I just got back from an amazing 7-day cruise vacation with my family onboard the Royal Caribbean’s “Freedom of the Seas” (currently, the world’s largest cruise ship until they sail the Oasis of the Seas in November)! 

We visited Royal Caribbean’s private island, Labadee, Haiti where I soared on a zip line 500 feet above the water for 2,600 feet (the longest zip line in the world over water), climbed a waterfall in Ocho Rios, Jamaica, sampled and made Mexican cuisine in Cozumel, Mexico and even jumped on a boogie board on Royal Caribbean’s “Flowrider” on the ship – amazing!  

Ocho Rios Cooking class

Flowrider Cooking class 2

Of course, my vacation wouldn’t have been complete without capturing my gastronomic adventure on and off the ship.  Below is an assortment of some of my favorite culinary delights:

Favorite dinner: Fresh lobster tail and shrimp combo with melted butter

Fresh lobster tail and shrimp combo

Most well-prepared dish: Braised lamb shank (perfectly complemented with mint jelly)

Braised lamb shank

Best breakfast: Puff pastry with salmon, egg and avocado

Puff pastry

Best classical invention: Prime rib (medium) over hollandaise sauce

Prime rib

Best app: Scallop risotto (’nuff said)

Scallop risotto

Tastiest dessert: Raspberry panna cotta

Raspberry panna cotta

Best drink: Margarita at Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville (believe it or not!)


Best pasta: Gnocchi in cream sauce with ham and peas


Favorite repeat dish: Shrimp cocktail

Shrimp cocktail

Proud culinary moment: My plate at cooking class in Cozumel with mini “huaraches” (Spanish sausage, cube potatoes, corn dough, shredded lettuce, crumbled cheese, refried beans)

Mini huaraches

Biggest indulgence: My birthday cake (I only ate one piece folks):

Birthday cake

Shameless (non paid) plug: If you want to try out some of these recipes, you can pick up a copy of Royal Caribbean International’s “Savor” Cookbook Volume 2 – or better yet, take a cruise and let everyone do the cooking and clean up for you.


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2 Responses to “Cruisin’”

  1. alicia Says:

    alyson, i am so jealous!

  2. Jim Says:

    I wish I was eating that prime rib right now!

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