I've never been particularly impressed with cruise line food, especially on Carnival. Both Keith and I thought the food on the Liberty was terrible. I know many others disagree with us. That leads me to conclude that judgement about food is in the taster's mouth and strictly subjective. So far, the best cruise line food we've had, (to our taste buds!), were on the old QE2's Princess Grille (no name chef associated with it) and on Celebrity's Century. Now watch people disagree with that!
Paul, I've never eaten in any of Emeril's restaurants but would love to. We've tried his recipes at home and found them to be very good. Keith and I have eaten in several of Splichal's restaurants here in Southern California and enjoy them very much. Wish he would asociate himself with HAL.