I hear you about the ice cream machines. I always enjoy ice cream on cruises since I rarely have any at home.  Luckily, on my last two cruises on HAL the ms Amsterdam had an ice cream station at the buffet which included soft serve, sorbet, ice cream and sugar free ice cream.  They had cones or cups and plenty of toppings that I didn't use but others did.  I was on a  MSC ship & the machines kept breaking.  Sometime the soft serve was so soft and it didn't hold up on a cone.  .  Thanks for sharing your thoughts.