Friday, November 28, 2014

Thanksgiving on Celebrity Cruise

Ever since the Mo and I went away last year for Thanksgiving, we love the idea of making it a tradition. Normally in the states, I'd wake up early to warm up the oven, decorate the house, cook the turkey and make sides.  We've hosted more Turkey Day festivities than we can can count on our fingers.  Sometimes, change is nice.  Waking up on a beach to breakfast already made and a drink upon request is a brilliant idea!

Thanksgiving 2013  Boracay, Philippines
This year, along with our moms, a few pals of ours ditched the cold weather for a Caribbean Cruise for Thanksgiving, We flew to
Puerto Rico, spent a few hours overnight and boarded the Celebrity Summit for a 7 night cruise.

We spent the week eating, drinking, eating, and drinking.. did I say eating and drinking? Thanksgiving day was the only "Sea Day" and it was not any different.  We woke up and headed to the breakfast buffet and enjoyed an al fresco breakfast on the deck. I loved the eggs benedict and the rice congee. (good for a hangover).. and of course that all paired well with a mimosa

After breakfast, all the sun loungers by the pool had already been claimed with beach towels so I headed to the upper deck with the nice cool breeze. I took advantage of the unlimited premium beverage package and ordered a delicious frozen margarita.  The Mo doesn't like the direct sun so he opted for a covered area by the pool.  We spent the morning and afternoon drinking and reading and taking in the view.

We went back to the buffet for a late lunch.  There was lamb, turkey and lots of cupcakes.  There was an American woman screaming at the head chef for not having mashed potato on Thanksgiving.  He had his staff whip up a batch in no time, no pun intended. 

Since I knew there would be turkey at dinner, I opted for some Asian chicken and some Mediterranean  falafels.

After lunch we met our friends by the poo and engaged in some of the on board cruise activities. They took part in the "Golf Chipping Championship". It was comical and a good time.

The Mo and I enjoyed the view of the sunset before heading back to our cabin to get dressed for dinner.

It was the last formal night on the cruise so we got dressed in our formal cocktail attire for Thanksgiving Dinner.  We had pre-dinner drinks at the Martini Bar & Crush on Deck 4 where they made delicious martinis, my favorite was the pear and lychee.

We headed nearby to Rendez Vous Lounge to wait for our dining call.  The Eagles and Cowboys game was on the projector so the guests wouldn't miss any of the action.

As with our usual dinner selections, we ordered multiple items from appetizers and main entrees and took a bite of each other's plates. I don't remember who ordered what but we ended up with gnocchi, french onion soup in a clay soup bowl, a rich cheese dish for starters.

For dinner, there was lamb, turkey and LOBSTAH!!!!

We didn't make it to dessert because we were stuffed and I wanted to head upstairs to watch the Band Mates, Houseband.  They are a Filipino band that plays great covers of music from the 50's to today's hits.

Good Times on Celebrity Cruise! I'd do it again!

Here is a photo copy of the day's activities for Thanksgiving's Sea Day on the Summit.