We have been on several short cruises (7 to 10 days), and one long one, all on HAL. On the long cruise, dinner in the main dining room was not as good as on the other cruises. I suppose they have relied more on frozen food on a long trip. It appeared to us that more of the dinner entrées were prepared items from the freezer.
2005 Panama Canal
2006 W. Caribbean
2007 E. Caribbean
2007 N. Atlantic
2008 S. America
2009 Grand Voyage
2010 N. Atlantic
2011 Grand Voyage
2013 Hawaii - S. Pacific
That is weird. I have only cruised on Carnival and none of the food looks or tastes like it was frozen. That is weird. Sorry I can't answer your question.
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Eastern Caribbean- 11/20/2010
Carnival Ecstasy (4 Day Baja Mexico) 2003
Carnival Pride (7 Day Mexican Riviera) 2007
Carnival Spirit (8 Day Exotic Mexican Riviera) 2007
Carnival Freedom (7 Day Western Caribbean) 2008
Carnival Elation (4 Day Baja Mexico) 2009
Carnival Spirit (7 Day Southbound Alaska) 2009
I suspect the difference is the ship itself rather than the length of the cruise. Some H.A.L. ships have great head chefs and some not so much.
Or so it seems to me.
On longer cruises they buy food supplies along the way. Location may dictate what kinds of food are available. Buying local in South America may be very different from buying local in Asia, for instance.
The length of the cruise makes little or no difference in the 'freshness' of the food. We have been on three cruises of more than a month in length and the food was fresh throughout. The food is refreshed throughout the cruise at ports along the way, all prearranged and planned. Most of the meats and seafood are frozen anyway and thawed as needed. On a longer cruise, you will frequently see them bring aboard a few pallets of produce, fruits and veggies. On shorter cruises, they tend to stock for the week at the point of departure.
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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