Chris' (Previous) Daily Journal
March 18, Day at Sea
Enroute to Bridgetown, Barbados
We had an interesting morning as we took a tour of some of the crew area and the main food preparation galleys.
Andre, our guide and one of the ship’s officers, took us first to the crew area. Most of the officers have their own cabin. Crew members are two to a cabin. The officers’ cabins are on deck 4 and crew cabins are located on the decks below.
The main source of workers for food preparation and serving, cabin stewards are from Indonesia and the Philippines. Andre told us that the crew is allowed to speak to one another in their own language when not around the passengers, but during work times when passengers are around, English is the only language to be used.
The crew dining room offers five meals per day and there are separate Indonesian and Philippine dishes. 285 crew members are served each day. They consume 300 pounds of meat per day, 250 pounds of rice and 15 gallons of milk. These figures do not include the officers and concessionaires. They have a completely separate dining area.
Since there are about 700 passengers, the consumption is about double. It must be extremely difficult to know how much food to buy and prepare. And, more importantly, storing it to keep it fresh.
The bakery on the ship is very busy. They bake fresh breads three times per day, so there is fresh bread for each meal.
Andre also told us they use designated suppliers rather than buy in local markets, due to the possibility of a product not being up to the ship’s health standards. It is up to the suppliers to get the products to the designated port.
We were shown the lockers where frozen foods are stored and the beverage center with all the wines, beers, soft drinks and water. It’s a very large room. John was quite relieved to see they had a good stock remaining of Heineken.
Andre showed us where trash is kept until off-loaded and where food is loaded onboard. They’re in opposite locations on the ship to make sure no food is contaminated.
Lastly, we were shown where, in case of a death, the body is kept. Not something we want to think of, but it does happen sometimes.
The photo department has a photo contest going on. Passengers can submit up to three photos - one in each category: landscape, people, animal. Fellow passengers vote on the submissions and the winners will be announced on Sunday. There are some outstanding photos to choose from, so it’s a tough decision.
We’re looking forward to Bridgetown. We’re going to spend the morning with a professional photographer who will be taking us to various spots on the island.