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1 hour ago, Keith1010 said:

Mwgw, Denise and Vistaman....Thank you for your comments about blog and/or posts and/or medical situation.

 

Captain Birger spoke from the Bridge  around 9:00 AM to give everyone an update.  We are expected to reach Cabo tomorrow morning so that  the guest can be taken off the ship to get to a medical hospital on-land.

 

We have been on many sailings with medical emergencies some requiring evacuation by helicopter,  a military  vessel,  going back to port, or those who  can  remain on board until the  next port.  Just  like at the community we live at home sometimes the person doesn't recover but more often than not many do recover and  some return back on the same or future cruise. Each  situation is  clearly different  based on the person,  their  medical situation  and  where  we are at the time of the  incident and where the ship will  be sailing over the coming months.

 

Our thoughts  and  prayers are with the person and I am a believer in positive thoughts.  

 

Keith

I find it frightening situations - so far away from home ...despite all the insurances for it

I  also had to witness a lot of evacuations - from a ms Vistafjord steaming full force to Finnish waters so the sick guest had not to go to a Russian hospital - and last year in my hometown a nearly fatal heart attack in port - the guest ( on a German ship ) was from Japan not speaking anything else as a few words in English - it was his luck ( it is  bad word in the circumstances ) there are four fully specialised heart clinics in Antwerp …

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Robin, the seas are  another example how everyone's experience is different.  Over the years I've gotten more and more sea legs. But don't try to ever get me up in a helicopter.  No way Jose.  😀

 

Biggest challenge for me outside today was running on the Promenade Deck.  In similar wind conditions on the first World Cruise leg on day I just ran back and forth on one side of the deck to avoid being blown off the bow as you make the turn.  Today it was too crowded so I ran around several times.  As I approached the bow I removed my cap and tucked it into my arm and at the same time held a finger on each AirPod for fear they would  come flying out.  Thankfully hat, AirPods and more importantly myself didn't get blown off the ship.  😎

 

Keith

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Just now, vistaman said:

I find it frightening situations - so far away from home ...despite all the insurances for it

I  also had to witness a lot of evacuations - from a ms Vistafjord steaming full force to Finnish waters so the sick guest had not to go to a Russian hospital - and last year in my hometown a nearly fatal heart attack in port - the guest ( on a German ship ) was from Japan not speaking anything else as a few words in English - it was his luck ( it is  bad word in the circumstances ) there are four fully specialised heart clinics in Antwerp …

I hear you.  Ideally should something happen we'd all love to be home but unfortunately since most of this is unpredictable we'd never travel for fear something could happen anytime.


So we hope for the best. 

 

My only experience which had a happy ending was being taken off the ship in Yokohama when Serenity was staying overnight after I feinted and they thought it could be causes by one of two items and thankfully it was neither of them.  First time in an ambulance and the people monitoring me didn't speak a word of English.  I would ask them questions and Anne Marie would look at me as if I was crazy since they didn't know a word of  English. At the hospital only one person (the doctor) spoke English and it as not as good as I would have liked.  The good news is the port agent spoke who followed the  ambulance spoke excellent  English so he acted as the interpreter. 

 

Let us hope and pray that the guest does well until we get to Cabo and after the guest receives the necessary treatment on land.  Positive thoughts encouraged by everyone on board Serenity and at home.

 

Keith

 

 

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Out of curiosity since our next cruise will be with Crystal this time next year,During the football games is it possible to get buffalo wings or nachos? :). We were on Celebrity a few years ago and their outside mammoth Tv they brought out wings and snacks for the games. It was a pretty memorable cruise experience perfect weather,football and cervezas on the open sea.

