View of our ship the Serenity
You bet it is! As I mentioned in an earlier post, I recently took a cruise along the Baltic Sea (Crystal Cruises) and visited the following ports: Stockholm, Helsinki, Estonia, St. Petersburg, Berlin, and Copenhagen. Each city had their own distinct personality, some delightful and others not so much, but all interesting and a journey to places I had never visited before. I took a ton of photos on my iPhone and will post a tiny fraction of them, mostly of the meals I photographed and some interesting museums or attractions. And to start I will share some meals on the ship. Let me preface this by saying I took a cruise about two years ago to Alaska (won’t say the name of the ship, but Tulips they are not) and the food was very disappointing. So kudos to Crystal Cruises for outstanding menus with flavorful dishes and innovative presentations and impeccable customer service. We had a wonderful waiter named Cristian who was from Romania and had been working on cruise ships for more than 10 years – he was charming and doted on us – it was always a pleasure to see his smiling face at dinner each evening.
TEA TIME – “Traditional cucumber tea sandwiches with cream cheese” - also other savory tidbits along with sweets and scones. The dishes are Oberon pattern by Wedgwood - want these for my tea parties!
CANAPES - After a long day at the Winter Palace in St. Petersburg we returned to the ship and listened to Lara’s Theme from Dr. Zhivago playing in the bar while sipping champagne - could anything be more perfect? Canapes: “Pate on black bread; prosciutto atop melon; lobster on cucumber” Don’t these look delish?
CAVIAR – “Classic transmonatanus white sturgeon caviar with traditional condiments, melba toast and buckwheat blinis” – This was such a beautiful presentation I just had to put the photo in a frame! It was gorgeous and oh so delicious!cc
SUSHI – We tried Silk Road (Sushi Bar) – this was my appetizer: “Tartar of Fresh Yellow Fin Tuna and Smoked Sturgeon” with pickled cucumbers and whole wheat crouton toppling the tuna.
Tomorrow: Next stop Stockholm and Swedish Meatballs and more…..