Posted August 11th, 2017, 02:40 PM
Considering the last couple of times we ate at CG I don't think my wife wants to return. I'm curious about the UBD though as everybody says they get an insane amount of food. What do you do with all of it? Looking at a video on youtube it seems to me I'd be stuffed after the dang salad! By the time I got to the steak and lobster I would be running out of steam - not to mention when the serve desert.
We leave October 8 for 28 days on Emerald. It's a Hawaii and South Pacific cruise with lots of sea days and we have a nice, big Caribe balcony. It would likely be the ideal cruise to try the UBD but I hate ordering a ton of food I can't eat. Heck, I can barely eat a meal in CG. I end up getting the filet there (which isn't what I want) rather than the Rib Eye (which is what I do want) because the filet is small. I hate ordering a large steak I can't finish - especially if it turns out to be one of those Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh steaks that is tender and flavorful. One reason we like eating in MDR is that the portions are small so we can have the full meal without ending up feeling stuffed and uncomfortable.
So... How does one manage to eat all of that food with the UBD or do you just nibble at this and that and the rest goes to waste?
Thrak, I am of the opinion that the UBD is only slightly larger than any other meal that might be ordered in the dining room or one of the specialty restaurants. Let me detail the meal:
- Canapes--these are the little toast point noshes that you can order for your room and that are offered in the wine tastings that Princess has in the dining room on sea days. Each of them is roughly one bite. I think four come with the UBD. Mrs. XBGuy does not particularly care for them. So, I usually eat them all. We open the 1/2-bottle of Champagne when we start these.
- Lobster cakes--Same size as crab cakes that you might order in a restaurant as an appetizer. Maybe 3 or 4 bites. We are continuing with our Champagne. Also, a little basket of dinner rolls usually arrives about now.
- Green salad--Not big. Pretty much what you would expect. We are usually finished with our Champagne and into our "Cocktails" by now. Neither of us particular care for mixed drinks. So,we always order glasses of wine.
- Entree--I always order the Filet Mignon. Mrs. XBGuy always orders the Lobster Tails. The entrees come with the typical sides: potato or rice, steamed vegetables. Mrs. XBGuy never finishes the Lobster Tails. So, I usually get some. Our "Cocktails" are finished, and, so we open up some of our own wine.
- Dessert--Very decadent, but we've always been able to scrape the plate clean. I always ask for a cup of coffee with dessert.
- Plate of Petit Fours--OK. Now I'm out of gas. I may have one, but the rest are going to stay in the cabin and we'll nosh on them for the next few days.
In all honesty, I don't think it is that much more that dining in the Crown Grill. Look at that menu:
- Soup or Salad
- Entrees -- Seafood, Beef, Lamb, Pork
The only "extras" offered by the UBD are the Canapes and the Petit Fours. Again, the canapes are not, really, that filling, and the petit fours can be enjoyed for the next couple days.
Now, if the meal I have described does, in fact, seem like too much. Just ask them not to bring the Lobster Cakes or the Salad or anything else you think might be overkill. My experience is that they have been very eager to accommodate my wishes.
Finally, please don't think that I am trying to talk you into something you don't want to do, Thrak. I am only offering my opinion for the sake of discussion. I know you and Mrs. Thrak will have a great cruise no matter where you decide to have your meals.