How American is the food on NCL Epic?

Welcome to Cruise Critic! If you'd like to participate on our forums by joining in the conversation, please Register Now! Be sure to visit our FAMOUS Roll Call forums, where you can meet other cruisers sailing with you and share a tour or shore excursion and SAVE MONEY!

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts
BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
All times are GMT -4.
The time now is 07:03 PM.
#1
UK
527 Posts
Joined May 2012
I have noticed the recent Pretzel Bread thread and (after goggling what that actually is) I just wondered how American the food in the buffet is? For example, will all the salads have dressings, will the milk be "half and half fat" (or whatever it's called), and will the tea be iced? I know that might sound strange, and I know the ship is very American (and I love America) but I love proper hot tea with milk and proper English style bacon, and salad that consists just of lettuce leaf, and bread that's just bread! Don't get me wrong, I do like other nationalities food and am not against trying different foods, I just wondered if my basic "staple food groups" will be as I normally have them, or if they will be like exotic oddities to me???
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature
May 2013 Norwegian Epic (West Med)
November 2013 Norwegian Spirit (Canaries, Madeira & Morocco)
June 2014 P&O Ventura (Italy & Croatia)
November 2014 Thomson Majesty (Canaries)
May 2015 Norwegian Epic (West Med)
November 2015 Norwegian Breakaway (Bahamas & Florida)
#2
Nottingham, UK
6,816 Posts
Joined Mar 2006
Originally posted by Cloudyrain
I have noticed the recent Pretzel Bread thread and (after goggling what that actually is) I just wondered how American the food in the buffet is? For example, will all the salads have dressings, will the milk be "half and half fat" (or whatever it's called), and will the tea be iced? I know that might sound strange, and I know the ship is very American (and I love America) but I love proper hot tea with milk and proper English style bacon, and salad that consists just of lettuce leaf, and bread that's just bread! Don't get me wrong, I do like other nationalities food and am not against trying different foods, I just wondered if my basic "staple food groups" will be as I normally have them, or if they will be like exotic oddities to me???
So you can get English Breakfast Tea bags.

The Bacon is not real Bacon like at home but little crispy streeky bits. The sausages for breakfast in the buffet are more chipolata types.

Toast was white or rye?? And eggs they don't understand fried/poached it's all manner of over/under/easy.. I eventually educated one of the waitresses in O'Sheehans

The salads were ok so that's not a problem..

Yes Milk is full/half not semi/skimmed

But you get used to it quickly.. Just remember chips are fries and crisps are chips! If you order a burger etc..
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature
Craig.
----------------
COMING UP:
Norwegian Jade - UK circumnavigation - May 22nd 2017
Norwegian Jade - Iceland - Aug 15th 2017
Norwegian Getaway - Baltics - Oct 7th 2017
---------------
COMPLETED CRUISES (29 cruises, 11 ships, 228 nights at sea)
Harmony of the Seas - Sept '16 7nt west med; May/June '16 7nt Maiden Voyage ; May '16 3nt Preview Cherbourg; May '16 4nt Preview Rotterdam
Norwegian Epic - Apr '16 10nt extended West Med; Sept '15 6nt Iberian Penisula; Sept '14 7nt West Med; October '13 13nt westbound transatlantic; Sep '13 7nt west med; October '12 13nt Westbound Transatlantic; Apr/May '12 7nt West Med; May/Jun '11 7nt West Med
Norwegian Escape - Oct/Nov '15 10nt Transatlantic inaugural cruise - Southampton - Miami; Oct '15 TA preview cruise - Southampton CTN; Oct '15 1nt Southampton CTN
Anthem of the Seas - Oct '15 3nt sampler cruise

