(Continued from Embarkation Day Pt. 4)… Day two started much like any other non-port cruise day. We woke up precisely at the crack of “whenever we feel like it”. Shortly thereafter, the door hanger order from the previous night arrived from room service. This order arrived exactly at the requested time and consisted of coffee, a bagel, and possibly juice. This was intended to be less of a pre-breakfast breakfast, and more of a “get some coffee in me, such that I can be civilized”.
We started getting ready and went across the hallway to begin the process of gathering the teens for breakfast. This, of course, involved one of them complaining that he had to shower first the last few days. Such are the problems of the first world. The shower in our cabin was free, so we offered it to one of the teens so we could be ready that much sooner.
After everyone was ready, we took the journey to the main dining room. This journey involved walking a few yards to the staircase, going down two flights, and being greeted by the dining staff. We were seated straightaway and given the menus to go over. Let me start by saying that breakfast was not one of their shining moments on the trip. We ordered a “Full” English Breakfast, a Japanese Breakfast, a Southwest Omelet, an Eggs Benedict, and a Stack of Pancakes.
Along with my Eggs Benedict, I ordered a side of Hash Browns and Corned Beef Hash. The Eggs Benedict was good and is almost certain to be ordered by me on every cruise… Unless I order it once and it’s rubbish (I am talking to you, MSC Divina.)… The Hash Browns and Corned Beef hash came out on a full-sized plate and were decent… but the corned beef hash was a small ice cream scoop-sized serving and the serving of hash browns was two hash brown nuggets, similar to Burger King. Now, before you think I am complaining, it is more of just a funny observation… See for yourself in the photo.
The Japanese Breakfast was precisely how I would have thought it would be, and the youngest teen thought it was quite good.
The Stack of Pancakes was just that… a stack of pancakes. It was ordered with a side of hash browns and bacon, and the middle teen enjoyed it.
Note the ironic use of quotes around “FULL” in the “FULL” English Breakfast. When the “FULL” English Breakfast arrived (OK , that’s enough ironic quotes) it was far from full. One of the staples of the English Breakfast is the English Banger Sausage and grilled half tomato (as described on the menu). It came with neither of those things, and when we asked, we were told that they were “out of banger sausages” (the next few days at the lido buffet showed this NOT to be the case, as they had plenty there). Again, I am not a complainer, so don’t construe any of this as being a complaint, but more of an observation to share with the reader. It takes a LOT more than that for me to complain when on vacation.
The final breakfast dish was the Southwest Omelet. The wife reported that the Omelet was “OK, but kinda bland”. Granted, we live in Arizona, so there are high expectations for anything labeled “Southwest”. That being said, our overall impression of breakfast was that it wasn’t worth a trip back to the main dining room for breakfast. The bar was also set high by dinner, which was always right on track. One final time, I’d like to point out that this is NOT a complaint… (Continue to Day 2, Pt. 2)