Some people clearly don't care too much about the food on a cruise -- many even state this in their posts. They will likely be happy on any cruise line. But some of us care a great deal. I'm not saying that the food is the ONLY factor, but it's a very high priority for me.
My assumption is that among foodies, the subjective aspect will be less of a problem. I know what top restaurants are like -- I don't always like each dish, but I expect the chef to keep up with trends, use top quality ingredients, pay attention to flavor, and aim high. That's what I would like to have on my cruises.
I have only sailed on one river cruise so far: AMAcello Rhine last year. The food was very good. Better than a mass market ocean cruise. But nowhere near as good as on our Crystal Serenity cruise this spring.
So, which are the best river cruise lines for Food?
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I am not an employee of Cruise Critic and I don't speak for Cruise Critic. All opinions are mine alone. Also, I'm only a Host on the various River forums -- everywhere else I'm "just plain Jazz."
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