Which is not the same as touring a sailing galley from the 1600s. Since the offer was on the daily program, I signed us up. Free- what is not to like?
In case it wasn’t completely obvious, this is a sea day.
I have done similar tours on much larger ships, but up to this point hadn’t had the opportunity on Windstar. The main dining room is on Deck 3 and the galley is immediately adjacent. The tour itself was a group of 12 escorted by Stefan, the head chef.
The first thing that struck me was how small it was compared to the big ships. An obvious duh moment since feeding a max of 325 is a lot different than a ship of thousands. The crew’s galley is actually on Deck 4, aft.
The second thing? I was the only one taking pictures! Not that I took photos of everything – a ship board commercial dishwasher seems to be the same everywhere. Here there are hot & cold carts that can be used on the lifts to transfer those foods prepared in the main kitchen to the other venues in the ship.
Obvious there is coffee –
There is the bakery area –
which has a small prep area manned by two facing each other across the surface and just a quick step to the stacked ovens.
There are pots and pans –
and we were afforded a quick peek into one of the storage areas –
and the rest of the prep areas are separated by type –
The tour was nice, lasted less than 30 minutes and then I headed back to my stitching and audiobooks…
Before I close – just for fun I did a search for past galley tours: (the photos aren’ there from prior to 2015 as they didn’t transfer when I moved servers from Germany. I still need to find them and upload.) I know that there are more than these, but this is just a quick run. Apparently I didn’t either take (pr perhaps record) anything about the galley on any of my four cruises on the Star Legend.
There was the Mariner OTS in April of 2013. and Sept 2014 – (Legend) no photos either. Nov 2015 – on the Splendor of the Seas – there are actually galley pictures! Then there was the last voyages of the Legend OTS in March 2017 . In April of 2017 skipped the galley photos on the NCL Jewel but did include the laundry. The seriously NOT great galley tour of Oct 2017 on the NCL Sun through the Panama Canal and finally my westbound TA on the NCL Sun this past April (complete with pictures!).