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tink_n_pooh
01-04-2010, 09:29 PM
DH & I have sailed with Celebrity before (our honeymoon) and we loved the food :goodvibes After looking at the menus for the DCL cruises and I'm not sure if it really compares but I'm hoping I'm wrong. Can anyone comment?

joksten2000
01-05-2010, 04:54 AM
We've been on three RCCL cruises and had three different experiences. The food on the first cruise was awful, the second was good and the third was excellent on par with DCL. There were different chefs on each cruise. Disney is a lot more strict and has guidelines for the chefs (recipes) so the food quality is always consistant. I worked for a company called CBORD that sold the software that ran the food service for Disney.

yenlee
01-05-2010, 01:39 PM
We've been on Celebrity a few times and Disney just once so far (and no other cruise lines, partly because we don't trust that the food will be good on the cheaper ones). I think that the food is great on both, and it's difficult to compare without eating the meals back-to-back. I vaguely recall thinking that Celebrity was slightly better while my wife thought that Disney was slightly better. But the style of the food on the two lines is very different, so I could imagine someone else strongly preferring one over the other.

I would compare the food quality on DCL to the (non-signature) restaurants at the WDW resorts, but I have no idea whether other people agree with that assessment. Service on DCL is going to be better, though.

Something else worth knowing is that eating in the main dining room on Celebrity is always a drawn-out 2 hour affair, but on Disney they are able to speed things up if need be (e.g. impatient children).

Mrsjvb
01-05-2010, 03:08 PM
I'll be totally honest, with the exception of Palo, the food was better on Carnival as far as main entrees go.

I loved many of the appetizers but disliked EVERY dessert I had in the main dining rooms and 5 of the 7 nights was woefully UNimpressed by the entree. and I like the more fancy dishes.. the duck was pretty crappy, to be honest.

In fact the food was the single most disappointing part of the entire cruise( Palo excluded) and is the single reason we most likely will never cruise with Disney again. We cruise for the Food more than anything else.

Jack & Monica
01-05-2010, 04:02 PM
I am no connoisseur of food, but I have been on a number of different Cruise Lines. I would rate the Disney food service about a 4 out of a possible 5. (Palo being a definite exception -- 5 all the way). It is consistently good. Princess I rated as a 5 RCCL a 4 (at least on the one cruise we took). Norwegian -- depended on the ship we sailed on -- Norwegian had a number of inexpensive sailings offered up departing from the Northeast ports during the winter -- these were older ships (no balconies) and the food was not as good as on the more modern ships -- normally I would give NCL a 4 but not on the older ships -- 2.5. I guess for some lines it really depends on the ship. As for Carneval -- I was pretty surprised (pleasantly) at the food quality -- but I would still go 3-3.5. Also -- it has probably been about 10 years since I sailed on a Carneval Cruise. Again, except for Disney I just get the impression it depends on the ship. Never sailed on a Celebrity Cruise. Hope this helps a little. Jack

NancyIL
01-05-2010, 04:46 PM
My last two cruises were on Celebrity Constellation (September) and Disney Wonder (December). I'm not a picky eater, and thought the food was good to very food on both. We had excellent service on Celebrity, and nice servers on DCL - but they were a bit frazzled one night.

I don't cruise for the food, and I'm just happy to not have to cook while I'm on vacation!

ppiew
01-05-2010, 05:27 PM
Stateroom, Itinerary, & food are the reasons we cruise. We will be on the Equinox in March and the Wonder in April. Will let u know. As far as last year, the food on the Wonder was not good at all in the main dining rooms, and just so so in Palo. No steak, no lobster, no crab, beef inedible and tough, ravioli had one lonely piece of seafood. Was NOT impressed. Servers worked very hard though and the food at Beach Blanket for lunch was super!! Although Palo gave you more than enough to eat, it was very ordinary despite the fancy names for the entrees on the menu. Would have preferred less with better preparation.

Twinsn2004
01-05-2010, 05:30 PM
We have cruised on the Wonder 3 times. I have to say that we have Never had a bad meal on any of the 3....my husband just raves to everyone about the food! We have never cruised another cruise line because we just love Disney so much.

seashell724
01-05-2010, 06:27 PM
Our friends have been on both and they said that Celebrity was much better food.

Sailingpartyof10
01-05-2010, 07:14 PM
My personal experience is that Celebrity used to have exceptionally good food (around 1998) that was somewhat better than Disney's, but in comparing Celebrity somewhat more recently (2006), I found that Celebrity's food service had declined and was not quite as good as Disney's. Granted, my recollection of the food in 1998 might not have been perfect by the time I cruised DCL and Celebrity in 2006, but I really do think it had gone down a bit. It was still good, though.

The specialty restaurant on the Celebrity ship was even better than Palo, though, with perfectly spectacular service in the private dining room there (we had a large group that reserved that one night).

I think both have good food (with a few exceptions - I agree about some DCL desserts) and would happily eat on either line, and I think both lines' specialty restaurants are better than many nice places I would go for special occasions at home.

woody73
01-05-2010, 08:19 PM
We have sailed on both Disney and Celebrity, most recently on the Magic (Sept. '09) and Infinity (Oct. '09).

