Cruise Cuisine

I’ve been on ships where the buffets rivalled anything a four star restaurant could offer, and the MDRs and specialty restaurants were like something out of culinary heaven. Even today, the specialty restaurants can leave lasting memories. But two mysteries baffle me still. The coffee and the buffet bacon. It doesn’t seem to matter which cruise line or which ship – the coffee is this odd coffee-esque beverage that is actually quite drinkable – but not like any coffee I find on shore. I’ve heard it’s made from concentrate. Granted – many ships have specialty coffee kiosks that rival Starbucks – but the “run of the mill coffee” is unique to cruise ships. And the bacon? Yikes. Over cooked, brittle and greasy (and often stuck together in clumps). And again – it doesn’t seem to matter which cruise line or which ship.


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That bacon is called crispy, and is perfect.   I agree with you about the coffee though.  Drinkable ? Yes, barely. We prefer the coffee bars.  Lavazza on Norwegian.

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Most lines use something labeled "Coffee Flavored Beverage Concentrate".

The labeling reminds me of Soylent Green Sad

Yikes - "Soylent Brown?"

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I ask for one slice of bacon & I get four all stuck together.

I'll agree on the bacon and the coffee.  I believe it is actually the ships water that make the coffee not that desirable.  Its the same thing with the bottled water I bought on board last year.  It tasted distilled. 

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