Allure of the Seas - May '15 5nt West Med
Norwegian Spirit - Mar '15 10nt Canary Islands;
Mar '14 9nt Canary/Morocco
Independence of the Seas - May '14 6nt France/Spain; Dec '10 11nt Canaries
Norwegian Getaway - Jan '14 sampler
Norwegian Breakaway - May 13 7nt Inaugural Transatlantic
Ocean Village 1 - Aug '10 7nt West Med; Jan '08 14nt Central Americas; April '07 17nt Trans Atlantic Barbados-Crete; May '06 14nt West Med; May '05 14nt West Med
Ocean Village 2 - Apr '09 7nt Maiden East Med Pyramids
#3
2,188 Posts
Joined Nov 2007
The food is american, but with so much choice you will always find something.
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature
NCL Gem - June 08 & June 10
NCL Jade - February 09 & March 14
NCL Sky - September 09 & April 15
NCL Dawn - November 10
NCL Epic - April 12, Aug 16
NCL Spirit - November 12
NCL Pearl- September 13
NCL Breakaway - June 14
NCL Jewel - November 14
NCL Escape - October 15
#4
Chicago
9,156 Posts
Joined Mar 2010
No clotted cream

You might find some days will offer Canadian Bacon, and its a bit more like British bacon.

Norwegian USED to offer Scottish Bangers but sadly those days are gone.

Usually on the buffet you can make your own salad and just put whatever else you want on the greens (lettuce, rocket, endive).

When waiting for a fried egg just ask for it sunny side up or over easy and it will still have a runny yolk to dip your toast into!

There should be 3 types of bread, white, wheat, or rye and then of course the croissants, pretzel rolls, and other of danish or rolls or whatever.

The foodstuffs bascially come from Miami, shipped via UPS and dropped off at provisioning ports (even in Europe). The perishables such as fruit & veg will all be more locally grown.

Have fun!! There is such a bounty of culinary delights enjoy tasting your way across the world!
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature
Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair. ~Kahlil Gibran

Sounds of the wind or sounds of the sea make me happy just to be. ~June Polis

Dude, don't you understand the first rule of holes? When you find yourself in a hole stop digging. Take it from a fellow Gopher.
~Planer's Edge


A passport, as I'm sure you know, is a document that one shows to government officials whenever one reaches a border between countries, so the officials can learn who you are, where you were born, and how you look when photographed unflatteringly.
~Lemony Snicket


Cruised:
M.V. Hobart Star 1974 (Blue Star Line)
T.S.S. Festivale 1993 (Carnival Cruise Line)
S.S. Norway 2003 (Norwegian Cruise Line)
Queen Mary2 2006 (Cunard Line)
Carnival Imagination 2009 (Carnival Cruise Line)
M.V. Norwegian Sun 2010 (Norwegian Cruise Line)
Carnival Destiny 2011 (Carnival Cruise Line)
Norwegian EPIC 2013 (Norwegian Cruise Line)
Carnival Breeze 2014 (Carnival Cruise Line)


#5
UK
527 Posts
Joined May 2012
Thank you! As long as I can still have a cup of tea I should be fine! I remember the day I went to a proper old school diner in Canada and asked for hot tea with milk and sugar, and then asked for no dressing on my salad, the response was "not even thousand island, you Brits are weird!". Don't get me wrong, I will try everything - and will give pea bacon (if that's what I recall the Canadian bacon being called) and syrup a go

I will definitely remember the eggs thing, especially when I think of the "as eggs is eggs" saying - they clearly aren't!

I'm used to having to explain myself to people though, especially when going to a chippy asking for a pea mix, most Brits don't even know what that is!
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature
May 2013 Norwegian Epic (West Med)
November 2013 Norwegian Spirit (Canaries, Madeira & Morocco)
June 2014 P&O Ventura (Italy & Croatia)
November 2014 Thomson Majesty (Canaries)
May 2015 Norwegian Epic (West Med)
November 2015 Norwegian Breakaway (Bahamas & Florida)
#6
Chicago
9,156 Posts
Joined Mar 2010
Originally posted by Cloudyrain
I'm used to having to explain myself to people though, especially when going to a chippy asking for a pea mix, most Brits don't even know what that is!
I prefer my mushy peas on the side, but I'm all in for a seaside hut offering fish & chips!!
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature
Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair. ~Kahlil Gibran

Sounds of the wind or sounds of the sea make me happy just to be. ~June Polis

Dude, don't you understand the first rule of holes? When you find yourself in a hole stop digging. Take it from a fellow Gopher.
~Planer's Edge


