askeegan
Contributor Level: Cruise Director

Worst Dining Experience

In light of all the pictures that people post of their meals and fancies and so for, what is the worst thing you have ever been served on a cruise?  Other than your bill, LOL

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Bubba54
Contributor Level: Captain

I ordered fajitas one night. Not even close. Surprised

BDRebel
Contributor Level: Captain

Unfortunately, Bill always finds me at the end of a cruise.Crying

Honestly, I cannot recall being served anything I didn't like. And yes, I do venture way outside my comfort zone in the dining room -- ordering things I have never had.

There are a few items that I have tried (off the boat) that I do not like, and do not normally order those items.

On occasion, though, the chef will sneak something into a recipe that I know I do not like, and it turns out delicious (I do not like liver, but the Beef Wellington was fantastic!).

OldGreyWolf
Contributor Level: Cruise Director

Agreed. I do not recall ever having a bad dining experience. Maybe my expectations are low or maybe i am too forgiving but I always enjoy each and every meal. The food is always good. I have has slow service from time to time but then in some upscale shore side restaurants i have experienced poor service as well. Keeping it all in perspective i would have to say that overall I find cruise dining and service to be above the same on shore side. And keep in mind that all of my cruise experience has been on NCL. I have heard many criticize the food and service on NCL. Who knows, maybe there is merrit in their case but I have not experienced any dining problems so usually I tend to look at the uber negative food and service reviews as a matter of unrealistic expectations or a lack of tolerance for the human condition. Cheers,

JusMe
Moderator
Contributor Level: Captain

Worst was gritty Salmon in Alaska on Princess line for single meal.   Worst for full cruise MDR would hands down go to NCL,  Poor food quality and bad service.   Every night they would get one or two of our orders wrong or bring out food for everyone but one or two people that would have to sit for another 10 to 15 min to get dinner.   This was not only in the free dining room but also happened in the specialty dining on the NCL Star.   Im not sure if it was because we had 8 to 12 of us at dinner each night or just bad staff.

BDRebel
Contributor Level: Captain

That may be why I've always had great experiences in the MDR. For the last 20 years or so, "Fine Dining" has been defined by Johnny Carinos Sad

And good service around here means that the waiter can try to speak English while not imposing the "Gringo Tax".

BAK1061
Contributor Level: Captain

Our voyage on Royal Caribbean had the worst food by far, except for Portofinos.   Way too salty. Meat was tough, and tasteless.  Assuming that is it was actually some sort of meat.

Johngold
Moderator
Contributor Level: Captain

Only once. the Italian Restaurant on the NCL Dawn. Funny thing? the best I've ever been served was on the same trip and ship the Dawn but the Bistro French restaurant. I am also a very good cook and my wife has worked in the food industry for 40 years. So we are very critical on a good day.

stephanierenee
Contributor Level: Captain

no, luckily all my cruises have had very good cuisine. I pray my luck doesn't run out. Nervous

BAK1061
Contributor Level: Captain

Cagneys and LeBistro are both excellent restaurants on NCL.   

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