Go Back   CruiseMates Cruise Community and Forums > Cruise Deals. Cruise Questions and Answers! > All Things Cruising

All Things Cruising Any cruise question not specific to one cruise line

Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old October 27th, 2011, 06:56 PM
richstacy's Avatar
richstacy richstacy is offline
Senior Member
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Denver Colorado, USA
Posts: 1,419
Default Food quality

We found this summer that the quality of food (on the Golden Princess continues to decline.) Overall, the quality, industry wide, is far inferior to what it was 15 -20 years ago. The quality in the specialty restaurants was fine. I would gladly pay an additional $30 per person per day to have top quality food for every meal every venue!!
Landlocked in Denver, but cruisin every chance we get.

Polynesia, Carib. '86
Cr. Odyssey, Scandinavia, '91, 30 Day S Pac. 2002
Crystal Harm, Aust., N.Z., '94
Royal Odyssey, AK,'96
Old Cr. Pr. Canal, '97
RCCL, Carib, 1998
Volendam, Car, 2000
Ryndam, 35 day S. Am., Antarctica, '03
Is. Pr., Canal, 2004
Statendam, 34 day China, Japan, AK '06
Cr.Pr., Carib. 08
Eurodam, Atlantic, Med. '10
Golden Princess
Reply With Quote
Old October 27th, 2011, 09:32 PM
Trip's Avatar
Trip Trip is offline
Join Date: Aug 2000
Location: Boston
Posts: 20,427
Send a message via ICQ to Trip

Over the past few years, I would "prefer" to dine in the pay venues, but I don't dine there every night..I have a balance that is comfortable for us, as far as adding cost.

Starting with the Zuiderdam in 05, where we had mediocre food,as well as service, dining in the Pinnacle Grille was such a pleasure, we tried to book more nights, but could'nt get any reservations

I have been fortunate to dine in many pay venues, courtesy of the cruiselines, so, when I do get back on the ship, I know which ones we want to try again,and which ones to walk on by...

RCI has had for years, the most public humiliation of an entree, with the Ranch Steak. It has had it's name changed so many times, the next time it could be on the menu as the P Diddy steak!

No matter what they call it,or how they cook it, they should just pull it..maybe thay have?

Trip, with her book & tea!
Chat Hostess & Board Moderator

Reply With Quote
Old October 29th, 2011, 05:23 AM
Bruce Chafkin1 Bruce Chafkin1 is offline
Senior Member
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Ibiza / Japan
Posts: 622


I have managed cruise ships for over 30 years.
Prior to that I opened and managed the most expensive and highest rated restaurant in America. I really know exceptional food and service.

You and I would be willing to pay extra for better food EVERY day.
But not everyone agrees with us.
We are generally talking mass market here - Middle America.
When you look at many of the posts on these cruise boards, the bulk of cruisers today seem most concerned with the lowest possible cruise fares, pizza and hot dogs, smuggling alcohol in mouthwash bottles, and wearing baseball caps and wife beaters in the dining room.

The cruise lines are very aware of the situation.
For those who truly appreciate good food, we offer 2 options:
1. Upscale cruise lines that offer high quality every meal - for those willing to pay for it.
2. Mass market lines that offer high quality in alternative venues for those willing to pay for it.
Reply With Quote
Old October 29th, 2011, 03:40 PM
colorcrazie's Avatar
colorcrazie colorcrazie is offline
Senior Member
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Tampa Bay area
Posts: 2,705

Hmm. Thanks funny. Don't thing I have ever seen a thread on hotdogs out here.
Reply With Quote
Old October 29th, 2011, 03:54 PM
johnthed0g's Avatar
johnthed0g johnthed0g is offline
Senior Member
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: UK
Posts: 2,676

Well I have met people who NEVER use the MDR never mind any speciality venues, people who actually think you are bonkers to pay for food "but it's all free". I do wonder of the quality of MDR food has declined BECAUSE of the introduction of alternative venues?? I find the alternate venues are nice for a change but not every night.
Some answer questions...I also question answers
JTD 2010
Reply With Quote
Old October 29th, 2011, 04:27 PM
Mike M's Avatar
Mike M Mike M is offline
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: You're Looking At Me
Posts: 24,366

I will probably be flamed for this but: I don't blame the cruise lines I blame the cruisers.

People accept mediocrity and if they accept it then the cruise lines will be more than happy to give it to them. It increases the bottom line and that makes management and the shareholders (large shareholders) very happy.

I too have found that overall food quality has dropped in the MDR and buffets of most ships and cruise lines. The food you once knew is now served in the alternative dining venues and the cruise lines are making money off of these venues.

Cruise passengers, who will eat whatever is put in front of them as long they don't have to cook it or wash the dishes, must preserve that $399 inside cabin price and walk off the ship with an on board bill of $23.95 are what have caused the decline in food quality and the decline in service.

I have no real problem with that on most mass market lines. There has to be broad based appeal but I see it happening on the Premium (or whatever they are called this week) lines. When Celebrity opened the Olympic on the Millennium it was truly a culinary and service experience that was more than worth the surcharge. The Pinnacle Grill was also a special place but now they are what the MDR once was with a little better cut of beef.

You get what you tolerate.

A number of years ago there was a thread where someone wanted a "Cracker Barrel" type of restaurant instead of the fancy MDR. There was a lot of support. I knew this was the beginning of the end.

On most cruise lines I often eat more in the alternative restaurants than the MDR because I want the dining experience I had five to ten years ago. I can have meat loaf at home.

Take care,
Cruisemates Community Leader/Moderator

"There is a great difference between being well traveled and just having been to many places." ~Me

"Fear is the assassin of dreams." ~Me
Reply With Quote
Old October 29th, 2011, 06:43 PM
johnthed0g's Avatar
johnthed0g johnthed0g is offline
Senior Member
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: UK
Posts: 2,676

I have said this before but there are two sorts of people, those who go for dinner & those who just want something to eat....
Some answer questions...I also question answers
JTD 2010
Reply With Quote
Old October 29th, 2011, 06:47 PM
anniegb anniegb is offline
Senior Member
Join Date: Jan 2008
Posts: 1,576
Default MDR Food

I can't say food quality has declined over the years because I have not cruised that long.

However, of the lines I have sailed, the only line with an acceptable MDR food quality IMHO was Azamara. I recently sailed Celebrity and the quality of the fish,especially, was very poor.

I agree that the speciality restaurants have probably led to a decline in MDR food standards. So I know I am going to get flamed - I would close all the MDRS and only offer alternative venues - yeah I know it is not going to happen.

I would love to book a cruise line that based their rates on bed and breakfast only and included gratuites in their fares and yeah I know that is not going to happen either.

On a port intensive itinerary I would dine ashore.

Remember folks before you start flaming, I cruise for itinerary - (the ship is not the vacation) and my favourite meal of the day is breakfast.

Reply With Quote


2000, 2011, ago, cruise, cruises, decline, food, princess, quality, richstacy, royal, scandanavian, ship, ships, years

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
food quality lyons Carnival Cruise Lines 10 February 3rd, 2006 09:48 PM
Food Quality Tricia Disney 11 February 20th, 2004 07:13 PM
Costa food quality MARK101 Chit - Chat for Cruisers 0 January 31st, 2003 10:11 AM
Quality of food KandK Princess Cruise Lines 6 December 29th, 2001 10:16 PM
Food Quality jerilyn Disney 4 April 20th, 2001 06:49 PM

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 12:46 AM.
design by: Themes by Design