2019 World Cruise - Day 40
Arrival at 8:30pm
Usual Temp = 62° - 76°
I woke way too early, took a shower & began working on the blog. Around 8am, I went up to the breakfast buffet, where I got an omelette, cheddar cheese, sliced ham, & an English muffin.
12pm Lunch from the “BBQ” grill
I had a jumbo hot dog & fries - I like how they split the dog and grill both sides. Pro-tip: If you like crispy fries ask them to twice fry or extra crispy.
Shelly had a cheeseburger & fries - what I was craving a juicy meaty burger.
2pm Movie of the Day: White Boy Rick
Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Richie Merritt, Bel Powley, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Brian Tyree Henry, R, 1hr 51mins.
Back to the room to watch TV & work on the blog
5:30pm Nibbles - Shrimp Fountain with American Cocktail Sauce
6:30pm Cabaret Showtime Starring Tracey Shield.
Showcasing music from around the world.
8:30pm Pacific Princess is scheduled to arrive in Auckland, New Zealand
9pm Reservation at The Culpeper
Here in the United States, we have a drink that we call lemonade. It's made with water, lemon juice & sugar. It's a nice refreshing drink, especially on a hot summer day. I heard that in New Zealand & Australia, that they refer to Sprite or any other lemon lime sodas as lemonade.
So when we booked this cruise, I just knew I had to test this out. Sure enough, it's true!
We ordered three drinks:
“Lemonade” AKA Sprite - LOL this is so weird to me.
Hibiscus soda - good a lil sour acidity
Golden Lager - afterwards, our waiter told us that this was his least favorite brew. I thought it was a good beer.
Hot Wings - Loved em, our waitress said that she told the kitchen to make them extra spicy. 1-10, these were about a 6.5
Brisket tacos - these were pretty good. Loved the flavors, but I think a thicker tortilla would keep them from becoming soggy. The brisket had a good smokey taste and melted in your mouth. The jalapenos, sour cream, and guac blended well.
|SMOKED BRISKET TACOS|
Caramelized onions, black beans, chipotle, jalapeno, sour cream, avocado
Pork belly - this may have been my favorite dish. Super tender pork, with a thin crispy exterior. The corn salsa went well with the fatty pork.
|CRISPY SKIN PORK BELLY|
served with jalapeno, corn and tomato salsa and smoked sour cream
Lamb sausage - tiny sausage that packed a big flavor. I liked the texture. Sometimes you get a sausage that’s too smooth, almost like a pate on the inside. This was perfect.
special sausage of the day
½ dozen raw oysters - big juicy oysters. Clean and meaty in beautiful half shells. The thin wafer crackers were a nice accompaniment.
|½ DOZEN RAW OYSTERS|
Natural - Freshly Opened Oysters
Purple slaw - the lemon mayo made for a grade salad. This worked wonderfully with all the rich heavy meats.
Cornbread - they grilled this crazy good skillet cornbread. This was terrific!
|SKILLET BAKED JALAPENO CORN BREAD|
After this stellar meal, we returned to the ship. We needed to get to sleep, because we have a full day exploring Auckland tomorrow.
2019 World Cruise - Day 40, Monday 02.11.19 - Auckland, NZ