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My hat is off to those who have the finances to sail on the "top shelf" cruise lines. Unfortunately, as a teacher in Florida, I can only cruise bargain basement lines such as RCCL. So, I guess that I am not entitled to the amenities, including delicious food. This now is relegated to the more affluent among us.

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We also are not rich - not even close. However we are considering cutting back on the number of times we sail so we can "graduate" to the other lines.

Food is important to us just as the ship and ports are. If I want to eat crap I'll stay home and go to Micky D's. I don't think it's asking too much to serve decent food, something RCL has not been doing over the last 3/4 years.
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I enjoyed the Salmon, Lobster, escargot, onion tart, scallops, shrimp just to name a few.
Every dinner was more then decent.

Of course any ship can have an "off" week when it comes to food.

This what awaits me in 10 days on the Explorer too bad I'll have to say no to some of those items due to high calorie/fat count. :evil:



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I enjoyed the Salmon, Lobster, escargot, onion tart, scallops, shrimp just to name a few.
Every dinner was more then decent.

Of course any ship can have an "off" week when it comes to food.

This what awaits me in 10 days on the Explorer too bad I'll have to say no to some of those items due to high calorie/fat count. :evil:



To be honest with you, I will not accept the ship can have an "off" week with the quality of the food. Are the people sailing on that week going to get some compensation because they are having an "off" week - of course not.

I am not willing to accept excuses like that. It's too bad that's what so many are willing to do. In anything - not just food. Accept shoddy products and make excuses.
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So many are willing to because for them the food is decent and they have no complaints about the food.

My Liberty cruise was soldout and my upcoming Explorer cruise is soldout. Many repeaters onboard so either they like the food or they don't like the food but enjoy the ship or ports or whatever.

Royal is not the only cruiseline out there and if food is important while cruising then cruisers should look into all cruising options.

There are too many ships out there to choose from cruisers should pick the one that suits their family if it is for the food, entertainment, size, service, ports, price.

I just wish I can take those hard working people in the galley home with me! 8)

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It's true - so many are willing to accept sub-par food or anything else. That is there choice of course, and some don't have any problem with the food that is presented to them and that's OK too.

My problem is people who think those of us who do think there is a problem with the food need to move on to another more upscale line. If everyone did that the financial damage to RCL would be astronomical - really I'm sure there is a better answer than just telling people to go away.
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Not everyone will be happy with the same cruiseline/cruiseship. You will always get cruisers that don't like the food, ship, service, entertainment etc etc.
The cruiselines just can't please everyone as we all do have different taste and not just in food.

Royal is my line however if there was something that I did not care for (food, service, entertainment etc etc) I would look around and jump ship. I work too hard when I get onboard a ship I am looking for the Perfect cruise and so far I get that with Royal. If something was not to my liking on Royal I would jump ship. It's a big ocean with alot of ships out there.

When it comes to food no Cruiseline will satisfy every single one of it's cruisers even the more upscale line. Someone is bound to dislike something.
I hear all the time.....
Royal food is good Royal food is bad
Carnival food is good Carnival food is bad
Princess food is good Princess food is bad
Etc etc etc.

All this talk about food I think I'll go make me some popcorn!
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I've sailed both cruise line recently. RC has a more limited menu in
the dining room. I think Carnival has many more offerings.

I would like to add that both quality of say steaks have
declined since the introduction of "specialty restaurants".
I think we will continue to see that decline as long as
passengers are willing to patronize these "added fee" dining options.

I for one will not. I think with the fare we should be offered the
highest quality food at all times, including top cuts of meat.

I think if people would stop paying the fee for better food, we
would all be better served with higher quality food in the dining
rooms.
Sorry, but just my opinion.
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RC food is not that good
I had good food on the Liberty OTS. All of my tablemates enjoyed the food. We all have different tastes, but the food was good.

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One more item that I have to add here.

The worst food we had was on the Carnival Liberty. My DW would not sail on Carnival again.

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Has anyone had any experience with food on ships with no specialty restaurants? The previous posts seem to suggest that the better food is served in the "s.r." Then it follows that ships without them should have better food. Just wondering.
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Back in the day before they had specialty restaurants the food was better.I have many friends who do a lot of cruises, and they all say that food today is not as good as it used tobe in any cruiseline.

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Back in the day before they had specialty restaurants the food was better.I have many friends who do a lot of cruises, and they all say that food today is not as good as it used tobe in any cruiseline.

