The next morning me and dad woke up extra early to catch the sunrise. It was cloudy but the result was a sky of beautiful colours. Don’t these almost look like paintings?
Then we headed down to the Horizon Court and had breakfast. I enjoyed the eggs benedict among other things including American bacon. Canadian bacon is so much tastier.
Shortly after we disembarked onto smaller boats that took us to the Princess Cruises owned Princess Cays.
This part of the island only hosted the cruise passengers for the day. There were boats to rent and snorkelling gear.
There was also these colourful houses guests could rent for the day and store their gear or just hide from the sun. We had plenty of time to nap in the sun.
This is my sister frolicking in the water.
Our cruise ship was anchored away from the island. The water near the island was too shallow for it to come any closer. It made for some travel pamphlet worthy photographs though.
Most of the cruise staff also joined on the island serving a BBQ buffet and carving cool designs on watermelons.
When we got back on the ship me and Livia watched some Simpsons and hung out in a pool with nobody in it. Then we headed off to dinner. My first starter was a Herb & Sea Salt Marinated Antipasto with shrimps, squid, black mussels and creamy lemon emulsion. It was chilly but delicious.
The second appetizer I ordered was the Carpaccio di Manzo which was slices of marinated raw beef. I loved the flavours of arugula, parmesean and dijon mustard. I pretty much forgot that it was raw.
The soup I had was something called Zuppa Fredda di More di Bosco, or a cool and creamy refreshing blackberry Merlot soup with a hint of lemon. Tasted like a fancy rasberry smoothie.
My main course was Capesante e Gamberi Gratinati, scallops and shrimp in a creamy mashed potato. It looks small but it was super filling.
The Hazelnut Semifredo was one of my favourite desserts of the week. It was like eating a Ferrero Rocher (my favourite chocolates) in an icecream.
After dinner we saw Michael Wilson’s hilarious comedy show with his fabulous celebrity impersonations. We also did some more exploring of the ship and found Fusion nightclub as well as an arcade upstairs.
We fell asleep watching Pitched Perfect on the top deck under the stars.
Flickr photoset of Day 2 photos here
This was a sea day so it was less eventful and we spent a lot of time relaxing on the decks. There was plenty of things going on inside the boat as Princess provides tons of onboard entertainment. In the middle of the Piazza, chefs were creating animal sculptures out of fruits and vegetables.
Since we had time to kill we went to the dining room for lunch. My first appetizer was Rollmop Herring. Looks like fancy Caucasian sushi!
I also had a salad of escarole and romaine lettuce with oranges and toasted almonds. The dressing was very light.
My main course was an Indonesian dish called Nasi Goreng with fried egg, chicken and beef satays with a peanut dip. The ship had a ton of variety of food throughout the week ethnicity wise.
For dessert I had the Chocolate Bread and Butter Pudding.
I have never been to an art auction before but we sat down to watch other people bid on pieces. I could never invest on expensive things in such a short time period.
Dinner was a formal dinner so we had to dress up. There were plenty of people waiting to take pictures on corny backdrops like this one:
The meal started off with some lovely warm oysters.
An order of Grilled Thai Beef Salad followed. After my previous exposure to raw beef this wasn’t so scary, and rather delicious.
I also had the Chilled Corn & Potato soup. This time it came in an actual bowl instead of a fancy glass like the other soups.
I sort of accidentally ordered the Barramundi Steak. I read the word steak and nothing else and pointed to it when the waiter asked. I didn’t expect a fish, but I actually really enjoyed the barramundi.
After dinner we observed the Champagne waterfall where passengers lined up and took turns pouring champagne into the glasses.
Flickr photoset of Day 3 photos here