Dinner Cruise at the Odyssey

Or – I’m On a Boat!

I was fortunate to be invited to a dinner cruise last Friday night with some Boston Food Bloggers at the Odyssey, which departs from Boston Rhowes Wharf for brunch, lunch, and dinner cruises. It was very humid and rainy that night, but the weather didn’t dampen our spirits. It was nice to go around the Boston Harbor with fellow bloggers, and even nicer to enjoy a Wine Lovers cruise.

But I’m not gonna lie. The whole time I kept thinking of Andy Samberg.

You know that SNL short he did with T-Pain? I don’t get to watch Saturday Night Live that often anymore but when I catch it, it still makes me laugh out loud. I don’t think Andy Samberg is the funniest… but he is the cutest. Kristen Wiig and Maya Rudolph crack me up, especially on Bridesmaids.

But I digress.

Back to the dinner cruise.

I was with fellow bloggers Rachel (who arranged the whole dinner, thanks girl!), Meghan, Megan, Daisy and Michelle. I also met Amy (Enchante Boston), Richard (The Passionate Foodie), Joe (Boston Guru), and Hannah (The Daily Meal). We started with some champagne and picked one item per course from the prix fixe menu.

I got the seafood melange as my appetizer

mushroom braised short ribs for my entree

and chocolate cake for my dessert

I wasn’t too impressed with the appetizer and dessert so only took a couple of bites of each (yes, don’t be shocked – I actually did not eat the entire slice). But, I really, really, really liked the braised short ribs. It was fall of the bone tender, and glazed with a wild mushroom gravy.

we enjoyed our meal with views of gray Boston

aboard this fancy, climate-controlled cruise ship (pic from the Odyssey website)

I had a fun evening, and I’d like to thank the Odyssey and Boston Food Bloggers again for the complimentary meal and drink.  The dinner cruise was a nice break from my usual Friday night activities. If you’re cool like me, you spend Friday nights going to Bikram yoga, doing laundry, catching up with your DVR, and FaceTime-ing with your parents. And sometimes watching random videos featuring Andy Samberg.

I mean, come on, you gotta like Lazy Sunday, or Justin Timberlake’s parody of All The Single Ladies, and um “Present” In a Box.

Have you ever gone on a dinner cruise? Watch out for my I’m On a Boat Part II!


12 Responses to “Dinner Cruise at the Odyssey”

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    Daisy posted August 2, 2011 at 8:20 am

    I felt the same way about the food! My apps and dessert were mediocre while the entree was pretty great! so much fun to be on a boat with you not once but twice this weekend!

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    Elizabeth posted August 2, 2011 at 8:43 am

    It looked like so much fun! Everything’s better on a boat

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    Emily @ A Cambridge Story posted August 2, 2011 at 10:41 am

    Looks like a great time. It’s too bad the app and dessert didn’t knock your socks off – but, hey, at least you were on a boat!

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    MelissaNibbles posted August 2, 2011 at 12:02 pm

    Sounds like they do a good job. Maybe I’ll do a cruise this summer!

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    Amy Ericson posted August 2, 2011 at 12:47 pm

    Hahaha classic jam. Next time we’ll have to remember our swim trunks and flippy floppies ;)

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    Michelle Collins posted August 2, 2011 at 1:13 pm

    I am with you on the typical Friday night activities – except, replace the yoga with sitting on my couch and eating.

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    Megan posted August 2, 2011 at 1:31 pm

    I have gone on a dinner cruise! With you! :) Had a lovely evening catching up with you.

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    Alaina posted August 2, 2011 at 4:44 pm

    I’ve done the Odyssey before with other concierge. The buffet set up wasn’t bad. Wasn’t spectacular, but it was tasty.

    I also had a senior booze cruise on the Odyssey too. Needless to say though, I don’t remember that night so much. :-P

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    Maris (In Good Taste) posted August 2, 2011 at 6:56 pm

    What a fun time! The food looked delicious and your photos are gogeous

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    Michelle posted August 2, 2011 at 7:34 pm

    Even if the food wasn’t that great, it sounds like you were in good company!

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    Meghan@travelwinedine posted August 3, 2011 at 7:38 am

    It was great to see you on board! :)

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    Joanne posted August 4, 2011 at 7:37 am

    I read about this on Megan’s blog and, though the food wasn’t to die for, at least the company and experience was awesome!

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