NCL Eurpoean Cruise and Food

So I am reaching out to see if what I heard about the food on a European NCL cruise is true.

Friends of ours recently told us how bad their food experience was. The husband was ok with the food, not the best he said. The wife on the other hand said he "lost weight" during the cruise since the food was so bad. Her complaint was the food was more European than American. She doesn't care for European food apparently.

I am skeptical that there wasn't anything she could really eat on the ship. So my question is what "style" of food is offered on NCL European cruises?

Tags: Norwegian Cruise Line

11 Answers

I sailed Norwegian Star in the Adriatic/Eastern Med last year, and there are very few differences that I could distinguish between the food onboard and the food I'm used to at home in America. The only two that pop into my head are that they don't put any/much ice in your drinks unless you specifically ask, and the ranch dressing across the ship was really sweet - much sweeter than we are used to.

I'm not sure which ship/where in Europe your friends were, but in my experience it was like any food we'd find on a ship sailing from America. I am not a hugely adventurous eater, and tend to be just as happy or more with a burger and fries than with surf and turf. But most everything I tried was normal to what I'm used to.

Having eaten American food for more than 50 years, I actually look forward to opportunities to have European food. I guess its just a matter of how adventurous one is.

(When I was living in Korea, I would occasionally go to a restaurant where the menu was written in Korean with no translations. I would just point to something and wait for it to arrive. I never had a bad meal. (I also am still not sure what was in it, nor do I care to know Big Smile)

I never understand the lack of ice for drinks in Europe, I guess it really is an American thing. I think burgers and fries for a week would get old, as long as I can switch it up with something else I would be sorted.

I would love to be able to go to Asia and try some local cuisine. I agree I probably wouldn't want to know what was in it at the time as long as it tasted good. I will get there eventually.

I doubt that European food is inferior to American. We have eaten all over the world and the food is good all over the world. Perhaps they used different seasonings that you weren't used to. All you have to do is ask for the type of food that you want to eat. Even if it is not on the menu, if the kitchen has the ingredients for it, they will make it for you.

thats actually really good to know. I'm usually willing to try anything, but I was just wondering about what I was told by a friend and thought I would see what the community here had to say.

I have not cruised NCL in Europe but I have cruised NCL out of the USA a few times. I will say IMHO the worst food and service I have had on any cruise line has been on NCL. I would rather eat in Carnival's dining rooms then NCL.

So it may not have been Europe it may be she like me just does not like the food on NCL,

Yes, I definitely didn't mean that's all there was! We had a huge range of delicious meals in venues across the ship. I just said that to say that I'm pretty happy with simple meals as well as fancy ones, and NCL had both. We didn't run out of things to try, that's for sure.

I have only been on 1 NCL cruise and the food in the main dining wasn't as good as I had with Disney. I have only been on the 2 cruises. The meals I had in their specialty dining with NCL were amazing and I will be eating in them again when we take our Alaskan cruise in a couple years.

The service at times was suspect. We had a great cabin steward as where our friends did not. A couple of the hosts at the complimentary restaurants were less than friendly, but the servers were more than friendly and helpful with getting everything we wanted, even if it felt like it took a little long to get it.

I enjoyed my time on the NCL Escape. I can overlook a few things when my family are thoroughly enjoying themselves.

My sister and her husband just completed a 22 day trans Pacific cruise on NCL and totally enjoyed it especially the food.

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