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You are certainly correct about that. When we first sailed the food was wonderful with a lot of choice. Now it's less than satisfactory (but not always) and the choices are just not there. Not even a regular chef salad. As far as the Windjammer, I find the choices in there are much more and better than the MDR.
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On our last cruise we ate more dinners in the Windjammer than the MDR. We realized that not only was the food very good but the atmosphere at the Windjammer in the evenings was much more intimate and quiet. We were glad we discovered the quiet ambiance and some nights we just weren't up to the crowded (and noisy) MDR. With all the make your own (pizzas, pasta, mongolian stir fry) stations the food was very fresh and very good. We also eat at least once every cruise at the Specialty Restaurant(s) and the food there is excellent very worth the small extra charge. If you cruise only for the food available I can understand being critical, but we cruise for the ship atmosphere and the ports (has to have nice beaches.) I don't think anyone has ever gone hungry while on a cruise so all the complaining about the food is just so some people can complain about something. I have always been happy with all RC has to offer and will continue to stay loyal to Royal.
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Lets face it... you can't please everyone. We all have levels of what we consider good and what's not so good. I can think something is delicious and the person next to me might refuse to eat it.

Bottom line is that the cruise lines are playing a delicate juggling act between offering quality food and keeping the overall cost to the consumer at an affordable price. NOT an easy task by any means especially in these days.

So as I've stated in the past, some items will be yummy and some not so much... that's the price you pay for being offered a price you can pay!
For years and years people have said that cruising gives you the most bang for your buck. Consider what you would pay on a land based vacation for the amenities you receive on board a cruise. With that in mind, although the food offerings aren't gourmet like they were back in the 90's, you are still getting one hell of a deal for the cost to you.
(well *I* am with my cheapy inside cabins... can't speak for you peeps in the suites!!!)
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I agree with some of the other posters.

While I thought the food on RCI was great, I did prefer the Windjammer over the MDR b/c it had a better selection, we could eat in under an hour, we weren't constantly interrupted by servers and photographers (I know it's their job, I just prefer not to be interrupted so much when I am eating), I didn't have to sing, wave my napkin in the air or dance the Macarena.

I also agree about the specialty restaurants. I have already paid for my food -- why should I pay again? And if fewer people paid these extra charges for specialty restaurants, I bet the food quality would improve.
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Mike-Suz, You are abslolutely right. My DW and I have been booking veranda cabins for our cruises since 2003, but the price of a cruise is still much lower than a land vacation.
We recently spent a week in Cape Cod Ma. and the cost of our vacation (witch did not include any shows ) was higher than the same amount of time on a cruiseship.

I say one more time that we enjoyed the food on the Liberty OTS, and we will be back again on her in november.

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Mike-Suz; you wrote "You can't expect top of the line cuisine at bargain basement prices." and as I agree with you 100%, but that doesn't mean that meals are not repetitive.

I love going to the MDR myself, but I also like to embark on different flavors that are not offered in a traditional dining room. Of course it's a strategy for cruise lines to offer this, but it's also something that cruisers have been wanting. Will I ever give up the MDR, never, but I personally like the option of having options.

How about a speciality restaurant as my treat one time, on me,you and your wife, if we ever cruise together?
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17 cruises now completed and I can say that I have never had a bad meal with RCCL. I enjoy the MDR and the Specialty Restaurants. I find it endlessly entertaining how some people can find something like this to ruin there vacation.
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Mike-Suz; you wrote "You can't expect top of the line cuisine at bargain basement prices." and as I agree with you 100%, but that doesn't mean that meals are not repetitive.

I love going to the MDR myself, but I also like to embark on different flavors that are not offered in a traditional dining room. Of course it's a strategy for cruise lines to offer this, but it's also something that cruisers have been wanting. Will I ever give up the MDR, never, but I personally like the option of having options.

How about a speciality restaurant as my treat one time, on me,you and your wife, if we ever cruise together?
Surfguy that is such a friendly and generous offer and it speaks volumes to what a nice person you must be. The fact is, that Suz and I ate at Portofinos on our last cruise on Freedom OTS, November 2008.
I'm VERY VERY sad to report that Suz was disgusted with her meal.

