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woodley
July 17th, 2011, 08:32 AM
My DH favorite cheese is stilton. Does anyone know if this is ever served on the ship?

ger_77
July 17th, 2011, 10:13 AM
When we were on the Rotterdam 2 years ago, they did have Stilton on the cheese plate - it's DH's favourite too. He's looking forward to ordering the cheese plate both after dinner and as an in-cabin snack. I can't eat it because I'm allergic to penicillin - and that's okay with me, as just the smell of the stuff turns me off!

Smooth Sailing! :) :) :)

m steve
July 17th, 2011, 10:23 AM
I think they use plain blue cheese and not Stilton.

SwissMyst
July 17th, 2011, 10:24 AM
I am a cheese lover too and occasionally order the cheese plate. It tends to be less than a delicate offering - mainly just several large chunks of cheese of unknown origin. It is cheese and that can be good enough, but not sure there was that much intentional choice or variety.

On a recent Crystal Cruise there was a "cheese sommelier" and an elaborate listing that changed nightly but after a few days it was repeating itself and it was harder and harder to get the "cheese sommelier who in fact was the Maitre d' who was not too keen to come over and do all the cheese discussions and bother with the time it took.

So that was the "Crystal Difference" - quite a bit of hype, but no traction. You want cheese on HAL ships, they give you plate of cheese and it is not much more than that. But the cheese is good. I eat a lot of it on HAL ships, but mainly from the Lido buffet.

whogo
July 17th, 2011, 11:46 AM
I am a cheese lover too and occasionally order the cheese plate. It tends to be less than a delicate offering - mainly just several large chunks of cheese of unknown origin. It is cheese and that can be good enough, but not sure there was that much intentional choice or variety.

Good description of what we have experienced. We have never gotten an explanation of what cheese is what. The waiters don't know and flee while pretending they did not hear the question.

Your husband could just ask for a bit of Stilton and see what he gets, if anything.

Krazy Kruizers
July 17th, 2011, 11:59 AM
On our recent Amsterdam cruise -- this was the write up of the Dessert Cheese Plate:

Artisan Cheese Selection -- Select 4 options from our artisan menu.

We did not order the cheese plate any night -- so I can not tell you anything about it. But another couple said that their waiter said it was 4 slices of cheeses selected by the chef each evening. Didn't sound like there was a choice.

When we were on the Ryndam -- one of the appetizers that you could order at the MIX between 11 AM and 2 PM was a cheese plate. I ordered it -- one bite of each of the following: swiss, american, brie and edam.

English_in_Spain
July 17th, 2011, 12:03 PM
On the Noordam last year (Caribbean, TA & Spain) there was no Stilton. In fact, the cheese selection was rather poor.

The best cheese selection I have ever had is on Windstar cruises. They seem to understand what a cheese lover would like. Also, they seemed very knowledgeable about the cheeses.

SwissMyst
July 17th, 2011, 12:25 PM
Here is the Crystal cheese hype:
http://www.crystalcruises.com/MediaCenter.aspx?pr=477&JLT=cheese

The worst part was only the Cheese Sommelier could take the cheese order and because he had other important duties to the rest of the dining room, some nights we had to sit and wait far too long for him to come over since the waiters were not allowed to take my cheese order after having been handed the menu. That got old fast so after my first few nights enjoying the cheese offerings, I simply stopped ordering them.

When the Head Cheese was available to chat, it was interesting but clearly he did not have time to spend chatting up cheeses with individual tables. In the past on a former Crystal Cruise, the regular table waiter wheeled out a cart and selections were directly made from the cart though I am sure many waiters were not trained in any of their individual nuances or wine pairing recommendations.

In fact on Crystal Cruise, it appears required protocol to lavishly compliment the passenger on any menu choice one makes, and that also included the utlimate cheese selections too. No matter what combinations I ordered each night, they were "excellent, strong, robust, classic, impressive (yada, yada, yada) selections according to the Head Cheese.

Not tempting fate, I did not ask for pre-wrapped Velveeta to pair with a tall neck Budweiser. So not sure if that selection would have also been deemed "excellent, strong, robust, classic, impressive" (yada, yada, yada) too.

But without all the fuss, at least Crystal had a good range of choices and you knew what you were getting. But like the Yum Yum Man on HAL, the luxury of a single staff person for an isolated dedicated task probably is a luxury few can still afford.

cruisingxpert
July 17th, 2011, 01:08 PM
Celebrity's Murano Cheese Cart is amazing. There are about 20(including Stilton) International and North American cheeses and the waiters know the name of everyone. There is no mention of it on the menu so we missed it the first time we dined in Murano. We saw the cart at the show and tell presentation of the a la carte restaurants the next day and mentioned it to the Manager. He asked what we were doing that night for dinner and when we said the main dining room, he said "Don't have dessert and come to Murano and we will serve you dessert,cheese plate and coffee-Free. Wonderful gesture and we just loved the cheese and the service.

iancal
July 17th, 2011, 01:29 PM
That is good to know because we are trending more and more towards Celebrity.

