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Trip Start Sep 03, 2011
30Trip End Oct 02, 2011
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The ship docked in Nassau in the Bahamas around 1.30pm which was a bit later than scheduled. We had an excursion booked to tour Nassau with a quick visit to the Atlantis resort so headed off the ship and after a bit of a delay – it seemed that a lot of people were booked on this tour we headed off walking out through the terminal and then we were put in groups of 10 or 12 into mini buses each with our own tour guide and off we went
Then it was back to the ship and embark again and time for a quick beer before getting ready for dinner. We’d booked a specialty dinner for tonight at the Chef’s Table. This is for a minimum of 10 people, maximum 14 and consists of a five course meal with specially selected wines for each course with a explanation of each wine and each course from the chef and the sommelier.
There were 12 there – two couples from Montreal – not together, one from California, one from Florida, one from North Carolina and us. What a magnificent gourmet experience. We gathered initially in the ship’s library for a glass of champagne and introductions then we were taken to an upstairs dining area in the Concierge Lounge – this is the ships equivalent of the Qantas lounge – and there was the huge table set for the twelve of us.
Here’s our menu
Lobster and Alaskan King Crab Leg Salad
Pear/grapefruit slaw, citrus dressing and micro greens
with Simonsig sauvignon blanc, Stellenbosch, South Africa
Green pea bisque, double oxtail consommé, porcini mushroom soup
with Giant Steps pinot noir, Yarra Valley, Australia
Chinese Style Duck Roll
In a crispy crepe tempura with Hoisin reduction
with Bride of the Fox Sake
Roasted Double Lamb Cutlet
Potato-pancetto risotto, broccolini and port wine glaze
with Sequoia Grove cabernet sauvignon, Napa, California
Warm Granny Smith Apple, Pecan and Pine Nut Torte
Green apple gelato and Calvados whipped cream
with Errazurriz sauvignon blanc late harvest, Casablanca Valley, Chile
This was a truly wonderful experience and we met some lovely people too. At the end we also got a Chefs Table apron for the gentlemen and a Chef’s Table recipe book for the ladies. This specialty meal cost us an additional $95 each but well worth the money and what a fabulous way to wind up our cruise.
Home to our cabin for the last time and an early start in the morning.