2019 World Cruise - Day 14

Wednesday 01.16.19 - oh look, ANOTHER sea day

Once again, we started the day off at the breakfast buffet. Today, we sat with fellow passenger Hugo, who I believe said he was from Denmark. One of the things I enjoy most about cruising is meeting all the different people from all parts of the world. While we chatted with our new friend, I enjoyed a 3 egg "everything" omelette. It was so big, that I could not finish it. 
Everything omelette, sausage, & an English muffin with apricot jam

Shelly had her usual tasty breakfast, an omelette with bacon, ham, jalapenos, and peppers, topped with salsa. Also a pecan pancake & cottage cheese. They offer 3 flavors of mini pancakes that change each day.
Omelette, pancake, & cottage cheese
After breakfast we attended the 10am Destination Presentation, hosted by destination expert Deb Fraioli for information on our upcoming port Puerto Vallarta.

This was followed by the intensely informative 10:45am Enrichment Lecture on Jon Benet Ramsey with Gary Koverman. I heard things about this case for the first time ever. There were too many details for me to list all of them here. Just trust me, that if you ever have the opportunity the listen to Mr. Kovermen, do it. 

Next, we went to lunch in the main dining room.

I had the soup/salad/sandwich combo. Starting with a great roasted corn chowder, made even better with the addition of habanero salsa from yesterday’s awesome lunch at Finca Don Gabriel.
Roasted Corn Chowder
with bacon, bourbon and cream

Next was a chilled refreshing salad with honey mustard dressing.
Shredded Iceberg, Romaine Lettuce, Celery & Salad Peppers + Tomatoes
with honey mustard dressing

Followed by a giant sandwich. I asked for the ½ portion but was served a whole delicious sandwich. The waffle potatoes reminded me of the Bugles snack chips. I had asked for standard French fries as a substitute, but they brought me an entire plate full of fries.
New Yorker Roast Beef Sandwich on Ciabatta Bread
served with lettuce, onions, tomato and waffle potatoes
French fries

I finished off my lunch with two scoops of fruity vanilla ice cream.
Vanilla-Raspberry Swirl Ice Cream

As for Shelly's meal, she says, "I enjoyed cauliflower fritters and added some salsa for a lil kick. The cheese sauce was mild and creamy which paired well with breaded cauliflower."
Cauliflower Fritters
with cheese melt and toasted almonds

"My cup of  Greek chicken broth looked like egg drop soup but had light lemon tones."
Greek Chicken Broth
with egg, rice and lemon

"I loved my entree salad and made it even better when I added some of Heath's waffle fries. The lemon vinaigrette was great and I hope to get this again."
Vegetarian Salad with Mixed Greens
with lemon vinaigrette, avocado, orange, blue cheese and walnuts

"For my dessert, I had a yummy banana savarin. This looked like a donut that was soaked in syrup, cut in half and filled with a banana cream."
Banana Savarin

After lunch, we went back to the room to watch Cafe Society & work on blog post covering day 5 of this cruise.

I took a short power nap, then it was time to meet the group for dinner.

I started my dinner with a colossal crab cake, that was crazy good. I really enjoyed this dish. My only complaint would be that there was not enough remoulade sauce.
Tomato Carpaccio with Pacific Northwestern-Style Crab Cake
mustard seed vinaigrette and daikon sprouts

My chowder, was pretty good. It was loaded with lots of veggies. I think it would have been better with more meat. 
Sweet Corn & Spicy Italian Sausage Chowder
with white wine, leeks, tomato and bell pepper confetti

Mac n cheese is one of my all time favorite dishes. This one I had for my entree was magnificent & decadently creamy. It was made even better when I added some grilled chicken. 
Mac N Cheese + Grilled Chicken
macaroni in sharp cheddar cheese sauce with crispy bacon and snipped chives

My better half, also decided to have the crab cake. She agreed with my assessment that it was amazing.
Tomato Carpaccio with Pacific Northwestern-Style Crab Cake
mustard seed vinaigrette and daikon sprouts

Next she had, what she thought was a pretty good Thai soup with bits of chicken and mushrooms. She added jalapeno slices to bring up the spicy. One thing we learned from our Thai waiter is that none of the "Thai" dishes offered are anywhere close to authentic, he usually deterred us from ordering any of them. So with his advice I squeezed a lemon slice and added plenty of jalapenos.
Tom Kah Gai
Thai chicken soup with lemongrass, chili, lime and enoki

For her entree, she too had that magnificent Mac N Cheese. "I loved the creamy white cheese, tiny elbow noodles, and crunchy bacon pieces. What's not to like?"
Mac N Cheese
macaroni in sharp cheddar cheese sauce with crispy bacon and snipped chives

Next up was dessert, where I made a silly mistake & forgot to take pictures of the menu. I had some simple yet tasty chocolate ice cream.
Chocolate Ice Cream

Shelly had a disappointing slice of pecan butterscotch pie. It It looked exactly like the chocolate pecan pie à la mode, from lunch on day 9. The only difference was a dab of butterscotch on the plate instead of ice cream. 
Pecan Butterscotch Pie

Chocolate Pecan Pie
à la mode

After dinner, we returned to our room. We needed to get to sleep because we have an early arrival at our next stop of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.


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