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Old September 9th, 2005, 10:47 AM
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Royal Caribbean operates some of the best ships afloat in terms of fitness, sports and entertainment. Moreover, many of their ships are truly beautiful. But I get more complaints about the quality of food from RCI passengers than any other cruise line.
So, please improve it!!

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We just returned from our first RCCL cruise after cruising Carnival many times, and we decided we prefer Carnival. The food is much better, more of a selection, and just better tasting. Also, for their activities during the day, a lot of them were for selling you things (get a massage! a facial! weight loss!) At least on Carnival, they had dance lessons, card games, pool games, trivia contests, napkin folding, just a lot of more fun things to do...

Just my two centavos...

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I agree Ann it could be improved. Although I wouldn't compain about it (food isn't terribly important to me), I do believe they have slide backwards. Surprising since I thought that maybe some of Celebrity's influence would rub off on them.

A few years back I would have said Carnival was on the bottom, but Carnival has taken great strides forward and now I really like what Carnival offers. I've never had a problem with Carnival or RCCL's food.

However, hands down the worst we've had was on Costa this year. Some of the dishes were uneatable by us. One night I had to cover my shrimp dinner with another plate to contain the smell. It was bothering all of us. By midweek, we all gave up ordering anything with seafood in it. Thank goodness they had a pizzaria :-)
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Old September 10th, 2005, 09:52 PM
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I just got off the Radiance and quite LIKED the food...no complaints from me! I had seafood almost everynight and it was fresh. Only one night the seafood tempura had to be returned because it was not really tempura batter but more like English syle fish batter.

I will say that I was a little disappointed that most of the fun activities (even on full sailing days) didn't start until later in the evening. They should have offered more choices and activities during the days. Keep in mind that we are in our early 40's and were travelling with pre-teen and teen aged kids. Even a lot of teen activities didn't start until 9pm.

Also, I agree with JeanS. RCCI had a little bit too much soft sell (trying to interest you in products or services with surcharges).
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We did back to back cruises last winter on RCCL Splendour and Celebrity Millenium. Food on both was very good, really not much difference at dinner. However, on the buffets, Celebrity won hands down. Found NCL slightly less appealing, otherewise have always found something we liked on any ship. (I would never sail MSC or Costa due to first hand reports of its food, as well as other aspects.)
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I was not happy with my food on Mariner of the Seas outside of Chops that is this past fall.

I have read some posts though that felt this was because the voyager class ships are so huge with so many passengers that it is harder to keep up the quality of food when you are making massaive amounts. They said the radience class ships have better food.

I haven't been on a radience class ships and it has been over 4 years since I was on Sovereign of the Seas-at that time though I felt the food was very good on Sovereign.

Can anyone tell me if this is what they have found-that the samller RCCL ships have better food?

I am asking because we are considering doing a reposioning cruise on Jewel of the Seas in either fall/2007 or spring/2008 to Europe-we have also looked at Celebrity Constellation and Star Princess but the JOS is at least a third of the price of the other 2 ships-and money does come into for us.

Now I don't expect filet mignon very night or anything-I would just like for my food not to be tasteless. I would rather eat hamburgers, spaghetti, tacos and simple salads then more eleborate dishes that are not quality prepared-don't get me wrong I love the 4 star stuff-I just want it to taste like 4 star food- if that it was it is supposed to be-otherwise I am like that person who talked about Costa-just give me pizza and burgers.
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Can anyone tell me if this is what they have found-that the samller RCCL ships have better food?
I have not found this to the case. What I have experienced is that RCL's food quality seems to have declined a bit over the years. Still, I don't find it bad, just not the quality that I've found on Celebrity, Princess, and Carnival. Overall, I think the biggest discrepancy is the WindJammer buffet, although again, I don't think it is bad, just not on par with the others. I find that the Windjammer is repetitive, food is sometimes lacking in flavor, and sometimes is too cool. However, we prefer RCL's deserts over those on other lines.

The worst food we've had was on Costa. The best dinner was on Celebrity. Far and away the best buffets/lunch was on Carnival's newer ships.
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My wife an I have been on Royal Caribbean 5 times so far. We have never had a bad meal yet. No complaints what so ever. On our last cruise we decided to stay out of the dining room for the whole cruise. We ate at Chops and Portofino's twice each. The other nights we ate on shore. We love the alternative dining choices. The service at Chops and Portofino's was out of this world. So it costs a few extra bucks, big deal.

I think the problems with food complaints stems from what you are use to eating at home. A lot of people are just meat & potatoes type of people. So they get on a cruise ship and get blown away by the various types of food served. Most of it might be considered off the beaten path compared to your normal intake.

My wife and I are from the New York City area. We go out of our way to try new foods all the time. So when we are on board, it's just as much variety on the ship as if we were eating out at home.

So when I hear people say they don't like the food I am skeptical. I think it is more that they are not use to what's being served rather than it does not taste good.