We have really noticed that the quality of the food being served in the non pay restaurants on many cruise lines, including Celebrity, HAL, and Princess has slipped. We notice this most in the quality of the beef dishes and the quality and types of cheeses that are offered. We like both and have pretty much stopped ordering the cheese plates lately because they have become so homogenous and boring.

innlady1
July 17th, 2011, 01:40 PM
I often bring my own cheese on board...and when it's gone, it's gone. A favorite is Saint-Andre and I know they don't stock that on the ships.

SwissMyst
July 17th, 2011, 02:39 PM
Celebrity's Murano Cheese Cart is amazing. There are about 20(including Stilton) International and North American cheeses and the waiters know the name of everyone. There is no mention of it on the menu so we missed it the first time we dined in Murano. We saw the cart at the show and tell presentation of the a la carte restaurants the next day and mentioned it to the Manager. He asked what we were doing that night for dinner and when we said the main dining room, he said "Don't have dessert and come to Murano and we will serve you dessert,cheese plate and coffee-Free. Wonderful gesture and we just loved the cheese and the service.

Murano has $35 surcharge. HAL Pinnacle is $20. For the fifteen extra bucks you get better cheese ...... and cheese knowledge. Deal or no deal?

iancal
July 17th, 2011, 02:47 PM
This is hardly a comparison of HAL or Celebrity, let alone Murano and Pinnacle.

Why get so uptight and defensive about a piece of cheese?

Silverwing
July 17th, 2011, 02:50 PM
I had the cheese plate on the Eurodam last week - I was given a printed list of about 10 cheeses (name and description) to choose from. My selection of four was beautifully presented with grapes and biscuits. It was available in the main dining room every evening.

Sorry, not being a fan of stilton, I don't remember if it was on the list but I don't think that it was there.

Krazy Kruizers
July 17th, 2011, 03:45 PM
I have a feeling that the dinner "Artisan Cheese Selection" will vary by ship and what has been ordered for that ship.

TMWeddle
July 17th, 2011, 03:48 PM
I like Stilton, also. I asked for a double serving of Stilton from the selection and they just doubled the whole plate - no problem. The Stilton wasn't Colston Bassett quality, but it was very good.

COLLEYBERRY
July 17th, 2011, 03:52 PM
Not that this has anything to do with anything...but every time Stilton cheese is mentioned I think of Wallace and Gromit,:):o

samnewbie
July 17th, 2011, 06:06 PM
Not that this has anything to do with anything...but every time Stilton cheese is mentioned I think of Wallace and Gromit,:):o


But Wallace loves Wensleydale cheese ;);)


:D

COLLEYBERRY
July 17th, 2011, 06:21 PM
But Wallace loves Wensleydale cheese ;);)


:D


but of course,silly me. ;) Sending a big hello from Canada your way..young William and Kate made quite the impression while visiting. Not sure if they had any cheese.:)

Boytjie
July 17th, 2011, 07:51 PM
When we were on the Ryndam -- one of the appetizers that you could order at the MIX between 11 AM and 2 PM was a cheese plate. I ordered it -- one bite of each of the following: swiss, american, brie and edam.

American on a cheese plate? :eek::confused::mad:

Boytjie
July 17th, 2011, 07:53 PM
A favorite is Saint-Andre and I know they don't stock that on the ships.

That's a yum. :D

m steve
July 18th, 2011, 09:15 AM
Boytjie- did you win anything at the Actor's Fund auction? Hope it wasn't cheesy.

Amuse Bouche
July 18th, 2011, 10:18 AM
Not tempting fate, I did not ask for pre-wrapped Velveeta to pair with a tall neck Budweiser. So not sure if that selection would have also been deemed "excellent, strong, robust, classic, impressive" (yada, yada, yada) too.



HAHA ha ha ha!! Ok, my sides hurt!
I live in wine country. Lots of pretentious Yadas.
If you are in the mood, do this: Tell them to skip the adjectives and give you the name, because you already know what you want. Even if you aren't familiar with it. Then grimace, hand it back and tell them it's gotten a bit musty.
:D Just choked on my coffee.

SwissMyst
July 18th, 2011, 10:34 AM
HAHA ha ha ha!! Ok, my sides hurt!
I live in wine country. Lots of pretentious Yadas.
If you are in the mood, do this: Tell them to skip the adjectives and give you the name, because you already know what you want. Even if you aren't familiar with it. Then grimace, hand it back and tell them it's gotten a bit musty.
:D Just choked on my coffee.

It was hard to contain my original disappointment when they stated they no longer offered Philly Cream aged in charred oak.

barante
July 18th, 2011, 01:44 PM
On our British Isles cruise in September on the Crown Princess, the cheese choices were far superior to what we had in March on HAL's Veendam. Yes, Princess had Stilton, excellent Stilton, on several nights.