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55 minutes ago, Keith1010 said:

Robin, the seas are  another example how everyone's experience is different.  Over the years I've gotten more and more sea legs. But don't try to ever get me up in a helicopter.  No way Jose.  😀

 

Biggest challenge for me outside today was running on the Promenade Deck.  In similar wind conditions on the first World Cruise leg on day I just ran back and forth on one side of the deck to avoid being blown off the bow as you make the turn.  Today it was too crowded so I ran around several times.  As I approached the bow I removed my cap and tucked it into my arm and at the same time held a finger on each AirPod for fear they would  come flying out.  Thankfully hat, AirPods and more importantly myself didn't get blown off the ship.  😎

 

Keith

Been on several copters. Always for views of volcano's  but once when flying over Victoria Falls last year. Have friends going abd one has refused the ride..which was a highlight.

 

 

i tried walking after Zumba  a few days ago. To windy for me.did the one side and let others deal with it. I can keep my sliding door open some.fresh air helps.  Skipped Zumba yesterday but going today. I figured I could walk last night all over. If I have to leave class, sit down etc at least I get some exercise.

 

not signed up for swimming..no way in this I could swim tomorrow and only counts on sea days. Also I heard we will be in Mexico about 4 am ..you might see guest leave I will be sleeping. Was trying to find out a out time changes and  port changes. Butler thinks captain will decide tomorrow 

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The Captain gave another update at Noon Today about the course we are on as part of his daily de day updates from the bridge including time frame for our unplanned stop at Cabo. 
 

Cabo was the most logical stop because it is a shorter distance than going to places such as San Diego or Los Angeles. 
 

The most important priority is the guest sho needs the medical attention.  
 

We are making good time and the weather is cooperating. Seas have been relatively calm at least and the outdoor temperature in the 60’s. 
 

The World Games opening flag ceremony begins in less than 30 minutes in the Crystal Plaza. 
 

Keith
 

 

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Good morning from Serenity.  The scheduled arrival time to Cabo San Lucas is shortly.   I want to comment Captain Birger for keeping everyone up his strong communications about the medical situation.  He updated everyone twice yesterday with talks from the bridge in the morning and at his usual noon talk on sea days.   In addition, he took the time to answer questions as he made his way around the ship.  I wanted to add that there were a few locations slightly closer than Cabo but they didn't have the proper medical facilities so Cabo had the advantage of distance from where we were sailing and having the necessary facilities.

 

My heart goes out to the guest with the situation and their spouse.

 

Lots of activities on the program yesterday.  I won't go into  most of them since we post them on the Blog along with the daily Reflections Program.

 

Weather was great and especially nice in the afternoon.

 

A highlight of the  day took place at 5:15 with the  opening ceremony of the World  Games.   Since we sailed on our first 2007  World Cruise there has been an opening ceremony.  The biggest change has been location and time.  For example, in 2007 it was held outside at night some years in the Galaxy Lounge with time ranging from before to after dinner  and last evening in the Crystal Plaza with a late afternoon ceremony.  With open seating it is more logical to have it late afternoon as they did yesterday.  Lots of buzz and enthusiasm.  Definitely emphasis on playing by the rules and good sportsmanship.  Oh I could tell you stories from years ago but we'll save that for another time and place.  LOL.   The ceremonies  included the lighting ceremony with the Olympian  being assisted by World Cruise Hostess Stacey, some remarks by those in-charge of the World G
Games, the Flag Ceremony with flags representing the countries which guests noted on their sign up sheets which might not be the  actual country they live in. Wherever possible a crew member from that country carried the flag.   And there was music, singing and dance by the wonderful members of the Ensemble Singers and Dancers.

 

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I've included some photos.

 

Dinner for us at Waterside.  If you like something spicy the Grouper was delicious.  For those who don't like spicy or spicy does not agree with you I would not have it.  The executive chef from Corporate is on board now and they rolled out a new appetizer which was Crab Salad.  Another hit.   Unfortunately the photo I will post is blurred.  I had one chance and messed up as I really wanted to taste it and I messed up.  LOL.  

 

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Waterside was the quietest it's been  since we boarded January 7 with around 400 or more guests  eating at various venues across the ship.  

