I hope you all enjoyed yesterday’s post – Part 1 of what I ate in Alaska. The land portion. If you missed it, you can find it here. That post focused on all the good eats I had while on land in Alaska and today’s post is all about what I ate on the cruise ship (Princess Cruise’s Coral Princess). Now this isn’t everything I ate over the 7 days on the ship. This is because of a few reasons: a few things weren’t that good, didn’t photograph well, were repeats (I didn’t think you needed to see my shrimp cocktails 3 times), and I didn’t include anything I ate at the buffet because I’m not one of those huge buffet eaters who can create a attractive looking mountain of food on my plate. I did take pictures of my buffet eats but the plates look so measly and sad so I chose not to include those!
The buffet food was alright and we ate most breakfasts there because only one of the sit down restaurants is open at breakfast time and the hours are limited. For those of you who have never been on a cruise, Princess Cruises has the option of “anytime dining” or “traditional dining”. Back when I went on my first, and only other cruise I’ve been on, in the 90s it was with Carnival and there was only the traditional dining option which means you are given a set seating time for your meals. We chose to do the anytime dining with Princess which means you still have a set dining room for dinner but you can go at any time (during dinner hours of course). Since there were 10 of us, we made daily reservations for dinner or else it would be hard or at least a very long wait for a table large enough.
Because we had anytime dining, we also didn’t have the same wait staff every night because it depended on what time we went and what section of the dining room we were seated in. This was slightly a bummer because my family and I definitely had favorites despite the wait staff being very kind in general. But it made the evenings we did have those servers much more enjoyable.
I apologize in advance if this post leaves you hungry!
First up, the first of many shrimp cocktails I ate over the week. Well not many, but definitely had it as a starter at least 3 times.
Roasted Pork Belly
Cheesecake with Strawberry
A very deconstructed Waldorf Salad. Not exactly what I was expecting, but good.
Sauteed Garlic Shrimp
Warm Crab & Artichoke Dip with baguette – this was not as good as the Bering King Crab dip I had back at the Denali Princess Lodge. If you remember I wrote yesterday that that one was by far the best one.
Chicken & Leek Pot Pie
Grilled Eggplant & Mozzarella appetizer
One morning we did go to the sit-down breakfast. The servers walked around with pastries so I got this chocolate bear claw. I got this from the cafe a few more times during the week (no shame) because it was that good. Okay, so when I was 14, I went to France with my french class in high school. I remember the bakeries there having chocolate croissants where the chocolate wasn’t completely melted inside and you could actually bite into it. It was the best thing ever and I’ve never found a chocolate croissant stateside that was like it ever again. Well, I was extremely happy to find that this chocolate bear claw was exactly like the ones in France!
I didn’t want anything too heavy for breakfast that day because I was going on a helicopter ride (will be posting about that this weekend) shortly after so I got a bagel with smoked salmon, cream cheese, and capers. Definitely hit the spot!
Filet of Beef Wellington with a mushroom paté, spinach flan, duchesse potatoes, truffle Madeira Demi Glacé. My first time having beef wellington and I really enjoyed it!
This was the best. dessert. ever. I’m so serious. It was their Chocolate Journey dessert of the night. A chocolate pistachio dome with almond and pistachio nougatine. It is a moist almond cake with a rich Sicilian pistachio creme brulee encased in bittersweet chocolate mousse that sits atop an almond pistachio nougatine and glazed in a milk chocolate glacage. What?! This was the best dessert I’ve ever had in my life!
Potato Gnocchi with roasted portobello and asparagus cream. Yummy!
Southern Fried Chicken
Wagon Wheel Pasta with sausage and green peas. I never buy wagon wheel pasta at the store but I might start!
Honey Garlic Pork Spareribs were so delectable. The sauce was everything.
After being stuffed with my appetizer and main course at lunch, I was really not hungry for dessert but my mom asked if I wanted to split a slice of chocolate pecan pie with her. The waitress, who was so personable and funny, kept saying we were on vacation and we weren’t going to split the slice! We kept saying no, no we’re so full. But of course, she came out with 2 slices and said “no need to share!” The slice wasn’t too big so that was good and let me tell you, I’m glad she did it because it was so good I ate the whole thing!
Some other little snacks I had during the week were afternoon tea with, of course, tea and other little pastries such as scones and on the pool deck there was a soft serve ice cream counter where I may have indulged in a cone….or two.
Dinner on the last night on the ship! For my appetizer I had the Basil Pesto Linguine with red skin potatoes and haricot verts.
On an excursion my dad, brother, cousin and her family went on the day before they went salmon fishing. They sent the salmon home, but brought back cod and rock bass to the ship where the kitchen prepared and cooked it for us for dinner the next night.
My last entree of the vacation was a Seafood Stew that had Chilean sea bass, black mussels, clams, cream, fennel, and toasted baguette. It was full of flavor, but unfortunately a few of my mussels were not opened which made me really sad because I love mussels! I didn’t ask for more mussels, though I am certain they would have happily obliged, because I was pretty full and knew that after 12 days of utter indulgence I needed to start my diet/detox ASAP!
I wondered all week whether Baked Alaska would be on the menu! I love baked alaska. I saw it on the menu for the last night and wondered how they would do it because there are so many diners and I’m sure it would be a very popular menu item that night. They surely couldn’t create this big dessert for each person who ordered and then set it on fire at the table?! Alas, they didn’t. I think they made a ton of big baked alaskas and then gave people slices, which was fine with me. However, they did do a “Parade of the Baked Alaska’s” where a bunch of the servers and chefs came out to parade the dessert around. I’ve included a clip below and you’ll see it all on my upcoming YouTube videos as well! Though this is from the last night so you’ll have to wait until Part 3 of my vacation videos.
And that wraps up the highlights of what I ate for 7 days at sea. It was a lot, I know! All those sit-down lunches and dinners were 3-4 course meals. There were starters, appetizers, entrees, desserts! A lot of times I only ordered 3 courses instead of 4 and on the one or two occasions where I only ordered 2 people looked at me like I was crazy!
So the diet started immediately after I left the ship. Well, not really a diet. But I’m just trying to not eat as much or as rich since I was eating constantly on the ship and eating so many heavy, creamy things. And you know what? It hasn’t been hard. Even the first day I was home I did not eat much or least nothing heavy, I just am not that hungry. I probably still have food in me from last week!