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  1. Silverfox97

    Silverfox97 PLATINUM Castaway Club

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    There is a made to order sandwich option in the Fantasy & people who got those had good looking sandwiches. The pizza on the Fantasy was better marginally - I got the thin crust. The room service pizza (on the Fantasy) was better than any choice of pizza on deck IMHO.

    This was on the Fantasy & obviously I'm not the OP. We've always thought the pizza on the Magic & Wonder were pretty bad tho....

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  3. twinstars

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    My friend got a small bottle of tobasco each meal....
     
  4. Clotho

    Clotho Doting on Disney

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    I just want to reassure you that everything else about our vacation was wonderful and everything we come to expect from Disney. We really WANT to go on Disney again next time, particularly to compare the other class of ship with the Wonder, but when we enjoy food so much as part of our vacations it is hard to imagine eating like that again (and we are considering a long cruise next time, with more at sea days. *shudder* to imagine eating like that for over a week)

    While I hate to compare Disney to McDonalds--there are many ways in which that comparison is wildly off--here is what I tell people when they don't understand why we vacation with Disney.

    Their thoughts are that it is "for kids", that it is "so fake", that you don't experience "real culture/the world", etc.

    Well let me tell you, when I am in the mood for a really great burger, I will get dressed up and go to some stuffy restaurant (both things I love BTW), sit like a proper lady and order a wagyu beef burger with blue cheese and crispy smoked bacon, and I will enjoy it with a bottle of good wine. I like to be a grown-up, feeling beautiful and elegant, and I love to share it with my hubby in a quiet, cozy atmosphere.

    But when I am in the mood for McDonald's, it is not because I am craving a burger. It is a craving for McDonald's!! I want a McDonald's burger and fries and big old indulgent Coke. Even though I am an adult, I want a colorful Happy Meal box with a silly toy inside because I like a little whimsy in my life, too.

    When I want a vacation, I have lots of options. But when I am really craving a Disney Vacation, there is no substitute. :) We love being big kids for a while, and Disney knows how to make you feel incredibly special. So while my comparison with cheap fast food is NOT a fair one in many ways, I think you may get what I am driving at. LOL

    Me, too. I got it and was like...huh. I thought it was nice and all, but nothing special. And I thought it had too many grapes and not enough cheese, so the sweetness overpowered the pizza too much. Hubby and I each ate a slice and let the rest be taken away.

    Thanks for the validation. ;) In general it sounds like cruise food just sucks everywhere. How can that be??! If that is the case, then cruising REALLY isn't for us. We vacation as much for the food as anything. We barely gamble, but we go to Vegas for the shows and the amazing array of food! We don't need to eat all day every day, but having even a few excellent/memorable meals during a trip is part of the joy for us.

    Again, thanks for the feedback to everyone! I hope that our next cruise, whichever line it is on, is better!
     
  5. MND

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    We cruised the Dream in April and I thought the food was great. However, I'm not a food snob, nor do I look for things to complain about, just for the sake of complaining.


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  6. twinstars

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    I also agree that the food is not as good as the other ships (Magic, Dream). I wonder if it has to do with where we were positioned. For example, for Pirate night, they had the shrimp/scallop seafood pasta. When we were on the Dream in March 2011, the scallops were much bigger and of a different texture. On this cruise, it was a completely different kind of scallop, smaller and more mushy.
    Overall, the food didn't bother me as much as the service of the servers during lunch time dining in the dining rooms. We tried lunch at Triton twice, both times the servers were super slow and looked like they would rather have us some place else.
    We then thought we would try Parrot Cay...not much better. Really slow to bring drinks.
    I think expectations probably had something to do with how I feel about the experience overall.
     
  7. Clotho

    Clotho Doting on Disney

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    I think perhaps you are misunderstanding what I stated. I am NOT expecting 5-star food or fine dining (though I did expect it in Palo and didn't even get it there, so there's that...). I expected at least to feel satisfied! But I picked at my meals to fill my stomach, but almost never actually enjoyed a bite. I didn't expect it to be great. Just...good. And it wasn't even that for me. I feel I went in with realistic expectations, and from the majority of responses I have gotten here and on another group I belong to, I am not alone in my assessment that the food is sub-par in many cases. Maybe not on every ship, maybe not every single dish, and maybe moreso lately with the economy as it is, but if most of the responses are in agreement, I know it is not just my "astronomical expectations"<---which I didn't have.

    Yes, we didn't turn ours in either because we heard that same thing--that the servers end up being responsible for your satisfaction with the food. I have to admit, when my plates kept being collected with very little eaten, I was surprised they didn't inquire further about my satisfaction. Most restaurants I would go to (of any number of stars) would take note in a given night, let alone night after night. But they never asked. They were great in all other respects, but that was one area I did say "Hmmmm."
     
  8. Clotho

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    Good then we are of the same mind! I am neither a good snob nor complaining to complain. I am asking for similar experiences so we can set our expectations for any future plans we may or may not make on DCL. :idea:
     
  9. Clotho

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    Not on the Wonder, no.