If you really want an honest opinion about the food, talk to the elderly. Every cruise we go on we seem to run into a pack of eaters. All they talk about is the food. They don't care where the ships goes as long as a meal is being served somewhere on board. It is very comical to listen to sometimes. It is like they were programmed only to eat.

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Can anyone tell me if this is what they have found-that the samller RCCL ships have better food?
I have not found this to the case. What I have experienced is that RCL's food quality seems to have declined a bit over the years. Still, I don't find it bad, just not the quality that I've found on Celebrity, Princess, and Carnival. Overall, I think the biggest discrepancy is the WindJammer buffet, although again, I don't think it is bad, just not on par with the others. I find that the Windjammer is repetitive, food is sometimes lacking in flavor, and sometimes is too cool. However, we prefer RCL's deserts over those on other lines.

The worst food we've had was on Costa. The best dinner was on Celebrity. Far and away the best buffets/lunch was on Carnival's newer ships.

The windjammer had decent food on MOS-now not the burgers ofcourse-but to be honest-outside of Johnny Rockets I have never had a good burger on a cruiseship. But the windjammer had a greatr source of salads and vegetables-you know simple foods that can't be ruint.

With me I love the gourmet stuff we are served on cruiseships normally-I just found that food on MOS to be bland and tasteless-and if it tastes like that-just give me some simple steamed broccoli and some roast beef or a slice of ham.

Chops was a differant story-the artichoke salad,the grilled porotobello mushroom, the filet mignon and asparagus were all superb and was as good as any cruiseship food I have ever eaten-but that was the pay extra restaurant.

Well we still have about 6 months to decide before we book and one thing I keep thinking-since Jewel's prices are so much better-maybe I could just eat in Chops more and eat dinner in the windjammer where the simple vegetables and salads are if I don't like the dinningroom food. I have heard she is a beautiful ship.
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Well, we are about to take our 3rd cruise together and this will be the 3rd cruise line. We did Carnival Triumph in July 02, Caribbean Princess in August 04 (on our honeymoon) and now we are about to try one the RCCL mega ships...Mariner of the Seas.

As for food, I loved the food on Princess over Carnival, while my spouse was the exact opposite. We found that the CP had alot of seafood based dishes which I love and he hates, so we might be both jaded on our opinions (g) We both agreed that we loved the desserts on the Triumph a whole lot better.

I have read interesting comments about food on the MotS, so we will take it all in stride and see what we think. We will get the chance to compare speciality restaurants as we did both on the CP and we will do at least Chops on the Mariner and possibly Portofino's. You will get a response from us in about a month

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We found that the CP had alot of seafood based dishes which I love and he hates, so we might be both jaded on our opinions (g)
Mike, I think you hit the nail on the head with that one. It really all depends upon what you like and/or are used to.

I am not a real picky eater, but I know what I like. Since I have only cruised Carnival, I cannot make comparisions, but I have not had a bad meal on Carnival out of 10 cruises. I select what I like (not much of an adventurer with food), so I know I will probably be pleased.

If I ate at Ruth's Chris, Charley's or Morton's every night then I would probably be a little upset, but only eating at upscale restaruants about 6 times a year, I don't get jaded.

For the amount of passengers that the cruiselines have to feed each day, I think they probably do a great job.

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Food selection and quality has declined on most medium priced lines quite a bit in the last 10 years. We have been cruising for over 25 years on many ship and different lines.
We cannot aford Crystal but have sailed most of the medium prices lines quite a bit.
We miss the great Italian food and service that once was served on Sitmar or Home Lines ships.
Of todays medium priced cruise lines, Celebrity, to us, still seems to have the best food(although) its declined since its begining too.
Princess is our second choice and either offers a very good overalll cruise.
Traditional dining is our favorite so we no longer sail NCL.
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(I would never sail MSC or Costa due to first hand reports of its food, as well as other aspects.)
I haven't been on Costa since November 2004. But I must say at that the two time I did sail Costa I thought they had the best food I had ever had on a cruise ship.

I do have experience with different cruise lines.

I have sail Costa 2 times, NCL 4 times, RCL 2 times, Carnival 2 times, Commodore 2 times and Holland America, Princess, Regal and Preimer 1 time each. 16 cruises in all on 9 different cruise lines.

But I do know food is extremely subjective.

Just my thoughts.

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I have only been on RCCL cruises. Food has not been Spectacular, but you have the option of returning what you ordered and order something else. We know this from experience (one of our table mates did this every night). I think this helps if you do get something you regret ordering.

However, One thing that does bother me is every cruise I have been on they break out the old T's and clothes and have a mock Garage sale pool side. Lame....

Plus I agree with a few other comments. Cruise days they don't really do anything until late. I would think they would do more than a belly flop contest, sexy legs. etc.....

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Can anyone tell me if this is what they have found-that the samller RCCL ships have better food?
I have not found this to the case. What I have experienced is that RCL's food quality seems to have declined a bit over the years. Still, I don't find it bad, just not the quality that I've found on Celebrity, Princess, and Carnival. Overall, I think the biggest discrepancy is the WindJammer buffet, although again, I don't think it is bad, just not on par with the others. I find that the Windjammer is repetitive, food is sometimes lacking in flavor, and sometimes is too cool. However, we prefer RCL's deserts over those on other lines.