Letsgo1
July 18th, 2011, 02:14 PM
At one of our Pinnacle Grill nights on the Westerdam (July 2) the spouse ordered cheese dessert plate, one cheese was identified as "blueberry Stilton".....spouse didnt care for it but I happily disposed of it for him. Deliciious. Can it be truly a stilton if it has "additives"?

sail7seas
July 18th, 2011, 02:21 PM
They offered blueberry stilton every afternoon in Neptune Lounge on our recent Maasdam cruise.

Amuse Bouche
July 18th, 2011, 02:30 PM
I'm not a cheese connoisseur, since I'm lactose intolerant, but I adore good cheese. With careful preparation, I enjoy a bite or two here and there.
This thread has my love of bleu cheese peaked! I must try Stilton.

Would it be unthinkable to garnish a perfect steak with it? I try to have a bit of bleu on my steaks, I think the warmth intensifies the flavor, and I savor it. And yes, you can taste the difference in good bleu and cheap bleu on a steak. Good bleu creams into the most lovely texture.

pictonite
July 18th, 2011, 02:39 PM
Oh, yes! Stilton, melting down on a perfectly barbecued steak is to die for!

Stilton is an acquired taste, and , to a Canadian with a Brit background, a very expensive one, too!

I hope we get to have some on the cheese plates on our February cruise.
;)

Amuse Bouche
July 18th, 2011, 02:46 PM
Oh, yes! Stilton, melting down on a perfectly barbecued steak is to die for!

Stilton is an acquired taste, and , to a Canadian with a Brit background, a very expensive one, too!

I hope we get to have some on the cheese plates on our February cruise.
;)

Is it stronger? More earthy? More pungent?

If so, it's the cheese for me!!!

I'm a voracious foodie. I love many foods from many places.

Amuse Bouche
July 18th, 2011, 02:51 PM
Oh my, now I'm thinking martinis!

To me, a perfect martini is a slightly dirty ice chipped Grey Goose martini with a glass coating of vermouth, and two bleu cheese stuffed olives, to which you give a three swirl stir, so that the creamiest bit of cheese permeates the vodka.

Oh, heaven!

I need to find the cheese!

dpump
July 18th, 2011, 04:48 PM
I'm not a cheese connoisseur, since I'm lactose intolerant, but I adore good cheese. With careful preparation, I enjoy a bite or two here and there.
This thread has my love of bleu cheese peaked! I must try Stilton.

Would it be unthinkable to garnish a perfect steak with it? I try to have a bit of bleu on my steaks, I think the warmth intensifies the flavor, and I savor it. And yes, you can taste the difference in good bleu and cheap bleu on a steak. Good bleu creams into the most lovely texture.
while this isn't a bleu, I've got a great gorganzola cheese sauce I make for our steaks. It's fantastic! I'm assuming you could do it with any good quality cheese

Skye23
July 18th, 2011, 05:30 PM
At one of our Pinnacle Grill nights on the Westerdam (July 2) the spouse ordered cheese dessert plate, one cheese was identified as "blueberry Stilton".....spouse didnt care for it but I happily disposed of it for him. Deliciious. Can it be truly a stilton if it has "additives"?

Absolutely! What they do is take the base cheese that they would then innoculate with mold to make regular Stilton - and well, they don't. Instead they call it white stilton and they mix it with various fruits like blueberry, ginger, cranberry, apricot. White Stilton with apricots is one of my favorite cheeses - besides regular Stilton of course. Its tangy, a bit crumbly and has a lovely fruity finish. Its a little like an aged goat cheese in a way because you've got the tartness and some crumble but without the goat milk finish.

m steve
July 19th, 2011, 01:08 PM
Stlton or roquefort is preferred bu almost any firm blue cheese will work. Melt a large pat of butter and add the crubled cheese (as much as you want) and mix well and pour over steak (rare is best) and it adds a lot of flavor but none of the bite that the cheese alone has on a steak. Had this in France about 10 years ago and now we do it at home.

SwissMyst
July 19th, 2011, 01:18 PM
I'm not a cheese connoisseur, since I'm lactose intolerant, but I adore good cheese. With careful preparation, I enjoy a bite or two here and there.
This thread has my love of bleu cheese peaked! I must try Stilton.

......

With a little research you can find cheeses that are naturally low in lactose and the virtue of being a fermented dairy product the lactose (milk sugars) have been pre-digested, to greater or lesser degrees. Many of us as we age or are members of certain ethnic groups have to work around this.

Mozarella is virtually lactose free and lactose their amounts go up from there. Plus the fattier the cheese or dairy product, the less lactose problem too as the fat slows down the digestive process allowing what ever residual lactase you might still have more time to do its work breaking down the milk sugars. Good news is rich premium ice cream and sour cream works!

The dairy nutrients in cheese go a long way because they are so concentrated by the cheese process. So little slices and tastes are in fact the way to go -- which makes the HAL over-kill portion sizes a bit much for their "cheese plates".

PS: among the "blues", it is the green authentic gorgonzola that steals my heart