Brringgggg.. bringggg.. brinnggggg.. The phone rang incessantly to wake me from my slumber. Answering the phone in my half-groggy state, I was greeted with a “Good morning sir, your breakfast is ready and will be delivered in a short while.”
I mumbled out an “ok”, and took a glance at my phone. The time was 8am, and I remembered that I had requested for room service to be delivered between 8-8.30am. I quickly went to take a shower and freshen up, and was just in time to answer the doorbell as the food was delivered about 10 min later, still warm and smelling yummy. (: It was basically the same food that was served at the breakfast buffet, although understandably, there were limited options to select from the room service menu.
I thought it was a good idea to offer this service free to guests, as it was very crowded at the Windjammer cafe around 9am. We had to wait around 20 min to get a table, and luckily we had already had some food in our bellies to stave off the hunger pangs.
The hashbrowns (not pictured here) were crispier here as compared to those delivered to our rooms, but somehow the bacon at the cafe was not as crisp as the bacon delivered to our rooms.
The waffles and pancakes looked way better than they tasted unfortunately, and were rather nua (“flat/soggy”) in my opinion. Even the various syrups on offer (maple, chocolate, caramel, etc) were unable to save them.
Trying out the flow rider was high on my list of priorities for this cruise, and the schedule showed that the session for the 2nd day would start at 11am. I quickly changed into my boardshorts after breakfast and made a beeline to Deck 13.
Before being allowed to play on the flowrider, all guests are required to sign a waiver form, which also grants access to the rock climbing wall. After signing the form, a blue bracelet would be tagged to your wrist, and would serve as your identification to the sports staff.
It was my first time ever on the flow rider and it was AWESOME!!! I could really get addicted to the rush hahah. The roar of the water in your ears as you focused on keeping the board pointed straight ahead.. FUN!
I somehow managed to get into a kneeling position on the board on my first try too, although that was probably more luck than anything. Just look at the amount of focus on my face, I looked like I was giving a death stare to something/someone! :p
I was thissss close at the end of my 4th try on switching from a kneeling to a sitting position. Not easy okay, and I was, and still am a newbie to this. But yup it was super fun and I would love to do this again and again! Just look at my hair (and hang time) below!
Lunch was buffet-style at the Windjammer cafe, and although they switched it up a bit with some different food options, it was still average-tasting fare. I didn’t bother with taking any pictures for lunch as it was not something particularly memorable.
It was around 3pm by then and we adjourned to Cafe Promenade (along deck 5) for some drinks & snacks. We stayed on to wait for the Dreamworks parade along the main thoroughfare since we had pretty good front-row seats. (: The parade was lively and the little kids around us enjoyed it very much. As a mark of how much I like King Julien, he gets a picture all to himself! Heheh.
Shortly after that we docked in Penang port, and it took us about 30 min to get on shore, largely because a LOT of people were also trying to get off. There were a lot of tour groups that were clogging up the stairs on one end of the ship, so do check to find out where the tour groups are disembarking from, and not queue up behind them.
Thankfully we did not have to clear Malaysian immigration, and we left Swettenhem Pier without being stopped once. We quickly walked to the nearest CAT bus stop to catch the free CAT shuttle bus to Komtar. It was for a reason that we were in such a hurry, the cruise ship would only be docked till 10.30pm, meaning that we only had a few hours to eat some local hawker fare and shop.
From Komtar, it was a short 10 min or so walk to Lebuh Keng Kwee, where we had deliciously cold and smooth chendol. We also shared a plate of char kway teow from the stall next to the Penang Road chendol stall. The char kway teow had a nice wok hei flavour, although I had had better before.
It was back to the Komtar area after that, specifically Prangin Mall, where we did some shopping. We spent about 30+ min there, as we had dinner onboard the ship, and thus needed to get back by a certain time.
I had a double duck consommé for starters, and I thought the soup was delicious. The duck slices were also tender and I’m saying this because I usually avoid duck as I generally find it too tough a meat.
I had giant shrimp with a soft bun for my main, and it was disappointingly bad. The chili crab sauce tasted nothing like chili crab sauce, and all I tasted was just chili flavour. The shrimps were average to boot.
The soufflé that I ordered for dessert was on point though. The inside was fluffy and warm, while the outer crust was crumbly and delightful. The vanilla sauce that crowned the dessert was sweet and enhanced the flavour of the already yummy soufflé.
The durian pudding was pretty good as well, although I still preferred my durian frozen (in the freezer, and only taken out to thaw a while before eating).
After a filling dinner, we hung out at Cafe Promenade for a while to digest and enjoy some green tea. We all loved that the 24/7 cafe was so close to our cabin, as it meant that we could easily pop over for water, hot drinks, or even nibbles whenever we felt like it.
Swing by next week for the last part of the series on Voyager of the Seas! (: