Posted July 10th, 2017, 03:07 PM
The quality and choice of food was the biggest surprise for us. There is only 1 restaurant and a buffet and outdoor grill but it was all so good that we didn't feel short changed by the lack of speciality restaurants we're accustomed to on Celebrity, NCL.
The first night was open seating, Greek buffet in the restaurant. I was thinking not a great start, by how wrong I was! Fantastic food and better than we've had in Greece. Not your usual buffet fare. Fantastic meats, salads, sauces. Mouth wateringly good and authentic Greek cuisine. A lovely touch as we sailed out of Athens.
Our second night (a sea day) was Gala night. Our guys dressed in tuxedos and they were alone in this! People dressed up, but only in suits - and women made more effort than men. There was a bit of entertainment after dinner, the usual cheesy napkin waving and maybe a conga!
The menu on Gala night was superb. As good as Celebrity. It was 5 courses with amuse bouchée featuring vegetable cheese and fish. The soup course had a fancy timbale over which they poured hot soup on top. A fish course (which was really good) followed by a beautiful fillet mignon cooked just the way I requested. The icing on the cake (!) was a trio of chocolate deserts which were not too large which was good because they were so rich! You could tell they had used quality dark chocolate, I think there was a mouse, a tart and cake. We all agreed they were devine and as good as the chocolatier makes at our favourite restaurant. This was the only Gala night of the cruise.
By day 3 they brought out the standard menus that are used nightly. There are many sections to choose from, you can have 2 or 3 or 4 courses - whatever you want. There are sections 'from the sea' 'from the land' 'from the farm' etc. These are the same nightly and there is a middle section which changes daily. My highlights were a marinated salmon starter, a crema catalana (best I've ever had!) and there are some decent fish and meat entrees. Speaking to a vegetarian, they were very happy with their half of the menu (there were even veggie deserts).
Service in the restaurant was the best I've had on a cruise ship. We had a lovely waitress (Nydia) from Columbia and waiter (Jose) from Guatemala. They couldn't do enough for us and every time we took a couple of sips of wine they filled up our glass. We were astonished considering all the wine was included! Getting a top up on Celebrity or P&O where you were actually paying for it, in contrast was painful! Well done Pullmantur for your customer service where you really do excel!