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Old May 9th, 2008, 05:04 PM
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I am just wondering, it seems to me that since the cruise industry introduced the "supper clubs" that you pay extra for, that the food in the
dining room has become less varied or impressive. I know on our first couple of cruises the selections at dinner were amazing and now it seems that they are the same old thing. I was wondering if anybody else had thought the same thing.
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Considering that when i cook i have to take the batteries out of my smoke detector. Plus the way i cook the food taste good to me.
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I find the food to be wonderful on the ship. I am not one who likes to cook, nor do I know how to cook anything too fancy--I specialized in my own varations of hamburger helper, or how fast I could cook a chicken breast & if the nuked froszen veggies would be cold by the time the chicken was cooked...I also make wonderful toast with jam/jelly, or peanut butter......

The supper clubs are great, but as far as the food goes, it is gourmet to me...I almost melted on the spot when I tasted the key lime pie!!!!
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Hi bbaughan

Just a thought and a question, if you feel "I know on our first couple of cruises the selections at dinner were amazing and now it seems that they are the same old thing."

Is maybe because...

Once upon a time it was all new, and it was all different and exciting being on ship, it was great. But if you do it enough times then the "shine" can wear off? It has for me on a lot of counts.

The food and choices available may be at the same quality as to when you first went onboard, but its no longer a new experience,,just a thought
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I agree with DayvidB, the food seems the same, and there lies the problem. Our expectations are set by the bar of our first cruise, and nothing can raise that bar. Even the pay restaurants are the same after a few visits. No complaint from me, I still enjoy most every meal.
I remember as a younger man going to a banquet where they served Baked Alaskan, the old way with waiters bringing them through the room on fire. I was impressed and tried to duplicate this at home for my wife. I used a spray bottle with Bacardi 151 in it. Damn near burned myself and the house up.
Some things are just better the first time, yet I still enjoy them and try to remember with each bite just how special it was on that first cruise.
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"I was impressed and tried to duplicate this at home for my wife. I used a spray bottle with Bacardi 151 in it. Damn near burned myself and the house up."

Cheered me up tonight, thanks bud.,,,,I can see that
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We started cruising over 12 years ago and the food on our first cruise was spectacular, no doubt about it. Do i think the food is as good now as it was then, not really. However, neither are my tastes. They have changed (becoming good friends with a master chef didn't help, neither does having friends who all cook or could cook professionally.).

The food is good, I've never gone hungry, but neither do I expect top-of- the-line cuisine from mid-price ships. I don't go to Red Lobster and expect the same style and quality of food that I would receive from the Ritz Carlton.

Carnival, RC, Princess, ec. have to cut corners somewhere to keep the cruises as inexpensive as possible - part of those cuts include food. Ifyou want the five-star quality, then you have to pay extra for it. That's fine with me because it give me the control of spending more or not.

I don't cruise for the food. I cruise for the itinerary
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would like to see prices increase about $100 per person with every penny going into the menus!

The quality has declined, but we will NOT stop cruising becuase of it, we just lower our expectations.
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Food is so subjective, but here's my opinion...

We've taken 12 cruises and are scheduled for our 13th this fall. We've sailed Royal Caribbean, Celebrity and Princess. While food quality does seem to vary from one cruise to the next, I'd have to say that overall, in my opinion, the quality of the food has not changed much. We've had food quality range from pretty good to amazing. A few meals have been AWFUL, but that's been the exception rather than the rule.
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Sasco, on what ships or lines did you experience your best food, against those that you thought mmmmm.

Yes, overall is overall.

But if you had $800 to spend on a cruise based only on the food you will receive, who do you go for?

Me, it would be Princess, from the buffet to the dining room and in between
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Sasco, on what ships or lines did you experience your best food, against those that you thought mmmmm.

Yes, overall is overall.

But if you had $800 to spend on a cruise based only on the food you will receive, who do you go for?

Me, it would be Princess, from the buffet to the dining room and in between
I took a "premier" Cruise on Celebrity and had some of the worst food on any cruise I have been on. But maybe being in California I'm to use to fresh seafood. The shrimp was horrible.

Dayvid I'm going to agree with you now (sorry I know you hate that ) I loved the food on the Star Princess my favorite was the fettucine alfredo in the cheese bowl. I find the Carnival food to be overall pretty good. However, sometimes they miss the mark with their desserts.
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Sasco, on what ships or lines did you experience your best food, against those that you thought mmmmm.

Yes, overall is overall.

But if you had $800 to spend on a cruise based only on the food you will receive, who do you go for?

Me, it would be Princess, from the buffet to the dining room and in between
Hard to say because we have had varying experiences on all lines. I'd have to say best overall food was on several of the Princess ships (Island, Grand, Golden) in the specialty restaurants. Then again, I don't know that we have had a bad meal in any specialty restaurant on any ship....the Princess ones seem to stand out a bit though.
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I think without a doubt the quality of the food has declined considerably in the last few years, industry wide. Cost cutting due to fuel prices is to blame. I'm with whoever above was willing to pay an extra $100 or so if they'd put it right back into the food!
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I agree with Sasco. In over 35 cruises in 15 years, I'm still amazed at the quality (and quantity!) of meals on ships.

I manage a very upscale restaurant and am very conscious of menus, costs, variety, trends and prices and I cannot fault any cruise line on their food.

I've cruised mostly Holland America and Princess, and NCL, Costa, Celebrity, Cunard, RCI and others and it's all grea to me.

On the Emerald Princess last November, I experienced the very best food and service I've ever received on land or at sea.

I look with in insider's eye because of my restaurant backgroung and have never found any reason to become blase to the food on any ship.
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I find Royal Caribbean food to be horrible. On my last cruise the lobster was mushy and they served some sort of foul meat at the buffet that smelled rotten! Maybe it has always been ghastly?
I was on Golden Princess last August and the food was incredible, really wonderful. Even the buffet was great. I was on Celebrity Century last October and thought the food was good. I loved that they had a sushi bar.
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I thought the food on Royal was decent, but not spectacular.

My last three Carnival cruises have had the best food, and all about the same quality wise. I haven't noticed neither a decline or an improvement there.
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Our food on the crown Princess this spring was not up to the standard of 2 years ago on the Island Princess, or of any Holland cruise we have been on recently. But out daughter and family just got back from an Alaska cruise on the Sapphire Princess and they report the food was excellent!
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Yes, The grades of beef, pork, fish and chicken is of lower quality.

With food cost increasing about 15% in the past 12-months, the cruise lines will find a way to subsidise there menu with meatload or Spagetti with a french name.
Thank god, they don't have immitation lobster.

It's all about operational cost and share holder profits.

You may want to look at the upscale cruise lines.

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I have been satisfied for the most part.
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I have no complaints on the food. I eat very little just enough to survive.
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Good for you, if we all took that approach, we could make up the fuel surcharge in personal eating allowances.
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