Saturday, September 12, 2020

Welcome Aboard Dinner

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Majestic Princess
Concerto Dining Room

After the mandatory safety drill it was time to get ready for dinner since we had early seating.  We had an assigned table in Concerto Dining Room, one of the main dining rooms on deck 6.   

We like meeting other people during dinner, so our requested seating arrangement was large table.  When we arrived at the dining room, we were escorted to our table by the window which was set for 8 people.  The first night there were only three of  us there but later on in the cruise there were six of us most nights.

Princess Menus

Some of you may not be familiar with Princess Cruise's menus, so we'll give you a run down before getting to the specifics of our welcome dinner.  Each night there is a theme for the meal.  On welcome night the theme was "Australia / New Zealand Cuisine".   The left hand side of the menu features information about the theme and the "Princess Favorites".  These are main dishes which can be selected any evening.   On the right hand side are the featured "Starters, Soups, and Salads" and the "Mains".   This is the variable portion of the menu.

You can select as many starters as you like and then a main dish.   Typically you select a starter along with a soup or salad, but you can have all three if you like.  Sometimes we ask for one of the main dishes in a small portion as a side.  This works great when you have a pasta you'd like to sample along with your main meal.

If you click on the menus to the right to enlarge them, you can get a good idea of the types of choices you have each night.

I've not forgotten the most important part of the meal - the Desserts.  That is a separate menu which is brought to you after the main course.

Dinner is Served

We both started off with the same two starters, something we rarely do. The first starter was "Chilled Apple and Cider Soup" with cinnamon and creamy yogurt.  If you've never had chilled soups before, we highly recommend you try them on your next cruise.  Princess does an excellent job with the chilled soups.  Close your eyes and imagine you are eating a freshly made apple pie.  That's exactly what this chilled delight tasted like.

Next we had "Fried Dim Sum Dumplings" with gingered soy sauce on the side.  Since our cruise was originally sailing to Southeast Asia, we were looking forward to getting many meals with oriental cuisine.   We savored every bite of these yummy dumplings.

My selection for the main dish was "Pad Thai - Southeast Asian Favorite" wok-fried rice noodles with tofu, eggs, vegetables, cilantro chili, lime, and peanuts.  My husband had the "Grilled Spring Lamb Chops" with roasted rosemary potatoes, grilled tomato, butter beans, and thyme jus.   Both of these dishes were excellent.

By now we were both full and dessert was yet to come.  The waiter tempted us with all sorts of cakes but we selected two scoops of ice cream.   I had plain chocolate and hubby had a sundae.

We sailed shortly after dinner started.  The next day would be a relaxing day at sea, which is typical of most voyages we've sailed. The night was still young, so onto some entertainment in our next post.

For more dining images from our cruise, see our Concerto Dining Room photo album.


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Friday, September 11, 2020

Never Forget 9-11


President Proclaims Patriot Day, Day of Remembrance  

By a joint resolution approved December 18, 2001 (Public Law 107-89), the Congress has designated September 11 of each year as “Patriot Day,” and by Public Law 111-13, approved April 21, 2009, the Congress has requested the observance of September 11 as an annually recognized “National Day of Service and Remembrance”. President Trump officially proclaimed September 11, 2019, as Patriot Day.

In his remarks, the President said "In 2001, our Nation, united under God, made an unbreakable promise never to forget the nearly 3,000 innocent Americans who were senselessly killed on September 11. On this sacred day — Patriot Day — we solemnly honor that commitment. As the bells toll, we call by name those who perished in the terrorist attacks in New York, New York; Arlington, Virginia; and Shanksville, Pennsylvania. In cities and towns across our great country, we stand in solidarity to remember the victims and mourn their stolen hopes and dreams. "
He continued, "The courage, heroism, and resilience Americans displayed on 9/11, and in its aftermath, are perpetual testaments to the spirit of our country. While our Nation was anguished by this attack, the grit displayed that day — the very essence of America — was a reminder that our citizens have never failed to rise to the occasion. Heroes sprang into action in the face of great peril to help save their fellow Americans. Many laid down their lives. As we reflect on the events of that September morning, let us recommit to embrace the stalwart bravery displayed and reaffirm our dedication to defending liberty from all who wish to deny it.

