A SAD DAY (PCD – Post Cruise Depression started early).
Our cruise was nearing an end and I could see what other cruisers meant by PCD.
You would think a ship as massive as Oasis would ensure smooth sailing, however, I’d have to say it depends on which itinerary you choose, the month you’re sailing, the unpredictable weather conditions, and how sensitive a person is to motion sickness. This was the third time in one week I felt a bit queasy, despite the complimentary non-drowsy Bonine that was available.
I have to give kudos to Captain Trym Selvag for choosing the inside Caribbean passage on our return to Fort Lauderdale! We were informed by Richard Spacey, our Cruise Director, that there were 12 foot waves, and the Captain wanted a smooth sailing on our return, hence the alternate route.
We returned to the main dining room for breakfast. We had an ocean view table, but it wasn’t a good idea to look out at rough seas when prone to motion sickness!
I ordered the Crab Cakes Benedict. It was mushy on the bottom; however the yolks were perfectly runny. The broiled tomato half and asparagus spears were nice accompaniments. H. absolutely loves crispy bacon and he was quite happy overall. He also ordered a ham, cheese & onion omelet.
Oh, and the delicious donuts – did I mention they have such a nice texture and are not too sweet.
The Madagascar characters made an appearance for the kids, and we had our picture taken with a few of them.
After breakfast, we returned to our room to start packing; how depressing!
We then headed out to explore the ship one last time. This gave me an opportunity to take photos that I missed during the week.
For lunch, we returned to the main dining room. We started with the delicious mini baguettes and multi-grain rolls with olive spread. I was happy to see it was available again.
H ordered the Pulled Pork Sandwich with Coleslaw. It was very good, and he was a happy camper (at sea)! I picked at his fries since they were hot and crispy. We also shared a plate of Chili Chicken with rice.
H eyed my Seafood Jambalaya and I was happy to give it to him and eat the delicious bread and olive spread. You know what I was saving for anyhow! The Jambalaya was okay; the seafood was tender, except the calamari, which was a bit chewy.
Now for my favorite part of every meal – desserts!
Wow, the B52 Melt was absolutely addictive. I contemplated ordering a second one. The combination of hot almond cake with a B52 gooey center was very unique. I never tasted anything quite like it. The menu stated almond pudding, but it was definitely more cake-like. It’s similar to a Molten Chocolate Cake, but with an almond cake instead, and a nice hit of B52 liqueur!
The Lemon Curd Cake was heavenly, a generous square of crumble cake layered with tart lemon custard, surrounded with a strawberry compote, and topped with whipped cream. I’m sure it would have been amazing if my mind were not whirling back to the B52 Melt!
We chose 150 Central Park for our last dinner.
It was the small touches that made our experience so enjoyable. The wait staff were all very elegant and soft spoken. They opened the doors when we entered. When I stepped out to the ladies’ room, they opened the doors for me again, even before I approached the door, and I noticed my napkin was re-shaped.
We started with an assortment of 6 sea salts to try. The bread was shaped like leaves, which we noticed matched the leaf pattern that was on our cutlery. We slathered the bread with unsalted butter (I don’t think we were supposed to “slather,” but what the heck) and sprinkled a few pebbles of sea salt on, as advised by our wait staff. I can’t say which one was our favorite, they were all unique. There was one that tasted just like eggs.
A bookmark of the set dinner menu was placed beside us.
The Crab & Avocado Salad had a very nice combination of flavors. H and I love avocados!
The Camembert & Lager Soup was different. Spiced caramel corn was suggested as a sprinkle however, we thought it deflected from the taste of the soup.
Our next course was Lobster Medallions. I inquired if the lobster was the same as the ones we had in the main dining room, and our waiter confirmed yes, however, they were prepared completely different. Wow, they were extremely tender and flavorful!
Due to a shortage of the Pan Seared Halibut, we were presented with Butter Fish which was tender and fresh. It was suggested to break and crumble the Parmesan Crisp over our entrees; very complimentary in taste!
Next up was the Pancetta Wrapped Veal Tenderloin. The tenderloin was quite chewy and very disappointing.
Our meal ended with 150 Park Bliss. The Vanilla Crème Brûlée made an entrance again, what can I say. The Mini Chocolate Cake with a Valrhona center was decadent, and the Cappuccino Gelato was delicious! H was coffee deprived at this point, and loves anything coffee related in general! The Grand Marnier Orange Salad was bland and lacked adequate liqueur.
A surprise dessert was brought out next! We had originally booked our cruise for the month of May (our anniversary) but we changed the date to February. Our anniversary was still celebrated with a lovely presentation, accompanied by song and dance from the waiters! Again, very understated and elegant.
The regular coffee was made with hot whipped milk and was the best coffee H had on our cruise.
It was the best fine dining experience we’ve had in a long time. Dinner was wonderful, but we were still hungry.
We dropped by the main dining room to say goodbye to our head waiter, waiter and assistant waiter, and give our gratuities. Our head waiter had kindly put away two slices of Key Lime Pie for us, since we dined at 150 Central Park.
He also said he missed us during dinner, and asked about our experience at 150 Central Park. Noting that we were still hungry, our head waiter graciously offered us a late seating in the main dining room (which we contemplated), but we had so much packing to do (before the midnight deadline of placing our luggage outside our cabin doors). What a thoughtful gesture though. We took our desserts to enjoy in our stateroom instead. The pie was very creamy and tangy. Delicious!
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