What's your best eating experience while on your cruise. Whether onboard or on shore, has anyone eaten anything that was absolutely to DIE for?
Your best meal on ship or shore?
I had some Cuban food (at the port of Miami) that ill never forget, also, the chocolate lava (melting cake) on RCCL is better than on Carnival, in my opinion.
I had an amazing meal at Le Bistro, the french speciality restaurant for NCL. Also had the best ever conch salad in Freeport Bahamas.
Strange to say, after all this time, but we've gotten to EXPECT good meals at the specialty restaurants...and the MDR...the ones that weren't so good, we just forget about it....frankly, even a good meal can get ruined by slow service...or excessive noise, or some dimbulb at the next table who thinks they own the ship...which gets me to thinking.
I have yet to have a bad meal on a ship but the best experience was in New Orleans after a 14 night repo from Boston. We had landed in the morning (Friday 13 lol ) and had reservations at the Upperline Restaurant in the Garden district. We made the reservations a month in advance from home. They said they did not usually do reservations like that but made an exception. The experience was awesome and unique and the food was outstanding.
I agree with you Yankee47, we've come to expect good meals. If I had to choose the best it would be the first Chef's Table with Carnival. In the beginning there was not a set menu, the Chef could go into port and go to the market, then decide what he wanted to fix for the dinner. It was wonderful. When we decided to go with friends later, the menus become standard across the fleet and while they were good.... just not the same exciting and delicious meal. It probably cost more the other way.
Striploin in the Steakhouse and lasagna in Cucina del Capitano.
For me, it's all the traditional staples on a cruise, such as a Baked Alaska, Crème Brule, etc. that we don't normally get at home. Plus, I'm a HUGE pineapple lover, so the fresh cut pineapples at the buffet everyday are a MUST!
Had many excellent meals over the years, but one that stands out in my mind took place on HAL's Prinsendam in their Pinnacle Dining Room ten years ago. It was a special multi course dinner based upon a super exclusive d'hôte menu and wine pairing. It was billed as a caviar extravaganza, if I recall correctly, where one type of caviar after another was offered with just about every course.
I still have the fancy menu stuck on my propane refrigerator door at my wilderness retreat. Friends marvel at it and wonder if that is what I'm serving for dinner in the evening. LOL
Oh this is a tough question. I would have to say Moderno on NCL and the Pinnacle steak house on Holland.
Fajita dinner at a nude beach at Cozumel. We did a motorcycle excursion and the guides routed us to a eatery on a nude beach. NICE!!!