Food & Beverage always helps to make a holiday.
Dining in the Symphony Dining room – breakfast, lunch or dinner. Maureen and I started having our breakfast in the restaurant, but ended up on deck sixteen at World Fresh Marketplace – the choice was larger, but each evening we had our dinner in the Symphony restaurant.
Breakfast in the World Fresh Marketplace, which was very good with a huge choice of food from around the world. On one side, we had a darker décor (see above pic) and on the other side of the ship we had a lighter décor. (see pic below)
The darker area concentrated on hot dishes – roasts, curries, Chinese spicy dishes, and the lighter area on ‘cool’ dishes – salads, puddings, cakes etc. It was a joy to wander around and check all the dishes, which for me made choosing what to eat, without overeating, the decision of the day.
A colourful spread of puddings, jellies and sweets, some sugar free, others gluten free, they did their best to satisfy as many people as possible.
A wide choice of food from around the world – hot or cold.
Smoked salmon for breakfast or lunch . . . just help yourself.
I had read comments on the lack of bars for such a large vessel, and the difference in the western and Chinese culture of visiting bars. As soon as we had settled in we investigated which bar was going to be our favourite. The above picture shows Bellini’s, which concentrates on Champagne.
Or was it the Fountain Pool Bar, near the pool area.
Seaview Bar near the pool was popular, particularly on hot days.
Sitting at the bar we could watch the passing desert as we moved gently along the Suez Canal.
For those who are TT, a fruit and veg bar- drinks produced by blending / crushing various fruits & vegetables.
But, for us The Piazza Bar replaced the Crooner’s Bar on other ships.
Maureen & our friends at the Piazza Bar for a pre-dinner drink.
Same bar area of the Piazza bar
This bar was close to the main ‘entertaining’ area of the dance floor, which was also used as a centre of offbeat entertaining.
The female acrobat returned a few nights later with a double wheel.
Plus of course we could dance or in my case crush Maureen’s feet.
Another popular bar was the Wake Bar
This was a favourite place for many to have their breakfast – the World Fresh Market was just for’d of the Wake Bar, and the day could start with a Bloody Mary and fried eggs if this was to your liking.
There was a ‘day starter’ menu available at the bar if you wished for a breakfast cocktail. This menu changed to lunchtime cocktail menus around 11.00 am.
Additional bars were Crown Grill (part of a small restaurant) –
and there was a bar inside the casino, which we didn’t use.
I bet (excuse the pun) the casino will be popular with the Chinese during the Majestic Princess’ year long China contract.