It is easy to get lost on the MS. Oosterdam if you aren’t paying attention… I honestly don’t know how people find their way around the HUGE Superships that are 4 times the size of our ship!
We made our way to the 4th Floor – The Upper Promenade Deck, and very happily found our cabins… 3 in a row on the Starboard side of the ship.
If you have ever been on a cruise ship, you’ll know that the cabins are cozy… There are 2 beds convertible to a queen-size bed, bath & shower, sitting area which has a hide-a-bed couch, private verandah, floor-to-ceiling windows.Approximately 254 square feet including verandah. They aren’t huge by any means, but if they are organized correctly, they make a comfortable home away from home.
I had to share the next picture because it makes me LAUGH every time I see it! This is Tim standing in the shower in the our bathroom. When I say ‘cozy’, by my 5’3 standards it truly is. For Tim, who is over a foot taller than I am, ‘cozy’ takes on a whole new meaning! LOL!
Our luggage wasn’t in our cabin when we first arrived, but within minutes there was a knock on the door, and our suitcases showed up, one by one. We buzzed about the 3 cabins, comparing them, and the boys went out on the balcony to sit in the sun while I started unpacking and organizing the closets…
I couldn’t WAIT to show Tim the rest of the ship, and explore every nook and cranny! But before that, we had to take part in the Muster Drill. It is a safety drill that by law you have to participate in at the beginning of every cruise. We went and found our Lifeboat, #11, and then we were off and running!
Michelle, our wonderful travel agent, surprised us with a few extra goodies, including a special dinner to start off our cruise, in the Pinnacle Grill. On a cruise you have different options for eating meals. If you want a casual eat-anytime meal, you can go to the Lido deck and eat at the buffet, you can also eat in the dining room for more formal service, but the cream of the crop is the private restaurant known as The Pinnacle. I REALLY wanted to experience eating there, so I was both pleasantly surprised AND excited that we would be eating our FIRST dinner there…. We cleaned ourselves up, went on deck to see the ship pull away from the terminal….
And then we headed down for dinner….
The Pinnacle is only something you can describe as opulent…. It has over-the-top decor, but it isn’t ‘tacky’. It is very well done, down to the silver chairs and the artwork, it is something that would be considered ostentatious anywhere else…I thought it was beautiful.
I soon realized that I had NO self-control after looking at the Menu… It all sounded SO yummy! It was so hard to decide!!
I started with an Amuse Bouche, a tasty morsel to wake up my taste buds! It was a sea scallop with a pumpkin puree… unusual, but really good!! Next I had the lobster bisque… and I thought I had died and gone to heaven… it was SOOOOO good! Tim agreed, as he ordered that too, but my little dude enjoyed a Prawn Cocktail, and the prawns were as big as my fist!!
Tim and I thought we would pace ourselves and SHARE an order of crab cakes, but we a bite in we wished we had ordered them for each of us.. they were decadent with a crispy panko breading, with sweet and rich crab inside, they were perfect! Oh how I wish I was still on the ship… 😉
For dinner I had the “Land and Sea” – or in other words Steak and Shrimp. I choose the creamed spinach and rice for my sides, but I had to try my sister’s Lobster Mac and Cheese… It was the richest dish on the table, much too rich for my tummy, but it was delicious!
Tim had the Steak Dianne, and it was so much fun to see it flambeed table-side! I wish I had taken pictures!
And to end off a WONDERFUL MEAL, I chose the Baked Alaska with Cherry Garcia Ice Cream and Flambeed Cherry Sauce… SOOO SWEET… SOOOOO RICH… and TOOOO MUCH… I only ate half my dessert, and washed it all down with a decaf Cappuccino.
I did make a mental note that if I was lucky enough to go to the Pinnacle again, to order the Creme Brulee… Tim and my Dad both had it, and it looked incredible.. It has a perfect sugary crust, and was served in 3 different flavors….Oh Lord… I resigned myself to taking home a few pounds extra…
All of us were really tired after a very long day, and we were all STUFFED. We said Goodnight to my parents, and after a chilly walk on the lido deck, we also retired to our cabin. The beds were turned down, chocolates were left on our pillow (like we needed any MORE calories), and with 2 days at sea, we knew we didn’t have to set a wake-up call…. ahhhhh…. I hoped to have a LONG and restful sleep.
I was so incredibly sore, but so very happy to share these memories with my family.
Buenos Noches everyone…..
To Be continued…
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