A passport, as I'm sure you know, is a document that one shows to government officials whenever one reaches a border between countries, so the officials can learn who you are, where you were born, and how you look when photographed unflatteringly.
~Lemony Snicket


Cruised:
M.V. Hobart Star 1974 (Blue Star Line)
T.S.S. Festivale 1993 (Carnival Cruise Line)
S.S. Norway 2003 (Norwegian Cruise Line)
Queen Mary2 2006 (Cunard Line)
Carnival Imagination 2009 (Carnival Cruise Line)
M.V. Norwegian Sun 2010 (Norwegian Cruise Line)
Carnival Destiny 2011 (Carnival Cruise Line)
Norwegian EPIC 2013 (Norwegian Cruise Line)
Carnival Breeze 2014 (Carnival Cruise Line)


#7
SE-Florida
670 Posts
Joined Apr 2007
Originally posted by Sauer-kraut
No clotted cream

You might find some days will offer Canadian Bacon, and its a bit more like British bacon.

Norwegian USED to offer Scottish Bangers but sadly those days are gone.

Usually on the buffet you can make your own salad and just put whatever else you want on the greens (lettuce, rocket, endive).

When waiting for a fried egg just ask for it sunny side up or over easy and it will still have a runny yolk to dip your toast into!

There should be 3 types of bread, white, wheat, or rye and then of course the croissants, pretzel rolls, and other of danish or rolls or whatever.

The foodstuffs bascially come from Miami, shipped via UPS and dropped off at provisioning ports (even in Europe). The perishables such as fruit & veg will all be more locally grown.

Have fun!! There is such a bounty of culinary delights enjoy tasting your way across the world!
I had Scottish Bangers on the Pearl in Oct and on the Sun in Jan.
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature
SAILED
Wind-1
Sky-4
Sun-5
Jewel-3
Pearl-9
Dawn-2
Epic-2
#8
5,759 Posts
Joined Feb 2010
I'm normally not much of a bread eater but at the Epic buffet they had a wonderful choice of fresh made breads and rolls. A very nice variety indeed.

I had a routine in the morning where I would eat my normal breakfast and then I would grab a couple of those evil chocolate croissants and a cup of coffee and wander out on to the decks.

Good times. I love the Epic.
#9
Chicago
9,156 Posts
Joined Mar 2010
Originally posted by RNPJN
I had Scottish Bangers on the Pearl in Oct and on the Sun in Jan.
Ohhh!! Maybe they're bringing them back!
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature
Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair. ~Kahlil Gibran

Sounds of the wind or sounds of the sea make me happy just to be. ~June Polis

Dude, don't you understand the first rule of holes? When you find yourself in a hole stop digging. Take it from a fellow Gopher.
~Planer's Edge


A passport, as I'm sure you know, is a document that one shows to government officials whenever one reaches a border between countries, so the officials can learn who you are, where you were born, and how you look when photographed unflatteringly.
~Lemony Snicket


Cruised:
M.V. Hobart Star 1974 (Blue Star Line)
T.S.S. Festivale 1993 (Carnival Cruise Line)
S.S. Norway 2003 (Norwegian Cruise Line)
Queen Mary2 2006 (Cunard Line)
Carnival Imagination 2009 (Carnival Cruise Line)
M.V. Norwegian Sun 2010 (Norwegian Cruise Line)
Carnival Destiny 2011 (Carnival Cruise Line)
Norwegian EPIC 2013 (Norwegian Cruise Line)
Carnival Breeze 2014 (Carnival Cruise Line)


#10
Arkansas
3,964 Posts
Joined Mar 2006
The Scotch Bangers haven't been in the MDR on the Spirit for a couple of years, but we did find them at the breakfast buffet upstairs.
#11
4,822 Posts
Joined May 2009
My wife waits each afternoon for the scones, preserves, and clotted cream to be put out. Don't know how traditional British they actually are, but she sure likes them and discovered scones while visiting England some time back. Haven't been on the Epic, but the other NCL ships we've been on has offered this. A few weeks ago on the Jewel, I thought their Indian food was really good. A new experience for me. I'm generally not a spicy food guy either. Lots of good food to be had.
#12
San Diego, CA
9,221 Posts
Joined Dec 2007
You will find a lot of curry on the Epic at the buffet. It's very good.
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature
My Reviews:
Jewel Alaska 2012: http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1684157
Epic Western Caribbean 2010: http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1246585
Carnival Paradise 2011: http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1468875

