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Old February 12th, 2001, 06:31 PM
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Default Celebrity food vs. Royal Carribean food

Can anybody give me their opinion of food on Celebrity ships vs. food on Royal Carribean?
I have been going Celebrity primarily for the food, but see a cruise that interests me because of one of its destinations (New Orleans) on Royal Carribean Rhapsody of the Seas.
The food is very important to me and really would not want to sacrifice too much for the sake of the destination.
Thanks in advance for your comments.
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Old February 12th, 2001, 07:21 PM
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Most people I have tlaked to and agree and its my experience that RCCL food is not up to par with even Carnival these days. Beautiful ships, wonderful entertainment but less than inspired food.

Others may have differing opinions.
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Old February 12th, 2001, 10:34 PM
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Royal Carribean ships are very nice, but the food situation is very ordinary.
I will stick with Celebrity(food is to me the single most important reason to select a particular cruise line).
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Old February 13th, 2001, 11:53 AM
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We did Grandeur (RCL) last year after our Century cruise waas cancelled and had done Mercury the year before. The food in the dining room was up to par with Mercury, but the cafe food was not anywhere as good as on Celebrity- little selection, not hot and long lines. We enjoyed our dining room service even better than on Mercury and the food was about the same. We did like the wine package offered on RCL. Overall though, service on RCL was not anywhere as good as on Celebrity and we are doing Mercury again this year. Now that we have a point of comparison, will stay Celebrity. Feel free to ask me any questions.
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Old February 13th, 2001, 03:51 PM
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I didn't look up the itineraries, and your post isn't clear whether the cruise you're considering leaves from New Orleans or whether it's just a stop along the way.

Since you're obviously interested in food, I'd find a way to spend several days in New Orleans with or without the cruise. Few argue with the fact that it's one of the great eating cities of the world.

Cruise ship food--of whatever stripe--would have a hard time keeping up with what you can get on land there. Haven't been on RCCL, but find Celebrity's food very good. But again, it would take you weeks to eat your way through all the fabulous places in New Orleans. . .

Pompano en Papillote at Antoines!!
Eggs Benedict for breakfast at Brennan's!!
Anything at all at Commander's Palace!!
Oysters by the dozen at the Desire Oyster Bar!!
Coffee and Begneits at the market!!

Now we're talking specialty restaurants!!

AR
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Old February 13th, 2001, 04:13 PM
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New Orleans is just a stop, but the unusual thing about it, compared to other cruises, is that the Rhapsody spends 2 days there. I agree about the food. I was there for a few days on business and fell in love with the place. I want my wife to at least experience the Cafe du Monde.
Only having to spend 2 out of the 7 days there, I am wondering if the tradeoff of food on Royal Caribbean vs. Celebrity (which is very good, I can attest), would be worth it. From what I have been able to gather, RCCL is pretty inconsistant. Makes no sense, since they own Celebrity. You would think they would learn.
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Old February 13th, 2001, 04:17 PM
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And lets not forget Emeril's Delmonicos!!!!
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Old February 13th, 2001, 04:46 PM
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The stop in New Orleans is 2 days because it is Mardi Gras and is a special one time thing. That cruise is booking fast and the prices are high from what I have seen. Hope you found someone with group space and a deal! Mytravelco shows no balconies left. Just cats. N inside-H outside.

nicole

Bob J. wrote:
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> New Orleans is just a stop, but the unusual thing about it,
> compared to other cruises, is that the Rhapsody spends 2 days
> there. I agree about the food. I was there for a few days
> on business and fell in love with the place. I want my wife
> to at least experience the Cafe du Monde.
> Only having to spend 2 out of the 7 days there, I am
> wondering if the tradeoff of food on Royal Caribbean vs.
> Celebrity (which is very good, I can attest), would be worth
> it. From what I have been able to gather, RCCL is pretty
> inconsistant. Makes no sense, since they own Celebrity. You
> would think they would learn.
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Old February 13th, 2001, 05:33 PM
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Thanks Nicole,
That makes my mind up quick. I didn't realize it was a special only for Mardi Gras. Not that I wouldn't want to be there then, but I don't plan on booking something until May, and my heart is set on a private balcony, since I got spoiled on my last cruise on Mercury. Guess I'll stick with my original Millennium plans.
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Old February 14th, 2001, 10:13 AM
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BAM!
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Old February 14th, 2001, 10:16 AM
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Good plan.

Mardi Gras is a zoo and the restaurants are impossible then.

Just get a cheapie airfare sometime, head down there for five days or so with your wife, check in someplace central, and tie on the feedbag.

AR
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Old February 14th, 2001, 10:31 AM
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Bring plenty of extra cash as "you get what you pay for"
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Old February 14th, 2001, 01:20 PM
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Is that a "pork fat thing"?!!