View our WTC Memorial Album on Shutterfly
During our pre-conference stay in New York in 2013, we decided to revisit the site of the World Trade Center.  The site was quite different from the last time we were there.   Rebuilding of the towers was moving along nicely.  The 9/11 Memorial fountains had been completed.  Click on the link above to view the album.

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Remembering 9/11/2001

As President Trump said, we vividly remember where we were on 9/11.  Each year we recall where we were when learning about the terrorist attacks.   We were on the inaugural voyage of Norwegian Sun, thousands of miles from home in Paris, France.   Our tour bus was filled with our fellow passengers, the majority of whom lived in New York.  The transatlantic cruise, we were on, was originally scheduled to conclude in New York but ended in Boston instead.

What was to have been a celebration of our 25th Anniversary, quickly became a very unique experience as we observed the hospitality and caring from so many people across the globe as our journey home continued.  Today as we celebrate our 44th Anniversary, we once again reflect on the moment we learned about the events unfolding thousands of miles away from where we were. 

See our article from 2011, FDNY May We Never Forget, on the 10th anniversary, as we recalled our journey back to New York to visit the site of the World Trade Center attacks.  Should your cruise vacation plans include New York, we recommend spending some time at the WTC Memorial and other historic sites in the city.
 
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Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Greetings From Stanley Bear

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Welcome Aboard 
Majestic Princess 

Our home for the next week was Cabin A241, a balcony cabin on Aloha deck (deck 12) starboard side. 

This mid-forward cabin is in a great location with just a short distance to the elevator lobby. After dropping off our hand luggage, we took a few pictures of the cabin, before it would become "lived in", and then headed to get some lunch.

Here is the view of Melbourne, Australia from our balcony and a few pictures from our buffet lunch.  Since this was our second time on Majestic Princess, we already knew our way around the ship.  Normally we would explore the ship after lunch, but this time we could just relax.



For more images of our embarkation day, see our Welcome Aboard Lunch photo album.



We'll talk more about our first day in Melbourne in another post.  For more images, see our Shutterfly Photo Page.

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Friday, August 28, 2020

Melbourne Embarkation

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After a full day exploring from Melbourne to Phillip Island, it was time to check out of our hotel and board Majestic Princess for our shortened Southern Australia cruise.

Crowne Plaza Melbourne to Stations Pier by taxi took about 20 minutes.  When we arrived, security was not allowing taxis or other vehicles to proceed past the gate to drop off passengers.  Our driver was directed to drop us off before the circular drive.  There were a few passengers gathered there already.   

We were able to check our large luggage in for delivery to the ship.   We always travel with carry-on bags which have a few days worth of clothes in them in case our luggage were to be delayed.  We kept those with us and found a bench to wait on.

The beautiful blue skies with white puffy clouds made the perfect backdrop for some ship pictures.  We had to wait about an hour before they would allow us to walk to the terminal.

We were in our cabin by 12:30 PM.  The boarding process went pretty smoothly.  As usual, we showed our passports and boarding passes.  There was a health questionnaire to complete, but no real changes to normal embarkation procedures, despite the Coronavirus outbreak.  We were given an information sheet explaining the process for rebooking our flights home.  Since we had booked Princess Air, they would make all arrangements.

For more images of Port Melbourne, see our Station Pier photo album.



We'll talk more about our first day in Melbourne in another post.  For more images, see our Shutterfly Photo Page.

Hopefully, you've followed us live on our social media channels as well.  Don't worry if you didn't, as our anchor post will tie everything together for you.  Just click the image (left) to our diary post.





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