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Eating on Cruise Ship

In Eating Out, Food, Travel Food on March 21, 2014 at 11:39

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From the brief stop in Miami, we went to Fort Lauderdale to board our cruise ship to the Caribbean, Panama, Costa Rica and Colombia.

Life on cruise ship was interesting.

DH and I exercised crazily on board because we knew how much we were eating!

Food was accessible 24/7 among dining room, buffet, poolside snacks, afternoon teas and room service.

In general, the food on our cruise ship were flavored well, but we often times found them too salty or too sweet.

My parents enjoyed the atmosphere and service at the dining room, so we had dinner there every night.

The varieties of food they offered were fantastic!

It was, however, difficult to avoid dairy in the dining room.

Formal Night Dining Room Dinner L: filet mignon and lobster tail -- R Top: duck pate and caviar -- R bottom: escargot

Formal Night Dining Room Dinner
L: filet mignon and lobster tail — R Top: duck pate and caviar — R bottom: escargot

They tried to have an international appeal in the menu and I believe they did a good job.

Dining Room Breakfasts L: corn beef hash -- R top: Japanese breakfast with tamagoyaki, grilled salmon, rice and miso soup -- R bottom: Scandinavian breakfast with smoked salmon, pickled herring and hard boiled eggs

Dining Room Breakfasts
L: corn beef hash — R top: Japanese breakfast with tamagoyaki, grilled salmon, rice and miso soup — R bottom: Scandinavian breakfast with smoked salmon, pickled herring and hard boiled eggs

My biggest downfall was the ease to get my hands on desserts!

Dining Room Desserts L: molten chocolate cake -- R Top: fruit crisp -- R bottom: tropical fruit sundae

Dining Room Desserts
L: molten chocolate cake — R Top: fruit crisp — R bottom: tropical fruit sundae

My most memorable food moments on the ship was the tropical fruits.

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I was in heaven!

Fresh mango, dragonfruit and guava along with the usual pineapple, cantaloupe, honeydew and berries.

They were of good quality and fresh!  I was looking forward to the fresh tropical fruits to show up again but they never did.

Another great moment was having Panama rolls.

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I did not know how authentic these Panama roll was.

In fact, I could not find it on the internet at all; it could just be something that the cruise ship came up with.

It was delicious enough — light dough outside filled with custard and probably apricot preserve.

They were light and sweet with some interesting texture bits on the top.

The other fun experience was to tour the kitchen of the cruise ship.

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Everything was very streamlined and organized.

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They had a chart on what every dish should have and how each should look like.

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We also got to observe fruit decorative carving.

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The skillfulness, creativity and efficiency was just fascinating to watch.

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The best part of cruising was the fact that all the cooking was done by others and I could just eat!

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  1. The cruise ship preparation described with charts and pictures, great idea for them. I love cruises, food is fabulous, but how fortunate to have international breakfast!

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