Anyone really had poor quality food(I mean really bad taste)on a cruise? I remember many years ago sailing the Chandris Amerikanis in the Caribbean and the food was so bad I ate every meal I could on shore.(they couldn't even fix jello right) The help was so bad I left a nickel for a tip to the waiter. The cakes and pastry tasted like shave cream. I could see the kitchen floor from our table and the kitchen staff was wearing rubber boots because of the "stuff" on the floor.
Never had anything that I had to send back or couldn't eat. Sometimes the buffet food turns me off, but then I know it's buffet food!
I went on a galley tour once and was very impressed at how spotless everything was in the kitchen. Being a restaurant owner, I know where to look to find the crevices and corners where food particles and grease collect, but have to say on the Fantasy I couldn't find any debris anywhere. And boy did I look! I was the last one on the tour.
A number sticks in my mind too. Eight hundred meals in 20 minutes. That's what they put out. Amazing!
Unfortunately yes we have had bad meals on a cruise ship. It was not every meal but the majority of the dinner meals were bad. This was on the Mercury. The chicken was delivered to the table still bloody, the fish would come almost gelletin because of lack of preperation and the steaks would have to be returned to be cooked to our liking. It was the only cruise ship I have been on that I had to return the meals. Many at our table returned meals on that cruise. Spent many an evening eating ham and cheese sandwiches from the room service menu so that I would get enough to eat on that sailing also. At least the sandwiches were good .
We were on the alleged 5 star Holland American "Prinsendam" for 14 days in August 2003, and at least 7 of the dinners in the main dining rooms came with vegetable under cooked or cold. We also noted that progressively there were fewer passengers in the dining room for the evening meals and more passengers eating in the Lido restaurant since the food there, the same menu as in the main dining room ,was better cooked. On this cruise we enjoyed our lunch and breakfast in the Lido simply because when we eat in the open seating dining room, service was slow and erratic.
Commencing October 1, 2003 we cruised on the Mexican Riviera for ten days on the HAL, "Statendam" This was probable our poorest cruise since sailing with HAL. . We had a wheelchair accessible stateroom that was under galley. Normally we avoid being under the galley but had been told by HAL that our stateroom was not under galley. The deck plan in the HAL brochure was not accurate and it did not take us long to discover this.The room was noisy 24 hours a day. But then we are concerned here with food.
The menu was no diffrent from what we experienced on the "Prinsendam". Many of the meals in the main dining room were discouraging because the vegetables were either not cooked properly or served cold. This was not a cruise to write home about.
I've never really had bad food on any of the cruiselines I've traveled with and that amounts to 22 cruises on 6 different cruiselines. However, I have noticed one thing that misses the mark on almost every cruiseline I've been on. On some of the dinners in the dining room, one of the vegetables is green beans( string beans). It seems that I have never been served any that were cooked to the point that you could chew them without strangling on them. That seems so odd to me. Now I just leave them alone.
We were on the Presindam 37 days The waiter just couldn't do enough. On some 40 sailing the waiter's would do most anyting to see that we were happy. Did you ask the waiter to do anything about you cold or ---- Food????