Hawaii drops away in our wake. Two thousand-plus nautical miles lie ahead until Golden Princess reaches her next port, Ensenada, Mexico. With four straight lazy days at sea before us, the mind drifts naturally to the next martini. It’s just after breakfast and I already know what and where that will be.
Among the many srendipities aboard is that Tanqueray 10, the exalted gin brand’s new super-premium entry, is for some magnificent reason bearing a “promotional” price in the Golden Princess’ bars. This fact is nowhere noted, so one can easily imagine the research required to have ferreted out this vital information. The upshot is a $7.50 Tanq 10 martini, or less costly than an ordinary martini. You can understand the joy this discovery produced.
That’s Charles,the Wheelhouse bar’s talented bartender, you see after having just made my T10 martini in the foreground. He was not at all fazed by my careful instructions for a dry vermouth rinse and a slowly stirred cocktail. One might only wish for a more capacious vessel to hold such ambrosia.