Early to bed means early to rise and we were up at 5:30. I found the coffee area in the Lido deck and decided to start writing my trip account before I forget it all. My brother had ordered room service the previous evening and it arrived right on time. It was a beautiful tray and the order was cooked perfectly.
My sister and I had breakfast in the Lido buffet and it was hard deciding whether to have waffles, made to order omelettes, eggs, pancakes (blueberry or banana) and so much more.
We had received Holland America beach bags either today or last night (I can’t remember and forgot to write it down). These were really too small for the beach with all the stuff I want to take but were perfect for using around the ship. I carried a book to read, the daily program, a pen, sunglasses and whatever else I thought I might need.
|The bag does have handles, they’re tucked under in this picture.|
The first thing up on our agenda was the culinary arts demonstration. We learned to make cinnamon rolls and Ensaymadas. Not only did we get samples but also got recipe cards.
Host Samantha was very entertaining.
Next up my brother and I went to see the movie, “Maze Runner”, in the screening room. We had front row seats and really enjoyed it. By the time the movie ended it was time for lunch and we met our sister to go to the dining room.
For the appetizer course I had the veggie appetizer and the others selected buffalo chicken wings.
These were followed by barbecued pork sandwich for me and macaroni and cheese for my sister and brother.
For dessert we had two coconut ice creams and one apple strudel. Excellent meal!
We then went to the afternoon Culinary Arts demonstration. They first made chilled avocado soup and then chicken with orange rum sauce.
Again we had nice recipe cards and got to sample the avocado soup. It was fantastic!
Time for nap after that and although I wanted to go to the Dutch Tea in the Rembrandt I slept right through out.
We joined our brother and went to the dining room for our early seating dinner. Debi was calling diners with his chimes.
The menu had some good choices tonight.
I had cream of mushroom soup as the appetizer. Other table selections were garden salad, jumbo shrimp cocktail and chilled sour cherry soup.
For entrees my brother and I had the “land and sea” which was filet mignon with prawns and my sister had the New York Strip steak.
My only critique would be that the filet is too thin and mine wasn’t cooked as ordered (medium rare). My brother’s was cooked perfectly and he didn’t mind the thickness as you’ll see later in the week.
Dessert was a tough choice so my brother and I each ordered two. We both had the amazing chocolate souffle with dark chocolate sauce.
His second was the cherries jubilee sundae while I had the cherry crisp with vanilla ice cream. My sister is not a sweets eater (good for her) so we ate her share and some.
I went to the casino and lost the rest of my daily allotment before attending the BB King’s Blues Club performance on the main stage. What a fantastic show! I was singing and dancing along (when it was encouraged).
I should have checked out other venues given what a hard time I had going to sleep which might have had to do with that long nap. Instead I tossed and turned for hours.
Click on the image above to see today’s On Location program. If you missed the other parts of this cruise the links are below.