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Old 11-26-2012, 05:07 PM   #9
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Finally I got in line for the buffet. Salad was the first offering.



Now here is something I didn’t know anything about which really surprised me. Especially with all the trip reports I have read, and I’ve read a bunch! I’m sure I read at least a dozen, some with great food porn, some with no food porn and some with sporadic food porn, but not one person mentioned that at no point do you get to handle your food until it hits your plate!

I ended up passing on the salad because of this. With all the different stuff that I eat, I can also be really picky sometimes. Also because I am not a big eater, I tend to be very cautious at buffets so that I do not take too much and waste food. I thought about how ridiculous I was going to sound asking the gentleman to “Please give me only the romaine and iceberg lettuces, do not give me any radicchio, and only about 7 pieces of lettuce, and then can I have five pieces of spinach leaves, 1 slice of cucumber…” I ended up passing on the salad!

I didn’t get any pictures of the next offerings because I was so stunned by the whole “not serving yourself” thing. But they had
[LIST]
peel ‘em and eat ‘em shrimp,
tomato, onion and basil salad
cole slaw
macaroni salad

and all the hot items listed earlier.

This is what I ended up with (notice that only the meat a potatoes are “touching”. I had a hard time explaining this to the servers as well )



And Fran’s plate (all of her stuff is “touching”)



She sent me for some chilled Cream of Pineapple Soup



Fran is a little fuzzy here, but she looks happy.



The Christmas decorations look nice



I went back for some Mac & Cheese and Fran wanted more of the corn dog nuggets



Right behind our table was an additional dessert station where they had peach cobbler with vanilla sauce, vanilla ice cream and shaved white and dark chocolate, along with chocolate and caramel sauce.



I had some peach cobbler with Vanilla Ice Cream. I had to put the two together so that they were “touching”! The ice cream was REALLY good!



Fran got a medley of desserts. She told me to have some, but by this point, I was just way too full.



She then had me get her some vanilla ice cream with shaved white chocolate and caramel sauce.



By this point we were both pretty stuffed. Fran only got two hours of sleep the night before and this is where things started to turn south. You see when we got on the ship, I asked one of the greeters if there was a special Concierge guest area where we could sit and leave our bags and they told me, “no.” I was getting pretty bummed that the piece of information I heard wasn’t true. Also it was 1:20PM and the room wasn’t ready yet, so Fran started to get cranky. I said I was going to go back to Guest Services and find out if there really was a special place for Concierge, and she said she was just going to wait “here”. Which was a very noisy hallway outside the restaurant where we had lunch.

I waited about five minutes in line when a lovely man, Rodrigo, asked if there was anything we were looking for while waiting in line and I asked about the CL reception area. “Oh, come with me!” He said. “Where is the rest of your party?” I asked him to wait a moment and I ran to get Fran, we had to fight the crowds to get back and forth and finally we got back to the lobby. He took us back through the entertainment district to the Cadillac Lounge. It was quiet, peaceful and they had complimentary coffee, sodas and some snacks. Too bad we were so full!

For the next half an hour Rodrigo told us all about various amenities, helped me pick out beverage tastings, went over the movie schedule, and various other things we could do. I was dismayed to find that the reports I’d heard online were false and that the only complimentary sodas we received are the “welcome package” in our stateroom. So we’ll see how that goes, it hasn’t even been a full day yet.

By this time he was able to confirm that our room was ready and he told us the easiest way to get there and beat the crowds.

Next up, OMG! Our room!
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