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Posted on Jan 16, 2011 in Dear Diary, Food | 0 comments

All Aboard! From Miami to… the Ocean off the Coast of Miami.

My post titles just get better and better, don’t they? 😉 So! Now that you’ve gotten a little bit of an overview of the whole cruise experience, let’s dive into some detail — just a li’l bit! I pwomise. 🙂

We began our cruising journey after spending a night in the Springhill Suites Miami, since Jenny, Ben, and I all flew in late the night before embarking. We headed to the Port of Miami after a leisurely start to the day (boarding started at 1:30 PM) and passed through customs, security, and all that jazz.

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Greeted by champagne and some friendly staff, we headed to our stateroom first thing to dump our things, and then set off to explore the ship! I posted most of the cooler details in my previous post , so be sure to check them out!

The sibs and I wandered all around the ship, making sure to spend lots of time on the real grass lawn up on the tippity top deck!

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It’s called “The Lawn Club” and it’s a big thing for Celebrity to brag about, I guess, because their Solstice class ships (the class to which the Eclipse belongs, of course) are the only cruise ships that have a lawn.

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It was actually really nice to feel the grass between your toes at sea (if not somewhat counterintuitive, haha.)

Most of the rest of that first day was spent just touring the ship (it’s HUGE, in case you didn’t get that), lounging about, and taking LOTS of photos.

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What’s the point in having a DSLR (or two) in the family if you don’t make use of it, right? Hahahaha. Each night we had dinner in the main dining hall, the Moonlight Sonata. We had the “early seating” which was at 6:00 PM each night. They offer you a menu that included choices for your appetizer, soup/salad, entree, and dessert. ALong with the specials that changed each night, there was also a classic menu that had standards like salmon, steak, shrimp cocktails, and lobster bisque. Dinner that first night went as follows:

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Appetizer(s): I ordered a goat cheese tart, which was INCREDIBLE. Jenny ordered a beet salad, and we basically split them with each other. The goat cheese tart definitely won out. It was creamy, herbed with a balsamic reduction on top… simply heavenly.

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Soup/Salad: For my second course, I ordered the apple and arugala salad. It was yummy, with a lemon vinaigrette on top and candied pecans that were to die for. Jenny got a gazpacho, which I sampled as well – it was yummy (though I’m still on the fence about cold soups, gazpacho is always a solid choice.)

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Entree: My first meal on the boat was red, red, red meat. Bwahaha! I got the prime rib, which came served with mashed potatoes and glazed carrots. It was amazing! Way too much red meat, of course, considering how little of it I eat normally throughout the week, but totally worth the heartburn that followed, hehe.

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Dessert: Of course I ordered the creme brulee for dessert. I mean, c’mon. It was good, although a little runnier than I think I would have preferred, and the caramelized sugar coating on top wasn’t very thick (and thus didn’t have much “crack” to it) although I guess that’s not a bad thing in the nutritional scheme of things. Don’t worry, Jenny helped me eat it. 🙂

After dinner, we went see a little variety show in the Eclipse Theatre that gave a preview of entertainment to come. It included a performance by the on-board a cappella group, Sound Decision, that I really enjoyed (of course!) Who knew that cruise a cappella was a thing? It was a long, exciting day, so we pretty much crashed right after that. And there you have it, one day down, seven to go! 🙂

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