There were a few choices when it comes to breakfast. You can choose to dine in bed by pre-ordering your breakfast the night before. Breakfast menu tags were located in the room and all you have to do is to indicate your meal preferences and hang the tag outside your door before 3am the night before. Windjammer Cafe serves buffet breakfast to a later time as compared to the main dining room Rhapsody in Blue. Dining timing could be found in the Cruise Compass for Day 2.
We went to Rhapsody in Blue as it was ala carte dining and there was also a cereal bar counter. The food were of better standard as compared to Windjammer Cafe in my opinion. There was strictly no reservation of seats for your traveling group and they would only allocate table based on the number of people present at the point of entry.
After filling our stomach, we went to explore the sports facilities located on deck 13 of the ship. I wanted to play the mini golf and was so excited about it. The morning sun was so bright and glaring. Would recommend to bring your sunglasses along and apply sun block to protect your skin. We had lots of fun playing the mini golf.
We proceeded to deck 4 as mum wanted to visit the casino. The casino was small and filled with people. We stayed quite a while watching people play Big & Small. We did not try our luck at the tables as the bet were relatively big for us as it was in USD.
Lunch was at 12.30pm and again we choose to go back to Rhapsody in Blue for course dining instead of Windjammer Cafe. Not a fan of buffet style dining with a whole load of people snatching food. There was a salad bar counter whereby you could choose your salad ingredients and the chef would whip up your salad with the dressing of your choice.
After lunch we went back to our room to R&R till the ship docked in Penang at around 4pm. Since my side of room could see the port, i took quite a few photos and it was interesting to see how the ground staff make arrangement for the docking of the ship. Upon seeing that passengers started to alight the ship, we proceeded to deck 1 gangway and off to meeting our tour guide in Penang.
I pre-booked Alan from Penang Tour Channel after reading lots of positive reviews on him. U can check out his facebook page here. As we were a group of 6 adults, I reckon it will be more convenient to book a private tour so that we could all stick together throughout the whole journey. Onboard shore excursion were too expensive for our party of 6. It cost around SGD$250 for 6 person and you got to travel in tour buses with the rest of the cruise passengers. With Alan, we got a 10 seaters mini van to ourselves and it was only RM250 for 5 hours from 5pm to 10pm. Would definitely recommend him if you are traveling in big group and wanted to enjoy Penang to the fullest at the shortest time.
I ordered penang laksa from 1 of the stall too.
Ice kachang was so so..
The wanton mee was one of the recommended food by Alan but as we were quite full from the laksa, i decided to order just the wanton soup.
When the rain stopped, we went to Armenian street in search for the famous sister and brother wall painting.
If you missed out on my Day 1 post, do check them out here.
Do check out my Day 3 post next.