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Celebrity's Main Dining Room


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Why do you prefer Celebrity's Main Dining Room to other mass market cruise lines?  

240 members have voted

  1. 1. Why do you prefer Celebrity's Main Dining Room to other mass market cruise lines?

    • Better preparation of food
      29
    • Five separate courses instead of starters, entrees, desserts
      30
    • Larger portions
      2
    • More gourmet options
      15
    • Better quality of meat
      21
    • Better quality of fish
      13
    • Better desserts
      11
    • Better appetizers
      12
    • Better wine list
      10
    • Waiters spend more time chatting with passengers
      15
    • More formal service
      37
    • Other - explain below
      2
    • I don't think it is very different from the dining experience on other mass market cruise lines
      33
    • I prefer the dining experience on a different mass market cruise line
      10


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Contrary to what I thought just a few years ago, Celebrity's MDR is not too special anymore. I've only sailed Princess (twice) other that Celebrity, so I can only use them as a comparison. After our 1st Princess cruise I said that the food was good on Princess, but nothing jumped out at me as it did on X. After our most recent Princess in November, I would say that the food in the MDR of each line is comparable. I think that this is more due to Celebrity's decline rather than Princess' improvement, although Princess buffet food is better, IMO

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Another interesting statistic is that 42 percent of the people who responded to this poll think that the food is either better on another mass market cruise line or Celebrity's food is very similar to other mass market cruise lines.

 

Since this is the Celebrity board, which attracts people who love Celebrity, and Celebrity is known for its food, that number is much higher than I expected it to be.

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Having just gotten off of the Constellation yesterday and finished a 711mi drive last night, I haven't had a chance to write my review yet, but the one thing that I can say is that there have been some significant changes in the Main Dining Room Experience (San Marco Restaurant on the Connie) which move the Experience away from what has characterized Celebrity historically and much more towards the typical mass market line. Hence my vote to that extent.

 

I'll go into much more detail when I write my review, but brief examples of the changes that I am talking about are things like, poor menu creativity and construction, hot food not hot, cold food not cold, stale rolls served the last night, etc. The one thing that HAS held up, IMHO, is the quality of the service during the meal; our waiter and his assistant performed perfectly, and for a change, we had an excellent wine steward who was knowledgeable and did not "push" anything.

 

More details to come in a few days....

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Having just gotten off of the Constellation yesterday and finished a 711mi drive last night, I haven't had a chance to write my review yet, but the one thing that I can say is that there have been some significant changes in the Main Dining Room Experience (San Marco Restaurant on the Connie) which move the Experience away from what has characterized Celebrity historically and much more towards the typical mass market line. Hence my vote to that extent.

 

I'll go into much more detail when I write my review, but brief examples of the changes that I am talking about are things like, poor menu creativity and construction, hot food not hot, cold food not cold, stale rolls served the last night, etc. The one thing that HAS held up, IMHO, is the quality of the service during the meal; our waiter and his assistant performed perfectly, and for a change, we had an excellent wine steward who was knowledgeable and did not "push" anything.

 

More details to come in a few days....

 

Hi greeneg :)

 

I noticed that your two cruises prior to this one were on Azamara and Quest, which are a step above Celebrity. Do you think that might be part of the reason why you were disappointed in the food on your recent Constellation cruise?

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Having just gotten off of the Constellation yesterday and finished a 711mi drive last night, I haven't had a chance to write my review yet, but the one thing that I can say is that there have been some significant changes in the Main Dining Room Experience (San Marco Restaurant on the Connie) which move the Experience away from what has characterized Celebrity historically and much more towards the typical mass market line. Hence my vote to that extent.

 

I'll go into much more detail when I write my review, but brief examples of the changes that I am talking about are things like, poor menu creativity and construction, hot food not hot, cold food not cold, stale rolls served the last night, etc. The one thing that HAS held up, IMHO, is the quality of the service during the meal; our waiter and his assistant performed perfectly, and for a change, we had an excellent wine steward who was knowledgeable and did not "push" anything.

 

More details to come in a few days....

 

Hi greeneg :)

 

I noticed that your two cruises prior to this one were on Azamara' Journey and Quest, which are a step above Celebrity. Do you think that might be part of the reason why you were disappointed in the food on your recent Constellation cruise?

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Hi greeneg :)

 

I noticed that your two cruises prior to this one were on Azamara' Journey and Quest, which are a step above Celebrity. Do you think that might be part of the reason why you were disappointed in the food on your recent Constellation cruise?

 

Truth be told, I asked myself that question several times during the cruise. Every time, I came up with the same answer: no, the differences between our last Celebrity Cruise ( which was actually on the Mercury in early 2007) and our last Constellation (2006) were real and not influenced by Azamara. Had I been asked before this last X cruise, I would have said that there was no practical difference between the quality and creativity of the cuisine on Azamara and Celebrity; different atmosphere, yes, but essentially the same in quality, creativity, and level of service. There really has been, IMHO, a decline in Celebrity's Main Dining room, at least on this cruise. Not to say that the food was "bad", just not up to expectations based on prior experience with both the Line in general, and the Constellation in particular.

 

To perhaps repeat myself, it was a very nice cruise, I had a very good time and certainly didn't lose any weight: but, the menu and the cuisine were not up to what I would consider Celebrity's Previously Experienced High Standards.

 

We'll be back on the Quest in May and will be interested to see what if anything has changed there.

 

Ed

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