I'll give you an example of the kind of detail I'm looking for in a response to this question... Whenever I cook salmon I always make a peach or mango salsa with fresh fruit, red onion, fresh lime juice, cilantro & fresh grated ginger. The salmon alone is good but boring, but with the condiment it's great! With a pork chop I make an apple chutney with fresh Granny Smiths, grated fresh ginger, cider vinegar, onion, red pepper, currants, brown sugar, garlic, nutmeg, allspice. Again, the pork alone would be boring but "good." Why am I telling you this? Because this is the kind of difference and quality I'm looking for between Uniworld and Viking cuisine so I can better determine which line to book later this month. Do they have fresh, contrasting taste, bold flavor interesting food? A good steak is a good steak and greatly to be admired, but I'm looking for more of a culinary adventure at "river."
I've narrowed a Danube Budapest to Passau trip to either of these two lines. I know a river cruise is "not just about the food," but it sure makes a big difference to me, so I'd like to hear from people who have cruised both lines as to what they think about the different cuisines, to help me make the final decision. There is a definite price difference with Uniworld being more expensive (at least that's what I've found so far) so maybe that means Uniworld has better food, but I'd like to hear from folks who have put fork to mouth.
I know this is a matter of personal taste. So to help calibrate: If you think the Olive Garden and Carrabba's have good Italian food then please do not respond to this inquiry. Their food is very bland and there's nothing fresh or boldly seasoned about their dishes. Sauces taste like out of a can. Sorry, but it's true if you're truly knowledgeable about cuisine. As another calibrator: I was on a Costa cruise and had the worst food of the eight different lines I've been on... Chef Boy Ar Dee quality... and many on board "loved it." Arf!
Celebrity Eclipse had the best food so far. So please respond if you've had any comparative experience with these two lines (Uniworld and Viking) and if you are truly discriminating, and descriptive enough in your review beyond just "good" and "bad."
Thanks for reading about this "tall order." I hope to get some response.
HAL Voldendam - 1983 (Bermuda), Carnival Tropicale - 1986 (Mexico/Pacific)
Carnival Jubilee - 1987 (Caribbean), Cunard QE2 - 1987 (Bermuda)
Homeric -- 1989 (Caribbean), Sun Princess -- 1997 (Alaska)
QE2 -- 2004 (Northern Europe), Carnival Liberty -- 2006 (Caribbean)
Caribbean Princess -- 2008 (Caribbean), NCL Majesty -- October 2008 (Bermuda)
NCL Majesty -- June 7 2009 (Bermuda), Costa Atlantica -- Feb 6 2010 (Caribbean)
Carnival Pride -- June 6 2010 (Eastern Caribbean), Celebrity Eclipse -- January 2011 (Caribbean)
Celebrity Eclipse -- January 2012 (Caribbean), Celebrity Silhouette -- February 2013 (Caribbean)
Celebrity Summit -- February 2014 (Caribbean), Oceana Riviera -- February 2015 (Caribbean)
Oceania Riviera -- September 2015 (Greek Isles)