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Old 11-08-2012, 09:44 AM   #46
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We were on The Fantasy last month, my 10th cruise with DCL. Before that I cruised on The Magic 9 times. I liked the food on The Fantasy better, but both were good. Whenever they offered lamb, I ordered it. It was fabulous. Even the chops on the buffet when you get on the ship were yummy....But the lamb at PALO is to die for. YUM!!!
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I just love DCL - but on our last cruise it seemed multiple dishes on the menu each night had mushrooms - and DH and I can't stand mushrooms! I tried one night ordering the pork with out the mushroom sauce, and it was so terribly bland.

I had a DD3 with us at the time who was high maintenance at meal time, so I didn't take the time to talk with the waiter much - it was a "quick, find something, eat - while attending to DD, and then get her out of the dining room so the rest of our family could eat in peace".

Do you know if the waiters will work with me on this cruise? We're leaving the kiddos at home - just me and DH!
Yes, they will work with you and they did take our special requests.
DH doesn't eat seafood, mushrooms, anything with mustard or mayonnaise.
DH used to be a waiter in his younger days. He doesn't like to "bother" the kitchen or waiters...but once they found out his likes and dislikes...it was like being back at home
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Based on the last cruise (Fantasy) the food in the dining rooms was pretty good. Some in sore need of seasoning, but that's why we bring hot sauce. I like to order fish, most of the time they do OK with white fish like mahi mahi or sea bass. Remy is outstanding. Palo's very good.

DCL has good chicken strips. I count BBQ as dipping sauce but I'd like some honey mustard. The hot sauce comes in handy there too. The pizza is not very good. Had a cheeseburger, the cheeseburger part wasn't bad at all but the bun was pretty bad. Cabanas has some good stuff, some decent stuff and some I wouldn't eat.
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Old 11-08-2012, 09:51 AM   #49
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I have been on both DCL and NCL.
To specifically compare my experience, I think you will be overall pleased.
I thought the food was similar in quality - but I do give the edge to NCL.
The one difference was I thought the buffet on NCL was better in variety (for example the Indian / Asian section options). Also DCL does not have the crepe station.
Palo brunch however is superior to anything I had on NCL (main or for-fee / specialty).
I did miss ethnic food, but on the Magic last week, there was a crepe station!
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Old 11-08-2012, 09:51 AM   #50
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I thoroughly enjoyed all aspects of the dining experience. Sometimes certain items were ok and sometimes very tasty. Dinner was the best experience, being able to sit down and order (always took the servers suggestions) a multi course meal and try several different things I might not always try was a fun experience. You get what you want out of it, if you want to be picky you probably will not enjoy you meals. If you are having a great time and want to be optimistic things will taste much better.
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We liked the dining room food on the Magic. It was smaller portions than we've had on other ships, but good tasting nonetheless. What we were disappointed in was the breakfast buffet. Bland and with absolutely no imagination. It was EXACTLY the same every morning. Nothing local or exotic or themed. That was a disappointment.

The chicken strips at the pool are awesome and I had them many times on my way from the pool to the room before dinner. I had ranch sauce everytime!! (Magic in Sept.'12)
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Old 11-08-2012, 10:14 AM   #52
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We were on The Fantasy last month, my 10th cruise with DCL. Before that I cruised on The Magic 9 times. I liked the food on The Fantasy better, but both were good. Whenever they offered lamb, I ordered it. It was fabulous. Even the chops on the buffet when you get on the ship were yummy....But the lamb at PALO is to die for. YUM!!!
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I thoroughly enjoyed all aspects of the dining experience. Sometimes certain items were ok and sometimes very tasty. Dinner was the best experience, being able to sit down and order (always took the servers suggestions) a multi course meal and try several different things I might not always try was a fun experience. You get what you want out of it, if you want to be picky you probably will not enjoy you meals. If you are having a great time and want to be optimistic things will taste much better.
It is what you make of it...we had an awesome time and will continue to book cruises on DCL. We don't have anything negative to say about the meals...at the same time there wasn't a dish that stood out to me...something I can speak of today. Though reading through these comments, I haven't been ordering the "right stuff"
However, my DS LOVED the Escargot...speaks of it still and plans to order it at least 2Xs each night.
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What I lke about cruising is walking in and sitting down to a table that someone else set....then eating food that someone else prepared and being served by two people getting you whatever you need....and then getting up and leaving the dishes on the table for someone else to clean up!

As far as the quality and selection of the food, I love it! My wife and I both work so meals at home are usually quick microwave stuff or we go out to eat at MickeyDs or Outback or oder Dominos. So maybe the bar is pretty low for us.

Dinner to us is about family time anyway...the food is almost incidental. ;-)
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I just love DCL - but on our last cruise it seemed multiple dishes on the menu each night had mushrooms - and DH and I can't stand mushrooms! I tried one night ordering the pork with out the mushroom sauce, and it was so terribly bland.

