Cruise Ship Food Review Onboard Royal Caribbean Cruise
Dining on any cruise ship is half the fun of cruising. We were wondering what to expect of the food on board Royal Caribbean’s Serenade of the Seas during our Mediterranean Cruise. Cruise lines will often tailor food choices for specific destinations and the nationalities of the passengers likely to sail on a given route and that was the case on the Serenade Of The Seas. Most notably in the Windjammer Cafe Breakfast Buffet there were foods obviously to thrill the large number of British passengers on board as well as a large number of Spanish guests. There was an island of peculiar food items like bangers, uniquely prepared pork and beans, scrambled eggs with peas? and ham chunks, and of course English muffins.
The food in the main dining room was good with a wide variety of choices as well as some choices available every night. The appetizers were usually among the most unique and interesting choices. At times we would order two appetizers just to enjoy the variety of foods. This was never a problem and the waiter was always happy to bring whatever you wanted.
One of the most popular items each night was also one of the most simple things. The bread. Perhaps because we usually steer clear of all the carbs and butter at home but on a cruise ship none of that seems to matter. The assistant waiter would bring around a basket with a variety of breads made fresh and from scratch. We especially enjoyed the seeded breads.
As much as we enjoyed our meals it did seem at times like the wait staff was spread a little thin and struggling. We had both a female waiter and assistant waiter and there were some excessive waits between courses and mixed up orders. Some at our table thought they were the best waitstaff ever while others were ready to toss them overboard, but there was no doubt it–they both worked very hard and we weren’t going anywhere anyway.
The Serenade of the Seas has a number of specialty dining options to choose from as well as the main dining room.
Rita’s Cantina for mexican/spanish food, beans, rice, burritos.
Giovanni’s Table for Italian food served family style, ravioli, spaghetti, and other Italianesque foods.
Chops Grill for steaks and seafood.
Izumi for Asian food. Located in a strange upper aft portion of the ship that many people never even knew was there.
We only ate at one of the specialty restaurants. Giovanni’s Table. The decor and dining experience was definitely a step up and the food was fine and you could appreciate the difference between food prepared moments before being brought to your table. It was all made fresh with the finest ingredients and delicious however nobody was truly bowled over by it, its just that nobody had any complaints about the main dining room. Where Giovanni’s table excels is ambiance and service.
The meal was very relaxed and slow paced. It is as if they expect you to linger over perhaps multiple glasses of higher priced wine and we certainly did. We had a chaming Italian waiter that was truly excellent and obviously trained to provide an almost dinner theater Italian dining experience, not just bring you your meal. Our desserts at Giovanni’s table were no doubt the finest of the cruise.
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