On the last sea day we were already on the way back to Barcelona. There were a lot of activities in the daily program. We were looking forward to an exciting day at sea. A bright blue sky and sunshine made the day start perfectly. These six points were on our agenda on board Eurodam:
To start our day, we chose to eat breakfast in the main restaurant. The menu really offered everything your heart desires. Of course there were international dishes, such as Eggs Benedict.
There were also American, Dutch, Japanese, English or Scandinavian breakfasts. You want to know what that means? Here is our summary::
Because we grew up in Sweden, I tried the Scandinavian breakfast and it was delicious.
Of course, there were also other yummy foods, such as egg white omelette, waffles, cinnamon rolls, pancakes, fruit, yoghurt, muesli, jams, nutella, sausage and cheese varieties and various breads.
We really did not miss anything. We enjoyed a perfect start of the day.
On the last day of our cruise, there was the opportunity to participate in the noncompetitive fundraising walk “On Deck for a Cause”. These types of fundraising events are offered on many cruise ships. To participate in this fundraising walk aboard the Eurodam, you had to fill out an entry form at the reception desk and pay your entry fee. The entry fee for the participation was a minimum donation of 20 US dollars and could be increased as desired. At least 75% of the participation fee will be donated to charity organizations. The participation form was available in different languages. For the donation you got a bracelet and a t-shirt. It was funded for the support of international cancer support organizations, such as the German Cancer Aid oder the American Cancer Society. All participants were running some laps on deck 2 around the ship at the desired speed. For the 5k walk you had to walk 9 laps. But you can also walk more or less. The participants were cheered by crew members and passengers. It is a great event, where you can have fun for a good cause.
On this day, there was a free behind the scenes kitchen tour on deck 2. This offer is available aboard many cruise ships, but mostly for an extra charge. Since we have never been on a kitchen tour before, we were excited to go on this tour. The meeting point for the tour was the entrance of the main restaurant on deck 2. In the kitchen, which belonged to the dining room and Pinnacle Grill, various stations were built, where we could see how the dishes for the specialty restaurants were prepared.
At one station we were also shown how bread animals are made. Very interesting! By the way, there are more than 20 varieties of bread on board the Eurodam.
In the background, the cooks were busy with their daily work. We got a great impression of how busy and professional everything in the kitchen is organized. 150 people are working in the kitchen, all with different tasks. We were surprised, that right at the entrance to the kitchen there was an impressive armada of coffee machines, so that the coffee comes freshly to the guests.
Another highlight of the day was the captain’s question time with captain John Scott. During this interview he talked about his career, told us many interesting facts about the ship and showed many photos. Of course there were also some cock-and-bull stories. For example, a funny story about the transport of tens of thousands of sheep, which the captain had to carry out on one of his first commandos. Very amusing.
We love culinary experiences and on board the Eurodam there was a special experience of the extra class, the Culinary Arts Center. A separate, theater-like area presented by the Food & Wine® magazine. On our trip, for example, there were several wine tastings, culinary tastings, travel-related cooking shows and demonstrations on the art of mixing signature cocktails. Since our cruise was about the Jewels of Spain, a regional cooking show was about Spanish culinary specialties such as the preparation of a green gazpacho. These cooking shows were presented for no extra charge in the show kitchen at the Culinary Arts Center.
We loved the cocktail mix courses. We visited the Gallery Bar for a demonstration of flambéed Spanish coffee. A barkeeper of the ship showed us step by step how we can mix this world-class cocktail by ourselves and how the coffee can be impressively served for your guests at a dinner party. We also got the matching recipe card, so we can mix the cocktail at home. These demonstrations were for free. In addition, almost every day you had the opportunity to attend a pre-dinner event at the Culinary Art Center at 5 pm to enjoy a drink and some snacks for a small extra charge.
We enjoyed the wonderful sunshine and had a look at our travel guide from Lonely Planet for Barcelona. Because we wanted to explore Barcelona on the next day, we used the time on board in the sun to plan our day in the city.
On the sun deck we found a wonderful sun lounger. We did not have to bring a towel from our stateroom, because everywhere on the deck at the side of the sunbeds are boxes or shelves with clean blue towels. After use, you tuck the towel into the bin. We ordered a cool drink and enjoyed the view of the sea. That was just perfect.
If you want to get some insider tips for a great day in Barcelona read our Barcelona blog posts with foodie tips and city guides.