Not sure what "standard" you mean when you are referring to the food being "below," but I understand that it can be a bit repetitive in the MDR every night on a longer cruise. As for the training of the people "serving," do you mean the waitstaff, or the ones who hand you your carved roast beef across the buffet line? There is a definite difference in the type and level of training for kitchen personnel behind the food at the buffet and the ones who you trust to get your order right in the MDR. You never actually describe anything or explain what tasted bad. You obviously didn't care much for the ports of call either, and said nothing about them. My guess is you're probably a well-to-do internet junkie who doesn't know how to have fun and should probably be on Regent or Oceania where they will meet your high standards.
Review by del704
In response to review, MrChocoholic says ...
On NCL if you want good food you have to go to the extra pay restaurants. We also had bad service in the MDR on NCL and the MDR food was not up to par with Celebrity or RCI.
You have been on 2 - 3 cruises, what other lines have you been on that you compared this to ?
Thanks for the review, hope your next cruise is better.
Congratulation on your fortieth wedding anniversary. Sorry to hear that the cruise was not a good fit for you. It is too bad that cruise lines do not offer more vegetarian options. On your next cruise, try arranging ahead of time for some vegetarians options. Mot cruise lines will whip up something if you ask ahead of time. My husband does this directly with the cruise line ahead of time by phone , even on the ship he speaks directly to the chef on day one. They are always accommodating - even at the buffet. They give him menus on the day before. If there is nothing there that he can eat, they will make up something simple for him.
I don't mean to judge, but you seem to have nothing but negatives in your review, and you only seemed to review the food selections in MDR and Buffet and the internet. Nothing else.
I honestly don't know why you would go on a cruise and buy a big internet package. Surely the point of a cruise is to 'switch off' from technology and everydayness? Or is that just me?
I am sorry you considered the food and service in the MDR/Buffet supar. I concur with others who suggest informing NCL ahead of time of your wife's vegetarian status which should facilitate more selection for her.
Did you do nothing else on this cruise? Did you not go into any of the ports? On any of the excursions? How were the other facilities onboard?
I'd be interested to know more and I am sure others would too.