For the last few days, the excitement had been building. Our cabin stewards and waiters had been dropping hints. "Wait till you see all the chocolate," they'd been saying. Soon all would be revealed in the great Dessert Extravaganza!
The daily program stated that 'the buffet opens for photos at 10:15 p.m. and service begins at 10:30 p.m.' So, armed with my camera, I went up to the Lido deck. What a surprise! Around the four sides of the swimming pool were long tables, absolutely laden with desserts in all shapes and sizes.
There was a fluorescent green Shrek, made of marzipan and chocolate. A galleon in full sail, made of chocolate. Chocolate cakes, chocolate slices, chocolate squares. It was a full-on chocolate overload!
In one corner a chef was making Crepe Suzettes; in another, all sorts of bread dough figurines were displayed. The variety and colour of all the different desserts, some made into whimsical scenes, was amazing.
All the passengers entered into the spirit of the evening, taking lots of photographs and making sure the chefs' and pastry makers' efforts didn't go to waste! A little bit of this cake, a taste of that one, oh, all right I'll have another piece, yes, that looks delicious, I'll try that too! And what about a piece of this? Why not! Yum!