Somewhere beyond the sea...

Sunday, December 20, 2009

I'm back from my cruise!

It was unbelievably fun. The food was great, but not up to my expectations :puteh_15:

Photos: Food from Bella Vista (Western restaurant)

We had these access cards which was something like our passports and credit cards

I also met people who I have not seen for a freakin long time!

Day 1
Took the night train to Singapore..

While waiting, we went to a S'porean supermarket and Vivo City! We were about to board the ship @ the Singapore Cruise Centre, Harbour Front.. there were tons of people, I tell you. TONS!! And I knew.. I was going to have to snatch facilities with another dude on the ship.

We boarded the ship.. surprisingly, thank God.. I did not feel seasick! I didn't even feel like puking! It was a miracle :D Although I didn't feel seasick, I could feel the ship moving and swaying, which made me a bit dizzy.

Then we immediately had lunch at a Chinese restaurant called The Pavillion.

After that we explored the ship.. went to the library... it overlooked the sea :)

For dinner, we went to Bella Vista, a western restaurant (Serene's favourite place on the ship XD). For a high-class western restaurant, it sounded very noisy and busy.. but the lightings and the deco made the place feel luxurious and romantic.
There was no jazz music! The most important thing in a luxurious Western restaurant, is the music.. So I listened to jazz in my iPod instead. But of course, it does not feel the same as having real jazz music being played.
The darn pianist came after we finished our main courses :mHantuk: He played mostly familiar Christmas songs..

And just like other western restaurants, the meal consists of appetizers, main courses and dessert.

Shrimp, clams & squid

Main course - Beef Bourguignon
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A variety of international cheese & crackers
Haha, eating this was an unforgettable memory. The cheese tasted unexpectedly horrible... I think it was blue cheese and some other cheeses. The cheese slightly touched the grapes, which made the grapes tasted horrible as well. Sorry la, I'm not very high class and rich so I have not tasted these kinda cheese before.. :P That's why I wanted to give it a try! It tasted (and smelled) so bad.. I only ate the crackers and tomatoes.

We watched a performance by international acrobats and dancers called Maestro & Muse.

Ah Mei jie jie gave me a bracelet before I went on the cruise.. and I dropped it.. ON THE FIRST DAY :( Gosh, I feel like a bad cousin!
Already dropped/lost something on the first day...

Day 2
We disembarked at Penang. They gave us a whole day to visit and explore the place. LOL but our group didn't really want to go for so long. We live so near Penang XD!

Yay, there was a gym where I could work out and burn some calories from all the food intake!

Like the library.. it overlooked the sea!

Then we played poker cards.. gin rummy, fishing, chor dai di! I think we used half of the time in the ship playing cards XD!

Photos: These pictures were taken at different times..
The workers at the activity centre (where we rented our cards) already recognized us since day 1 because we kept renting cards XD!
"Wow, you guys like to play cards!"

For dinner we ate at Bella Vista AGAIN. This time the pianist came on time!
Smoked salmon (this was not what I ordered, but I tried it!)
Chicken breast + ravioli (i love everything except the vege!)

@ night we watched another performance called 'The Land of Make Believe'.

It was performed by the cruise staff themselves.. which is pretty spectacular :O

Then we had buffet supper.. at 12AM! Although it was supper, it looked more like dinner.

Day 3

We reached Phuket!

We had to sit in a boat to get to Phuket because our ship was parked in the middle of the sea XD

They had a lot of cool stuff there! They had all kinds of glasses, shirts etc...

We played table tennis...

At night we watched another performance.. 'Little Mermaid'.

Day 4

Time to go home :(

We disembarked the ship at night.. and we had to hire a few cabs to bring us to the S'pore train station. Gosh, hiring cabs there was a bit traumatic.. because all the cabs were 'on call', which meant they were already booked by other people and there were no available cabs for a long time. And there was a long queue, and we were arguing with this Caucasian about cutting queues.. But in the end (THANK GOD), we made it. JUST ON TIME TOO! We reached the train station @ 9.50PM when the train was suppose to leave at 10PM :)

Sat the night train once again.. and I was back home in KL.

This was a really great experience for me.. and I will miss it! Hopefully I can go back next year.. :bofu_48:

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