    We never did try room service, and I am bummed we didn't! We were always out and about, taking in the scenery, soaking up the sun!:thumbsup2
     
  10. CarolynU

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    Our food in the main dining room was tasteless and barely warm every night. In fact I sent my meal back one night because it was just too cold. We were lucky there were two openings that week for Palo, so we jumped at going an extra time, and it was worth it.
    My next cruise is on The Fantasy so I'll see how that checks out.
    My sister has just taken a cruise with Holland America and she said the food was amazing, so it can be done.
    I honestly think that Disney need to raise their game, because the two people I travel with raved about the food only a few years back, are platinum cruisers, and never cruise with anyone but DCL and even they are now beginning to say that Disney has dropped the ball.
     
  11. JOANNEL

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    We just got off the Dream Sunday. Every meal was delicious. We are not fancy eaters but everything we had was really good!!
     
  12. mmouse37

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    I gotta say....food is so subjective. We have cruised DCL 27 times and maybe had one meal that was terrible. I am not a food snob nor do I eat fast food very often but I find nothing wrong with the meals on DCL.

    Heck, if I am not shopping for it, prepping it, cooking it and cleaning it up I am a happy woman.

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  13. TDC Nala

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    They woudn't even give us Tabasco. Although I don't really count Tabasco.

    Goofy's on the Wonder will make the sandwiches for you. I've asked them to make them without mayonnaise. It just takes longer, so if you were looking for something quick you're out of luck.

    And DCL still has the best chicken fingers. I don't touch the burgers.

    As far as the OP's statements, she appears to be saying that every single meal was terrible. That hasn't been my experience, although it's still cruise food.
     
  14. Addicted to Dopey

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    Who was your server if you don't mind me asking? we are going on the fantasy in a few months
     
  15. Clotho

    Clotho Doting on Disney

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    Our server also steered us away when we were going to order something he felt was not up to snuff. We appreciated that.

    And the presentation was ALWAYS beautiful! I was really pleased to see such lovely plating. And Palo especially...the breakfast buffet...I was floored by how fresh and gorgeous everything was. The freshness particularly is why it was one of our favorite meals of the entire cruise. ;)
     
  16. DCL Repeaters

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    My thoughts exactly!!!
     
  17. damiel

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    Shay, I guess I didn't have the same experience as you because I gained 8 pounds!:scared:

    I have cruised enough to know that I am not going to get an ElGaucho experience. I never ate anything off of Deck 10, not even an ice cream cone. (My MIL ate 8 in one day!)

    I hate buffets, can't stand eating off of a tray, reminds me of my college cafeteria days. That being said if I had to eat a buffet meal it was at Parrot Cay. Lunch and breakfat at Tritons were better in my opinion.

    We ordered the much raved about cheese tray from room servivce and it was served with saltine crackers - I kid you not!

    We gave up on Palo a few cruises ago. I never felt like to upcharge was worth what I was getting in return.

    Our server told us every night what dish to avoid and why. He was spot on every time. Eli, my 15 yo DS went against his suggestions twice and was sorry both times. BUT both times our server had a back up meal he thought Eli would enjoy waiting. The cold fruit soups tasted like flavored milk. So I guess I have learned to avoid anything not main stream because I will be disapointed.

    We have cruised DCL, NCL, HA and PCL and have never felt like the food was all that great. We keep going back to DCL because there isn't another cruise line where you go away feeling like you know the staff and they know you. Honestly I don't remember being called by my name on any other cruise line. AND where else can you dress up like a pirate?pirate:
     
  18. FJS961

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    Our server was Ozen from Turkey. He has been with DCL many years from what he said. He was very polite and professional, always a smile. He was not the engaging type with the kids with magic tricks, puzzles or napkin hat making but he knew the food backward and forward.

    I caution you that his asst server is apparently new, very clueless with a huge language barrier.
     
  19. arlenesp

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    We were very lucky on the 2008 ebpc. Our lobsters were almost perfect. I never had a baked tail before and didn't hold any expectations. I thought the food was ok onthe Dream last Sept. Palo brunch is my fav tho
     
  20. Clotho

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    LOL Hubby gained 5. I maintained. I think it was the drinking more than the eating. LOL :faint:

    Yeah, I kept a close eye on that in previous discussions, since I love cheese, and just ended up avoiding it. Bummer, man! We did get an amazing cheese plate at The Empress in Victoria--5 offerings, all local cheeses along with candied walnuts, dried currants, strawberries, grapes, and an apricot compote. And it was not too large or too small portions. YUM!

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    Yes, this was our conclusion. The buffet was fantastic and worth the upcharge, but I never eat enough at a buffet to justify the cost and this was no exception. Though I did get the Dungeness crab I was craving. :thumbsup2:thumbsup2

    I will pay much closer attention next time to the recommendations. I just thought it was our server expressing his personal tastes, and it didn't occur to me it had to do with him saying "The other stuff isn't good at all, so eat this." ::yes::

    No argument from me that the staff was stellar (and ARRRR! We loved dressing up as pirates, and seeing all the other adults and wee ones playing along!). We were really made to feel special. To be able to do that when there are hundreds of people on board, to learn your name and to endeavor to make you feel seen and heard at all times...that is where Disney excels and why we really hoped that our dining experience was a fluke and not a general practice. We really want to cruise with Disney again sometime. :goodvibes
     
  21. TnRobin

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    Ladies and gentlemen

    In the words of Thumper - If you can't say something nice, don't say nothing at all.

    People are allowed to not like the same things that you like. You have no right to attack them for not having your same taste.
     

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