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Tuesday, November 4, 2014

FALL CIRCLE PACIFIC ADVENTURE 2014: Day 3--Around the World Journeys

I can't believe I'm actually quoting FOX News, but they select Crystal Cruises as #1, with Silversea at #2 and Viking River Cruises as #3.  Surprisingly, to me, Regent Seven Seas is only #10.

Crystal Cruise Lines is owned by Japan, and was founded in 1988.  Conde Nast Traveler has voted the company as the Best Midsize Cruise Ship Line for 21 straight years, while Travel + Leisure voted Crystal Cruises as the World's Best for 19 consecutive years. 

At one time, there was only the Crystal Harmony, a ship that took Pearl and I back to Honolulu from Auckland, and a second itinerary to Alaska.  It is now called the Asuka II, and belongs to Asuka Cruises.

The Crystal Symphony was commissioned in 1995 and weighs 51,044 tons, holding 994 passengers.  The Crystal Serenity became operation in 2003, weighs 68,870 tons, and can host 1,050 passengers. It has 650 crew members and was refurbished in 2011.  Each ship has the Italian Prego restaurant and Nobu's Silk Roak and Sushi Bar.  Caesars World operates the casino.


Note that Royal Caribbean International's Allure of the Seas and Oasis of the Seas (above) each has a gross tonnage of 225,282 tons, a capacity for 6,296 guests and  is 1,187 feet long.  That's about four football fields long.  However, there are longer ships:

Knock Nevis is a supertanker.

On my bucket list is Crystal Serenity's 89-day World Cruise:  Los Angeles to London via Honolulu:


Fares start at $39,380.  Quite short of a world journey, actually.  Holland American appears to have a true world cruise over 114 days from Fort Lauderdale.  Prices start at $20,000/person, double occupancy.


The highlight of the day was dinner at Prego with Myrna and Richard / Joyce and David:


We started with a special drink I created at Buca di Beppo, prosecco with limoncello, except we had to substitute champagne for the sparkle.  I ordered a newly created agli olio with spinach and basil, topped with two anchovies, the spaghetti being very al dente:


The wines were from Italy:  Sauvignon Blanc and Chianti.

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average broke an all-time record today, gaining 101 to 17,485.

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