Pacific Dawn, week fantastique, palm court

It seems each time we go to Turtle Cove to collect our children we are greated by a different painted face.  This evening Anais is wearing her “Island Dress” and is painted as a beautiful butterfly.   It is Island night on the ship this evening so everyone is dressed appropriately. The plans were for a huge party in “the dome” once the children are taken care of but even now we are waning after today’s’ huge day. The Pacific Dawn has various themed party nights through out the seven day voyage, despite our best intentions Mr GG and I have not made it to any!

This evening we have booked a meal in the Palm Court Restaurant. It is an alternative to “le trough” and is included as one of the free dining alternatives.

We sit down and are handed the menus. The waitress explains that ever whatever we wish to eat on the menu can be served to us.  We are permitted to have as many courses as we desire.

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Little Mr Locky has recently learned to read so the minute he spots fish and chip he has made his decision and calls the waitress over.

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We find that he has ordered his meal and dessert before the rest of the table has even read the starters list.  The staff are so good with the children, playing with them and talking to them while Mr GG and I make our choice.

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Anais and Mr GG always share Chicken and Sweet Corn Soup. So when Anais is told this is available she immediately puts aside all thoughts of junk food and chooses this option.

Mr GG loves starting a meal with warmed breads and their accompaniments so the option of and a wholemeal dukkar with sezuan pepper grabs his attention.

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I am feeling like seafood so I choose a cervice prawn salad as an entree. It was absolutely delicious. Fresh prawns marinated in lime in a crunchy lettuce salad and served in filo pastry.

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I was pleased when hubby chose the eggplant and goats cheese tart as I had really wanted to sample this entree too.

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We both continued the seafood theme with fish as a main.

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I chose a piece of cod with was wrapped in zucchini and served with , whilst it was a delicious and light dish I preferred Mr GG’s Swordfish with beans. We decided we would swap meals as I was lusting after the his and he of mine.

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We couldn’t chose between desserts so we ended up ordering three. The first was a passion fruit souffle, it was very cake like, but still very light and tangy.

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The next dish to appear was a cheese platter, Mr GG thoroughly enjoyed the cheeses so I was left to devour the Blueberry tart on my own.

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A delicious mixture of sweet and tart with a lovely crunchy base.

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Throughout the meal the waiter and waitress entertained the children, played with them, kissed them and cuddled them, showed them magic tricks and general gave them just so much attention. I cannot imagine any where else this would occur, yet we are receiving this type of attention by all staff on the boat.

Our room attendants name is Tutu. He goes in and out of our room all day tidying.  I don’t know why he needs to be in there so much but he is always tidying things up, turning out the lights for us, periodically letting me in when I forget my key, and leaving the occasional chocolate surprise for the children.  We have loved that he has made the beds with Anais’s teddy sitting up on her pillow, ready and waiting for her to go to bed.  Not to leave little Locky out he has placed Locks transformer on his pillow.He is always in the hall, morning noon and night with his towel trolley and cleaning gear. A chocolate on their bed.

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Each day he makes a different animal with the towels and he sits it somewhere for the children to see.

On a whim I ask if he has children. He says that he has one daughter who is 18months old. He explains that he returns home every eight months to be with her and his wife. I instantly feel for these people who are so kind to us and our children. He explains that this job is very sort after in India and thousands went for just a handful of positions.