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.
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.
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!!
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.
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.
Bob J. wrote:
> 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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