Epic Info:
Epic "hull" cabin info: http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1522322
Epic uncovered balcony info: http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1523109

HOW TO USE THE SEARCH FUNCTION
http://boards.cruisecritic.com/faq.p...arch#faq_basic

RCI Anthem of the Seas - NYC/Bermuda/Caribbean 2016; NCL Jewel - Alaska 2012; CCL Paradise - Mexico 2011; NCL Epic - Inaugural Western Caribbean 2010; RCI Vision of the Seas - Mexico 2008; Disney Magic - W Caribbean 2005; RCI Viking Serenade - Mexico 1996; RCI Sovereign of the Seas - E Caribbean 1994


#13
Germany
149 Posts
Joined Jan 2010
Originally posted by Single Cruiser
Just remember chips are fries and crisps are chips! If you order a burger etc..
I am German and in Germany you say "Chips", many years back in school I learned that in English it means "crisps" and not "chips", which are "fries".
So is this different on NCL ships?
When I want to order "crisps" I have to order "chips"?
How can I be sure that I won't get any "fries"??
I have been on RCCL Splendour and there I ordered "crisps". I extra didn't say "chips", because I was afraid to get "fries".
So then it is different at NCL?
#14
2,188 Posts
Joined Nov 2007
Originally posted by conny111
I am German and in Germany you say "Chips", many years back in school I learned that in English it means "crisps" and not "chips", which are "fries".
So is this different on NCL ships?
When I want to order "crisps" I have to order "chips"?
How can I be sure that I won't get any "fries"??
I have been on RCCL Splendour and there I ordered "crisps". I extra didn't say "chips", because I was afraid to get "fries".
So then it is different at NCL?
In America Pommes frites are called fries , in European English they are called chips.

I.e. These things:



In America Kartoffelchips are called chips , in European English they are called crisps.

I.e. These things:

Expand Signature
Collapse Signature
NCL Gem - June 08 & June 10
NCL Jade - February 09 & March 14
NCL Sky - September 09 & April 15
NCL Dawn - November 10
NCL Epic - April 12, Aug 16
NCL Spirit - November 12
NCL Pearl- September 13
NCL Breakaway - June 14
NCL Jewel - November 14
NCL Escape - October 15
#15
Chicago
9,156 Posts
Joined Mar 2010
Ask for French Fries and you'll be fine. No mistaking those at all.
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature
Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair. ~Kahlil Gibran

Sounds of the wind or sounds of the sea make me happy just to be. ~June Polis

Dude, don't you understand the first rule of holes? When you find yourself in a hole stop digging. Take it from a fellow Gopher.
~Planer's Edge


A passport, as I'm sure you know, is a document that one shows to government officials whenever one reaches a border between countries, so the officials can learn who you are, where you were born, and how you look when photographed unflatteringly.
~Lemony Snicket


Cruised:
M.V. Hobart Star 1974 (Blue Star Line)
T.S.S. Festivale 1993 (Carnival Cruise Line)
S.S. Norway 2003 (Norwegian Cruise Line)
Queen Mary2 2006 (Cunard Line)
Carnival Imagination 2009 (Carnival Cruise Line)
M.V. Norwegian Sun 2010 (Norwegian Cruise Line)
Carnival Destiny 2011 (Carnival Cruise Line)
Norwegian EPIC 2013 (Norwegian Cruise Line)
Carnival Breeze 2014 (Carnival Cruise Line)


#16
nova scotia, canada
492 Posts
Joined Jan 2004
my suggestion as a tea drinker is to bring your own. they serve do serve twinnings packages or lipton t bags. personally i am a tetley drinker....so i bring my own and i am happy!

