to be significantly larger but in reality the size difference is minimal.  What is significant is that while Marina is a bit smaller it carries about 300 more passengers.  I'm pleased to be on the side of that difference that I am.


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I went for what I thought would be a short walk, going past the Cathedral entrance.  There was both a fee and a line so I kept walking, ending up in a maze of narrow alleys.  


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I started following signs for the Arab Baths, and must have made 7 or 8 turns through the winding streets to finally get there.  The baths date to about the 11th century, and the property includes some small rooms (I could not really identify where the actual baths were) around some nice gardens.


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I had passed what looked like daylight just before reaching the Baths, and followed that route to the main street along the shorefront.  The view of the Cathedral was more impressive from the back than from the front.


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I returned from the walk about 12:30 and mixed things up a bit on dining.  I got just a bite to eat at the lido, then went up to the pool deck to ice my knee and then a bit of time in the hot tub.


I finished my "lunch" at afternoon tea.  There have been a couple of changes since my last time on Crystal.  The waiters used to come around with trays of different styles of goodies (a tray of sandwiches, one of pastries, one of scones, etc,) but this time there is a 3-tier tray that gets left at the table.  I think it's more classic, but it also seems awfully wasteful, as one or 2 things might get eaten and the rest must be discarded.  The music was by violinist Irene Guscova; I'm a little ambivalent about her style.  She plays with "orchestral" backing from her computer; it sounds good but possibly overshadows her own talent.


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I decided to get dinner early at the Trident Grill before their 6PM closing.  I've missed the chilled soups many lines seem to have recently discontinued and gave the Gazpacho andalusia a try but it turned out not to be my cup of tea.  I left most of it, went on to the chicken burger and fries, and of course ice cream at the end.


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While I was eating there was a beautiful sunset out the window.


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It was another 2-show night.  I went to the first of West End Singer Jacqui Scott's 7:45 and 9:45 shows.  She was very good.  The 8:45 and 10:45 shows in the Stardust Club were by the dance team and I skipped them.   Sailaway was scheduled for 9PM but when I left the Galaxy Lounge at 8:40 we were already moving and it was raining.


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I did drop briefly by the Avenue Saloon.  John Randall was good but I did not see any audience interaction.


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Today's parting shot will be a combination of local pride and how out of touch with the news I've been.  Congratulations to the Washington Nationals.  I'd have preferred the Baltimore Orioles but it isn't bad to have a champion in the region.

 

Roy

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Hello Roy we are in Cologne this morning and I just decided to not take a tour but just walk around the City by myself I found a drug store and I bought the ibuprofen gel to put on my knee which I'm going to do before I go to lunch today I'll let you know if it helps me cheers David

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54 minutes ago, USC Adventurer said:

Hello Roy we are in Cologne this morning and I just decided to not take a tour but just walk around the City by myself I found a drug store and I bought the ibuprofen gel to put on my knee which I'm going to do before I go to lunch today I'll let you know if it helps me cheers David

Glad you found this, David.

 

It's likely is going to take a few days to help.   Be sure to follow the directions.  Hopefully you will get some improvement.

 

Keith

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Keith

The directions are in German so I can't read them but after I put it on my knee it started to get warm and it really feels better while I'm sitting here having lunch.  I think it's really going to help especially walking in Amsterdam tomorrow

Cheers and thanks

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For what it is worth.  I have been getting Synvisc shots in both knees every six months for several years now.  I feel I am too old to deal with knee replacements.

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