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there is a ship, and she sails the seas

I've been doing the w word (let's not speak of it!) and therefore have been extra vigilant about my spending. So far so good -- I bought four rice bowls, but that was only $4, and rice bowls are very practical *nods emphatically* My Amazon wishlist reports alarming growth, however. Must...sit...on...hands....

When I left off last time I had just arrived on the ship and found our stateroom to be most satisfactory. The next event was leaving the harbor. I was, at one time, a New Yorker, and so feel irrationally emotional when I look at New York. Here are some pictures I took as we sailed away:

Cloudy skyline:

You know who:

The prow of our ship from Deck 4; you can see a slice of the helipad below. The upper deck with the row of big windows encloses two restaurants and the gym:

The Verrazano bridge, which connects Brooklyn and Staten Island:

A different angle:

It was incredibly windy and mostly overcast -- actually an unfortunate foreshadowing of the weather we would have throughout the trip. I was still thrilled. I was on a ship! A very big ship! Wow!

For the next couple of hours I explored and marveled. I'm going to save the "ship tour" for the next installment because there are so many pictures. Then, it was time for dinner.

O. M. G.

The dining room consisted of three connected decks; the outer tables could look out at the sea, and the inner tables rimmed an atrium supported by three-story-tall golden columns. From the glassware on the table to the dark and muted colors of the decor, the effect was intended to make the guests feel like fancy people going to a very fancy meal. I usually have to resign myself to the fact that a few items on the menu are simply out of budget for me when I go to such a restaurant. Not so here -- all the food is paid for as a part of the cruise package (the beverages are not, but I'm a water-drinker anyway).

In fact, if I wanted three appetizers and two entrees and another three desserts, I could just order them! And so I often did. I must insist, with pride, that I finished everything I ordered. It is one of my great joys to have been blessed with a stomach of extraordinary capacity and tolerance. Besides, this was food that rivaled any of the $50-a-meal places I've been to, and I would have hated to have to exercise restraint. Heavenly rich lobster bisque. Perfectly refreshing shrimp cocktail. Flaky and savory-sweet onion tart. Delectably seared scallops. Tender and juicy prime rib. Lamb shank that falls apart under the fork. Buttery and succulent lobster tail. Dense dark chocolate cherry cake. Tiramisu like the ones I had in Italy. Raspberry panna cotta that feels like a kiss on a winter day. I could go on, but my mouth is watering too much. I wish we had remembered to take pictures of the food -- I just couldn't think of anything but eating RIGHT AWAY! Our waiter, a gracious young man from Goa, never bat an eyelash at our gourmandism. Once he realized my insatiable appetite, he would hand me the dessert menu with an extra flourish and a wink, saying, "Yummy-yummy!" Every night I levered myself out of the dining room, fully convinced that I had just gained another three pounds (to my grateful surprise, I had only gained two pounds, and those have come off pretty easily).

To my surprise, by the fifth night, even I was feeling a little...not tired of, but perhaps less properly appreciative of the nightly feast. It makes me happy that I left my vacation absolutely satisfied and ready to return to normal life.

In the next installment, a tour of the ship that indulged my inner pleasure-seeker and that provoked my inner Marxist.


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Jun. 6th, 2010 04:22 pm (UTC)
I just got home from work. I'm hungry and my cupboard is a little bare. I'm very envious of your lovely meals!

I'd probably put on 20lbs if I went on a cruise!

And I'm curious to hear about the inner marxist. Do Tell!
Jun. 7th, 2010 12:37 am (UTC)
I got hungry just writing about them ;)

I've had several friends go on cruises now, and each one comes back expecting to have gained more weight than they actually had. I was sure I was going to be the exception, but thank goodness the pattern held :)

I think the next installment will be up by Friday :)
Jun. 6th, 2010 04:59 pm (UTC)
Oh, dear. My mouth is watering too! It all sounds so delicious!
Jun. 7th, 2010 12:39 am (UTC)
It was out of this world!
Jun. 6th, 2010 06:44 pm (UTC)
I 've never been on such a huge ship.It looks impressive.
And your photos from New York are wonderful.

Food during cruise is always fabulous, I've heard : it seems true!:)
Jun. 7th, 2010 12:43 am (UTC)
It was like a hotel on steroids on the water!

I love New York :)

And I love good food, too :D
Jun. 6th, 2010 06:48 pm (UTC)
I understand that the food is the best part of a cruise, it certainly sounds that way.
Jun. 7th, 2010 12:44 am (UTC)
The food was absolutely one of the highlights :)
Jun. 7th, 2010 12:11 am (UTC)
Wow, that food sounds incredible. I'm so glad you're having such a wonderful time. I can't wait for the next pictures.
Jun. 7th, 2010 12:45 am (UTC)
The food was scrumptious squared. And the vacation was a blast. I hope I'll have the next installment posted by Friday!
Jun. 7th, 2010 01:27 am (UTC)
Our dining room didn't have windows, they must give the window ones to people who pay for window rooms.

T$ jokes that I have to watch every movie set in New York.
Jun. 7th, 2010 03:10 am (UTC)
That would be a LOT of movies! ;)
Jun. 8th, 2010 01:40 am (UTC)
Have I mentioned that I greatly appreciate your reticence regarding the w-word? I've actually had to block friends who like to post their daily word counts and that sort of thing... I'm sure you know the feeling ;)
Jun. 11th, 2010 12:22 am (UTC)
> I'm sure you know the feeling ;)

Only too well...sigh ;)
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