you should be ok with what ever you order. make it easier on yourself and say french fries or potato chips. we do use chips both ways , ie fish and chips. but as stated before the usual standing is for fries and chips. if you say crisps, they will understand. there is indian fare everday. you can have eggs cooked which ever way you want. fried tomatoes too. (this is at the buffet) you can also go to one of the main dining rooms for breakfast or lunch. there will be differences if you are on the epic in europe or in the caribbean.
#17
Ottawa, Canada
3,210 Posts
Joined Jun 2005
I'm always amazed at the term "Canadian bacon". Our bacon is in strips like you get in the US. We, in Canada, call Canadian bacon "peameal bacon" and I've seen it here once in my lifetime. It should be called "British bacon" because it's what we got in London on a BLT.

Sorry for the aside, it's just one of those weird things, not sure why it ever got the reputation as being Canadian.
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature
43 cruises so far...Norwegian Escape (2) Norwegian Epic (8) Norwegian Gem (5), Norwegian Dawn (3) Norwegian Sky (8) Norwegian Star (2) Norwegian Jewel (2) Norwegian Breakaway (2) Norwegian Jade (1) RCI (2) CCL (9) Princess (1)
http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1725028 Live From Epic Transatlantic 2012 Review
http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1921866 Live from Star Transatlantic 2013 -Garden Villa
[url]http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2118894=live+from+the+epic+2014]Live From Epic Transatlantic 2014
http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2274439 Live From the Escape Transatlantic 2015
#18
6,512 Posts
Joined Apr 2001
Originally posted by SuiteCruiser
I'm always amazed at the term "Canadian bacon". Our bacon is in strips like you get in the US. We, in Canada, call Canadian bacon "peameal bacon" and I've seen it here once in my lifetime. It should be called "British bacon" because it's what we got in London on a BLT.

Sorry for the aside, it's just one of those weird things, not sure why it ever got the reputation as being Canadian.
I guess we call pea meal bacon Canadian because that's where it comes from. Some places now call it Canadian-style bacon which makes more sense because that really describes it and the bacon isn't actually imported from Canada.

I was introduced to pea meal bacon in Toronto at the St. Lawrence Market by some friends. We ate these incredible pea meal bacon sandwiches. So good that when my parents visited Toronto I made sure to send them there.
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature
Carnival: Dream, Splendor(6), Conquest, Victory (4), Liberty, Freedom (2), Glory (2), Miracle(2), Holiday, Valor, Triumph (3),Breeze, Ecstasy. Total: 26 cruises
NCL: Norway, Leeward (2), Star (3), Sun, Jewel (3), Gem (3), Spirit (2), Epic, Dawn, Breakaway. Total: 18 cruises
Celebrity: Zenith, Galaxy, Century (2), Mercury, Millennium (4), Constellation (2), Summit(2). Total: 13 cruises
RCCL: Brilliance (2), Vision (2), Enchantment (4), Voyager (2), Liberty (2), Navigator (2), Explorer (2), Majesty, Monarch(2), Jewel, Mariner, Independence, Freedom, Legend, Grandeur. Total: 25 cruises
Princess: Grand (2), Caribbean (2), Crown (2), Diamond, Dawn, Ruby. Total: 9 cruises
Cunard: QM2 (4). Total: 4 cruises
Renaissance: R2. Total: 1 cruise
Holland-America: Maasdam, Zaandam, Zuiderdam, Eurodam, Rotterdam. Total: 5 cruises
MSC-Divina. Total: 1 cruise
Grand Total: 94
cruises
#19
Kent. UK.
896 Posts
Joined Jan 2009
When we were on our TA last October they ran out of American bacon and had English bacon (bacon rashers), my hubby loved it but we only got them for about 2 days, we were told by a waiter that the food supplies were running really low, they were waiting for the ship to get to port to stock up again.
#20
Germany
149 Posts
Joined Jan 2010
Thanx for your explanation.
So where can I order chips/crisps on the Epic?
Only in O'Sheeans or also anywhere else?
Is it served in bags or open?
Because on RCCL Splendour they had those little bags in the café.
Never have seen this on any other RCCL ship and also not on any other cruise line. So I guess those bags are also not available on Epic, aren't they?