Arcadia Dining …. 1975 style!

Aug 12, 2009 1 Comment by

1975-menu

I have just found this old menu from an Arcadia cruise in 1975. This was the second in the line of four Arcadia ships and I sailed on her a few times as a child. I would have been 12 at the time, so maybe a little past the age for childrens tea. I used to love Canberra’s childrens tea so will have to see if i can find you a menu.

I wonder what you would have chosen from the following choices….

 

LANDFALL DINNER – Tuesday 13th May 1975

Appetizers

Tomato Juice

Pickled Herring

Tunny Fish Ravigotte

 

Soups

Consomme Nemours

Creme Camelia

Fried King prawns with tartare sauce

 

Main Courses

Lambs sweetbread Jardiniere – cooked in red wine with vegetables

Fried Chicken Hawaiian – coated in coconut, with pineapple, bacon, & tomato

 

Vegetables

Butterd sliced beans

Braised onions

 

Potatoes

Sautees

Boiled

Creamed

 

Cold Buffet

Gammon Ham

Roast Beef

Roast Lamb

Roast Pork

Corned silverside of beef

 

Dressings

Mayonnaise

French

 

Sweets

Cassata Napolitaine

Saxon Pudding

Ice cream

Selection of sweets from the Trolley

 

Sauces

Strawberry

Chocolate

Butterscotch

 

Cheese

New Zealand Cheddar

Derby

Danish Blue

Lancashire

St Ivel

 

Biscuits

Cream Crackers

Hotel

Jatz Crackers

Ryvita

Water

Vita-wheat

 

Fresh Fruit

In season

 

Beverages

Coffee

Indian, Ceylon or China Tea

Instant Coffee

 

After dinner mints

 

CHEF – Michael Mitchell

 

And if you fancied some wine to accompany that gastronomical delight……

A carafe (yes a whole one) of Red, white or Rose….. £1 !!!!!!!!

And if you just wanted a glass a mere 25p

 

Im not sure what I would have selected from that choice, but the appetizers were not to my liking. Would also have had to give the Lambs sweetbreads a miss!! There wasnt a lot on offer for main course was there. The sweet trolley was always the highlight of sitting through dinner for me, not that it ever changed much.

It usually consisted of

Chocolate gateaux

Orange or Lemon gateaux

Fresh Fruit salad

And a pie & cream of some description

  

S.S. Arcadia was built in 1954 by John Brown & Co, Clydebank

Gross tonnage 29,871

Length 721 ft

Breadth 93ft 1″

Shaft horse power 42,500

Service speed 22 knots

950 passengers

581 crew

Cruising in the Past

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One Response to “Arcadia Dining …. 1975 style!”

  1. Karen White says:

    Jane

    Like you I cruised on the Canberra and I still have quite a few of the menus. The one you have posted above looks very familiar – I’m sure we had the Hawaiian Chicken. At the time we thought the meals were delicious but as you’ve pointed out we really didn’t get much choice.

    Karen

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