Even though we (Jeri and Tim) are vegetarians and a lot of the food was catered to meat-eaters (lobster, steak, seafood, etc.), we still enjoyed the food very much. So here are some of our favorites.
Most of the highlights were desserts. And many of those centered around chocolate.
Although it doesn’t look like much, we savored each bite of this one.
This was an appetizer, Sushi with Bacardi Wasabi Emulsion and Kimchi.
The dessert menu changed every night. However a few items were standard. The Love Boat, Chocolate Mousse on a Chocolate Brownie, was one of the ones that was always available.
We (Jeri and Tim) are glad that we don’t have any nut allergies so we could enjoy this one.
We did eat other foods besides desserts. Here we are at breakfast.
The International Cafe was open 24 hours and offered drinks (including specialty coffees) and snacks.
Another standard menu item was the Fettuccine Alfredo in Crisp Parmesan Basket. I (Tim) was afraid that the dish might contain milk and give me a stomach ache. But I was fine so they must prepare it using cream and butter (milk fat without any milk protein).
Here’s another dessert that was only available for one night: Chocolate Lovers Delight – Dark chocolate truffle mousse, tiny gateau opera, hazelnut chocolate parfait. By the way, these three items were on a large dinner plate.
On “sea days”, we usually had lunch at one of the buffets.
Jeri had this for supper one night: Zucchini Ripieni Gratinati – Baked zucchini with cheese and onion stuffing, cannellini bean ragout.
Our waiter, Gary, was kind to bring us steamed vegetables each evening.
Another fabulous dessert was their Tiramisu – Espresso, zabaglione cream, bittersweet cocoa.
Here are yet again some of the dishes from another evening meal. Starting with our appetizer, Thai Wraps with Cucumber and Bean Sprouts – Grilled spring onions and silky tofu in rice paper with roasted chili and rice wine vinaigrette.
Here’s the salad: Belgian Endive, Boston Lettuce and Tomato.
Here’s the soup: Roasted Tomato Cream Soup with brioche croutons and basil pesto swirl.
Here’s the main dish: Rollatine Ripiene con Zucca, Mascarpone e Noci – Baked crepes filled with roasted pumpkin, mascarpone and walnuts thyme-cream sauce.
One of our favorite desserts: Chocolate Pistachio Dome with Almond and Pistachio Nougatine.
I (Tim) had a fresh veggie burger for lunch. Sorry to say this…but I think that I prefer the store-bought veggie burgers.
Our lunch dessert was Chocolate Marquise Slice with Coffee Sauce.
This was supper on our last night.
Breakfast on our last morning…just before we disembarked the ship.
Friday was a “sea day” and our last day on the cruise. We had a relaxing morning. However Jeri didn’t want to stay in bed, she wanted to get up and get going. So we compromised and laid there only for 15 minutes. And as our usual routine, we watched “The Wake Show.”
After showering and getting ready, we got a coffee for Jeri and two fruit bowls plus a chocolate croissant at the International Cafe.
We stopped at the three-hour outlet sale where prices were up to 75% off. A lot of people were rummaging through Alaska memorabilia, clothes, $10 watches, $10 jewelry, and lots more. I heard one lady tell her husband, “This stuff is junk!” (We kind of knew that and didn’t buy anything.)
Later in the morning, we watched “The 60-Second Frenzy.” The cruise staff had fun party games with little prizes. One game was to get a balloon into a paper bag without using your arms or hands. Another was bouncing a ping pong ball into a stack of 10 cups. Each time you succeeded, however, you had to take a cup from the bottom of the stack and place it on top of the ball in the top cup.
For lunch, we had our first sit-down lunch of the cruise in the Da Vinci dining room. (Normally we would eat lunch at one of the buffets.) We sat at a table with two other couples. I had a veggie burger that was made from fresh vegetables. Although we started around noon, we didn’t finish until close to 1:30 PM. We ended up missing the ice carving demonstration which started at 1:00 PM. But we enjoyed lunch and visiting with others.
We then rested a bit in our room. I (Tim) took a nap. Jeri got a hot drink called “Double Chocolate Mocha Madness.” We watched an episode of the “Deadliest Catch” while we began the sad process of packing up.
Here’s a view of the atrium decorated for the final day. The volunteer choir was singing selections from “The Sound of Music.” (You can only see a few of the choir members at the very bottom of the picture.)
We went down to dinner at 5:30 PM. After enjoying another great meal, we got a photo with our waiters, Gary and Wilfredo, who served us supper each night during the cruise. Gary reminded us of Bob Hope–his looks plus his happy nature.
We finished the day with our last show of the cruise, “Matilda and Patrick Murray.” Patrick is a ventriloquist. A lot of “their” jokes were about cruising and traveling.
Tonight we visited with Darwin, our room steward. He heads back to the Philippines in a week. He has worked every day for nine straight months (the term of his contract). Now he gets three months off. He’ll go back and spend time with his young daughter. He’ll start another nine-month term in January. He has been doing this for 15 years. He’s seen the world but it is a tough life.
The final two days of the cruise were “sea days” (meaning that we were sailing) as we traveled back to Long Beach (called Los Angeles by Princess Cruise). With no planned excursions, our days were much more leisurely. We watched some different programs on the ship including Bob, the cruise director, sharing his story. Here’s a Zumba class.
After an early lunch on Thursday, we watched the movie “Now You See Me” outside up on the top deck. I (Tim) had seen it a few years ago but I couldn’t remember the final twist in plot at the end. Jeri hadn’t seen it. So we both enjoyed watching it.
Thursday was the second of the two formal nights. So we enjoyed dressing up for a nice meal. Here we are in our room.
On our way to the restaurant, they were taking pictures of baby. How cute! (Sorry for the blurry photo.)
The dessert (as always) was fantastic! From the menu: Chocolate Pistachio Dome with Almond and Pistachio Nougatine. Featuring a moist almond cake, the rich Sicilian pistachio crème brulée is encased in a light bittersweet chocolate mousse that sits atop an almond pistachio crunchy nougatine, and glazed in a milk chocolate glacage.
After dinner, we saw the show “Magic To Do” in the Princess Theater. The show was entertaining…mostly song and dance with some great visual effects plus some magic and illusions. Sometimes people (or even an “elephant”) would magically disappear or magically appear. We sat in the back row.
After the show, we dashed back to the Explorers Lounge. Although the 9:00 PM show would begin in just minutes, we were able to find good seats. Rollin’ Jay Moore had another funny show that had us laughing a lot.
As a side note, a retired couple sat at a table very close to ours at supper. The wife asked if we were newlyweds. When we told them that we were celebrating our 30th anniversary, the husband said that we must have gotten married when we were in kindergarten. We were flattered!