We had become gun shy of seafood after having been served poor quality seafood at restaurant after restaurant... (including the night before the cruise at Argentango in Miami, we sent it back) and we were completely looking forward to Portofino as a respite from all that crap.
Well I ordered the saltimbocca which was very good, it was ALL very good except poor Suzanne's seafood dish. (I still feel so bad for her.. she looked forward to this like you wouldn't believe). She ordered Spiedino di frutti di mare... and the lobster was salty, the scallops were bland and the salmon was fishy. She just now said it was her most disappointing meal of the entire cruise. So... the whole "specialty restaurant" thing got shot out of the sky for us.
Maybe we'll give chops a try in September and stick to the beef!
Either way, if we are all on the same cruise some day we would LOVE to meet ! And thank you again for your very kind and generous offer!

And please don't get us wrong... we LOVE Royal and generally speaking we're quite pleased with the food they offer.
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Back in the day before they had specialty restaurants the food was better.I have many friends who do a lot of cruises, and they all say that food today is not as good as it used tobe in any cruiseline.

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This is probably very true. I remember on a 17nt Mediterranean/Black Sea cruise I took in 1978, the food was extremely good. I, also, remember that the whole ship (of a whopping 450 passengers) was chartered for Best Western Motel/Resort owners. The only reason I was on that cruise was because my in-laws, who owned 2 motels, couldn't go in the end. My ex and I were told 10 days before the sail date that we were taking their places. Anyway, my point being is that way back then, only people of money could truly afford to cruise. Cruising back then was very expensive. We felt like paupers amongst these people. I'm not exaggerating! My ex's family had money, but they were the type that you really couldn't tell. On the other hand, that's all you could tell about the rest of the ship! I'm sure the food was totally expected to be supreme with the money they spent for this cruise. Most likely more comparable to Crystal, Regent, or Seabourn of nowadays. And I know my uncle and aunt rave about the food on Crystal. Yes, our wing of the family took a wrong turn somewhere.........lol!!!
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In my humble opinion, the food on Royal Caribbean ships is terrible. I am one of those people that actually went hungry on my RCCL cruises. I found that the food in the Windjammer and main dining room was very salty. At dinner in the MDR, my last source of nourishment, the rolls, were hard as rocks and inedible. The soft serve ice cream machines were always broken or there were no cones or bowls to put the ice cream in. When I asked my waiter to bring me something else from the menu, he looked at me like I had three heads, said nothing but brought my food, plopped it down in front of me and walked away with disdain.

I don't think anyone goes on a cruise just to eat but I absolutely will not pay extra for specialty restaurants. They are just an added expense that cruise lines have come up with to grab more of your money. That is the purpose of the malls on RCCL, right? Shops and restaurants enticing you to spend money.

It's pretty sad when you can't find one good thing to say about any of the food on RCCL.
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In my humble opinion, the food on Royal Caribbean ships is terrible. I am one of those people that actually went hungry on my RCCL cruises. I found that the food in the Windjammer and main dining room was very salty. At dinner in the MDR, my last source of nourishment, the rolls, were hard as rocks and inedible. The soft serve ice cream machines were always broken or there were no cones or bowls to put the ice cream in. When I asked my waiter to bring me something else from the menu, he looked at me like I had three heads, said nothing but brought my food, plopped it down in front of me and walked away with disdain.

I don't think anyone goes on a cruise just to eat but I absolutely will not pay extra for specialty restaurants. They are just an added expense that cruise lines have come up with to grab more of your money. That is the purpose of the malls on RCCL, right? Shops and restaurants enticing you to spend money.

It's pretty sad when you can't find one good thing to say about any of the food on RCCL.
I can think of plenty. The Lamb Shank, I am getting hungry just thinking about it !!
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The lamb shank was my favorite. I am getting hungry just thinking about it,

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The lamb shank was my favorite. I am getting hungry just thinking about it,

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It "was" your favorite ? It was still on the menu a couple of months ago, hope it is still there ! Now I am really hungry
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I never had the Lamb Shank!! I think I'll give it a try! 8)
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! ! ! ! LAMB SHANK PARTY ! ! ! !

! ! ! ! WOOOOOOO HOOOOOOOO ! ! ! !
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! ! ! ! LAMB SHANK PARTY ! ! ! !

! ! ! ! WOOOOOOO HOOOOOOOO ! ! ! !

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Can I join the party?

I will buy the wine to go with the lamb shank.

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Count me in for that lamb shank, too!!! Yummmmmmm......!
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