Cruise ships schedule a variety of activities for passengers to do each day of their cruise. Some days the ship stops at a port and most people get off. Other days the ship is in transit and passengers have a sea day on board. Staying on board doesn’t mean getting bored. On the floating resort that makes up a cruise ship there is always something to do.
On the first sea day of our 17-day Panama Canal cruise on Celebrity Infinity we noticed in the daily newsletter, Celebrity Today, that they had a galley tour scheduled. Any interested passengers could meet in the dining room and have a chance to see behind the scenes where their meals come from. It’s always fun to see places where passengers normally can’t go.
What we didn’t notice in the Celebrity Today was that the first of several time changes throughout the cruise happened that day. We went to the dining room thinking we had arrived early and ended up barely getting to tag along with the last group through. They had the group set to go before we got there so we just trailed along at the end. The person conducting the tour was at the front so we really didn’t hear anything they said. We did get to see everything though.
The tour started by taking an escalator several decks down from the dining room to the galley. Something the waiters and waitresses on that ship have to do multiple times each day bringing food to hungry passengers.
Cruise ship galleys have different prep stations for different types of food to avoid cross-contamination. Walking through the galley you see different crew members working on a variety of things. Some watch over large kettles of soup, others chop vegetables. Some load dishes into industrial size dish washers, others bake bread or cook meat.
Stacks of clean dishes sit waiting for final assembly of prepared food ready to serve the guests.
Just for the tour they had a couple fancy displays, one with fruit and vegetables and the other with bread.
The tour exited through the SS United States Restaurant, which sits on deck 3 same as the galley. Or at least it did. Infinity went into dry dock just after our cruise and that particular restaurant was scheduled for replacement by an Italian place.
In the restaurant, specialty restaurants each had a display set up to entice passengers to book meals there. The Bistro had an assortment of their signature crepes and SS United States had a display of their upscale meals.
Qsine had not only a display of their whimsical food that makes eating fun, but also a high-energy crew member who probably could have done well as part of the entertainment staff. We hadn’t planned on going to any of the pay-extra places on that cruise, but after his demo we ended up signing on for the special that included all three.