West Coast Cruise Day 7

Day 07 Tuesday April 3, 2018
HOORAY! The day has finally arrived. Today we get to set sail on the Star Princess. Shelly & I booked this cruise 2 years ago. A sort of vacation via layaway. A few months before we were set to leave, her parents, brother & aunt decided they wanted to join us. So our couple's trip was transformed into a family vacation. 

As we pulled onto the pier, we passed by what I believe is the USS Iowa. I never saw any markings, but my Google search tells me that should be the name of the ship. 

Getting excited now that I see our ship!
Almost there!

Once we boarded, I sort of had tunnel vision as we dashed straight to our room to drop off our "carry-on" luggage. I'm so happy that we sprung for a suite stateroom! It had an exceptional amount of area to move around in. At no time during our cruise did we ever feel cramped. 
door tag & mail box
heading into the room
living room
TV #1 facing the living room
fully stocked bar
desk/make up area
TV #2 facing the bed
dresser & safe
entering the bathroom
walk in shower & bathtub
toiletries & sleep aids
just got here & already lots of paperwork
suite guest perks
loungers on the balcony
table for 4
2 sliding doors
ample room on this corner balcony

Next, we set out to find the main dining room in search of lunch.
Shelly & I ended up ordering the same entree & dessert:

Avocado & Bay Shrimp - lemoncello aioli
Spinach & Ricotta Cheese Ravioli - homemade tomato sauce, parmesan (appetizer size)
Princess Homemade Bacon Cheeseburger - traditional garnish, French Fries (honey mustard > ketchup)
Orange Souffle - Grand Marnier-vanilla sauce
Main Dining Room lunch menu

After lunch, I was able to take a few more pics from our balcony before we set sail & took a nap in our comfy queen size bed:

After our well deserved nap, we walked around the ship a little before going to dinner. As a bonus, on the first night of the cruise, suite guests receive dinner at the Crown Grille, GRATIS!! Typically, it would be a $29/ per person extra charge.
(Pro tip: my wife & I like to create our own Surf n' Turf dinner by one of us ordering a steak, while the other orders the lobster. Then, we share both entrees.)
Black Tiger Prawn and Papaya Salpicon
Mustard Seed Aioli

Meat Selections
Bread basket on each table
Bay Scallop Timbale, Cajun Crawfish Cream
Toasted Corn, Crispy Okra, Grits Beurre Blanc
Shrimp and Pancetta Bisque
Chickpea Croutons
Black and Blue Onion Soup
Fresh Thyme, Jack Daniels, Roquefort Crust
14 oz. Rib-Eye
Rich with Heavy Marbling
Perfect medium rare
Crown Grill Gourmet Salt Selection:
Hawaiian Black Salt (Hiwa Kai), Smoked Applewood Salt (Yakima), & Himalayan Mountain Pink Salt
Maine Lobster Tail 6-7 oz.
Split and Grilled with Garlic
Grilled Asparagus, Sautéed Wild Mushrooms, Garlic and Herb French Fries, & Red Skin Mashed Potatoes
all served "family style"
Molten Dutch Chocolate Fudge Obsession
Rich and Warm with a Soft Center
Vanilla Ice Cream
The Crown Dependence
The Executive Pastry Chef’s Sampling
of our Featured Desserts
Crown Grill Menu

With our bellies full, it's back to our room, as we have an early morning port day in Santa Barbara, CA. I'll tell you all about that in the next installment. Stay tuned.


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