My family was seated almost immediately at a large table away from the windows. Our server was a sweet, young man named Niks. He absolutely did not understand my brother-in-law's sense of humor which made things quite humorous to us but not so much to Niks. I think he thought we were insane! Our drink server was Bima. Both were very attentive. The first night Mom asked for a glass of skim milk, and so every night after Bima brought her a glass with her other beverage. Bima, on the other hand, could not seem to understand Dad's heavy southern accent which also made us all giggle. We were a table full of miscommunications!
On a side note: The waters were very choppy many times during our cruise, and this night was one of those times. The captain made an announcement to our rooms about it and let us know that Guest Services was giving away free Dramamine. While I did not have any issues with seasickness during my high school cruise, it got me this trip. Thankfully I was only mildly nauseous, but it lasted pretty much the entire cruise (whenever the boat was in motion and not docked). Dramamine did help when I could remember to take it. This meal Mom and I were both really feeling the movement of the boat.
The menu at the Enchanted Garden looked fantastic, and we all found items we were eager to taste. Instead of describing it all, here are the photos of our meal:
|This was my favorite spread for bread of all 3 nights - it was|
pretty much hummus, but oh my goodness, it was perfection!
|The lobster ravioli was delicious! The broth was light and made for the |
perfect appetizer. See what I mean about my head's shadow being in
my shots? I've got to work on that!
|Mom had the mushroom risotto. It was yummy, but I'm not a big|
mushroom fan, so I was glad I got ravioli!
|I also had a tomato soup. It was more of a tomato basil soup than|
your basic tomato, but it wasn't anything special. I still very
much so enjoyed it.
|Mom enjoyed a spinach salad. While I'm talking about my mother's and|
my meals so far, it's mostly just because we all ordered the same items.
One of the great things for the kids (and everyone else in our party) was that they served the kids much quicker than the adults, so they could leave around 9 to go to the kids' club. They were picked up at the front of the dining room, and then we could pick them up after dinner. This meant with the late seating, the kids didn't sit there starving, waiting for their food, and they didn't have to wait for us to finish our leisurely dinner. No one was rushed this way. I highly recommend using this perk! Even if the kiddos are tired, remember the photos of the kids' club showed there were plenty of places of them to lie down to watch a movie.
|Mid-meal and the kids already had their Mickey bars! They devoured one|
of these treats every single night! Both agreed that the best part
was that the Mickey bars came out with sprinkles and chocolate!
|This was the scallops dish. Mom only ate about half of it, but she really|
wasn't feeling well. She said she didn't really like this entree, but
she wasn't tasting much at that point.
|This was the table favorite: prime rib! We all loved it, and it was by far|
my favorite meal of the entire trip (on both land and sea)!
|LaRae got the chicken dish. While tasty, it was no prime rib. ;-)|
|Niks brought us an off-menu chef special while we waited for our|
desserts: fresh truffles. They were chocolate and mango. You know
me and my weird fruit thing, so I stuck to the chocolate ones!
|Mom never could really decide on one dessert. She always got the |
dessert trio, so she could taste more than one!
|Dad had an ice cream sundae. I wish I could remember what kind it was...|
|Randy had the Sacher Torte... it has some sort of fruit in it...|
|On the way out I ran back to get a photo of the fountain in the middle|
of the Enchanted Garden.
|LaRae and Randy in the Garden|
While I really enjoyed the meal in the Enchanted Garden, I did not notice many "enchanted" items in it. The lights changed colors a bit, and the room seemed to change times of day. The lights looked like flowers and each petal had a small pulley. I thought for sure that the flowers would open and close, but they remained static all night. Other than that, the meal itself was phenomenal. I can already tell I'm going to need my thesaurus to describe the rest of our meals!
After dinner we picked up the kids and went back to our cabins to go to bed. Since we dined so late, we never really wanted to visit the late night buffets. Besides the beds were like sleeping on a cloud! The quicker I could get in mine, the better! Oh, and can I add that the interior cabins are deliciously dark at night, so sleeping is absolutely wonderful (once you get past the rocking of the ship)!
Join me on Monday for the start of Day 2 and a tour of the Rainforest Room in the Dream's spa.