The Eastern Caribbean with Princess Cruises: Part 2

Part two of an amazing trip to the Eastern Caribbean with Princess Cruises! Check out everything we did, the places we visited, and the delicious food we ate.

airplane wing

Lately it feels as though time is passing by too quickly, like yesterday there was snow on the ground and wasn’t it just Christmas when I baked a batch of cinnamon rolls and all brunched in our pajamas? There are certain days when I appreciate how quickly the hours fade, just like the sunset in the evening. And other days where all I’d like to do is linger in these moments for a few days, soaking up every drop of memory and happiness. But as we know, life will pass you by if you spend too much time thinking about the past or future.

This has been my mantra lately. Live in the moment. Do what you feel is right. Always trust your heart.

I’ve been on a quest to travel more; there’s something about it that feeds my soul, filling it with knowledge, contentment, adventure and love. I’ve been to the Caribbean, Arizona, Minnesota and Texas all within the last month. I’ve appreciated every moment, each flight and along the way discovered that I value experiences over things, as I know that I’ll remember these moments as long as I live. Cheesy much? Ha.

I want to share with you the last part of my trip to the Caribbean with Princess Cruises. The first part of my trip was about the excursions and what we did at each port. This time I’m excited to bring you a glimpse into the food we ate and the memories we made together! Honestly I couldn’t have asked for a better way to introduce Spring.

OH AND SPRING TIME OUTFITS!!!

outfits

Let me just mention that now that I work from home, dressing up doesn’t happen often. I love wearing dressing and buying an insane amount of heels; I think I need to make Tony take me out more instead of snuggling in with some weirdo Netflix shows (lately I’ve been into Bates Motel).

collage of monique and two meals at a restaurant

Upper right: Fried calamari. Lower right: Burrata salad.

Now, about the food!

There really isn’t anything bad to say about the food on the cruise ship. There were a wide array of restaurants with several different culinary themes including italian, steak and seafood, a pastry shop, pizza, gelato and coffee bars. I never once felt limited to my dining choices, especially when it came to the buffet which was packed with fresh fruits, veggies and freshly prepared international cuisines. DELICIOUS.

monique and her mom

As you know, my mom came on the trip with me. She’s mostly a vegetarian but she never felt deprived and was always able to ask for things made vegetarian. The chefs were wonderful that way.

burrito on a plate

Even at the restaurants, I was able to have lighter lunch choices. This was one of my favorites – a black bean taquito like dish. They were baked instead of fried, vegetarian and full of flavor!

Another thing I loved was being able to enjoy 4 or 5 course meals. Seriously, it was food overload.

collage of meals and desserts

We also experienced the Chef’s Table, which is an intimate dining experience including a custom menu with wine pairings. We were even invited into the kitchens; it was immaculate and smelt incredible.

chef's kitchen

We were given champagne and small bites to sample while we watched them prepare pasta.

small tart on a plate

The menu was interesting and I do mean that in a good way! The chef prepared unique courses for us. My favorite was probably the margarita sorbet palette cleanser… it even had a tequila drizzle!

collage of four desserts

I just want to quick mention one of my favorite treats too!

While at St. Maarten we got the most fabulous gelato; I opted for caramel and coconut. My mom got the cherry amaretto and it was basically the BEST gelato I’ve ever tasted in my life. Granted I haven’t been to Italy yet.

monique with ice cream

Either way, it was a wonderful experience and I left the island happy. My only regret is not getting out to the other side of the island to experience the real food. I always love to enjoy food like a local and really diverge myself into the culture.

monique in a beach town

While back on the ship, my two favorite go to snacks were a small greek salad and unlimited soft serve. The salad was refreshing and wonderful with fresh shrimp. Also, I really had to make sure I was eating lighter lunches due to my 5 course dinners and desserts twice per day.

Oops.

fresh shrimp salad on a plate

Because I prefer soft serve ice cream and frozen yogurt, the unlimited small cones were such a nice refresher especially after laying out all day. Also… SPRINKLES!

ice cream cone over the ocean

Another wonderful perk to the cruise? Being able to meet such wonderful bloggers! Deborah, Katrina, Julie, Brandy, Kristen, Lee (not pictured), Shelley (not pictured) and Aida (not pictured).

monique and friends

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{Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Princess Cruises and is a reflection of what I did on the ship. All opinions are my own; I love sharing my travel adventures.}

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