 

After dinner we attended a cocktail  reception.

 

We always say we live a busier social life on the ship than at home and this is very true.

 

Cheers,

Keith

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2 hours ago, Keith1010 said:

Good morning from Serenity.  The scheduled arrival time to Cabo San Lucas is shortly.   I want to comment Captain Birger for keeping everyone up his strong communications about the medical situation.  He updated everyone twice yesterday with talks from the bridge in the morning and at his usual noon talk on sea days.   In addition, he took the time to answer questions as he made his way around the ship.  I wanted to add that there were a few locations slightly closer than Cabo but they didn't have the proper medical facilities so Cabo had the advantage of distance from where we were sailing and having the necessary facilities.

 

My heart goes out to the guest with the situation and their spouse.

 

Lots of activities on the program yesterday.  I won't go into  most of them since we post them on the Blog along with the daily Reflections Program.

 

Weather was great and especially nice in the afternoon.

 

A highlight of the  day took place at 5:15 with the  opening ceremony of the World  Games.   Since we sailed on our first 2007  World Cruise there has been an opening ceremony.  The biggest change has been location and time.  For example, in 2007 it was held outside at night some years in the Galaxy Lounge with time ranging from before to after dinner  and last evening in the Crystal Plaza with a late afternoon ceremony.  With open seating it is more logical to have it late afternoon as they did yesterday.  Lots of buzz and enthusiasm.  Definitely emphasis on playing by the rules and good sportsmanship.  Oh I could tell you stories from years ago but we'll save that for another time and place.  LOL.   The ceremonies  included the lighting ceremony with the Olympian  being assisted by World Cruise Hostess Stacey, some remarks by those in-charge of the World G
Games, the Flag Ceremony with flags representing the countries which guests noted on their sign up sheets which might not be the  actual country they live in. Wherever possible a crew member from that country carried the flag.   And there was music, singing and dance by the wonderful members of the Ensemble Singers and Dancers.

 

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I've included some photos.

 

Dinner for us at Waterside.  If you like something spicy the Grouper was delicious.  For those who don't like spicy or spicy does not agree with you I would not have it.  The executive chef from Corporate is on board now and they rolled out a new appetizer which was Crab Salad.  Another hit.   Unfortunately the photo I will post is blurred.  I had one chance and messed up as I really wanted to taste it and I messed up.  LOL.  

 

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Waterside was the quietest it's been  since we boarded January 7 with around 400 or more guests  eating at various venues across the ship.  

 

After dinner we attended a cocktail  reception.

 

We always say we live a busier social life on the ship than at home and this is very true.

 

Cheers,

Keith

Just love how Crystal gets so involved!!

What a great ceremony! The pictures of 

World games and crew members carrying their flags and singing, are awesome.

Your photos of the food were good also!

Thanks for keeping us informed about the medical evacuation. 
Smooth Sailings 

Denise😊

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26 minutes ago, Keith1010 said:

Denise, thank you so much for your  very thoughtful comments.

 

This is a short video from the opening ceremony.  

 

 

 

 

 

Keith

I can just imagine being there with the music going and feeling like it was an actual World Game event👍
Nice day to start off with here in San Diego

for me!

As I said to Roy I just love being able to come along and enjoy!

Smooth Sailings

Denise😊

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11 minutes ago, CruiserFromMaine said:

The balloon drop and world game festivities look like great fun!

 

I’m very sorry to hear about the passenger with the serious health issue. What a traumatic event for them. 

 

We we had an excellent trip on the first leg and wish we could’ve stayed on!

 

Great to hear the last few reviews of Serenity have not been that great.

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MwGW...Our on-board experience on  Serenity has been outstanding since we boarded on January 7.

 

Cuisine, enrichment, shows, service have been top notch.   The crew is  amazing.  We've really enjoyed the guests  as well.   People have been positive and we have met several people we have not cruised with before on both segments who  are very nice  and that includes some people I  met playing  in the World  Games singles tournament today.

