Saturday, February 21, 2009

Fine Dining

Every night they had the dining room open for dinner. You chose early or late seating before you even got on the cruise. We chose early. So we were in the dinning room by 6:00 every night. The dining room is quite an experience for us. We have an assigned table that we sit at every night and we hav the same waiter and helper. Our waiter was Noel and he was from the Phillipeans, his helper was Susilio and he was from Indonesia. We loved these two guys. The memorized us and knew us by name after the first night. We were at a table for 10, but the other people didn't show up until the last two nights, so we had Susi and Noel all to ourselves for the first two nights. They were very entertaining. Noel folded a napkin into a mouse and did a trick for Cynjyn, she loved it and will gladly show it to anyone that asks, that's all I'll say about that!! She made Noel show the other family the trick after they came on that third night. Anyway, it is very elegant in the dinning hall and they have a menu every night where you order a "Starter", the Main menu, and dessert. Noel comes and opens our napkin for us and puts it on our laps and hands us a menu. There are a million forks and spoons. Susi brings us a roll or baguette to get us started. The kids were pretty brave, especially Taz at trying new things.

So, here we are the first night looking at the menu.

Taz and I with our baguette.

Taz tries duck breast for his starter telling us all that Grandpa would be proud of him. Isn't is fancy on the plate. He ended up eating only one slice and not liking it too much, but at least he was brave enough to try it.

Cynjyn loved her fancy dessert of cheesecake the first night.

The second night was "Elegant night" on the cruise and everyone was supposed to dress formally. Here is Cynj and I.

Garry and Tanner bought new suits the day before we left just for this (Oh and Krissy's wedding!) Taz had a suit already. Don't they look handsome!!
So, Taz tries stuffed mushrooms this night for his starter. Tanner and Cynjyn always had Ceasar Salad for their starter, they weren't too daring. He ate one mushroom and that was it. They were awfully rich in a heavy cheese sauce. I on the other hand tried a strawberry soup. When they first brought the bowl to me there was the little thing in the middle which was basically strawberry jelly with a strawberry on top. Everyone thought that that was all I was getting, a few minutes later, Noel brought a little pitcher with the soup inside that he poured into my bowl. It was delicious and Taz ended up eating most of it!!Here we all are posing at the table.
Unfortunatly, we didn't get a picture of Noel or Susi, but we saw them often in the lunch and breakfast buffet and they always waved and talked to us and joked around with the kids. Each night in the dining room, all the waiters would put on a little "show" for us. The first night, they sang an Italian song, the second night they danced the Macarana and Noel pulled Cynjyn up to dance with him. She had a blast.The last night, they sang a farewell song and Cynjyn realized it was the last night of the cruise and just started bawling because she was going to "Never see them again!" We got back to the room and she was still quite upset. Noel gave her lots of hugs and told her not to be so sad and to remeber the fun she had with him!!


Krissy said...

Love the new suits guys! Very handsome! Taz was very brave with his food trying!

gwen said...

Beautiful and handsome family! Poor Cynj--she and Taz have really soft hearts! They'll probably always remember her, too. Taz is pretty daring with food--grandpa is proud of him for trying new things!

Ron said...

Ah, good and sad. Is it okay to be envious for your cruise but not covet those good times? ha.

Melanie said...

Ryan was the same way on our cruise. He made friends with our waiters and our room steward. The room steward left him a different towel animal on his bed every night. Glad you all had a great time!