Monday, September 27, 2010

Breakfast on a Cruise Ship

by Kate

Have you been on a cruise? Is there anything better than their breakfast buffets?

I am a huge fan of breakfast. I can’t function without a balanced meal first thing in the morning. I get crabby, shaky, and headachey if I skip it. So I always eat a nutritious breakfast. But I also get in food ruts, having the same thing every day. Well, not on a cruise I don’t. Yummmm.

Waffles! Crunchy, golden waffles topped with anything you like. Who has time to make them in the morning? Not me. How about pancakes, or French toast? (Call me a food snob, but I refuse to eat the ones that pop up from a toaster.) You can have eggs any way you like them, even my fav Eggs Benedict. Oh, baby. And all kinds of meats, fruits, breads, teas, coffee, juices, cereals hot and cold...... whatever your little heart desires and more. Gluttony at its finest – or worst. But it’s only for ten days, so what the hey? We work it off over the course of our trip, and we always take the stairs way up to the Lido deck to get there. It helps assuage our guilt. (That way, I can also have the occasional hot fudge sundae. Shhh!)

We recently cruised on the Holland America ship, Noordam, and had a marvelous time. The crew was top-notch, and the servers were quick, polite, always friendly, and so cute I wanted to adopt them. Our cabin was ultra-plush and clean, and the dining was outstanding no matter where we ate. We’ve cruised on three different large liners – Princess, Norwegian, and Holland America – and I give the last one the highest marks for roomy accommodations, imaginative and delicious menus, and service.

Do you cruise? What’s your favorite part of it? What’s your favorite cruise line? What’s your favorite destination or where do you really want to travel to next? I’m still trying to decide what to see. South America is sounding pretty interesting.


Linda McDonald said...

The hubby and I love cruises. I think we've been on about 10. So far we have sailed on Princess, Carnival, Royal Caribbean, the Paul Gaugin, and Celebrity. My favorite ship so far is Royal Caribbean's Radiance of the Seas. So beautiful and I loved the layout of it. Overall, we've enjoyed them all. And yes, the food is quite something. I love the breakfasts and the chocolate desserts at dinner. Favorite dessert: Carnivals Warm Melting Chocolate Cake. I'm sure the calorie count is outrageous, but it is so worth it.

Dru said...

I love cruises, despite my fear of water. I like that you can get "lost" on the ship if you want solitude. I've only been on two ships, Carnival (for pleasure) and Crystal (for business). I take my mom and since she fears flying, we have to leave out of the home port, so our next trip will be on Royal Caribbean. I love the food, the activities and the musical productions that ends the night.

tonya kappes said...

I love cruises! I've been on several, but I have to say that Disney was THE BEST!!!!!

Sheila Connolly said...

No cruises, alas, although my daughter wangled her way into one.

But I got completely hooked on crumpets for breakfast in Australia! (I got hooked on Australia too.)

Booklady said...

I've never been a cruise, but I'd love to take one to Ireland.

caryn said...

We cruise. Before the economy ( both national and personal) tanked we cruised every winter. I didn't much care where we went as long as it was warm. We've cruised around the Carribean several times and once around Hawaii. That one was on Norwegian and we went all the way out to Fanning Island so we had plenty of at sea days to enjoy the ship.
I"d like to do a summer cruise next-to Alaska. For that one I'd like to do a cruise tour to go inland a bit as well.
caryn in St.Louis

Barbara said...

We've never been on a cruise but this reminds me of breakfasts in England and Scotland. I loved all the choices and started to enjoy tomatoes on my breakfast plate. The only downer was that I would have killed for a decent cup of coffee.

Kate Collins said...

Rural View: I felt that way in Ireland, but eventually got used to the black tea and toast triangles that came with every breakfast. Coffee on the ship was outstanding, and of course, in Rome, well, who does espresso better than Italians?
Sheila, I've never had crumpets. Are they flaky like crescent rolls?
Caryn, I want to do the Alaskan cruise/land tour, too. Everyone who's gone loved it. I keep hearing good things about the Australian/New Zealand cruises, too.

Anonymous said...

We have been on 10 cruises since Jan 2005. Guess you could say we love cruising. All have been Caribbean cruises and realy only found one line that we did not really care for. We have been on Princess, Royal Carib. Norweigen, MSC and Carnival. And we have one booked forthis Nov and one for Oct 2011, that will be the first not Caribbean it is to Bermuda. All becasue of cost.

We love the breakfast buffet and lunch buffet. An I feel that of all Princess has the best dinner buffets.

Hopefully in the next year or so we wil cruise Hawaii. The one important reason would be to see our oldest grandson, he should be going to work for Norweigen on the ship that does Hawaii in the next few weeks.

Mary Jane Maffini said...

Congrats on your cruise, Kate. Well-deserved, buffet too!


Andrea C. said...

Love Cruises! My hubby and I have been on Royal Carribean twice - it is so nice to have options put in front of us to decide..we are not always good if we are on vacation with no set plans.
I am really hoping to go on an Alaskan cruise next!

Maggie Sefton said...

The right opportunity hasn't come along yet, Kate. But I'm sure it will. I think I'll enjoy it a lot. Also, I have to admit, the slower lifestyle of cruising always crept into my decision making. I always adopt the fly over the water and start walking around the European cities option.

Linda Leszczuk said...

Yup, love cruises. We've gone in pretty much every direction out of the U.S. NW to Alaska, SW to Mexico, NE up and around and down the St. Lawrence, and SE to the carribean. Never had time to go much further.

I love the option of doing everything available or nothing at all. For adult vacations, I like Royal Carribean. But for multi-generations, you have to do Disney. Took the adult kids and the grandkids last summer and it was perfect.

By the way - have you seen the ads for that big rock climbing wall on the Radiance of the Seas? I climbed it! (Hey, how many old grandmothers do you know who can claim that?)

volfan said...

Love, love, love cruising. We have been on 10 and doing a Panama Canal cruise in 3 weeks. It will be our longest one yet at 15 days. I love being able to do what I want to do without feeling like my husband and I have to do everything together. We've been married 25 years, so we don't have to spend all our time together. We last sailed on the Celebrity Solstice and were very pleased with it's elegance, and yes, it's solitude at times. Next is the Island Princess.