On Sunday I was a very lucky girl indeed and was invited on board the Princess Cruises Royal Princess cruise ship to celebrate their 50th anniversary with a Royal Luncheon, to say I was looking forward to the day was an understatement, with the promise of a day full of cocktail making and little foodie surprises this little foodie practically skipped on board.
Get ready for a picture heavy post of my day which will leave you dreaming of cruises and probably just a little bit hungry as well!
This was my first time on a cruise ship and I was completely overwhelmed by the sheer size of the ship with 19 decks and the capacity to hold 3,560 passengers and 1,100 crew members it really was quite amazing.
The day started out with a tour of the ship, as we were all there for the Royal Luncheon we went to see where all the magic happens behind the scenes in kitchen’s gallery. The place was organised down to the last detail with different stations for pasta’s and salads. All dish are created to an extremely high standard and cooked fresh on the day, with 5000 dishes being prepared in his kitchen each day I guess they need to know exactly what they are doing. We had the executive chef David McDonlad showing us around who certainly knows his stuff when it comes to food and running a kitchen, not going to lie if I was in his kitchen I would be terrified, he created the incredible lunch menu we had in the afternoon – more on that later.
This was the private chef’s table in one of the restaurants, passengers can pay for the private dining experience as the shutters close around you, you can just imagine how stunning this would look in the evenings all lit up.
Next we took a peak at the kids clubs, the ship can provide entertainment for 3-17 year olds.
Split into 3 different age groups there is a fab little play area for the little ones available and facilities for the older kids such as pool and their own private jacuzzi.
By this point I was already planning on going home to book a cruise they had me sold with the chocolate truffles, I think I probably would wait until Lottie was three though just because then she would be able to use the kids clubs with her sisters. I never really thought a cruise would be that good for younger children thinking they’d feel enclosed but oh how wrong I was.
Next stop we watched some amazing cocktail making, they put on a great little show for us juggling drinks and throwing bottles up in the air how cool is this rainbow of cocktails. We also got to try a couple!
With the sun shining brightly in Southampton we really felt as though we were on holiday.
It was then back inside to explore some more, the whole place felt so luxurious. I’ll let the pictures do the talking;
We had a little peak into the spa as well, I came out feeling so relaxed from just walking around let alone if I had a 60 minute massage and a sauna, as you can imagine with all that mood lighting going on I didn’t get too many photo’s in there.
For started I had the Strawberry Gazpacho, I didn’t really know what to expect from this dish as I had never had it before but it was amazing, the flavour’s going on in there were just insane.
Followed by a rack of lamb, perfectly cooked with a french mustard herb crust, baby vegetables and a garlic potato tart.
By the time dessert came out I wasn’t sure I could eat another thing but when the special 50th anniversary chocolate dessert was placed in front of me how could I resist!
It was a gooey raspberry, buscity, chooclatey bit of heaven on a plate.
Each course was just perfection and immaculately presented – hats off to the chef you did so good!
By then it was time to leave and sadly we waddled ourselves back to the car, I have had my eyes open to what a cruise would be like for a family and I think it would make the perfect break. Having said that I would be worried I’d leave a stone heavier if the food we experienced was anything to go by.
Thanks for having me Princesses cruises we will be back in the future, I am sure of it!