Cruise Lunch: Day 3
It’s not enough these days to go on a cruise ship and have it just be equipped with your standard dining room where you enjoy your evening meals, and occasionally breakfast and lunch too. And your top deck buffet where guests can enjoy breakfast, lunch, dinner and every meal in between. That’s not nearly enough to satisfy experienced and veteran cruisers. Nowadays, there are grills out on the pool deck, and ice cream bars, and specialty coffee bars, and champagne bars, and wine bars, and specialty restaurants that serve all sorts of cuisine from steakhouse fare to teppanyaki to sushi to Italian.
One feature that our cruise ship offered that I hadn’t seen before was it’s very own pizza joint called Verdi’s. Located on the top deck of the central Atrium area of the ship, Verdi’s featured a working pizza oven imported from Italy and was open for lunch and dinner on a daily basis. There wasn’t any way my husband and I could be on a cruise ship that had its own pizza parlor and not at least give it a try once, just to see what it was like.
When we arrive at Verdi’s for lunch on our first full sea day, Day 3 officially, of the cruise, there’s a short line for a table. We’re eventually taken to a cute black-and-white checkered tile table and given menus which lists on one side the various pizzas that they make and on the other side the various wines that they serve. Unfortunately, this pizza joint only serves pizza, no salads, no antipasta. At least their selection of pizza is pretty universal.
After perusing through the menu, I ordered the Pizza Sun Princess. Described as a pizza with tomato sauce, buffalo mozzarella, cherry tomatoes, parma ham and shaved parmesan, it’s rather tasty and a great size for a lunch meal. The pizza is actually loaded with a good amount of ham and shaved parmesan and I’m surprised that it actually tastes like a homemade pizza with a yeasty dough and a pizza oven crispy crust.
My husband went with a traditional margherita pizza with tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese and sweet basil. Obviously being in Asia and on a cruise ship prevented them from using fresh basil because it wouldn’t last long enough, so dried sweet basil would have to do. It didn’t deter my husband though as he seemed to like this pizza just the same.
An old-fashioned pizza joint wasn’t something I was expecting to see when we got on board our cruise ship, but it was a welcome surprise. A tasty meal that reminded me of home while we our at sea on our way to Vietnam. The pizza was good enough satisfy our hunger until it was dinner time.