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On our first “at-sea” day, we went to one of the “events” which is a tour of the galleys on board the ship. The galley is a compartment of a ship, train or aircraft where the food is cooked and prepared – i.e., the mobile industrial kitchen.

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The German executive chef started with a power point presentation giving all kinds of Guinness book of records type- statistics – 12300 pounds of potatoes and 75000 pounds of fresh fruits …

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The tour is a smart move because it costs the cruise line nothing.

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It afforded the ship’s senior catering staff time to interact with guests, and boasts customer confidence in food hygiene.

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The tour is interesting for those curious people who always want to see behind the scenes. =)

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Instead of having  a centralized galley (like older ships), each of the restaurants on our ship has its own galley. It saves the waitstaff from carrying a tray of hot food and walking to one of the far-flung restaurants.  This is sensible as the cruise ship gets bigger and bigger.

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Apparently, the cruise ship uploaded all the food we needed for the entire 7-day trip in Miami. Somehow they have to keep all the food fresh.

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The staff that took us on the tour have on average 15 years of experience on board a cruise ship. The catering staff wore different color scarfs to indicate their rank.  The senior staff who hosted our tour all wore black scarf (like Karate black belt).

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This is the menu for the main dining room for the entire trip –  7 columns for 7 days.

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Bakery.

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The tour was held just after breakfast so all the workspace was still relatively empty.

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This is the dessert menu for the main dining room.

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Dish-washing area.

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It is really quite an operation !

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One Comment

  1. I didnt have a tour of the galley when we went on Norwegian. Certainly interesting to see.


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