The worst food we've had was on Costa. The best dinner was on Celebrity. Far and away the best buffets/lunch was on Carnival's newer ships.
I actually preferrd the windjammer to the main dinningroom. Just give me some simple salads, steamed veggies, and roast beef if it cannot be cooked right. I did not have a problem with the windjammer. I don't expect buffet food to be 4 star. As long as it is heated (for hot foods that is) and not over or under cooked it is okay. I had no complaints with the buffet food on MOS-it was buffet food and what was to be expected there.

Last week we cruised again-this time Celebrity Zenith. The differance in the food there and on MOS was like night and day. The Zenith food was superb. My 5 day Celebrity Zenith cruise was half the price of my 7 day MOS cruise. so I guess spending more money does not always mean the cruise is better. At least not in the case of the food of these two ships anyway.


I did like the Seattle's best coffee on MOS though.
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We used to sail RC regularly until my wife said the kids love Camp Carnival,and believe it or not we sail Carnival because of it.Give me a cigar,a fine glass of wine,and a casino,and I am satisfied on any ship.Going to book RC Freedom of the Seas soon.Youngest son likes the boogie board attraction.
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I didn't have any complaints. We did Serenade of the Seas last April & loved the food. In the Windjammer for lunch one day they were serving Turkey. I mean like Thanksgiving Turkey! It was delicious!
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Last I knew, everyone in the world likes different things. And everyone in the world doesn't like the same thing.

So why would someone say they don't like a particular line because of the food when someone else loved it?

Hence, everyone on a ship does not share the same tastes. Has nothing to do with the food selection - its the people.
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everyone complains about the food,
but how often do you cook meals that extravagant at home?
and keeping in mind exactly how many people they have to serve.
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I think the problems with food complaints stems from what you are use to eating at home. A lot of people are just meat & potatoes type of people. So they get on a cruise ship and get blown away by the various types of food served. Most of it might be considered off the beaten path compared to your normal intake.

So when I hear people say they don't like the food I am skeptical. I think it is more that they are not use to what's being served rather than it does not taste good.

I say "Eat To Live", don't "Live To Eat"
I disagree. I'm not "blown away" by what I am presented on a cruise, just have expectations that are sometimes not met.

You might not know, but Anne is a VERY experienced cruiser who comes to this conversation with more cruising under her belt (on more different lines) than anyone I personally know. Her complaint about RCL's food is echoed by many experienced cruisers.

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My wife an I have been on Royal Caribbean 5 times so far. We have never had a bad meal yet. No complaints what so ever. On our last cruise we decided to stay out of the dining room for the whole cruise. We ate at Chops and Portofino's twice each. The other nights we ate on shore. We love the alternative dining choices. The service at Chops and Portofino's was out of this world. So it costs a few extra bucks, big deal.

I think the problems with food complaints stems from what you are use to eating at home. A lot of people are just meat & potatoes type of people. So they get on a cruise ship and get blown away by the various types of food served. Most of it might be considered off the beaten path compared to your normal intake.

My wife and I are from the New York City area. We go out of our way to try new foods all the time. So when we are on board, it's just as much variety on the ship as if we were eating out at home.

So when I hear people say they don't like the food I am skeptical. I think it is more that they are not use to what's being served rather than it does not taste good.

If you really want an honest opinion about the food, talk to the elderly. Every cruise we go on we seem to run into a pack of eaters. All they talk about is the food. They don't care where the ships goes as long as a meal is being served somewhere on board. It is very comical to listen to sometimes. It is like they were programmed only to eat.

I say "Eat To Live", don't "Live To Eat"
If you never eat in the main dinning room how can you make that assumption? I had no gripes with the windjammer food-buffet food IS NOT supposed to be 4 star food. The main dinningroom is---why servee all the gourmet soups and appetizers etc. if they are not made the way they are supposed to be? I PREFERRED the windjammer to the dinningroom on Mariner of the Seas.
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everyone complains about the food,
but how often do you cook meals that extravagant at home?
and keeping in mind exactly how many people they have to serve.
Because we are NOT on vacation at home-and if good food was NOT important to me- I would just go to Orlando for the week and eat at bob Evans, IHOP and Mac Donalds.

Our complaint is the other lines give you GREAT food-without you haviing to go to Chops or Portofinos.

I went on Marine rof the Seas in Oct.-I ws on Celebrity Zenith in Feb. the Zenith had no Chops or Portofionos just the main dinningroome-but the quality of food there was just as good as Chops.

and guess what-my 5 day cruise on the Zenith-oceanview stateroom-was HALF the price of my 7 day cruise on MOS -atruim cabin in PRIME hurricane season.
Royal Caribbean just appears overpriced to me for the product they deliver.
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