Tuesday, January 26, 2010

My Eastern Caribbean Cruise Journal, Pt.2

I left off last time with pictures of the Penthouse cabin my husband surprised me with so now we are leaving Miami and this first picture is the one taken off our balcony. We have a "sea day" tomorrow, but the following day we will dock in Samana, Dominican Republic.

One of the great perks of being in the Penthouse or Garden Suites (Garden Suite is what they call the Owner's Suite and it is as large as a home with their own private patio and pool. The room goes for anywhere from $10,000 and up per week)is that we are given our own little restaurant to have breakfast and lunch. This is an area on the 12th floor of the ship with windows all around that can only be accessed with your room key. I loved the decor in this room with the cowhide skin backs on the black leather chairs.

The meals in here were superb as well as the service. In the morning we had our own mini buffet with choice of juices, fruits, pastries, cheeses and coffee. This was in addition to your meal. Ralph and I tried the Eggs Benedict one morning and the french toast stuffed with cream cheese and lingonberries another morning. Breakfast was served until 10am so we missed it a few times and went for lunch instead.

The next three pictures are of some of the food we had there for lunch on the first day out to sea. Ralph is having the jumbo shrimp cocktail which was followed by Veal Marsala and I had the salad and seared scallops. Of course dessert is served at all the meals so Ralph had the cheesecake and I had carrot cake.

By the time we finished the late lunch we decided to tour the ship and see what the deals in the stores were for the night. Each day the shops offer a table full of deals. One night I bought a pair of sunglasses with a little bling on the sides and a cute little black purse, each for $10.00.

When we got back to our room the "butler" stopped by with some hors'devours. This night it was little tartletts and a yummy dark and white chocolate truffle. Sometimes it would be canapes and others times it was chocolate covered cherries, but around 5pm every night you knew he would be stopping by.

This is the picture of the sun setting on our first night. We just poured ourselves a glass of wine and were eating our little desserts.
For the following day, since we would be out to sea, we planned to lounge around and catch up on our reading.

I still have lots of pictures to share and a many more adventures so I hope you will continue on this journey with me.

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