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Old February 14th, 2001, 05:05 PM
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We found the food better on Celebrity than RCI (bland) even though they are both owned by RCI. Celebrity runs the cruise line as it has in the past before going under RCI. One
evening the Maitre d' announced what the next evenings dinner choices. The couple from England announced that chicken curry would be nice (not on the menu any night). The dinner next evening was the choice from the menu and a special for our table, chicken curry.
Both the Maitre d' and waiter received extra tip at the end. Just ask, never hurts.
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Old February 14th, 2001, 06:15 PM
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We are booked on Century In May & if the food & service is as good as Monarch of Seas out of San Juan, We will be happy, If it's better we will be HAPPIER!!!!!!
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Old February 14th, 2001, 07:03 PM
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Nah, you're thinking of SBAM.

In case you've never seen him, "BAM" is whatever Emeril throws into a dish to liven it up--spices, condiments, maybe even pork fat on the right day.

AR
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Old February 14th, 2001, 07:33 PM
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I have sailed on the Galaxy, Zenith, and Mercury. All Celebrity ships, and have never been disappointed in a meal. Very consistant. Very good quality and beautiful presentation. Food is very important to me on a cruise and was the reason I had chosen Celebrity in the first place some years ago, but I was wondering if I would sacrifice much by going on RCCL. I have now decided to go with the Millennium Eastern Carribean cruise, when I found out the New Orleans cruise on Rhapsody of the Seas was a once a year thing at Mardi Gras time and that cabins with private balconies were all gone already for March, 2002.
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Old February 15th, 2001, 12:27 AM
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Personally, I think you'll be disappointed if you take a Royal Caribbean ship if cuisine is a priority. While the food on Millennium was for me a bit below during a recent cruise, Celebrity's normally high standards surpass everyone. I've always appreciated the very attentive service and quality of food served on their ships. When I've sailed on Royal Caribbean, the food has been very mediocre. Even Carnival does a better job in this area.
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Old February 15th, 2001, 09:33 AM
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Thanks Anne, my mind is definately made up now. I'll stick with Celebrity, most likely the Millennium to the Eastern Carribean.
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Old February 15th, 2001, 11:12 PM
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We have been on both and without a doubt you will be disappointed in the Royal Carribean food after eating aboard the Celebrity. Sorry.
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Old February 15th, 2001, 11:22 PM
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We have dined on the Galaxy and the Sovereign of the Seas. I beleive the food aboard the Galaxy was better overall than the RCCL fare.

However, I cannot say that the difference was so great that I would alter itinerary for the food, and for me, as for so many others, food is very important. Even if the overall quality on RCCL is not up th the Celebrity quality that does not mean that you cannot find something that you like to eat, and no one goes hungry on a cruise.

Moreover, I have every expectation that since RCCL now owns Celebrity, the quality of the food for the separate cruise lines will dovetail in the future. It would be nice to think that the quality of RCCL would rise to that of Celbrity, but when the corporate heads start pinching pennies and charging you for a milkshake at Johnny Rockets, I have to be pessimistic.
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Old February 17th, 2001, 11:09 AM
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I'm not terribly certain that common ownership will cause the two brands to "merge" regarding food and other attributes.

Ford and Jaguar have common ownership, but I've not noticed Escorts trying to imitate Jags, or vice versa.

For as long as RCCL keeps the brands separate, it's a signal that they're at least trying to establish and maintain some differences between them. Otherwise they'd merge all the ships into a single brand, because that's a lot cheaper to do.

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Old February 17th, 2001, 12:55 PM
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Personally, I don't think that merging of food mangement etc. would be the thing to do, because I think it is important that each line maintain their distinct personalities.
I have never travelled on RCCL, but what I have been able to gather is that a major problem with them is the inconsistancies between their ships. Some very good, some good, and some bad.
I think this indicates that each ship probably has a different chef overseeing operations leading to these inconsistancies.
Celebrity has one chef, Michael Roux, who is responsible for designing menues, presentations etc., leading to a constant product which most judge as very good. I have sailed on Galaxy, Mercury, and Zenith, and the similarities are very obvious without being boring.
I think what RCCL (and other lines for that matter) might do, is to locate one talented chef and have him/her follow the example of Celebrity with total design responsibilities.
Even "on land" chefs such as Todd English, Wolfgang Puck, Emeril, etc. who are resonsible for numerous restaurants all over the country, are not in attendance at more than one at a time, but their "hand" is basically in every meal.
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Old February 21st, 2001, 04:03 PM
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you will be happier. been on both
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Old April 14th, 2001, 08:57 PM
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i have been on rccl 9 times and the food has gotten alot better they have hired someone like celebrity has in michele roux and thats why the food is now better. i will be on the century april 28 2001 and this will be my first time on celebrity and i hear i am in for a treat. thx dom
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