by Cate on November 17, 2005

For those who know The Husband, you know it’s bad when HE says he can’t even think about food. It’s amazing how quickly your habits can change when on a vacation like this. Suddenly you get used to having a large “snack” at 3 pm, dinner at 6 and then staying up for a Midnight Buffet (and don’t forget 24-hour room service!). Nicholas has definitely gotten the hang of that part of the trip, asking for multiple trips to the “snack bar,” which is a buffet that is open all day every day, save for 2 hours. We’ve been eating lunch there, and then if you go back a few hours later, there’s a completely new selection of food. The staff and how they keep up with everything continually amazes me. “Snack” today included the BEST Flan that The Husband and I have ever had. Tonight at dinner, I asked the Dining Room Attendant (basically a “your wish is my command” guy for the dinner hour) if I could get the recipe for the Flan and the Rustic Onion Tart from the first day. He promised I’d have both recipes tomorrow night — I can’t wait to recreate these favorites at home. He said he was impressed we even cooked … if only he knew (Hi Bindi!).

Tonight for dinner I had Scallops with Corn Risotto to start and Garlic Tiger Shrimp over Grilled Vegetables as my main course. Both were delicious. The Husband had a steak (twice) that came with mashed potatoes with flavored butter. He doesn’t like mashed potatoes, so passed them onto me. I don’t know what they do with their potatoes here, but they are out of this world, and I’ve been having them twice a day. Some SERIOUS carb loading lately, which is why I veered towards a protein dinner tonight. Nicholas demolished a Caesar Salad and an Antipasto plate.

Tonight is the GRANDEST of their midnight buffets, and they actually open it for 45 minutes prior to allowing you to eat, just to take pictures, so in the interest of journalism, I’ll stay up late for y’all and get some snaps. Went to the buffet last night, but it was just a primer compared to tonight’s. It’s amazing the amount of food people load their plates up with at 12:30 am!

We have a great guy taking care of all our room needs during the week, Lincoln. He visits our room twice a day, once in the morning to clean, and a second time when we’re at dinner to turn down the sheets, leave chocolates and a schedule of the next day’s events. Last night when we came back from gallivanting, he had crafted a sting ray out of a bath towel and left it on the bed for Nicholas. Tonight, he outdid himself, with a monkey hanging from the ceiling, again with bath towels. Nicholas loved it! (Pictures when we get back) This afternoon, there was a plate of chocolate covered strawberries on the coffee table. Wonder if I can smuggle him back to our house when we arrive home? Also came back to a wonderfully fragrant vase filled with flowers from The Husband. Ahhhh….

All for now… off to prop up my eyelids to stay awake long enough for the Midnight Buffet. After last night’s buffet, I ended up getting a second wind and stayed up and rented a movie, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (cute movie!). Until next time…

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abe/happy November 17, 2005 at 2:14 am

ok I am seriously envious of you right now…whats the name of this ship and how do I get on it!!


Ana November 17, 2005 at 3:52 am

Wow, looks like you are having an awesome trip!! I am very happy for you! Have lots of fun and enjoy it the most you can! I can’t wait to see the pictures!


Heather November 17, 2005 at 4:24 am

Ok what cruise line are you on? I need to go on this trip. Food Galore! It sounds great and I have been wanting to take a cruise, but wasn’t sure how to pick one. You sure sound like you are on a great one.
Keep having a great time.


Alicat November 17, 2005 at 6:10 am


i’m not happy with you.

that sounds like a floating heaven and I am a crabby cake that I am no there with you. :)


Tyanne November 17, 2005 at 2:56 pm

wow, I want to go too, the last time I had a real vacation was in 1997, I went with a friend to DisneyLand, and on the third day the car broke down, so we had to stay at the hotel the last two days while it got repaired. But I did have fun. Glad you all are enjoying it, definitly am going to try to talk my husband into going too.


MeBeth November 17, 2005 at 3:00 pm

Gah – I would eat myself senseless. The food sounds fantastic!


Cookin4Love November 18, 2005 at 2:32 am

So glad you’re having a fabulous time! I had to laugh about the monkey hanging from the ceiling. On our first cruise, we came in to a headless towel-turkey clipped to a hanger hanging from the ceiling. It was rather bizarre, and a little creepy!


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