August 2014 - Oasis of the Seas to Caribbean - Western
No matter how beautiful or modern a ship may be, which the Oasis of the Seas is, if the food experience is poor the trip is ruined. As a frequent cruiser, I would prefer an older ship with outstanding food. It was evident that a decision was made recently by corporate to cut costs. Based on past reviews, my wife and I looked forward to an excellent experience. The ship was impressive. The first night in the main dining room set the tone for the week. Food came out cool, not hot. Quality was what you would expect from a cafeteria, not the flagship of the fleet! Soups and sauces were "broken", flavorless and packaged. Fish dishes frozen, and tasted "fishy" and not fresh. Beef dishes had a strange texture and taste. Reminded me of my first taste of beef in a third world country. Desserts all had the same problem; hard textures, lack of richness and also not fresh. The next day looked forward to a good breakfast only to find no omelet station, trays of food piled high of flavorless scrambled eggs, and everything again lukewarm! We gave the dining room one more attempt that night only to find more of the same. We felt forced to eat the remainder of the nights in the specialty restaurants. Wonder if this is an intentional corporate decision to drive those with high expectations of food to have to pay $$ ? Specialty restaurants made the trip bearable with decent to good food. Our last cruise on Celebrity was an outstanding food experience. I regret not choosing it again!