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May 12, 2013 at 9:12 PM

Alaska cruise: Fancy meals in the Amalfi Dining Room (and my weigh-in)

When it comes to dining options on my Alaska cruise, things have changed a bit since the days of “The Love Boat” and Titanic. On Star Princess, passengers have the option of a fixed-time dinner in a formal dining room, sharing a table with the same guests throughout the voyage – the old-school way – or “Anytime Dining,” which means just that: You can eat anytime you want, at almost any of the ship’s 11 dining venues.

Jose Fernandes, our head waiter in the Amalfi dining room on Star Princess, prepares one of his specialties: Bananas Foster. (photo by Brian J. Cantwell)

Jose Fernandes, our head waiter in the Amalfi dining room on Star Princess, prepares one of his specialties: Bananas Foster. (photo by Brian J. Cantwell / The Seattle Times)

I chose to go old school. Since I’m on my own, it seemed a good way to get to know some other passengers. And the two “formal nights” scheduled for us traditionalists seemed a good way to experience  a bit of the days of yore.

It’s not quite the Titanic, though (a good thing, in the big picture) – black-tie isn’t required, even on formal nights, so I’m not getting zooted up like Leo Dicaprio, though I think there is a cigar bar for after dinner if you’re into that. I did bring my tweed jacket, white shirt, a couple silk ties and the Nunn-Bush dress shoes.

My table of six includes me, from Seattle; Dave and

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February 25, 2013 at 6:00 AM

Monday Survey: Would you still take a cruise?

On the sea of public relations in recent years, cruise ships have hit the rocks — quite literally, on A tent city erupted on the deck of the Carnival Triumph cruise ship earlier this month as stranded passengers sought to escape putrid smells from overflowing sewage below decks. (photo by Kalin Hill / The Associated Press) occasion. From…

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