View Full Version : WONDER FOOD not so Wonderful

fred ferdlap
11-05-2001, 12:59 PM
Just off the WONDER 11/01 OUR SECOND TIME.
First of all I had a really great time and am planning my next 7 day adventure which I booked on board.

A couple of us here at work happened to be on the same voyage and were comparing notes.

What do people think of the food on the ship?

Parrot Cay is 1 step above denny's basically edible food. The Ribeye was what you would expect at Denny's and the shrimp was probably frozen.

PALOS #1 (why can't all the food be this good?)

PLUTO's/Burgers/ Chicken Strips were tops!

Tritons: AVERAGE

Animators: Average

WRAPs in scoops were old

Pizza was not fresh

I thought the food was better last December.

11-05-2001, 01:23 PM

Sorry, but me and my waistline will have to disagree with you. I have been on two cruises on both ships and have gained 10 pounds from their food everytime I go! <BG> I have even tried new foods like Salmon and stuff that normally I wouldn't eat and loved it all! I especially enjoy the room service for a late night snack after dancing at the clubs. I more than pay for the crusie with the food I eat and I enjoy dinning at the different nicer restaurants that DCL offers.

Hope you enjoy the food more next time...Mmketeer

11-05-2001, 01:39 PM
I thought the food on the 10/14 Wonder cruise was good to excellent! Much better than it had been in the past and even better than some of the Magic cruises. The buffets were much improved as well. I didn't use the fast food places so can't comment on those.

Just a matter of personal taste, I guess!

Bev J
11-05-2001, 04:02 PM
I would agree that the food was not wonderful. This was the case in the dining rooms only. Room service, fast service on deck were good. This was our 10 cruise, first on Disney. I really expected more. We will try a 7 day in the future, maybe the food will be magic-ly improved!

11-05-2001, 05:31 PM
Gee, my dh and ds & her dh did "hunny"moon cruise on Oct 14 & we were very impressed with the food. Maybe it just depended on what you ordered - I agree that the food @Parrot Cay was the least impressive (I had the steak too) but really, overall, the food was great (maybe it also helped that I didn't have to cook or clean up one thing ;) and, I gained a pound or two too:eek:
Palos was the best tho:)

"hunny"moon cruise 4-day Wonder October 14
can't wait for Disney 7-day Western Caribbean cruise 10/12/02:sunny: :sunny: :cool:

11-05-2001, 07:34 PM
Parrot Cay is definitely my least favorite, but I like the food in Triton's (escargot, duck) and Animators Palate (maple-glazed salmon, duck & goat cheese appetizer) very much. The food on DCL has improved greatly since we first cruised with them in Sept. 1998, although it also seems to have been "toned down" to be more meat & potatoes than it used to be. But we always enjoy it, and it goes without saying that Palo is superb. I think they must import the chocolate souffle straight from Heaven. I have all the menus on my website at www.***************** if anyone wants to see the offerings.

11-05-2001, 09:00 PM
I just got off the 11/01 Wonder too.

I thought the sea bass at Triton's was wonderful. I had the salmon at Animator's Palate and that was quite good also. At Parrot Cay I had the roasted chicken which was good, but probably my least favorite of the three.

The pizza on the first day was awful. DH said it was a lot better later in the cruise. I don't know how or why, but he said it was better.

It's all a matter of personal taste.

fred ferdlap
11-06-2001, 12:04 AM
Buffet were much better that last year. But I still can't get over how good the food can be in PALOS and how basically lousy the food can be in parrot. I guess it's the mass service of food compared to the individual preparation in PALOS. But a steaK to me is a thick steak not some thin Denny's style meat.

You can actually reserve multiple nights in PALOS. I just asked when I was at the counter in waves. (we had to cancel due to childcare) Also the last three day cruise we did eat there twice. Many people cancel, we just called and were invited in.

That's what I call good food. Duck, Filet's and Scallops!

11-06-2001, 09:06 AM
Barb (atigeg)
I DO believe that Palos get the chocolate souffle straight from heaven :)
I just wanted to take a second to THANK YOU for all the great info you provided on your website!! :cool: I read and reread all you have there and with your info and other's info we absolutely had a better cruise!! So, again, THANKS :)

11-06-2001, 11:58 AM
Just back from the 10/21 Wonder. It was out first cruise and we tried all restaurants. Parrot Cay was the least impressive. Don't order the seafood dish, they use frozen seafood and the bad cooking doesn't help it either.

Palo is the best and Triton's is very good.

11-07-2001, 05:44 PM
We have been on the Wonder twice so far.
Each time the food was wonderful!!! My family is pretty picky, and we were impressed. I guess you just got them on a bad day.

11-07-2001, 07:01 PM
We just got off the 11-1 Wonder as well and it was really was WONDER-ful. The escargot and duck and goat cheese appetizers were incredible. I keep wishing I was onboard. We thought the food was absolutely excellent. And our party consisted of a chef and 2 very experienced cooks...I just like the eating part. Not to mention 2 little girls under 4! We also booked for next year..only 12 months to go! YAY

11-08-2001, 02:35 PM
Seems like the food is never served truly hot.

