Hot on the Forums: Snail Shortages, Make-Your-Own Sangria and Scoring a Captain’s Table Invite

November 1, 2013 | By | No Comments

Hot on the Forums
Love reading the Cruise Critic boards? So do we! Every other Friday, we end the week on the Lido Deck by selecting a few forum threads that have made us laugh, cry or argue the finer points of cruising. This week: Food and Drink issues.
Sangria-time! While there’s no shortage of drinks options on most cruise ships, for some cruisers, there’s nothing more refreshing in the tropics than a cool glass of Sangria, sipped at sunset on the balcony. On our Carnival forum, some intrepid mixologists provide recipes on how to make your own in your cabin, using fruit and juices plucked from the buffet. Cheers!
Captain, My Captain: Ever wonder why some passengers seem to always score invites to eat with the Captain on formal night – and you don’t? A lively thread on the Celebrity forums gives a fairly accurate breakdown of why the dining decisions are made, as well as some of the perks (free wine, picture with the table, sometimes even free flowers or formalwear rental). Hint: It helps to be Elite, either on that line or a competitor.
Escar-no? A rumored snail shortage has led members on the Royal Caribbean forum to keep tabs on which ships and itineraries are still serving the mini-mollusks. The French-inspired dish, usually served drenched in garlic butter and topped bread crumbs, remains popular with cruising foodies, who report that substitutions of bay scallops and mushrooms are just not the same. Tip for gastropod gourmets: If you don’t see them listed, ask your waiter; off-the-menu requests for escargot are often honored.
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