Last weekend myself and hubby were invited on board Royal Princess - Princess Cruises to celebrate their 50th Anniversary. It wasn't my first time on board, some of you may remember reading a few weeks back my meal at Sabatini's - click here however it was hubby's first time so he was very excited! The day consisted of a tour of The Galleys, Cocktail demonstration, tour of the ship then a meal at Sabatini's.
A cocktail demonstration in upper deck by the staff was very impressive and we were treated to popcorn / cocktails while watching! The weather was fabulous perfect for being on top deck.
On upper deck there is adult private area called The Sanctuary which was my favourite area outside area on the ship. Here you will be able to escape and completely relax in an outdoor spa inspired setting with light meals being served, beverages, attentive service and personal entertainment...completely bliss for adults! The decor is spot on exactly how I like it.
This is the million dollar state of the art screen Times Square style LED screen which is more than 300 square feet in size with a 69,000 watt sound system. The screen can be seen day / night even when the ship is moving at full speed. Variety of entertainment throughout the day including movies, sporting events, concerts and other can't miss programmes. This is perfect for those who don't really read and don't have anything to do while being sat out in the sun.
Lotus Spa offers everything you can think of in a normal spa to pamper yourself from facials, massages, facials to body therapy, botox, body wraps, acupuncture to full on service salon. The prices aren't too bad and there are various deals on offer which makes it good value.
There is plenty to keep the children busy for all the age groups - Children's Club
The Galleys tour of the kitchen was one of my favourite parts of the tour. We were shown around by the head chef explaining how the kitchen is run 24/7 and how they prepare 20,000 meals a day, yes a day! Everything is made from scratch / fresh each day and each day different menus are offered in the dining rooms, on deck and in the Horizon court. A few facts to share with you all - 1,700 amount of fish prepared daily, around 1,500 sandwiches made daily, around 6,000 assorted pastries are prepared daily. Lastly with all that food someones got to be washing the dishes right... a total of 57 people work to clean the glasses, china, pots and pans. With all that food being prepared 70,000 dishes are washed daily!
A few photos of the atrium which is Piazza Style
We finally arrived at Sabatini's for our specially created 3 course meal which was explained by the head chef before we got started.
Lovely selection of bread rolls to get us started while we waited for our starters to arrive. The starter taster plate was very impressive and we enjoyed every single one. Top left we have the Ahi Tuna Poke with avocado, on the right Beet, orange, dill cured salmon gravlax, bottom left was my favourite Lobster medallions, pickled cucumber with sour cream and caviar and the last one is the dressed baby shrimp. I never knew beetroot worked so well with salmon!
Onto the mains I opted for the Rack of lamb with french mustard herb crust served with seasonal baby vegetables and garlic potato tart red currant reduction. Usually I would go for medium cooked lamb but with pregnancy and all that best I went for well done and the kitchen was very accommodating.
For desert we were all given the "Norman Love" which is chocolate raspberry mousse heart, vanilla creme brulee and crunchy short bread. Too pretty I didn't want to eat it! Last course was of course the gourmandise tea & coffee.
We had a great time on board (thank you for having us!) with my favourite being the lunch, this is the 2nd time I have been on board for food and I have to say the standard of food on board is very good! If this has tempted you slightly to go on a cruise break take a look at their website for the latest deals!
If you miss my previous post click here to see what we ate last time...