 

Back to the food,   The food at Waterside  has been superb and on most nights find  more than one appetizer and more than one  entree which I would be very happy having.

 

During Captain Birger's talk from the  bridge at Noon he mentioned that all went very well with the guest who left today for the medical stop.   He  also  noted  that another guest had a medical issue last evening and  also departed the ship this morning.  

 

He noted that we left Cabo so fast someone might think the ship was stolen and we are traveling at 22 knots which I believe is pretty much as  fast as the  ship can go.  We were in Marketplace at the time of his talk and when he teased about the ship being stolen we all laughed as did most people who were having lunch.


The weather is quite good.   With us being on ships time  versus Cabo time it  was light out early.   I ended up doing a long run on  the promenade deck and enjoying  the views.  I wish I could  bring the Promenade Deck home with me  along with the views of land  and the ocean.  If  I  could I could run longer than I can at home.  It's flat so no hills to contend with.  Also those views along with listening to music motivates me to run longer and faster.  Where is Forest Gump?  LOL.

 

Had a lot of fun playing in the World Games singles  men tournament today.  I made it past the first round but lost  to someone  who beat  me last year.  It's all about  having fun which I did.  I played  again this  afternoon with several people as I do most afternoons.

 

Live is good.   Actually, life is great being here.

 

Keith

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1 hour ago, Keith1010 said:

MwGW...Our on-board experience on  Serenity has been outstanding since we boarded on January 7.

 

Cuisine, enrichment, shows, service have been top notch.   The crew is  amazing.  We've really enjoyed the guests  as well.   People have been positive and we have met several people we have not cruised with before on both segments who  are very nice  and that includes some people I  met playing  in the World  Games singles tournament today.

 

Back to the food,   The food at Waterside  has been superb and on most nights find  more than one appetizer and more than one  entree which I would be very happy having.

 

During Captain Birger's talk from the  bridge at Noon he mentioned that all went very well with the guest who left today for the medical stop.   He  also  noted  that another guest had a medical issue last evening and  also departed the ship this morning.  

 

He noted that we left Cabo so fast someone might think the ship was stolen and we are traveling at 22 knots which I believe is pretty much as  fast as the  ship can go.  We were in Marketplace at the time of his talk and when he teased about the ship being stolen we all laughed as did most people who were having lunch.


The weather is quite good.   With us being on ships time  versus Cabo time it  was light out early.   I ended up doing a long run on  the promenade deck and enjoying  the views.  I wish I could  bring the Promenade Deck home with me  along with the views of land  and the ocean.  If  I  could I could run longer than I can at home.  It's flat so no hills to contend with.  Also those views along with listening to music motivates me to run longer and faster.  Where is Forest Gump?  LOL.

 

Had a lot of fun playing in the World Games singles  men tournament today.  I made it past the first round but lost  to someone  who beat  me last year.  It's all about  having fun which I did.  I played  again this  afternoon with several people as I do most afternoons.

 

Live is good.   Actually, life is great being here.

 

Keith

I can relate Keith on the running!!Here at home we run on the beach with a wonderful ocean view and cliffs! It is exhilarating and endorphin rush!  On your promenade always having serenity of the ocean would make me go for ever! Had no idea you can run on the promenade on Crystal! HAL has signs posted no running and I hate a treadmill! I need to be outdoors!

Sounds like a lot of variety in Waterside!
Enjoy the evening .

Denise😊

 

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3 hours ago, DeeniEncinitas said:

Had no idea you can run on the promenade on Crystal! HAL has signs posted no running and I hate a treadmill! I need to be outdoors!

Often 2 big differences, Denise.  With no loungers on the Promenade deck (Great loungers on the aft public decks though), there is a lot more room to run on Crystal's Promenade decks.  The other thing is that neither ship has cabins on the deck below the promenade so there's no worry about bothering people sleeping on the deck below.

