I would just like to mention that the fact of the food being overcooked may not be the fault of the Chef. When the orders come in, they are filled and placed under a heat lamp to keep them warm until the waiter or waitress has a full tray to bring out to the dining room. The problem here is that as the food stays under the heat lamp, it will continue to cook. Fish will overcook in a mere couple of minutes under the lamps. Just try to remember that your servers are servicing more than one table so that may be another reason the food stays under the lamps longer.
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Review by bradosin
In response to review, CrusinTim says ...
I have found on NCL to get a good meal you have to go to the specialty restaurants. Some here disagree with me, but on 3 NCL cruises the good meals we had were not in the MDR. The French restaurant and the steak house were good as was a special sea day Indian lunch.
It does seem to me that a lot of passengers are far too picky on the food. Unseasoned gravy !! Whatever next ?
Makes sense to me:
"unseasoned":"(of food) not flavored with seasoning: a tasteless, unseasoned meal."
"About the most unappetizing thing I can think of is lumpy mashed potato, or mashed potato that is heavy and unseasoned." ----A Thousand Ways to Please a Husband Louise Bennett Weaver
"Seasoning": "1. salt or an herb, spice, or the like, for heightening or improving the flavor of food."
Regarding overcooking fish--- "Fish will overcook in a mere couple of minutes under the lamps." Man, that is the truth. All it takes to get halibut cooked just about right is to put it in a water tight bag and run it through a dishwasher cycle.
Thank you for posting your review.
NCL is a lower end cruise line (some may disagree w/me on that point). We found that food quality in the MDR was consistently below expectations and as JusMe notes, we book dining packages and go to the specialty restaurants.
Also, concur with fish dish overcook issue. Again, specialty restaurants have a lower incidence of this because it is plated and delivered in less of a production line manner.
If food did not matter then a lot of people would not complain about it. Old time experienced cruisers know what cruise food used to be. The new cruisers have no idea how good things were so they can not understand people complaining as they never knew any better.
If food was not an issue then ships would not have the Specialty dining and would just serve at the Lido or McDonald's for all meals. The premium Cruise lines are known for having good food. The entry level lines like NCL, RCI and Carnival are not known for the food they serve (but we all know of Carnival's Chocolate Melting Cake.....yum yum)
When paying for a cruise and getting bad food. it is not being to picky, it is having standards and expecting to get what you paid for.