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Which mass market Cruise Line has the best food overall?

Discussion in 'Know Before You Go' started by John, Oct 3, 2010.

  1. Cruizer

    Cruizer Well-Known Member

    While I respect your opinion (on all threads you post on - not just this one), the question was not which line has gourmet food. The question is, which mass market line has the best food. Even if the best is comparable to Stuart Andersen's, if the rest rank with the fast food chains, then Stuart Andersen's is the best.

    Of the five cruise lines I have cruised on, the food on Carnival is the best. The service on Carnival might not be the best of the five, but the food is. But again, the question was not which cruise line offers the best dining experience, but rather which mass market line has the best food.

    I've been on five cruise lines and have sampled three others (via tours). If we consider the tours, then Crystal is the best. However, I am not sure Crystal qualifies as a mass market line.

    And while not part of the question, there are at least three to five other cruise lines I would like to try out. That will give me a total of eight to ten. I may not be in the same league as Douglas Ward, but I do think I am at least getting a varied sample of the different cruise products. After all, I've only own, and regularly driven, cars from three different manufacturers. So even though I have a lot more days on the road that days at sea, I believe my cruise experience does have some variety (and I am looking for more), and certainly a greater variety than my automobile experience.
    Last edited: Oct 4, 2010
  2. BSeabob

    BSeabob Reinststed due to good behavior-Subject to change Staff Member

    My experiences are limited to three cruise lines

    Celebrity, RCL (which owns Celebrity) and HAL. They all had their good and bad days.
  3. red stripe

    red stripe Well-Known Member

    I thought about this and came to the conclusion that I can not answer by cruise-line.. as often the food will vary greatly between ships of the same line.

    A "for instance" would be the cruise we took on Celebrity Century about a year ago.. the food was outstanding.
    Then we took another Celebrity cruise..(forgot what one.. too many cruises.. too few remaining brain cells) The food was.. OK..

    Once I would have swore by the food on Cunard or HAL.. But I ran into the same problem.. things are not equal across the board any longer.
    I have also encountered this on RCI (OK.. if there is a consistently bland"bottom of the list" they would be there) Carnival, Princess, and the rest of the cruise-lines I have sailed on.

    So I would be reluctant to single out any one cruise-line for consistently good food in this day and age..

    And YES.. we are going on RCI in under two weeks. Just goes to show that Itinerary, friends etc. can sometimes outweigh the food... :biggrin:
  4. Cruizer

    Cruizer Well-Known Member

    What kind of a dish is fiid?
  5. Corky

    Corky Well-Known Member

    Hey GFF - Great minds think alike!! :doubleup: :sunny:
  6. iluvcruzin

    iluvcruzin Well-Known Member

    I've had some goods and ok's based on individual ships - not so much with the cruiseline.. however, I'll answer the question in the order of preference.

    1 - Carnival
    2 - NCL (only 1 ship many years ago and it was memorable)
    3 - Princess
    4 - RCCL
    5 - Celebrity
    6 - HAL

    Now.. if we weren't talking about cruiseliners, the Delta Queen was the BEST overall. :doubleup:
  7. Snowblower

    Snowblower Well-Known Member

    I will make it easy. All of them do because it means that we aren't the ones doing the cooking!!!!
  8. GloBug

    GloBug Senior Flea Coller Tester

    IMHO, anything I don't have to cook qualifies!
  9. Cruzman

    Cruzman Well-Known Member

    As someone suggested, I may not be qualified after 39 cruises to offer an opinion here. However, I will do so anyway, and in order of preference:

    1. Carnival
    2. HAl
    3. Princess
    4. Costa
    5. RCCI
    6. Premier
    7. NCL
  10. randy

    randy Well-Known Member

    My preference:
    1. Celebrity
    2. RCL
    3. Carnival
    4. Princess
    5. NCL
    would really like to try HAL some day, but am still too "young!" ;-)

    And I guess I fall into the BruinSteve camp, where taste, PLUS presentation, service and ambience all contribute to what makes a meal good. I enjoyed all the meals on all the lines, some more than others. While I thought the food on Carnival was mostly tasty, the constant "waiter entertainment" was way too distracting for me to enjoy a complete meal; "I will bring you your coffee and dessert after we do the song and dance number."
    Last edited: Oct 12, 2010
  11. earl_m

    earl_m Social Host

    I have been on three cruise lines, Carnival,RCl and Holland America.
    between the 3 of them, there was not much of a different between them. but I have found that the specialty restaurants. Pinacle Grill and Portifino were better . service and presentation was alot better then the MDR. Thats just my opinion!
  12. red stripe

    red stripe Well-Known Member

    That is "food" with a very high class British accent:biggrin:
  13. cruzers

    cruzers Active Member

    We just came from a Celebrity (Solstice) cruise in the Caribbean and were extremely disappointed with the food in general. Our last two cruises were with Princess and must say their meals were by far much superior. Fellow passengers also commented that they also felt the food was much poorer than in the past. I still refuse to pay "Service Charges" for meals in the specialty dining rooms as I expect decent meals in the price of the cruise.

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