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Food served on cruise ships?

SeoulQueen | Nov 10, 201112:02 AM

There was a cheftestant on TC Season 9 that didn't make it past the qualifying round. She works on a cruise ship and she was sent home for overcooking shrimp - it was pretty bad, you could see how overcooked it was.

That got me wondering how good the food on cruise ships is these days? I grew up with the stereotype of cruise ships either filled with families where the kids ran rampant or filled with senior citizens doing nothing more exciting than playing shuffleboard. In either case, the stereotype regarding the food was that the focus was on quantity rather than quality - ie the all you can eat buffets available 24/7, the ship wide food poisoning with everyone getting ill from eating dodgy seafood etc.

However, it seems the cruise industry has been trying in recent years to reach a different market, targeting young singles or professional couples without kids. To this end, they've been launching luxury behemoths touting high end dining or else smaller ships that offer a highly individual, intimate itinerary. Does the food reflect this new trend? I have never been on a cruise and don't plan to go on one anytime soon, so would like to hear from those who have been on them. What was the food like? And if you are a longtime cruise enthusiast, have you seen a improvement in the food over the years?

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