Posted February 23rd, 2015, 03:30 PM
The buffet area was very expansive. First things you see as you head from the pool entrance towards the back of the ship are the Grill on your left and the Pizza Pirate on your right.
I'm not really a fan of the pizza, I think they run through the impinger (conveyer oven) too fast or something, but the crust is always off. It's been five years and it still tasted the same to me.
I still tried it, it was quick, and they also almost always had fries there and hot dogs when the grill was closed.
If you walk in from the center entrance you hit Mongolian BBQ, now this is just exceptional, it was always the longest line on the ship. You could have someone get in line for the BBQ and another go down the elevator to deck 0, get off the ship, reembark, wait for the elevator and get back to deck 10 and the person would probably still be waiting. By far the longest wait. They do six at a time, but don't limit people and many people were ordering 2-3 for other family/friends. I would only go here when the lines were short. (especially since no one seems to know about the build your own pasta place)
As you get past the Mongolian BBQ, you have beverage stations and self serve soft serve machines. Heading further into the ship you have the line that generally changed cuisine thought the week. From Italian to Mexican to French to Caribbean. Generally pretty good.
Further towards the back you had a carving station, a burrito bar, and another line serving similar stuff as the previous stations.
Across from that was the desserts. From here you had a staircase to deck 11 which is where the pasta bar is. You can order pasta or lasagna here made the way you want. It was really good, and this and the burrito bar went a long way with our picky girls.
Outside on deck ten at the back of the ship you have Tandoor, which is Indian/ Indonesian style food. There were things I liked and things I didn't, but it was an easy way to try a cuisine I typically avoid. opposite of Tandoor is the Sandwich station, they had a lot of great choices and each is made to order. So deck ten gave us plenty of options to eat. I never got to try taste bar or the sushi or the Lanai grill as we would find ourselves eating only in the buffet or the MDR.
I found the food to be pretty good. There were items I did not like, but all in all for what you could get, the food was sound. The carving station always had something good, you could never go wrong with the pasta or Mongolian and I still haven't really mentioned the hamburgers and hotdogs coming off the grill.
I did hear of people complain about the food, and I wonder their expectations. Though I said I didn't like the food on NCL and a lot of people got upset with my opinion. I just like the options, and not having to pay $20-30 each time I want to try these options.
okay the last one was the dinner I had the night before the cruise. lol