For anyone that has gone on a cruise, one of the first things that they will mention is the food. On Royal Caribbean there was plenty and it was first rate. There were several places to eat aboard the Grandeur of the Seas.
There was the Windjammer Marketplace that was open for all three meals and offered the most flexibility. It is a cafeteria style. The only photo I took was this carved decoration. Everyday, there was a new carved fruit greeting you when you entered the Windjammer.
There was an enormous variety to choose from. Most was in buffet format and you picked what you wanted. For breakfast, there was also an area where you could have eggs prepared the way you wanted them. I preferred the omelets.
For lunch there was an area for sandwiches and they always had a large meat entree that was sliced the way you wanted. It was usually a ham, roast beef or turkey. There was also a sauce that complimented the meat.
The dessert area had enough choices to make you gain weight just by walking buy it.
While we ate at the Windjammer several times, I preferred eating breakfast, lunch and dinner in the Great Gatsby Dining room. I enjoyed the ability to visit with other passengers on the cruise and breakfasts always put you with someone you hadn’t met. Here is one of my breakfast omelets.
We met many folks from Panama and other Latin American countries, but there were also a lot from Europe, since the final destination was Spain. Good food and interesting people to meet makes for an entertaining breakfast.
On the days that we were at sea, the Great Gatsby Dining room was also used for lunch and it also provided you an opportunity to meet new people.
The evening meal in the Great Gatsby was my favorite meal. Always good and nicely presented. This meal you always ate at the same table with the same dining companions. If you had too hard a time deciding on which appetizer or main course or dessert, just order more than one. No wonder people gain weight on cruises.
Other areas that were available were the Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream shop, The Solarium ( for hot dogs, pizza, hamburgers and pastries.
Food is never very far away.
Following are some of the things I tried. All of this was in the Great Gatsby Dining Room.
Here was one of my favorite appetizers. It was a quiche.
Here was one of Lilliam’s appetizers.
Here was another of my favorites. I had it two nights. Escargot! Sooooo good!
Good tender beef is hard to find in Panama, so I had plenty on the ship.
One evening, Lilliam had this chalupa. I don’t remember it it was an appetizer or main dish. Lilliam always ate light.
This was one of Lilliam’s brochettes.
Here was a nice turkey platter and a nice duck that I had.
This was another chicken dish.
The only thing I had that could have been improved was a pulled pork barbecue sandwich. Far too much sauce.
The most difficult thing was being able to decide which pastry to have. More than once, I couldn’t decide and went for two. Sometimes Lilliam didn’t want any and I ordered for her too. Here are some samples.
On Easter Sunday, we had Easter eggs. Both hard-boiled and chocolate.
Not pictured were some of the hamburgers I ate. They were good where ever you got them. The right amount of marbling of fat to give it flavor and a half inch thick. I had several of them.
I thought I would get this posted prior to lunch so you would have an incentive to go eat out. In David there are several good places. For presentations similar to those on the cruise I recommend trying Restaurante Cuatro and Mosto Bistro.
That is all for today. The next post will be on shipboard activities.