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Old May 1st, 2011, 05:45 AM
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Kauai, Hawaii - Apr.30 ‘11
I started this morning with a full breakfast served in my suite; fried eggs, toast, blueberry pancakes and lots of coffee. The pancakes are the first food item I’ve tasted during the cruise that I really didn’t care for at all. They are “silver dollar sized”, and not at all fluffy, and just a dry sawdust taste to them.

Just before our docking time at 10 A.M. 20 golfers, our golf pro Shannon, Crystal crew member Jo who was escorting the group, and Ken Venturi met at the Crystal Cove, so we could depart as soon as the ship was cleared, to our day of golf at Poipu Bay, which is part of the Hyatt Grand Kauai Resort.

The ship’s staff had stored everyone’s golf clubs, as well as those who chose to rent clubs, and loaded them onto our bus for everyone. The group had a full sized tour bus so there was no crowding.

I’ve been on cruise ship golf excursions before, even on luxury lines, and in past experiences we had to handle our golf clubs on our own. Crystal however is doing it right.

Poipu Bay is a beautiful golf course, with several holes featuring gorgeous vistas over the cliffs and on to the Ocean. From the “blue tees” the course plays just over 6600 yards. 6100 yards from the white tees. The fairways are pretty wide, so player friendly; the greens well protected by plenty of white silica sand bunkers.

Our LPGA pro, Shannon, did play a few holes with each foursome, and tried to offer some playing lessons as the game went on. Our escort was Jo, one of the dealers from the casino, who I’ve come to know. Jo drove around the course on a cart socializing, and checking to see if anyone needed anything.

Lunch boxes were provided on all the carts, and a couple of drink coupons were provided to each player.

I played in a very friendly foursome. However my power cart partner drove like one needs to drive in Italy; that’s like a mad-man. It was beginning to feel like I’d have picked a safer excursion if I’d gone white water rafting or zip lining.

I did a lot of foot breaking, but I had no brake to help us slow down or stop.

Thankfully we eventually found our way to the 19th hole. When I wasn’t sitting in stunned fear I did manage to hit some good shots amongst the bad, and did enjoy the day very much. I did have to change my underwear as soon as I got back to the ship.

For dinner tonight I went to the Asian restaurant, Silk Road, along with 2 of my regular tablemates. Silk Road is the only restaurant at sea whose operation was designed and overseen by famed restaurateur and chef, Nobu Matsuhisa.

The menu is Asian Fusion, with a fresh sushi bar, as well as a full menu of interesting design. I particularly enjoyed a Japanese mushroom soup, which is served in a rather unique manner; it comes in what looks to be a Chinese teapot, and is poured into a very small cup (similar to a sake cup). All three of us chose the Wagyu Rib Eye Steak as an entrée, served with three different sauces; an excellent choice.

I think my pallet runs more toward the Prego menu overall, but Silk Road was very good as well.

I have an early morning wake up for our golf tour tomorrow, so I didn’t attend the show, but spent a short time in the casino instead.
Earlier in the evening I did finally see a lounge that was quite full and lively; the ship’s piano bar, the very clubby Avenue Saloon.

Trying to upload the pictures from today was taking a long time, so
I'll have to try again tomorrow, when I have more time.
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