Mrs. Woody and I are split on who has better food in the main dining room.

If you are a meat eater as I am, dinner on Celebrity is better. I found the rack of lamb, prime rib, filet mignon and other dishes among the best of any cruise line I have experienced. Nice cuts (for a cruise line), imaginative preparation, and attractive presentation.

Mrs. Woody only orders chicken, fish or vegetarian dishes. She said the quality of those dishes are comparable on both lines, but Disney has a better selection, so she slightly favors Disney.

One area that we both agree on is ice cream. During the day, the Magic has soft serve. The Infinity has two ice cream stations, each with eight flavors of homemade (actually made on the ship) hand scooped ice cream. The only flavor they don't make onboard is the sugar free vanilla.

YMMV

Woody

NancyIL
01-07-2010, 08:45 AM
One area that we both agree on is ice cream. During the day, the Magic has soft serve. The Infinity has two ice cream stations, each with eight flavors of homemade (actually made on the ship) hand scooped ice cream. The only flavor they don't make onboard is the sugar free vanilla.



Celebrity also had great toppings for their ice cream. I'll have a bowl of M&M's with a spoonful of ice cream, please! :rotfl2:

yenlee
01-08-2010, 12:07 PM
Here are some poll results from Conde Nast that include FOOD ratings on individual cruise ships:

http://www.concierge.com/tools/travelawards/cruisepoll/

Brief summary: Celebrity does a little bit better than Disney, which is perhaps slightly better than or comparable to HAL, Princess, and Cunard, and then there's a small but noticeable drop-off to RCCL, with the caveat that there is significant variation among different ships on the same line. Norwegian and Carnival have no ships in the Top 25, so one might naturally assume that their food ratings are lower.

If you look at the numbers, they are close enough that you (tink_n_pooh) have every reason to be as excited about DCL food as you were for Celebrity food, but obviously, you never really know until you try it.

tink_n_pooh
01-09-2010, 11:36 AM
Thank you for all of the responses :thumbsup2

A close friend of mine just came home from DCL and she said the food was great but then again she also thinks McDonald's is really good :rotfl: From her descriptions and some of the menus and things I have seen it just seems like DCL is maybe not as "fancy" or "classy" as Celebrity? I'm not sure how else to say that, its just the impression that I got.

I guess I would put DH & I in the category of 'cruising for the food', we really enjoyed the dinners on our Celebrity cruise. We enjoy a formal meal and don't mind sitting for a few hours over drinks and a good meal :goodvibes

I just checked on the cruise we wanted to take and its booked anyway so it looks like we might be leaving a lot sooner or waiting a few years again

nailil
02-28-2010, 05:50 PM
Just got back from a cruise on Disney Magic. Both my husband and I were not happy with the food. Everything tasted very bland. We have cruised on Carnival 5 times and always loved the food. The cruise could have been great if the food was better.

nailil
02-28-2010, 05:53 PM
Thank you for all of the responses :thumbsup2

A close friend of mine just came home from DCL and she said the food was great but then again she also thinks McDonald's is really good :rotfl: From her descriptions and some of the menus and things I have seen it just seems like DCL is maybe not as "fancy" or "classy" as Celebrity? I'm not sure how else to say that, its just the impression that I got.

I guess I would put DH & I in the category of 'cruising for the food', we really enjoyed the dinners on our Celebrity cruise. We enjoy a formal meal and don't mind sitting for a few hours over drinks and a good meal :goodvibes

I just checked on the cruise we wanted to take and its booked anyway so it looks like we might be leaving a lot sooner or waiting a few years again

Hey, I like McDonald's too and I didn't like the food at all (except the quick service).

tink_n_pooh
03-02-2010, 09:33 PM
We ended up on the Wonder for a 3 day cruise and the food wasn't great, not even remotely compared to Celebrity, heck our local pizza place makes by far better food than what we got in the dining rooms on the Wonder :confused3

Angelhalo
03-02-2010, 09:36 PM
I'll be totally honest, with the exception of Palo, the food was better on Carnival as far as main entrees go.

I loved many of the appetizers but disliked EVERY dessert I had in the main dining rooms and 5 of the 7 nights was woefully UNimpressed by the entree. and I like the more fancy dishes.. the duck was pretty crappy, to be honest.

In fact the food was the single most disappointing part of the entire cruise( Palo excluded) and is the single reason we most likely will never cruise with Disney again. We cruise for the Food more than anything else.

I completely disagree. DH and I talked all week on our Carnival cruise about how bad the food was and how Disney was light years better. This is the problem with the question. It is all subjective to different diners. We hated the food on Carnival but love the food on DCL.

TammyAlphabet
03-02-2010, 09:38 PM
Given that I am Pooh-sized, I like to sail Disney because I am less likely to gain weight. :woohoo:

NancyIL
03-02-2010, 11:12 PM
The food has been pretty comparable on 5 different cruise lines. But then - I liked college DORM food! :lmao:

alady89
03-03-2010, 01:33 PM
I, for one, would not sail DCL for the food. Most times after eating at dining room on Wonder headed up to grill to get "real" food afterwards. Maybe we just don't appreciate gourmet food and don't eat seafood. Menu was limiting and even desserts not so great. Had better food and desserts on Carnival.