 

Roy

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Denise:

 

Running on the  beach sounds  great as well.   I have done some of that over the years during  my younger days where  I grew  up and when we visit beaches on vacations or weekend getaways.

 

The Promenade Deck is a great place for walking, talking, running and taking in the views.

 

I have really enjoyed running it.  It can accommodate four people walking shoulder to shoulder.  In the majority of the cases it is one or two walking and this makes it easy for me to get around them.   Yesterday we had three walking abreast.  I just look for a safe opening or just give a heads up.   It works well.

 

I listen to music that I use to teach indoor cycling at home which is also designed to be motivating.  

 

One of the selling points for us when we decided while on board Serenity for the first time to book a full World Cruise is the promenade deck.  It's also a nice place just to enjoy quiet time.

 

Another enjoyable time at Waterside last evening.  It was busier than the night before but far less than on other nights.  People continue to spread to other restaurants.

 

They had a delicious Gratinated Seafood Crepe for an appetizer which we both enjoyed.  This is one of the few times we went with an appetizer from the Classics menu.

 

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We asked for salads not on the menu.  Lettuce, mushrooms and slice tomato.

 

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It felt like USA Thanksgiving last evening as we both had the Turkey with the sides.  It came with white and some dark meet but you could have it the way you wanted such as all white, all dark or half and half.  

 

I had it the way it came with white meat and a little dark meat.

 

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I also finished the meal with some cheese.  The choice vary and the menu changes each evening.

 

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Today continues with lots of activities.  

Several World Games Contests.

 

In my early years of World Cruises I entered lots of activities (table tennis, shuffleboard, golf putting, basketball, foul shooting, team trivia, darts, solitaire, and ones I can't even remember.  On the first WC for us  we had Dorothy Hamill who  we both enjoyed as a figure skater and Anne Marie had the Dorothy Hamill style of hair.  The following year we had Cathy Rigby who was an Olympian and also went off to acting such as in Peter Pan.  Anne Marie would enter several  of the games as well.  It was a good opportunity to get photographs  with  those two Olympians.  More recently we've cut way down on what we enter.  I think Anne Marie will take a pass  this year and I'll do Paddle  Tennis and foul shooting.  

 

One of the things I like  about the games is the opportunity to get to know other  guests.  For example the person I won against  yesterday in Paddle Tennis I never met and we spoke afterwards for awhile.  While waiting for the next round I chatted with another guest for quite awhile.  Learned we  had some things in common back in our state.  

 

Cheers,


Keith

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Just wanted to share the current count of those doing the  full World  Cruise  which is  319 guests.  Counts can change should anyone leave the ship  or return  to the ship.

 

I believe  of that number about half are first time World Cruisers and as usual  there are quite a few not only doing their first world cruise but their first Crystal Cruise.

 

Keith

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Just now, AllisonJames said:

Keith, what is happening regarding the itinerary due to the unexpected detour? You mentioned the ship was going fast so is the Captain trying to make up the time so you don’t miss any ports?

The changes are instead of arriving to Nuku Hiva on January 29 we will arrive on January 30.  And we will miss Rangiro which was scheduled  for arrival January 31 but we will keep to the other ports such as Bora Bora and Moorea.  In short, very little impact to the schedule.

 

Keith

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I love the promenade deck!! We sure do enjoy spending time out on them!  I am following you and Roy on your WC and following 2 other CCers on HAL doing there WC! Both are so different all in a good way. I am leaning on Crystal having more options wonderful speakers and a lot of activity compared to HAL.

I also think the presentation of your food is top notch!

we leave on 3/11 on Rotterdam which I enjoy smaller ships and then will be on Oceania ( first time) and feel this step up will be nice. In a PH so for our 2 cruises on her. Now I will be able to compare both lines.

Have a great day!

Denise😊

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