I had a DD3 with us at the time who was high maintenance at meal time, so I didn't take the time to talk with the waiter much - it was a "quick, find something, eat - while attending to DD, and then get her out of the dining room so the rest of our family could eat in peace".

Do you know if the waiters will work with me on this cruise? We're leaving the kiddos at home - just me and DH!
First, the waiters should work with you. Secondly, if you tell them that you can't have mushrooms, they will prepare the various sauces, etc. for you without the shrooms. I don't lie and say it is an allergy, I just tell them that I really don't like shrooms and ask if the sauce can be prepared without it--it helps if you can make such a request the night before. You can see the next night's menu if you request that.
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I fully believe that dinner in the MDR on DCL is much more than the food. It is the experience. Yes, it is mass-produced food, with the obvious compromises that produces.

However, the upscale setting, the extremely attentive service, the unusual food offerings, the willingness of most guests to dress appropriately, the vacation atmosphere....they all combine to produce an experience that is hard to match on other lines. For very good food on DCL, try Palo. For outstanding food, try Remy. For good food with a memorable experience, the MDRs are hard to beat.

Finally, the quality of the food should not be colored by your own tastes (or what some people call "picky"). Just because you don't like cream sauces doesn't mean the sauces are not good, it just means you prefer other tastes. That's important to remember.
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I fully believe that dinner in the MDR on DCL is much more than the food. It is the experience. Yes, it is mass-produced food, with the obvious compromises that produces.

However, the upscale setting, the extremely attentive service, the unusual food offerings, the willingness of most guests to dress appropriately, the vacation atmosphere....they all combine to produce an experience that is hard to match on other lines. For very good food on DCL, try Palo. For outstanding food, try Remy. For good food with a memorable experience, the MDRs are hard to beat.

Finally, the quality of the food should not be colored by your own tastes (or what some people call "picky"). Just because you don't like cream sauces doesn't mean the sauces are not good, it just means you prefer other tastes. That's important to remember.
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Just a FYI on the honey mustard sauce, at least on Fantasy: we DID find it near the BBQ sauce, mustard, mayo, ketchup area, BUT it was in a plastic squirt bottle that was close to the tomatoes, lettuce, onions, etc. Now what brand was in that bottle, we have no idea.
They had packets across from Tow Mater's near the salad bar on both the Dream and the Fantasy in the past couple of months. They are kind of hard to find because they blend in with the other sauce (BBQ?). That sounds weird, but I knew they were there and passed by them at least once.
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I just love DCL - but on our last cruise it seemed multiple dishes on the menu each night had mushrooms - and DH and I can't stand mushrooms! I tried one night ordering the pork with out the mushroom sauce, and it was so terribly bland.

I had a DD3 with us at the time who was high maintenance at meal time, so I didn't take the time to talk with the waiter much - it was a "quick, find something, eat - while attending to DD, and then get her out of the dining room so the rest of our family could eat in peace".

Do you know if the waiters will work with me on this cruise? We're leaving the kiddos at home - just me and DH!
I hate mushrooms. It's really a psychological thing, not a flavor thing. I don't know, maybe it's the fungus thing. But I tried the black truffle purseittes in AP and they were outstanding! One of the best things I ate on the cruise...as long as I ignored the "black truffle" part and pretended they were just delicious cheese-filled purses

May or may not work for you, but I thought I'd at least sympathize with your hatred of mushrooms!
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I did miss ethnic food, but on the Magic last week, there was a crepe station!
I agree. On RCL ships there is an Asian part of the buffet and usually a couple curry dishes(I suspect some recipies brought on board by the chefs). Having toured the kitchens on a couple RCL ships and met a few chefs they do bring a Asian flare to their native cooking which I love. Plus there is a larger choice in the veggie dishes IMO. DCL is a middle of the road American fare.
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"Yes, they will work with you and they did take our special requests.
DH doesn't eat seafood, mushrooms, anything with mustard or mayonnaise.
DH used to be a waiter in his younger days. He doesn't like to "bother" the kitchen or waiters...but once they found out his likes and dislikes...it was like being back at home "


[COLOR="rgb(65, 105, 225)"]"First, the waiters should work with you. Secondly, if you tell them that you can't have mushrooms, they will prepare the various sauces, etc. for you without the shrooms. I don't lie and say it is an allergy, I just tell them that I really don't like shrooms and ask if the sauce can be prepared without it--it helps if you can make such a request the night before. You can see the next night's menu if you request that."[/COLOR]

Thanks! I'll definitely talk to our waiters the first night! That's encouraging!

[COLOR="rgb(65, 105, 225)"]"I hate mushrooms. It's really a psychological thing, not a flavor thing. I don't know, maybe it's the fungus thing. But I tried the black truffle purseittes in AP and they were outstanding! One of the best things I ate on the cruise...as long as I ignored the "black truffle" part and pretended they were just delicious cheese-filled purses "[/COLOR]

I made the mistake once of getting mac & cheese with truffle infusion... OMG - YUK! I couldn't eat it! It looked and smelled good, but I couldn't take the taste. Thanks for the sympathy though!
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