However, Palo was soooooooooooooooo much better I am planning to book as many as dinners as possible on our next 7 night cruise as my ds 13 has too much fun with other kids his age to want to come to dinner with us.

tecdavidt
03-03-2010, 06:13 PM
We have been on Carnival, Celebrity, Princess and Disney. Princess was the worst of the four cruiselines. Celebrity does have great meat dishes, and I prefer chicken and seafood but I always ended up with beef because there wasn't much in choices. Husband thinks Celebrity food is the best. I always have thought Carnival's food was better. Disney is about like Celebrity for me when it comes to the food. We now have 11 DCL cruises behind us with no. 12 in a few days. If it is like all the other cruises, the food seams to have improved with DCL each year. Others may not agree with me on that. I do avoid the tacos at Plutos---nasty is the only word for them. I had one bite and tossed it. That is the only item I couldn't eat ever on a cruise.

As for food allergies, Disney does the best in providing food for me. I am gluten intollerant. Celebrity wasn't the best. When we were on Carnival I didn't know about my allergy. Princess was the worst at being helpful.

Kathy

ColoradoDisneyFreaks
03-03-2010, 06:37 PM
We were not thrilled with the food in the main dining rooms on the Wonder this past December. The food on the Magic our prior 2 cruises was much much better. Palo as always was very good this past December.

tigger137
03-04-2010, 10:48 AM
We were on the Celebrity Equinox Christmas/New Year cruise, and have previously cruised with DCL 3 times (2 x 7-nights and 1 x 15-night).

We found the buffet on Celebrity much superior to Topsiders. The waffles at breakfast were gorgeous. But we were very disappointed with the ice cream - we'd read about it being home-made and really good, but we found it watery and tasteless. The gelato, however, was wonderful - but at an extra cost.

The food in the main dining room we found to be pretty much on a par with DCL, although possibly slightly more bland. The menus were very complex but the meals themselves didn't live up to the menu description. The desserts were especially bland and disappointing. We don't expect haute cuisine though, it is after all mass 'banquet' catering.

But what did surprise us on Celebrity was the lack of flexibility. On DCL we're used to being able to say, "I'd like the chicken but with baked potato instead of rice" - that sort of substitution between items on the menu. Our DCL servers have always gone out of their way to make sure we had exactly what we wanted and enjoyed our meals. Not so on Celebrity.

We're not particularly demanding but most requests for simple substitutions were either refused or were accommodated by just adding the requested item to the dish. For example, presenting the chicken dish with the rice but then putting a baked potato on the plate too. Sometimes that simply doesn't work because the plate was 'tainted' by the item I didn't want, for example a sauce I didn't like.

Again, I know it's mass catering. But if it can be done on DCL why can't it be done on Celebrity? It certainly didn't live up to Celebrity's advertising.

2bundles
03-04-2010, 08:00 PM
We did Celebrity Mercury (May 08) and DCL Wonder (Oct 08).

We are foodies, and found the food and service on Celebrity to be better. Not light years ahead, but better. It is also more formal, which may not suit when travelling with young kids.

I should add, that we were not disappointed with DCL food. Our server was only average though.

slindamood
03-04-2010, 08:28 PM
We were on Celebrity Infinity to South America (14 days) in Dec. 08, and DIsney Magic in Oct 08.

I think the Magic was better in the main dining room on any given night, but Infinity was better in the buffet and alternate eating areas. Infinity had more choices in alternative dining, including sushi each day at 5 PM, and afternoon tea selections. And the ice cream - as Woody said - was fantasitc.

Plus, there was an alternative restaurant that was by reservation (easy to get) and only $5 per person. It had a nice but limited menu, and was quiet and intimate. It was not their Palo equivalent, but in talking with the servers found that it is for server training. I had rack of lamb to die for, and the servers were so interesting to talk to. Another time that restaurant was set up as a Rodizio, with different bbq meats brought around throughout the meal. It was a wonderful alternative to the main dining area on a 14 day cruise, with great food and delightful service.

I guess overall, I would choose Celebrity for the food.

FLORIDA_DAD
03-04-2010, 09:53 PM
My only comment on the DCL food is that they need to make better pizzas on deck 9. Really just a new recipe.

Inkmahm
03-05-2010, 02:02 AM
My only comment on the DCL food is that they need to make better pizzas on deck 9. Really just a new recipe.

I'd agree. Princess has WONDERFUL pizza. I"m actualy glad Disney does not so I'm not tempted to keep getting a slice of pizza as a snack! :rotfl:

We've been on DCL 3 times and this last trip in December we thought the food was much better than earlier trips. The only meal I didn't care for was Pirate night. What I DID learn was that the items marked as passenger favorites on the menu are generally very good choices. Once I figured that out, I stuck with it to help me pick my meals and I was happy with the DCL food.

Palo is wonderful- great food and great atmosphere. Definitely worth the upcharge.