We were up early this morning as we had planned to check out the sit-down breakfast at the Sapphire Dining Room. Turns out that we were not the only ones with that thought, as we were in a long queue waiting to enter the dining room.
We were shown to a table and provided with a menu (there was a paid option available as well, so if the complimentary dishes were not to your liking, you could always order something else). The options under the “Daily Ultimates” & “Specialty Beverages” sections were chargeable.
We ordered some omelets and French toast, and also helped ourselves to some food from the buffet line. The omelet and hashbrown were quite tasty, while I found the French toast too sweet for my liking, probably because it was drenched in maple syrup.
The food was okay, and the only advantage of the sit-down breakfast was that you could order eggs. There was also a waffle maker, although the waffles were not crispy at all.
This being the last day at sea, we had to, or rather I had to go on the flow rider again! This time around I tried stand-up boarding, and it was super fun! Managed to hold my own without assistance for quite a while before eventually washing up. :p
Also did more body boarding (usually the body boarding timing is after stand-up boarding), and this time I had more control over the board heh.
For lunch, we had a reservation at Izumi Japanese restaurant (deck 14), and we went back to our cabins to wash up before heading there.
We opted for the set lunch menu, which was priced at USD20 per person, and came with a complimentary flute of champagne.
The starter was a miso soup, and it was one of the better miso soups that I had had. I finished it with great relish. (:
Next up were the main courses. The spicy shrimp sushi came with a very tasty soy sauce dressing, and I liked it more than the other sushi that I had. The other sushi was the crispy salmon fillet, which had a good portion of salmon meat wedged in between the sushi, but I felt that the crispy breaded exterior was a bit weird. The main courses came with a side dish each; a choice of either wantons or chicken karaage. The side dishes were not particularly memorable though.
The dessert was served on a platter, and consisted of freshly-cut fruits (good), some matcha cream (yummy), and a creme brûlée (not that great).
We chilled out for a while before my sis and I changed into our sporting attire for some rock climbing action! The rock wall was at Deck 13, but access is through Deck 12, from the stairs next to basketball court.
After a quick scale up the rock wall, I went to shoot some hoops at the basketball court, while my sis went to the gym with my parents. I joined them later on at the gym for some cardio.
We washed up afterwards and got dressed for the formal night dinner at the Sapphire Dining Room. As we still had some time before the doors opened at 8.30pm, we went to grab some coffee & ice cream from the counter at Cafe Promenade. We utilised our shipboard credits to pay for the Starbucks crafted drinks and the Ben & Jerry’s ice cream. Despite it being priced in USD, it was still cheaper than in Singapore!
The venti capuccino cost us only USD4.25, while 3 scoops of Ben & Jerry’s was priced at only USD4! :O The ice cream was delicious and way better than what was available during the buffet lunches.
We popped by the library (on deck 8) for a while, and also checked out the games room (some board games & card games such as scrabble was provided for guests) on deck 7.
We also went to the small yet beautiful chapel on deck 15 (accessible via stairs from deck 14). Perfect for quaint and cosy weddings, or even for a time of quiet meditation on God’s love and sacrifice for us.
Closer to 8.20pm, we took the lift down to deck 3, where we waited a while outside the Sapphire Dining Room to be seated for dinner.
For starters, the pan seared scallops were really yummy, and I enjoyed sinking my teeth into the soft scallop flesh. Mmm (:
I went with the broiled Atlantic salmon for my main course, as the other options did not really appeal to me. It was pretty decent, although I did not like the accompanying rice, which I found too sticky and hard.
I tried some of my sis’ lasagne, which was quite tasty as well. The minced beef in particular was rather flavourful.
I sampled some of my mum’s lamb shank, which had a slight gamey taste, but was good nonetheless. The meat was tender and juicy, a good choice by my mum haha.
For dessert, I opted for the kahlua-infused tiramisu, and boy was it gooood. The alcohol flavour was strong but not overpowering, and the mascarpone was smooth. A happy ending to our last dinner onboard. (:
I really enjoyed my time onboard the cruise with my family, and I especially loved the flow-rider! The food in general was rather decent, with the sit-down dinner in the restaurant serving better quality dishes as compared to the buffet-style Cafe Windjammer. Although the 24/7 Cafe Promenade had rather lousy options most of the time, it was adequate if you were really hungry and plain lazy to walk to the bigger Cafe Windjammer! Our cabin being so near the free tea, coffee, and water there was a major plus point as well! (: I’m definitely looking forward to my next cruise with Royal Carribean!
This is not a sponsored post, although I would love to be sponsored for reviews hahaha :p