“Is the sorbet hot?” asks Grandma.
“No madam it would melt!” replies the bemused waiter.
Perhaps the question wouldn’t seem as odd as it sounds if you have eaten at Wonderland on Anthem of the Seas. Royal Caribbean describe Wonderland as “chefs twist their culinary kaleidoscopes, inventing elaborate dreamscapes of never-before-seen fare”. The food at Wonderland is wacky, bizarre, adventurous, but very tasty.
However, I got the impression that even our waiter had never heard Grandma’s question before.
Wonderland was fantastic, but before Wonderland, we visited Portland and Kennebunkport. Unfortunately, the weather was not on our side today.
Yesterday, at Salem, I unexpectedly received a little bit too much sun. By the end of our trip, my forehead was a little crimson. However, today, there was no need for sunscreen as it rained heavily throughout the day.
Portland is the most populous city in the state of Maine and has a population of around 65000. Portland has a service-based economy, although tourism is also of high importance. Fishing and commercial shipping still play an essential role in the city’s economy.
Kennebunkport was historically a fishing and shipbuilding village. However, for over a century, it has become a popular summer colony for the rich. The town is famed for being the summer residence of the Bush family. For George H. W. Bush it acted as the Summer White House.
Both Portland and Kennebunkport were beautiful, but it was hard to fully appreciate, due to the heavy rainfall. Also, a considerable amount of our tour was by bus, and for inconceivable reasons, the tour company had put a wrap around lobster across the windows. The lobster hindered views significantly.
Wonderland serves complex and unusual cuisine, which carry a wow factor. The menu will not be for everyone’s taste, but those who feel adventurous are likely to have an enjoyable experience.
On arrival, you will be presented with a blank menu, which you are then encouraged to paint on to reveal your menu. The menu is split into six elements Sun, Sea, Ice, Earth, Fire, & Dreams. Once revealed, the menu gives you few clues on what culinary delights you will receive.
Our waiter brought us a selection of appetisers to enjoy and we each picked one entree.
We enjoyed our meal but were a little disappointed with gluten-free options. I had previously read a review which gave a more positive experience. However, I don’t think mango sorbet as dessert justifies the steep fee for dining at Wonderland. The rest of us enjoyed three rather amazing unique desserts.
Overall, we enjoyed Wonderland, but Mrs. Modernlifeisgood plans to avoid in the future unless gluten-free options improve.
Tomorrow we are stopping at Bar Harbor and visiting Acadia National Park.