The North Atlantic – at last

The North Atlantic – at last

Shortly I will be embarking on my first new adventure since before the craziness that is Covid-19. I will be cruising the The North Atlantic.

Thanks to Research Gate for the image

Getting to London in order to board the ship in Southampton added a bit of an extra challenge to mix. You would expect that flying direct from Singapore to London would easy to arrange as there should be an abundance of flights at an “affordable” price, not so.

Whilst I was searching for flights to and from Europe with 4 to 5 days the prices increased by around 40%. In the end the best option I found was to book flights from Singapore on Emirates and back to Singapore on Thai. It did not help that in May 2022 British Airways cancelled all flights between Reykjavik and London.

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Gaig Singapore New Seasonal Chef’s Menu

Gaig Singapore New Seasonal Chef’s Menu

One of my favourite restaurants in this town is Gaig Singapore. I was recently there again to give Chef Marti Carlos’ new Seasonal Chef’s Menu, featuring suckling pig!

SEASONAL CHEF MENU

“FEATURING SUCKLING PIG”

Salmorejo sandwich
Lobster salpicón tart
Surf and turf: suckling pig and carabinero prawn

Duck foie gras terrine and multi-spherical anchovy

Gaig’s traditional cannelloni and truffle sauce

Squid ink rice and floral silken

The suckling pig sequence:
loin, tail, fat
Optional add on: 1/2 pig head

Palate cleanser: pomada

Lactic and guava
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Petit fours

Starters

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Gaggan Anand Pop Up Singapore

Gaggan Anand Pop Up Singapore

Gaggan Anand and his team have been in Singapore for the last 6 or so months to give us residence an opportunity to experience Gaggan’s food, and Vlad’s wine pairings, during these strained times. The concept is that this is pop up restaurant, though, IMHO, they have been here long enough to be considered a bit more than a pop up.

The pop up has been hosted by the Mandala Club and ends on 30 Jun 2022… Would love a chance to dine there again before they shut up shop, we will see!

I was lucky enough to dine there twice during this period and thought I would share a some pics of the food.

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Cruise to Nowhere – The Food (and a bit of Wine)

Cruise to Nowhere – The Food (and a bit of Wine)

One area that I was not sure about onboard was the food, the photos I found before booking looked great, but you never really know until you try. The food is definitely one of the reasons why I am going to do another couple of the Cruises to Nowhere…

Hope you don’t get too hungry reading this post.

Chops Grille

On the second night we had a booking at the Chops Grille, the steakhouse on board. This was probably the most underwhelming meal of the trip, though not due to the service, it was great. The steak left a bit to be desired.

Entrees

Not a bad start, I had the beef carpaccio, though I would have liked a bit more parmesan…. The other starter was Tuna Tartare.

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Cruise to Nowhere Day 1 Wander

Cruise to Nowhere Day 1 Wander

After a good night’s sleep I went for a wander around the Royal Esplanade on the first morning of the cruise.

The Royal Esplanade runs amidships on decks four and five with the middle of the walkway opening up into an atrium between decks four and five for about a 1/3 of the length of the ship.

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Cruise to Nowhere Departure and Sail Away

Cruise to Nowhere Departure and Sail Away

After a great dinner at Jamie’s it was time to depart Singapore.

When departing a port it is only right to have a bottle of bubbles. So we grabbed a bottle of Veuve from Vintages and a couple of glasses and headed up to deck 15, the running track.

What was sad or interesting, probably sad, was that we were the only ones on the upper deck with a drink watching the departure.

Cruise to Nowhere, Quantum of the Seas, Royal Caribbean, Sail Away Singapore

I was hoping that we would head up the Singapore East Coast past my place, and we did.

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