Worst food item you tasted on a cruise??

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Originally posted by Hlitner
Feel the urge to relate this old tale. When DD was about 6 we took her on a Sitmar cruise. On one of the formal nights we went to a cocktail party where waiters were coming around with all kinds of hors d'oeurves and DD spotted a piece of toast with a topping she thought was chocolate. She quickly grabbed this item off the tray and popped it into her little mouth. Within a couple of seconds she got this horrid look on her face, a few tears in her eyes, but she still finished her snack without a sound. She had just had her first (and to this day 27 years later her last) taste of caviar!

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Reminds me of my first experience with Wasabi. I thought it was Guacamole and took a huge bite. I've grown to love Wasabi but I now eat it more judiciously and still remember that first experience.
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"Mexican" buffet aboard Carnival Sensation 2010. I have no idea what it REALLY was, but it wasn't any kind of Mexican I have ever had. Wife agreed completely and even made the remark that she had never seen me leave a plate full of food on the table. Only food I have ever done that with. Just awful.
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Originally posted by JawjaFatBoy
"Mexican" buffet aboard Carnival Sensation 2010. I have no idea what it REALLY was, but it wasn't any kind of Mexican I have ever had. Wife agreed completely and even made the remark that she had never seen me leave a plate full of food on the table. Only food I have ever done that with. Just awful.
It's always an indication when the food is barely touched in my case too. That must have been really bad. I think sometimes it's that the cooks haven't really been exposed to the cuisine and aren't sure how it should taste.
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Risotto in the Summer Palace on NCL Pearl. There was a cheese sauce on top that I swear was just a melted slice of Velveeta Cheese. Was the weirdest thing.
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Originally posted by Maxsam
Risotto in the Summer Palace on NCL Pearl. There was a cheese sauce on top that I swear was just a melted slice of Velveeta Cheese. Was the weirdest thing.
Sounds awful. I'm not a fan of risotto anyway but that sounds really bad.
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Originally posted by relic2
what a horrible thing to do to risotto, or american cheese, for that matter.
lol
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Avocado-Citrus Salad at Lumiere's on the Disney Wonder. I was really looking forward to this but alas, it was not for me.
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Originally posted by amrstack
Avocado-Citrus Salad at Lumiere's on the Disney Wonder. I was really looking forward to this but alas, it was not for me.
Well it sounded good...
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Originally posted by Maxsam
Risotto in the Summer Palace on NCL Pearl. There was a cheese sauce on top that I swear was just a melted slice of Velveeta Cheese. Was the weirdest thing.
Hmmmm, sailing on the Pearl in a few months. I'll have to watch for this yummy dish
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We have taken three of our cruises over Thanksgiving and as hard as they tried not one of the ships knew how to do it right! One of them was a 31 day trip that we took with friends. Our wonderful waiter told us we wouldn't like it but we said we had to have it. We all laughed when he put our plates in front of each of us because he then placed a large platter in the center of the table with 4 beautiful Lamb Chops. {We ate all of them.} Then when we all ordered Pumpkin Pie {which one bite told us we didn't want another} he had put 4 Crème Brule on the table. He was like that the whole trip. Needless to say half way through and at the end of the trip he got a great tip.
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I am thinking about bringing my own coffee and a French press. We'll only have to get a pot of water and cream from room service.
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Originally posted by Bellingham Belle
We have taken three of our cruises over Thanksgiving and as hard as they tried not one of the ships knew how to do it right! One of them was a 31 day trip that we took with friends. Our wonderful waiter told us we wouldn't like it but we said we had to have it. We all laughed when he put our plates in front of each of us because he then placed a large platter in the center of the table with 4 beautiful Lamb Chops. {We ate all of them.} Then when we all ordered Pumpkin Pie {which one bite told us we didn't want another} he had put 4 Crème Brule on the table. He was like that the whole trip. Needless to say half way through and at the end of the trip he got a great tip.
Someone on one cruise we were on said that he liked all of the things on the menu just not the way they cooked them.
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Any ship's sushi offering that is made with LOX / smoked salmon. That's for BAGELS not for sushi!
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Probably a mixed fried seafood plate was the worst I ever had. It ranged from rubbery to extra rubbery. It also had the special bonus of soggy. Not sure how they managed over cooked rubbery combined with soggy, but they pulled it off. Not my idea of a good time.
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Lobster night on the Allure. The most dried out rubbery-est piece of lobster I ever had. Took one bite and we were done. What a shame for those lobsters that gave their lives.

then the gravy part of the "biscuits and gravy" on the Monarch. It was more like watery white cream soup with pork bits. I guess so far I have not had luck with RCCL food.
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I didn't read through all the posts, but the first thought that came to my head when I looked at the thread was desserts on the buffet. We feel like we're eating in a nursing home -- lots of pudding, custard, jello based inedible "desserts" with way too much going on in them. On our last cruise we wondered why they couldn't just have cake. Nothing fancy, nothing expensive, just good, yummy normal cake, variety of flavors. Or pie.

We finally concluded that for desserts sometimes places just try too hard and it comes out bad.
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