Carnival Glory Cruise Day 4: St. Thomas, USVI

The cruise — and thus the eating — continues.  On day 4, the Glory stopped in St. Thomas, the port I was most looking forward to during the entire trip!  I’ve heard the scenery’s beautiful and the shopping’s great, and was disappointed on neither counts.

Speaking of St. Thomas, fun fact for you… There are four main islands that make up the U.S. Virgin Islands: St. Thomas, St. John, St. Croix, and Water Island.  The capital of the USVI is Charlotte Amalie, which is located on St. Thomas.

Anyhoo, I spent my day in St. Thomas touring the hilly island via air-conditioned shuttle — thank goodness for air conditioning! — a shore excursion coordinated via Carnival Cruise Lines, and of course, shopping!  Afterwards, I re-boarded the ship and got ready for dinner in the evening.  After all that activity during the day, I had worked myself up quite an appetite!

Day 4: St. Thomas
Dinner: American Table, cruise casual

Appetizers
Braised Ox Tongue: Onion marmalade

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Rating: Fine.  A bit tough, but still tasty.  And novel!

I also had the Ceviche (marinated redfish fillets and shrimp with fresh lime juice, cilantro, chilies), but that was so unphotogenic that I just didn’t take a picture of it.  It was also kind of sitting in liquid, which was slightly unpleasant.  It reminded me of the ceviche I’ve had at Fish & Chips, possibly a bit worse, except placed on a small white serving plate instead of in a small plastic cup.  Rating… below average.

Entreé
Shrimp Curry: Sauteed shrimp in a Caribbean curry sauce with chilies and tropical fruit.  Served with pilaf rice.

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Rating: Okay.  Didn’t really have anything negative to say about this.  Nor anything positive.  I guess the sauce was fairly tasty.  Not unexpected from curry in general though.

Dessert
And here’s what I had for dessert.  I don’t remember what it was called, but it kind of reminded me of a cinnamon roll in bread form, with sweet dipping sauces on the side.  Sugar overload for sure!  I’d give it an okay-fine.

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Carnival Glory Cruise Day 2: Half Moon Cay, Bahamas

Remote private island surrounded by calm, cool, refreshing blue-green waters and warm, semi-grainy off-white sand.  Relaxed yet?  Well, I bet you’d be even more so if you were actually standing on the beaches of Half Moon Cay, a private island (owned by Holland America Line) in the Bahamas.

On day two of my week-long Carnival cruise. I stopped there for the day, toured the island, and dined at an afternoon BBQ, open to all cruisers.  Here are two quick snaps I took of the main entree and dessert lines.  Didn’t stay too long because it was super hot outside, so just grabbed a couple samples and headed back to the ship.

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And here’s what was on par for dinner.

Day 2: Port Day at Half Moon Cay
Dinner: American Table, cruise casual

Appetizer
Braised Rabbit: Garlic, Red Wine

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Rating: Good.  Yes, this little flavorful delicacy gets a good from me!  Plenty tasty and the pastry was pretty flaky too.  Presents nicely.

Entreé
Junkanoo Pot: Nassau hosts the largest Junkanoo street parade in the Bahamas.  Shrimp, calamari, and chicken combined in a tropical sauce with pineapple and peppers, you gotta try it.

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Rating: Okay-fine.  This gets novelty points since I’ve never had it before, but I wasn’t super impressed with the quality of seafood nor rice.  If I remember correctly, at least the sauce was flavorful.

Carnival Glory Cruise Day 1: Embarkation Day

As promised, I will share more about my culinary adventures aboard the Carnival Glory last week.  Can’t believe I just got off my cruise only a few days ago — seems like much longer!

Each subsequent day, for the next seven days, I will post either what I had during brunch, lunch, or dinner — or a combination! — onboard the Glory.  On this particular ship, I got to experience Seaday Brunch — best brunch ever! — and American Table and American Feast at dinner.  You can think of American Table as your standard dinner meal and American Feast as elegant night.  I won’t do full reviews, just share some pictures, quick descriptions, and maybe a few thoughts.  Enjoy!

Day 1: Embarkation Day
Dinner: American Table, cruise casual

Appetizer
Croquetas, Empanadas, Black Bean Salsa: A trio of Latin flavors come together in this tasty dish of ham croquetas, homemade chicken empanada and a side of black bean corn salsa

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Rating: Okay.  Standard fare, nothing special here.

Entreé
Grilled Mahi Mahi: Lightly seasoned fillet served with a side of coconut rice, a fresh pineapple and red pepper sauce

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Rating: Okay.  The fish was tasteless, though cooked well, and the rice tasted like coconut, but I’m not sure if I liked it.