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Sail Away on the Haven Sun Deck
We left The District Brew House and headed up to the Haven Sun Deck for sail away. This was the perfect place for sail away since it was not crowded at all and had the perfect view. If you like the loud music/party scene for sail away, this would not be the place for you.
One other thing that was not so great here was that I think this is the only place in the Haven that allows smoking. It was ok once the ship got moving and there was a nice breeze flowing.
We decided to head out to grab an early dinner. The Haven Sun Deck is right next to Vibe, so we walked through there one more time and it happened to be Shot-O-Clock. I'm not exactly sure if it's the same time every day, or what that time really was, since we didn't keep track of time too much. Shot-O-Clock is a time in the late afternoon where the Vibe bartenders make a shot for everyone there, and everyone cheers and drinks the shots together. I'm not sure what this shot was called.
Our next stop was dinner at Food Republic. This specialty restaurant was one of my top favorites of the ship. I think we ate here three times. This restaurant does cost extra and is not part of the Specialty Dining Package. It was so good to the point where we didn't care if we had to pay or not.
As I mentioned earlier, Haven guests do get 50% off of Food Republic on the first day, although this restaurant is only open for dinner. Don't skip out on this place!
All of the food we got in Food Republic we shared, since we both wanted to try a lot of different things.
The ordering system in this restaurant is a little unique too. There's an iPad at all of the tables with a visual menu showing pictures and prices of every item. You order through the iPad and also pay through the iPad right as you order (with your ship card). You can order a couple of things, eat them, and then order more if you want, as many times as you want.
The food also comes out as it is ready, so you most likely won't get everything at the same time.
Our first order was the Lobster Roll with yuzu (a type of citrus), celery and aioli (basically mayo). These were SOOO GOOD!
Next was the Rock Shrimp Roll, which has shrimp (obviously), avocado, mango, spicy tuna and spicy aioli.
This is the Elote Mexicano (basically Mexican Street Corn) which is corn on the cob, tofu cream and cotija cheese.
Pork Belly and Scallions Dumplings with spicy su-shoyu dipping sauce, which I think is some sort of soy-vinegar based sauce possibly?? It was good whatever it was!
Duck and Pumpkin Dumplings with orange, almonds and soy brown butter.
The Toro Toro, which was one of my favorite drinks on the ship. It has Patron Silver Tequila, chipotle syrup, fresh lime juice and spicy salt. Yum!
Near the end of our dinner, the sun was setting and Food Republic had the most amazing views! (You can also see the iPads in the first picture.)
This was the end of the pictures we took on the first day, and I now can't even remember what we did that first night. More to come!