Thursday, August 14, 2008

Day 2: I'm going away on a sailing boat



We made it to the ship and boarded relatively easily. They take your photo as you board and you can buy them from a display later. Some people look more enthusiastic than others.



Once onboard everything was havoc. It’s kind of like Disneyland. There is the promise of fun and thrills, but with great inconvenience. It was one big group of people getting irritated en masse.

The d├ęcor is kind of tacky and inexplicable – Holiday Inn meets Las Vegas Casino.





Really, can you even tell if this is right-side-up? Maybe that helps in case of Poseidon Adventure.



Although I do like their Balinese pool area



Once our own troubles were sorted out, I was pleased to discover our cabin had a large closet area and heaven – a balcony!!! The view:



I will admit that the twin beds are extremely narrow. On the first night, I rolled right out of bed onto the floor – THUNK!



It is preferable to have an upper balcony



So Sunday night, we went to check out this buffet. Now all of my life I have been hearing mythic tales of fantasy cruise buffets. It was a little more Hometown Buffet and a little less Queen Mary brunch than I had imagined.



But I managed to find a few things I REALLY liked.

These mini quiche were light and fluffy, more like gougere



Vegan Moroccan tagine



This sugar-free cake seemed far too rich to be sugar-free. I suspect marscapone in the filling, but that would be kind of pricy, so it's probably cream cheese.



After everyone else crashed, I hooked up to the wi-fi, got a drink and grooved to the sounds of the lounge pianist who mentioned a number of times that he had been Frank Sinatra’s pianist. A number of times. I recognized Music of the Night from Phantom of the Opera, All the Way, and something intense from Allegro non Troppo that was played extremely well. I cozied into the library above the piano bar snug as a bug.



1 comment:

Paige said...

Cruise buffets are not in the least mystical... they are very hometown buffet!

Now dinner is the dining room has a much better chance of being mystical... but mostly not on Carnival cruises.... You need Princess or Norwiegan for mystical but the food is good!