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cruise recap day one: casual dinner

September 7, 2009

by 8:30PM tommy and i were hungry monsters and dinner at vincent’s couldn’t come soon enough. the two dining rooms on the monarch of the seas are named vincent’s and claude’s after the artists…

i decided to wear my tightest dress on the first night of the cruise so i wouldn’t have to worry about fitting into it later- let’s just say this was a good call!

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our waiter was carlos from costa rica, and i can’t remember the name of our assistant waiter but he was from jamaica and he was super nice, mon 😉 our cruise was one of the last for carlos before he leaves for the maiden voyage of the oasis which is a super fancy pants new ship in the royal caribbean fleet…we decided he must be very good at his job to be sent to the oasis- and he was.

tom and i got a bottle of riesling to enjoy (they re-cork if you don’t finish it)

and i got the chilled raspberry and pineapple soup to start.

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it was refreshing and tasted like melted sorbet- which is a good thing 😀

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i didn’t see anything i liked on the night’s featured menu (too heavy/carby- not what i was in the mood for) but the dining room also has a regular menu that features a few “standard” dishes including salmon, steak, and pasta.

i got the poached salmon which was very good. my favorite part were the veggies though- including the bok choy which the salmon is sitting on top of.

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between our courses, carlos entertained us with some tricks and brain teasers.

we had to get this can out of the cup without touching it (or using props).

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and try to replicate the paper on the left… (mine is on the right- i messed up- but eventually got it- yay!)

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my tablemates probably thought i was crazy for taking pics of everything at this point 🙂

for dessert, i chose the banana and crunchy nut parfait..creamy frozen banana custard in layers of luscious whipped cream finished with caramel fudge sauce, almonds and macadamia nuts.

i wasn’t expecting it to come in pie form…but this was sooo freaking yummy! DO order this if you get the chance.

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i tried to leave a bite or two behind on every plate at the dining room since i usually don’t eat three course meals but this was one of the plates that i scraped clean 🙂

i also had a very necessary cappuccino with dessert so i wouldn’t pass out from food coma.

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it was just what i needed to fuel me through a night of dancing (in the streets!) with our cruise director jimmy rhodes 🙂

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i think tom is doing the carlton…haha and i can’t believe this is the best picture i have of the half nekkid dancing indian:

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i’ve failed you girls! haha

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the 70’s dance party was hilarious and fun. i don’t know how we had any steam left afterwards but we went to check out the night club and danced a bit more before finally going to bed. our first day of cruising did not disappoint!

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. September 7, 2009 9:22 pm

    LOVE LOVE LOVE your red bow purse!!

    Haha fun party 😀

  2. September 7, 2009 11:51 pm

    sounds like a super night! you look SO cute and pretty in your whit dress and purse! 😀

    And haha, that is one big-ass bok choy…or is it a tiny salmon?

  3. September 26, 2009 11:04 pm

    ahhh looks like so much fun! Your outfit is so cute 😉

    That pie looks delish!

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