Seabourn, I heard over and over about their spectacular caviar and champagne beach day. It sounded pretty incredible, but the actual event was even more spectacular.
Dominican Republic was being rented out by Seabourn for the afternoon, but they needed some time to get it ready. That gave me some time to spend with Mom and to catch up on a bit of social media.
I climbed off the tender and was greeted with Caribbean music and dancers, as well as towels and rum punch.
I was escorted to a lounge chair and relaxed in front of the beautiful beach, enjoying the warm sunshine as the waiters came by with cocktails. Some of the guests also enjoyed snorkeling and watersports.
The lunch spread was like nothing I had ever seen. Lobster tails, ribs, burgers, chicken, potatoes and corn on the cob were being barbecued and placed with an array of salads, fruit and desserts. And, as was Seabourn’s way, the drinks were continually flowing and complimentary.
When I got back to the ship, I showered and changed and took Mom up to the Observation Deck for High Tea. In addition to the selection of freshly brewed teas, there were warm scones with clotted cream and jam, as well as finger sandwiches.
It was our night to have dinner at Restaurant 2, an intimate eatery with a tasting menu, which certainly lived up to the imagination of any Michelin star restaurant I’ve visited:
Chef’s Cocktail’ Poached Shrimp Martini Balsamic Jelly with Split Saffron Vinaigrette
Foie Gras Crème Brulee with Syrah Honey Syrup
Crisp Duck Confit Filo, Navy Bean Cassoulet
Smoked Duck Carpaccio, Foie Gras Terrine and Arugula
Lobster & Lemongrass Presse with Lobster Herb Ravioli
Shellfish Cappuccino, Seared Beef Crostini, Ginger Jello
Pan Seared Quail Breast, Porcini Risotto, Port Wine Reduction
White Chocolate Mousse, Plums & Almond Foam, Pistachio Cracker, Passion Fruit Sorbet
My courses were adjusted to accommodate my seafood allergy, with no shrimp in the Chef’s Cocktail, lamb shank and quail were substituted for the lobster course. Although it seems like an enormous amount of food, all of the portions were small.