May 14, 2013

California Coastal Cruise Day 2 - San Francisco

California was a lot colder than I expected, and Day 2 was no exception. The rough weather made the first few days a terribly rocky ride on the ship.

After a very rocky night at sea,  I was really craving some continental breakfast. Most days, we opted for the sit-down breakfast rather than the buffet. The breakfast menu is the same everyday with the addition of two daily specials. There's a wide selection of breakfast pastries to choose from, including danishes, croissants and muffins.

Croissant is my default choice of pastry! I actually like it better without any preserves.

I also had some of my favourite stewed cinnamon apples.

My mom only ever orders two things on the breakfast menu, and one of them is this plate of smoked salmon, toasted bagel and cream cheese. It was a nice, lighter option for breakfast.

I opted for the special of the day- Maine blueberry pancakes with a side of bacon. Unfortunately, the pancakes were rather rubbery and not entirely enjoyable

We were originally scheduled to arrive at San Francisco at 1 pm, but due to the rough weather, the revised estimated arrival time was now 6:30 pm! As a result, we had a lot more time to kill on the ship. After breakfast, we went to a champagne art auction (honestly, I was just there for the free champagne!)

After a quick nap, it was lunch time! The pub lunch is a special feature so obviously we couldn't miss it! We both wanted fish and chips, but I persuaded my mom to order another dish so we had more variation to share. She opted for Ploughman's lunch- farmer's ham, english cheddar cheese, date, Branston pickle, chutney and crusty bread. Even though the idea of a completely cold lunch did not entice me, everything was actually delicious! Even the cold bread was really good!

I had fish and chips- deep fried battered cod fillet with chips, mushy peas, tartar sauce and malt vinegar. The fish was tender, flaky and crispy, and those fries were absolutely addictive! I normally hate peas, but the mushy peas here were strangely delicious! My mom and I almost finished both plates, despite having had a huge breakfast. The pub lunch was undoubtedly miles better than the sit-down lunch we had on the first day.

We took another nap after lunch because the ship was rocking a lot. I seriously don't know how I can sleep so much! Finally, after a 5 hour delay, we arrived at San Francisco. We all came out to the deck when the ship passed under the Golden Gate Bridge.

Our ship docked near Pier 39. It was getting pretty late when we finally got off the boat, so we didn't do much except explore around the Fisherman's Wharf.

We also stopped by the Sea Lion Marina to check out the sea lions. They were extremely loud!

And just because we were at Fisherman's Wharf, we obviously had to have clam chowder.

We went with the super touristy Boudin Bakery because it was too cold to venture out to anywhere else. Personally, I didn't think there was anything special about this clam chowder. But at least it warmed us up.

Because it was so cold, we ended up back on the ship for dinner. To start, I had mushroom paté, which was easily the best thing of the meal for me. 

My mom had crab and artichoke dip, which was also pretty tasty. 

I tried another cold soup, this time some sort of apple yogurt concoction. To my disappointment, it tasted like applesauce.

I also had an appetizer portion of Princess's signature fettuccine alfredo in crisp parmesan basket. Just as promised, it was rich, comforting and entirely satisfying! That said, it was so rich that I couldn't even finish an appetizer portion.

Just to satisfy our curiosity, my mom also ordered pad thai. Even our server chuckled at our choice, warning us that it probably was not very authentic. And he was right! This pad Thai was worse than generic food court versions and tasted nothing like the pad Thai that I know!

My dessert was also pretty terrible. I think it was supposed to be a clementine mille-feuille, but the flavours were very artificial. In addition, it was sickeningly sweet. In the end, we went to the buffet to grab some fruits instead.


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