Cruise Day 2 – At Sea

We woke up early for our first day at sea. Having the first couple days at sea was one of the nice things about this itinerary – you get to relax up front and we really needed relaxation time.

Prior to the cruise I was looking forward to trying Blu so that was my choice for breakfast this morning. Blu is a small dining room, only serving passengers booked in aqua class (breakfast, dinner) and suites (breakfast only, unless space is available at dinner). We were seated at a window which was nice. For this first breakfast and many more I had the muesli, prepared table side. A waiter, “best muesli maker” Mohamed, comes to you with a rolling table. The waiter has a bowl each of granola, overnight oats soaked in soy milk, raisins or craisins, cubed apple, pecans or walnuts, brown sugar, grapes, banana, and yogurt. He also has a couple of milk options and honey. Your choice of ingredients are scooped into a large bowl, mixed together, and then transferred to a small bowl. They like to use a bit of milk to blend it together. For this I take my own almond milk since I don’t drink dairy and don’t care for soy. On this morning Richard had french toast with syrup and fruit compote. It looked good and was a small portion, in line with the healthy aspect of Blu. We also had fresh squeezed orange juice.

Breakfast menu in Blu. This menu does not change day to day. Like all the photos here you can click on the photo to see a larger version, you know, if you actually want to read the menu.

Celebrity Millennium, Blu Breakfast Menu

Celebrity Millennium, Blu Breakfast Menu

My muesli. I’m hungry just looking at it even though we’re about to eat dinner as I’m typing this. Definitely recreating this at home. My mainstays are oatmeal with almond butter or oatmeal with pumpkin so this will be a good way to change it up.

Celebrity Millennium, Tableside Muesli

After breakfast we wandered around the ship, getting a better feel for the layout and location of various things. We wandered through the casino and then stopped in the photo gallery to look at our embarkation photos since we bought a photo package that gives us a digital copy of all of our photos at the end of the cruise. I don’t think I would buy the package if we took a cruise every single year, but since we haven’t had any photos taken of us for 5 years (since the last cruise) I thought it would be worth it. Buying the package in advance of the cruise saved us $60 for a cost of $240. I’m not the best person to judge my own photos, but I do think we got some good shots. After the photo gallery we took a stroll through the galleria shops which seem to be about the same on every cruise ship – jewelry, alcohol, souvenir clothing, dressy clothing, perfume, bags, and watches. Of course there is a small section of practical needs like razors, sunblock, and sore throat lozenges.

I was not very hungry at lunch and Richard didn’t want anything at all. We walked up to the Aqua Spa Café as I had heard they had healthy options. They did indeed – each day at lunch they had two different options that were already plated and salad options. This day I had a purple cabbage leaf, 3 shrimp, several slices of avocado, and a couple of grape tomatoes. It was the perfect size.

Tonight is formal night and the first night that we will eat in the main dining room, The Metropolitan, which I will now refer to as the MDR (main dining room). On embarkation day we stopped to talk to the assistant maitre d’ about our table assignment. It was a good thing we did as we had requested a large table and been assigned to a 2 person table. A 2 person table is so boring. We enjoy dinner at larger tables because you meet people, have conversation, and you get to see meal options other than what you ordered. It was no problem to change tables. We were switched to a table for 8 in the center of the dining room (table 214).

Because we were in a suite (the smallest of the suites) we have a butler and get certain perks like afternoon tea service and canapes in our room, and eating in Blu for breakfast. Most nights as we were getting ready for dinner we had canapes – I’ll show you photos of them later. Now you see why I could have such a small lunch since I had two more opportunities between lunch and dinner to eat!

I was feeling a little rushed getting ready for dinner. As this was a formal night the ships photographers would be out in force. Since we had purchased the photo package we definitely wanted to take advantage of them. We headed down to the atrium at 5:30 and there were no lines for photos beyond having one couple in front of us. In fact, there were hardly any people wandering around at all. That all changed when we headed over to the dining room at 5 minutes to 6 pm. Everyone was crowded around in the lobby outside the restaurant. I will be curious to see if this is normal that the dining room doors don’t open until 6 pm or a few minutes past. If that is the case I won’t be heading to dinner until just after 6.

This is actually one of my favorites. I love the Titanic backdrop.

Celebrity Millennium, 1st Formal Night

Celebrity Millennium, 1st Formal Night

Since we hadn’t been to dinner in the MDR the night before we had not yet met our table mates. They were welcoming and we had a fun time. Two couples already knew each other. Our waiter was Jerome for India and our assistant waiter was Rosys from Mexico. They both did a fantastic job of remembering everyone’s names as well as our likes and dislikes.

For dinner I had a creamed salmon rillette or some such which was kind of like tuna with mayo for a tuna sandwich, but smoother. It was marked dairy free; I have no idea what they creamed it together with. Then I had a green salad with raspberry vinaigrette dressing, and the rack of lamb entree which was served with baby carrots, broccoli, and mashed potatoes. My dessert selection was coconut sorbet. It was the only dairy free item, but as it turned out it was super light and delicious. Richard had beef carpaccio, a green salad, and rack of lamb. His dessert choice was creme brulee. Everything we had was good, though I found the lamb to be tough.

Our first formal night photo with the wrong date. A corrected version should be on it’s way to me any day.

Celebrity Millennium, 1st Formal Night

One thing I noticed about Millie’s dining room is that it’s not very grand. On past ships you could enter from the upper level and the maitre d’ was always greeting guests there. On Millie the upper level (deck 5) is for select dining (passengers who can dine at any time) and one side has been walled off to form Blu. The only way for early and late seating diners to enter is through the narrower passageways on deck 4.

Entrance to the MDR from deck 4. I thought about lightening this photo, but decided against it – it really is a dimly lit passageway.

Celebrity Millennium, Main Dining Room

Approaching the central stairway in the MDR. Our table was just beyond the flower arrangement at the bottom of the stairs.

Celebrity Millennium, Main Dining Room

After dinner we went to our first Celebrity Show. It was “Simply Ballroom” and it was a fun show, nicely done. Another perk of our suite is that we have a section of reserved seats at the show on formal nights. On this night that worked out very well as the theatre was packed. It was also the captain’s welcome aboard toast which meant sparkling wine was provided to every guest.

One Response to “Cruise Day 2 – At Sea”

  1. Anne Says:

    A. LOVE the Titanic backdrop (but you knew I would, right?) 🙂
    B. I already would have been 27 pounds heavier. The food sounds awesome.
    C. Not so much the fan of soy either, so I’m with you on the almond milk.
    D. It sure is nice to see you and R smiling and if you aren’t relaxed in your photos, you are faking it really well.

Leave a Reply