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Old 01-04-2007, 05:24 PM   #1
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Cruise Food

I have really not much interest in taking a cruise on one of those big ships. (Sailboat cruises are different). Herded on to a giant floating hotel like cattle, herded off at various stops to buy a bunch of tourist junk within steps of the mother ship, no chance of escape while at sea, etc.

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there's food, all kinds, all the time, right?

So my question for you cruisers is, is the food any good? That's the only thing that would tempt me to consider it

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Old 01-04-2007, 05:31 PM   #2
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Never been on one MB, for the reasons stated.

By I know quite a number who have.

In general as far as I can tell there is always plenty of grub.

If you are fussy about food and drink, some of the smaller, far more expensive ships, are apparently better (I work with someone who goes on those and really dislikes the grub on the less expensive cruise lines).

But so many others rave about them all.

Sure you'll get plenty of first hand experience here.

Frankly I don't want to go on one except maybe on the Alaska cruise, just don't have the time to see that state any other way.
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Old 01-04-2007, 05:40 PM   #3
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I have really not much interest in taking a cruise on one of those big ships. (Sailboat cruises are different). Herded on to a giant floating hotel like cattle, herded off at various stops to buy a bunch of tourist junk within steps of the mother ship, no chance of escape while at sea, etc.

But....
there's food, all kinds, all the time, right?

So my question for you cruisers is, is the food any good? That's the only thing that would tempt me to consider it
Bug, we just got back Dec.22 from a short cruise.. I dreaded it, but it was fun..You do NOT have to go on and off unless you sign up for the tours.. We got off several times but there were 9 of us and we went as a group and it was fun, cold but fun I'm not a big eater so I was overwhelmed at the way people on cruises eat..My DH and all the men hit the buffet every morning, noon, night the dinner seating for our bunch had the best chef and wait staff, they really impressed me in that Cade and Carson ,Trevor and Taylor were treated like royalty, anything they asked was right there within 5 minutes, the wait staff even sang and danced for us and we had a ball. Each dinner we were given a choice of starter 4-5 of them, salad-2 soups-2, desserts 4-5 but they would go get just a dish of ice cream if you asked..Coffee, iced tea, wine, mixed drinks,name it it was yours..Breakfast was also served in the dinning room each morning, eggs benedict,omelets,granola, bagels and cream cheese, wonderful hot oatmeal,waffles, pancakes, salmon, smoked trout..So the food was very very good.One night there was an after dinner chocolate night at 11:30, I didn't go but my daughter did and said it was wonderful..You never went without anything including a chocolate on your turned down bed at night..Would I go again, yes if I could get my kids to go to I'd consider it and I am terrified of water, they all, tried to keep me from even thinking water the whole time
didn't work but I made it even without the life vest I threatened to wear!!
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Old 01-04-2007, 05:44 PM   #4
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Being from Bermuda and living stateside, it is the cheapest way for me to get home and not worry about a hotel, staying with friends/family, and eating. I think the cruise is the best vacation money can buy.


As for the food, it depends on the line. Carnival is mediocre at best, celebrity was AWESOME, Norwegian was very good, Royal Caribbean was also very good. All the lines did have 24 hour service, be it room service or the little cafe somewhere on board...normally limited to burgers and pizza type stuff. The sit down "formal" dinners on Celebrity were stellar. Great variety, and great quality. The buffets were good too, but I preferred the dining room. They midnight chocolate buffets were d/w's fave, I liked the late night deck parties were the chefs would pull out all the stops. If you wanted to, you COULD eat all day. The range of cuisine is astounding as well, everything from Thai to Indian, Italian to Korean and everything in between.

From a professional chefs standpoint, it is always a blast just to watch the people in action. It is a great act of coordination, and skill, on EVERYBODY'S part. If you haven't been on a cruise, I recommend it.
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Old 01-04-2007, 06:54 PM   #5
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Carnival was just ok- while Norwegian, Royal Carribean, and Holland America all had some pretty great food, and they had it all the time.

By the way, some of the best food can be found off the boat, if the "tourist junk" doesn't catch your eye. As for me, I always like to make several alcohol purchases while in the islands, not only because its cheaper, but also because some of the small but very good rum makers aren't really large enough to export to the states.
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Old 01-04-2007, 09:50 PM   #6
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I think the last cruise we took was an NCL cruise - the food was mediocre at best. The common midnight buffet was transformed into a few waiters carrying around trays of mediocre finger food all over the ship.

Mud - you can get off at any port and do your own thing - that's the way to do it unless there really is an interesting tour. Walk a little distance from where they bring you into dock to find the more non-touristy places (the the bottles of alcohol get cheaper as you walk farther away too!)
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Old 01-04-2007, 10:57 PM   #7
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I'm so glad you introduced this topic Mudbug! I'd never have considered a cruise before either, but we're starting to talk about Europe, and it seems that something like a Mediterranean cruise might be a nice way to see several areas in one trip. I don't anticipate being able to travel to Europe more than once or twice in life, so I want to see a few things in one trip. I'm interested in hearing all I can about people's experiences.

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Old 01-04-2007, 11:21 PM   #8
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I've never been on a cruise. SO has and tells me I won't like it because of the food served. I believe her.

For the same reason, I have never done an "All Inclusive" resort. The food is too important.
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Old 01-05-2007, 02:38 AM   #9
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I took a cruise some 30 years ago. The ship had an informal dinning hall with a buffet. They also had a dinner club (jackpot!). The show at the club was on a french theme which included dancing and chorus numbers performed by a theatrics group. The menu was french. There were roses on the tables covered in table cloths. We dined at the dinner club twice during our cruise and attending some island festivals during the week.
I remember buying sandals and a sunbrella.
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Old 01-05-2007, 03:24 AM   #10
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Mud, if you are seriously considering it, I would say go for it. As Tattrat correctly put it, a lot depends on the liner. I have been on a number of cruises like the Pearl of Scandanavia (it was formerly used in the Love Boat tv series), Royal Viking etc that cruise around Asian waters and Greek cruises as well. The food is wonderful to say the least. Some of them come with food vouchers so if you are not satisfied with the buffet, you can always top the difference and opt for the fine dining restaurants. The shows are equally good. They even flew in international artistes like Cliff Richard, Johnny Tillotson etc to sing on board. While on such cruises, I do not feel confined as there is always casinos to keep you busy. To get a good deal, it's always wise to travel during off-peak season. I hope one day to take a cruise on the Queen Elizabeth 2.
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