Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Belated Vacation Review - Day 6 - Civitavecchia, Italy

After taking a train ride from the Termani to the seaside town of Civitavecchia which is the cruise ship terminal that is located nearest from Rome, we proceeded to board the Star Princess to begin our 12 day voyage.

The planned* route that the Star Princess was expected to take, being at the beginning of November we were concerned that we would encounter bad weather.

The Sailaway Dinner menu from the main dining room, generally speaking the left side of the menu not counting the "Signature Pasta" remains the same everyday.  I am not sure if I have pictures of all the menu's but will post what I have.  

** Editor's note ** My Wife has decided she wants to be known as "cute wife" instead of "dear wife" as she says that makes her sound old..

Lobster and Seafood Pate, Dill-Mustard Sauce - CW says eww, tasted like a whole bunch of mashed up seafood. She didn't use the dipping sauces so no comment there.  5/10

Melon Trio with Port and Mint - Fruit tasted fresh and not too mushy, you could taste the mint but not the port unfortunately. 7/10

Crispy Hand-Rolled Vegetable Spring Rolls (Hoisin-Peanut Dipping Sauce) - Crunchy crisp skin, with a tangy sauce, was quite surprised that the rolls were not soggy considering an entire dinning room was being served at once.  This was not a complicated dish by any shape or form. 7.5/10

Frozen Rum-Infused Pina Colada Soup, Pineapple Dots - Quite the refreshing "soup" in fact I was impressed with all of the cold soups.  Personally I felt this was perhaps a palette cleanser for the main course?  Well it tasted great, not to sweet, both CW and I finished ours in record time.  9/10

Cajun Spiced Crawfish Crockpot with Black Mussels and Tomatoes - CW decided to try the crockpot and could only manage about 1 and a half spoonfuls.  She said it tasted awful and was much too spicy for her tastes.  2/10

Slow-Roasted 5-Star Prime Rib of Beef (Natural Rosemary Jus, Char-Grilled Tomato, Loaded Idaho Potato) - Being that this is a cruise and they always try to stuff you full of food on the first night, I was expecting a large cut of meat but this was ridiculous...   That cut of prime rib was somewhere in the neighborhood of being 18 oz or thereabouts.  I couldn't make it all the way through, sadly also because the emphasis was on quantity instead of quality, the meat was a little rare for my liking and tough..  I tried a bit of the potato and well it was a fully loaded potato so that was fine, the tomato I was not a fan of and did not even take more than a bite out of my over cooked corn. 6/10

Dessert menu, we only tried one item as we were too full from the dinner and the late buffet lunch. In case you can't make out what it says on the menu, the items I was able to read later were

  • Carrot Cake (Cream Cheese Filling)
  • Warm Passion Fruit Souffle (Vanilla Custard)
  • Sugar-Free Milk Chocolate Mousse Cake ( Dollup of Whipping Cream)
  • Hazelnut Ice Cream
  • Zuppa Inglese Icecream
  • Honeydew Sorbet
  • Assorted Cheeses

Warm Passion Fruit Souffle (Vanilla Custard) - Souffle is one of the most difficult desserts to get right during the best of times and is very time sensitive, thus I was truly surprised to see it offered on a cruise.  The souffle was light and the custard wasn't too sweet, it was truly a great way to end the first day. 8/10

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