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  1. Oh, being a pastry chef just means I can produce a lot of product quickly. I appreciate the perspective of a fellow kitchen creative! I'm leaning towards trying a short cruise on both Oceania and Regent to compare. Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a thorough and helpful post!
  2. I've been on Princess, Carnival, and Celebrity, but this was all 15 or more years ago. The landscape has changed dramatically. The food on Princess was adequate, Carnival was ... Carnival, and Celebrity was alright but I was eating for sustenance not pleasure. Essentially, I'm attempting through research to find the best food available from a city girl's perspective. Thank you for responding!
  3. I have cruised before, on Celebrity, 15 years ago. I greatly enjoyed the pace and ease of the trip and have always wanted to try it again. However, the only thing that I didn't particularly care for was the food, so I'm hoping to mitigate that as much as I can. That being said, I totally understand the limitations of the number of people dining and certainly wouldn't expect the best meal of my life. I just don't want to be eating to simply survive whilst on vacation. Thank you for taking the time to respond!
  4. You said the magic word. I will do bad things for good cheese. Apps are probably my favorite, so this is heartening. Thank you!
  5. I'm considering Oceania, but I'm leaning towards Regent because it sounds, on balance, like it will appeal more to me because of the whole package. Thank you for your take on Jacques and Chartreuse, it's really appreciated.
  6. Thank you! This is so helpful. I am still figuring out how to navigate this board, it was lovely of you to do the legwork on this.
  7. Really helpful response, I so appreciate you taking the time. I don't need Michelin star quality, not many of those to be had in my new hometown and the best meals I've ever enjoyed weren't in Michelin level restaurants. Your answer really helps me gauge what to expect and I'm encouraged. I can almost always find something to enjoy wherever I am, as long as it's not, well ... Carnival. But for this trip I want to splurge and find the best food available so that I can pair my love of cruising with my love of food. It sounds like Oceania isn't overselling their quality of offerings.
  8. That's an excellent point, the lack of getting the best ingredients of the day is a completely understandable limiting factor. I have been considering a land-based trip but honestly, I love the pace and ease of cruising. I guess, fundamentally, I'm hoping to find a cruise where the food won't drag down the trip, if that makes sense. It is, as you say, completely subjective. It's why I tried to provide some context because my tastes reflect my history. Unfortunately I think my attempt at poking fun at how I could be perceived as a snob backfired spectacularly. Ah, the joys of internet communica
  9. This is just what I was looking for! Thank you so much for providing real world examples, as it helps me calibrate. I quite enjoy Commander's Palace so this is very encouraging. I've just been burned before by cruise marketing regarding food so am a bit wary. Thanks again!
  10. That's really good to know, thank you! Nothing like Southern home cooking, that's for sure.
  11. I love the menus, it's a large part of what has drawn me to Regent. Your feedback is so helpful, thank you!
  12. Excellent question, I should have included that in my original post. My husband and I went on Celebrity for our honeymoon 15 years ago and overall enjoyed the experience a lot. The one area that I was disappointed in was the food, so I've been doing an ungodly amount of research on the subject and have narrowed it down to Regent and Oceania. Of course, at this point who knows what it will look like once the dust settles, but dreaming of a great vacation helps pass the time. Thank you so much for taking the time to answer my question! It was very helpful.
  13. I was poking fun at myself because I didn't know how to convey how important food is to me without sounding like, well, a snob. Thank you for your thoughts!
  14. Hello! I've been poring through this board, hoping to get a real sense about the food. I'm concerned about how many passengers must be served in the same time frame. So, I thought I'd ask this wonderful group of people what you think! I grew up in San Francisco, recently moved from the City by the Bay to New Orleans and am in my 40s. I adore food and used to be a pastry chef. French cuisine is of particular interest to me. What are the chances that Regent is able to produce food of world-class quality on a ship of hundreds of people? I know I sound horrid, but food is really, reall
  15. Hello! I've been poring through this board, hoping to get a real sense about the food. But the pictures I've seen lead me to believe that it's not quite up to what I'm looking for. However, pictures can be misleading so I thought I'd ask this wonderful group of people what you think! I grew up in San Francisco, recently moved from the City by the Bay to New Orleans, and am in my 40s. I adore food and used to be a pastry chef. What are the chances that Oceania is able to produce food of world-class quality on a ship of hundreds of people? I know I sound horrid, but food is really, r
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