Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Ship Food on the National Geographic Orion

Breakfast and lunch buffets on the Orion were always served on the deck, so you could enjoy the beautiful views while eating.

Every morning there were different custom-cooked options like waffles, French toast, pancakes, or eggs Benedict.
Or you could have any kind of eggs you requested. A buffet included cereal, fruit, casseroles, and many other choices.
Always bacon! In the entire week, I was able to try only a few of the appealing options. The lunch buffet was in
the same location, and was just as tempting, with different themes each day.
Most mornings before breakfast was served, I had a cappuccino in the
library on the top deck of the ship, while watching the ship take its
final position for the morning's activities. There was always coffee up there.
During the 6 PM cocktail hour, small hors-d'oeuvres were offered along
with any drink you could think of. This was also the time when the
expedition team and naturalists would wrap up the day's activities.
The 7 PM dinners were in the ship's dining room. As sunset was around 6:00,
there wouldn't have been much of a view from the deck.
Dinners were served in a very formal way -- waiters showed us the printed menu and then brought each course, elaborately arranged on a plate. We could choose an appetizer (such as the lobster below), a salad, a pasta dish, and a main course. The main-course choices included fish, meat, and sometimes game. I tried venison, veal, beef cheeks, Indonesian-flavored pasta, and others. For dessert there was usually an elaborately arranged cake with sorbet or ice cream or a fruit salad or a choice of one or two ice cream flavors. The one exception was a Polynesian buffet on deck one night, with a whole roast piglet, barbecued fish and steak, and a variety of salads, side dishes, and desserts.

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Kitchen Riffs said...

I had a great time reading about your adventures. In part because we visited many of the same places about 6 months ago. :-) Shipboard food is SO enticing, isn't it? Hard to resist all those goodies. I'm not usually much of a breakfast person, but find those breakfast buffets hard to resist.

Jeanie said...

Now, I could really get into this!

Tina said...

That's a dream trip for me and Doug. Food looks wonderful and the view on the deck - stunning!

Beth F said...

You certainly ate well!

jama said...

Looks fabulous!

Carole said...

Great food

Karen (Back Road Journal) said...

For a small ship, it looks like you were treated to quite a feast everyday.

Claudia said...

You look to be having a great trip, with fabulous views and food. It's been awhile since I've been in that part of Polynesia.