(Continued from Embarkation, Pt. 1) …. Our first goal when boarding was to get rid of the heavy suitcase, so we made our way directly to our rooms to get rid of as much stuff as we could. When we arrived our rooms were ready, so we split into the two rooms. We checked them out quickly, and snapped a few photos before we could manage to mess them up too much.
Waiting for us in our room was a bottle of Vodka and a bottle of Myer’s Rum that we ordered online to be delivered to our stateroom. This was the best drink bargain of any trip that we have had so far. Each bottle was approximately $30 for a one-liter bottle, which was not a lot more than the “street price” of either of them. We had carried onboard sparkling cranberry juice and diet Pepsi as mixers, as well as Pepsi (not as a mixer) for the teens.
We unpacked our bags and had adult drinks, then familiarized ourselves with what was in the room and went across the hall to gather the teens. Then we headed to lunch. We decided to go to the main dining room for lunch, so we set off in search of the MDR. When we arrived at the main dining room, there were very few people there, and they seated us immediately at a nice table at the window in the aft. This gave us a view of Coronado Island and some of the other sights in the San Diego bay area. We were quite ready for lunch, so we ordered and prepared to enjoy.
For starters, we enjoyed the Avocado Citrus Salad, Bay Shrimp Cocktails, and the Barley and Mushroom soup. All were quite good and came out quickly. We made short work of our starters, and they were very shortly followed by the main course. Between the five of us, we ordered two of the All-American Burgers and three of the Chicken and Waffles. The Classic All-American burger was just what one would expect by the name. Quite tasty, but the fries were nothing special… although the presentation of them being in a mini fry-basket was pretty cool. The Chicken and Waffle was a boneless chicken breast, nicely seasoned, breaded, and fried and served with a nice Belgian-type waffle. We had to ask for the syrup, as apparently this dish isn’t something that everyone is familiar with. We quite enjoyed this and had no sooner ordered our dessert when the initial calls to go to the muster station started. The server informed us that we had plenty of time to finish dessert, and we took his word on this since it clearly was not his first rodeo. Even though it made me nervous, it turns out he was right and we had plenty of time, not to mention our muster station was nearly directly below the dining room. (Continue to Embarkation Day, Pt. 3)