Posted June 28th, 2013, 04:46 AM
While we haven't been on NCL yet, I will say we haven't eaten in any specialty restaurants on Disney, Carnival or RCCL.
I do think food is really subjective. Alas we don't eat out as much as you do, but we try and go out once a week if it's in the budget. Most are the same type of places you go to since we also have 2 bottomless teenage boys with us
Disney was far the best but this was also close to 10 years ago and over Christmas. I understand even they have done cut backs since then. RCCL, I personally thought the MDR was horrible. Don't know really about the food, ate there 2 days out of 7. Mainly because with 2 kids 3 HOUR dinners wasn't okay! I don't know if it was the food or the waitstaff (or both!) but yeah, not my cup of tea! Carnival I didn't think it was anything more than I make at home on a regular basis so..
It really could be a regional thing also and that might be a BIG part of it! Even talking about main stream places, I spent a few years living in Houston before moving back up to Pittsburgh again. We were at Joe's Crab Shack constantly down in Houston before they went really national. We were VERY excited when one opened here about 6 years ago. We went 3 times and won't go back because of the difference in regions. Not much fresh seafood up in this neck of the woods and you can really tell a difference.
I do think some people just expect 5 star dining on a cruise and it is still considered a "rich persons" vacation to a lot of people. It's funny in a way because a 4 day trip to Busch Gardens for the 4 of us cost about $400 less than the fare and travel expenses of our last 7 day cruise... If my stomach is full and I didn't have to cook, I will eat pretty much anything!
It all comes down to what you expect. If you expect the equivalent of a $60 meal every time you eat well those people would be disappointed! I know food mark up is crazy at restaurants, but could you imagine the cost of fares if they had to equate even $200 a day per room for 2 people for food?! Thanks, I will pass!