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Balcony Breakfast Princess Treat

ON BOARD THE STAR PRINCESS — Can there be a better wake-up call than sitting on the Breakfast-1balcony of a cruise ship with a glacier looming on the outside and a young man from Buenos Aires delivering a four-course breakfast from the inside?

If there is, we have yet to experience it.

This is the “deluxe breakfast” treatment you get from Princess Cruises, for $45 per couple. In Alaska on the Star Princess, the menu’s a little different because, well, it’s Alaska. That means instead of the quiche lorraine you might get on some ships, it’s fresh crab accompanied by a little crab quiche.

“Eat it first,” suggested Rodrigo, our Argentine amigo, “so it doesn’t get cold.”

Sitting on cruise-ship balconies in Alaska usually means hot dishes cool off, even when it’s past 9 a.m. We thought the food might stay warmer if we ate later…okay, that’s our story and we’re sticking to it. The crab was so good it barely had time to cool off and, except for coffee, the rest of the breakfast was temperature friendly.

Course two…cold smoked salmon to rest on a toasted lemon brioche dusted with dill cream cheese. Course three…a cantaloupe dish filled with fresh blueberries, raspberries and strawberries, garnished with “clover honey chantilly creme” that enhanced fruits that were already sweet. Course four…oven fresh pastries that stayed fresh if not warm in the cool air.

BreakfastPlus orange juice and 375 ml of prosecco (a champagne and orange juice clone), with coffee that stayed hot in a thermal bottle.

As good as the breakfast was (who needs lunch after that?), the star of “breakfast on the balcony” was most definitely cold.

Pick a glacier…

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Crown Princess
10 nights
September 23, 2015
Los Angeles (return): San Diego, Cabo San Lucas, La Paz, Loreto, Puerto Vallarta
Inside: $799
Cost per day: $79

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