I’m back! I had all good intentions of blogging during my cruise on Explorer of the Seas to Bermuda, but I fell under the spell of the sea, lulled into a peaceful state that was not conducive to doing anything more than eating, sleeping, and swimming. It was my summer vacation, and I decided to take it as it came.
However, I did preserve the memories by taking pictures which I am going to share with you now. What I loved about this ship was that is was so attractive and had a strong collection of art strategically placed on walls, hanging from ceilings, and painted as murals. It carries a collection of photographer Annie Leibovitz’s celebrity portraits…including….
It’s a beautiful ship. It has a the “main street” with all the shops on either side, including cafes, restaurants, pubs, and boutiques.
I loved the look of these Coca Cola machines……
The Cafe Promendade had an unending supply of cookies, small croissant sandwiches and pastries. And there was a Ben & Jerry’s ice cream stand where, for a little extra, you could indulge.
….which you would think you would not need, as the buffet, room service, and formal dining area provided seemingly around the clock food!
Yes, we had lobster! Delicious….
…a beautiful sea bass on a bed of French Le Puy lentils…
………..shrimp ravioli with lobster sauce…………
………..broiled srimp and scallop skewers….sounds like I only ate fish? Yes, but then I did have a prime rib the size of a house and a delicious steak with Gorgonzola butter as well………….
I love sitting down to a formal table, so I ate in the formal dining room quite often, even for breakfast (eggs benedict). However, the buffet was where I was able to tailor my dining to small portions or unusual alternatives.
Consider this. For breakfast, the buffet offered Japanese Miso soup with condiments to add in including Nori seaweed, fresh mushrooms, and all sorts of fresh vegetables. I had that two mornings and felt the health benefits right away. They also offered a Chinese breakfast of Congee. I loved it when I was in Hong Kong, so I also had it for breakfast on the Explorer of the Seas.
They even had an “English” breakfast area where you could get bangers, codfish, and broiled mushrooms and tomatoes. For lunch, they had Asian entrees, and again, English entrees like a delicious fish and chips….I had mine sans chips.
…..and for my hot and spicy side, they offered a few Indian dishes, like chicken curry. For my weaker moments when I had to find salad, there were tons of them, both vegetable and fruit.
So when we were docked in King’s Wharf, Bermuda, my girlfriend and I made our way to a British pub for a typical Bermudian dish: Fish Chowder. It is made dark and with rum. They side it with a condiment made from Sherry wine and hot peppers. You sprinkle in a few drops of the hot sauce, stir and spoon in. I love Bermudian fish chowder. The pub also had their own brewery (this is just a few minutes walk from the ship) so we had their brew as well and were blown away by how good our simple meal was.
…..so. Did we gain weight on this cruise? I gained 1/2 a pound, walking the deck in the sea air and feeling revived. I bet my girlfriend lost weight as she went to the gym and spa.
….every lap they mark as one mile. So it was very encouraging for me to see that the last day I walked 11 miles with no effort at all. So cool that it prompted me to search on iTunes for a walking pedometer to clock the miles I walk every day. Now I have a plan and a goal and an app for that!
I have to tell you, I have been on tons of cruises and this one was one of the best. Great enterainment. If you have kids, they would love this cruise. Dancing and clubbing tailored for them. Tons of sports. I happen to love Rap, but if you don’t, you can find peace and silence on the 3rd and 4th decks outside where there is no music and lounge chairs where you can read and watch the immensity of the sea go by.
I came back refreshed, rested despite dancing under the stars to rap music for hours, peaceful, and filled with energy. What better way to come back from a vacation? And a bit sad. I am sad that is over.