11-09-2001, 10:59 PM
Food wasn't fantastic, but it was quite good at times. Really enjoyed the Cuban fried veggie appetizer @ Parrot, and the Sea bass @ Triton's was melt-in-your mouth yummie! Didn't get to have dessert @ Triton's on the first nite (Nov-1st) cuz the kids both got sick due to the rough water and I didn't want to eat it alone at the table! Did room service on Saturday morn, and they totally blew the order, no one got the right stuff. Think maybe they dropped it off at the wrong door or something??

11-10-2001, 11:57 PM
We were on the Wonder for 3 days last November. The food was ok. Definitely not spectacular but for the most part was edible. We eat out 4-5 times (or more) per week, so we may be pickier than most LOL.

01-28-2002, 10:57 AM
We weren't very impressed with the food either on the 4 day Wonder (1/6-10). It was never hot no matter where we ate (except for Pluto's and Palo's). I think Triton's was the worst on our trip. Of course it was just our luck that Triton's was where we ate first so we were supposed to eat there again on the last night and then again for breakfast. We ate at Palo's the last night instead. That was awesome and delicious, especially the chocolate souflette. Animator's Palate and Parrot Cay were ok, but better than Triton's.

01-28-2002, 11:29 AM
I'm on the Wonder as we speak and have had 3 meals so far.... I'm gonna gain a lot of weight in these three days cause boy everything tastes really good to me! Then again... someone else is planning it, preparing it and cleaning up after the meal- what's not to like???:D

01-28-2002, 12:46 PM
I was on the Magic in December and thought the dining room food was pretty bad. We actually left the dining room hungry at times. Even the Mickey waffles for breakfast were soggy!
Food on deck was pretty good and Palos was excellent!

Girls Scout Leader
01-28-2002, 12:54 PM
Good Grief, everyone!! I will just be glad it's not Mickey D's drivethrough or something "I" had to cook!!!! ( Would you like some cheese to go with your "Whine"?)

01-28-2002, 01:46 PM
DH and I were on the Magic in December and thought the food was outstanding. Everything was well prepared with fresh ingredients - even the veggies were steamed just right.

We sailed with a large family group and I was afraid that one DB would find the food not to his liking - he is a gourmet cook, reads gourmet magazines and eats in restaurants with more stars than I can count. He LOVED the food - thought it was great, and was impressed at how they could manage such perfect preparation with so many to serve. He admitted that he was prepared to find it not to his liking, but was very pleasantly surprised.

We have booked for next year and I am already making selections from the menus Barb has posted. Going to take a few more cruises to try eveything I want.


01-28-2002, 02:56 PM
We just booked our first cruise with Disney, and we are expecting the food to be just OK and nothing like other cruise ships. By the way, we have never cruised before but hear that cruise ship food is excellent. We are expecting the mesquite smell and taste that you get at all the on property Disney restaurants.

I feel if we go on with that attitude we can only be pleasantly surprised and not disapponted.

01-28-2002, 06:13 PM
Well, we eat out quite a bit, too, but we enjoyed the food at all of the restaurants. I have to agree it not wildly inventive or experimental, but it was tasty and well prepared. We didn't have any trouble with temperature. We were on the Jan. 13 4 day.

At Triton's (our second favorite, after Palo's), I had the camembert (OK), the duck breast with parsnips and mashed potatoes (DELISH!) and cherries jubilee.

Animator's was lobster and shrimp wrapped in soft tortilla, a (big) veal chop w/polenta- very tender and great flavor, and strawberry shortcake and 1/2 order of boston creme pie.

At Parrot Cay I had 4 appetizers and two desserts. The great lineup included cocnut shrimp with onion rings (yum), seafood salad on greens, (yum yum), potstickers with chicken wings and an excellent sauce (yum yum yum) and the BEST was the grilled vegetables with mango salsa. I loved my two desserts there, too - bananas flambe and grilled pineapple. Our servers, George and Attila, served the appetizers in shifts so that I always had a plate in front of me when everyone else did,

Palo's appetizers for me were calamari (pretty good) and a portobello mushroom w/polenta dish that was out of this world. My entree was a great rack of lamb with baby vegetables ina parmesan cheese cup. Dessert, of course, was the sublime chocolate souffle.

The bread is all freshly baked on the ship, and it is sinfully delicious, especially the french bread rolls. I ate too much bread at every meal!

Hope your next cruise has food more to your liking!

01-28-2002, 10:47 PM
I agree with Slindamood. We have been on 2 cruises and both times we thought that the food was fantastic. Although we are not gourmets, we do go on nice vacations (both of our cruises were in the royal suites) and eat in good restaurants often. While I can say that not every single thing that we eat on our cruises was the most terrific meal that we have ever had, overall the meals on the Disney ships were wonderful. By the way the food is only a small part of the overall experience of a Disney cruise. The ship, the accomodations, the crew and the service all help to make a disney cruise an amazing vacation. Don't stress about the food, its great and the cruise itself is so good that I would even go on a Disney ship if I had to bring my own food along. We are booked for our next cruise on 11/2/2002 (only 278 days and counting) and can't wait. By the way Hot4disney, are you on that cruise ?

01-28-2002, 11:30 PM
Am going on a four day trip on Wonder in April. CThis will be first time on DCL. Could anyone tell me - Is there a limit to how many nighs you can make reservations at Palo - can one dine there all 4 nights of a four night cruise. Also - is room service free or do you have to pay? Thanks.