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    I would just like to ask members about different places you like while on your cruise. Looking at bars, Restaurant, Shops, Entertainment, you would help me if you also put the name of the ship, they are on. Thank you for your time.

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    Our small Seabourn ships don't have a wide choice of restaurant etc. but they suit us. The Restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner; the Colonnade has buffet breakfast, or order from the menu, buffet lunch and themed dinners (not buffet), the Patio grill serves light lunches and grill style dinners, the Thomas Keller Grill is an American style diner and by reservation. Room service is always available. There is no extra charge for any of the options. There is one boutique style shop and a coffee shop in the Square, where many people choose to meet. Entertainment is either the piano bar in the Observation Lounge at the front of the ship, the Club, with cabaret style entertainment at the back of the ship or the Grand Salon, which is the theatre with cast shows and guest entertainers.

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      #3
      For me, P&O's food in the main dining room suits me fine, and I love their Beach restaurants, you pay extra £7.50 I think, but the food is lovely. They also have lovely bars at the top of their ships called Crows Nest, with panoramic views out to sea
      Royal Caribbeans food in the buffet is the best I have found so far, that suits me
      Cunards Golden Lion 'pubs' are great for food and entertainment.

      All ships have something to offer, you just have to start trying them .................................................. .Carol

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        #4
        There is no one size fits all when it comes to cruiselines and ships. Quite honestly asking which has the best restaurants, entertainment, etc is futile as some will say one line has fabulous food, others will say it's poor. Some like the entertainment on some lines, others may think it's bloody awful!

        You would get a more realistic response if you listed your preferences and expectations.............Wilba
        Wilba

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          #5
          Originally posted by Wilba View Post
          There is no one size fits all when it comes to cruiselines and ships. Quite honestly asking which has the best restaurants, entertainment, etc is futile as some will say one line has fabulous food, others will say it's poor. Some like the entertainment on some lines, others may think it's bloody awful!

          You would get a more realistic response if you listed your preferences and expectations.............Wilba
          Thank you for your advice Wilba. Well to be honest since a child i have never been very good at eating. Coming from a family of 15 children. I would not eat food put down in front of me, most of the time it was a pan of scouse, and bread. I would just eat some bread. I was not allowed to leave the table until the rest of my family finished their meal. So over the years i have not had my 5 a day, i dont eat Veg, Salad, Fruit, Fish, the only meat i do eat is Fillet steak picked and cooked by myself. I tend to live on Bread and Cheese or Crackers. On the drink side i do enjoy a nice cold Stella, and a Gin & Tonic. So maybe my eating place on a cruise would be some where i could get a pizza, again that would just be a margarita pizza. My family say i am too fussy about food, but i think i am easy to please. My Favourite meal is Cheese on toast with baked beans over.
          Last edited by deverdevo, liverpool; 26th July 2018, 01:37 PM.

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            #6
            Originally posted by deverdevo, liverpool View Post
            My family say i am too fussy about food, but i think i am easy to please.
            Because cruising is largely considered a luxury experience, a lot of the meals are quite fussy/exotic: you know lobster, duck etc.

            However the menus always have simple options available, like chicken.

            The buffets have a choice of fancy and plain items.

            Some cruise lines are more renown for 'fancy food', like Celebrity, others are not.

            To answer your original question: I enjoy a good double or triple height room, onboard a ship, whatever it is - lounge or restaurant.
            See my cruise blog: HERE

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              Originally posted by deverdevo, liverpool View Post
              Thank you for your advice Wilba. Well to be honest since a child i have never been very good at eating. Coming from a family of 15 children. I would not eat food put down in front of me, most of the time it was a pan of scouse, and bread. I would just eat some bread. I was not allowed to leave the table until the rest of my family finished their meal. So over the years i have not had my 5 a day, i dont eat Veg, Salad, Fruit, Fish, the only meat i do eat is Fillet steak picked and cooked by myself. I tend to live on Bread and Cheese or Crackers. On the drink side i do enjoy a nice cold Stella, and a Gin & Tonic. So maybe my eating place on a cruise would be some were i could get a pizza, again that would just be a margarita pizza. My family say i am too fussy about food, but i think i am easy to please. My Favourite meal is Cheese on toast with baked beans over.
              Most cruise lines have an "Always available" part of the menu for lunch/dinner in the MDR, think along the lines of salmon, grilled chicken and steak (not fillet) and a buffet where you can get pizza etc.

              If you give them 24 hours notice most will provide simple requests (within reason), cheese on toast with baked beans should be possible, good luck, if you go with Seabourn or similar you can have steak 3 times a day if you want.

              John

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                #8
                Originally posted by deverdevo, liverpool View Post
                I would just like to ask members about different places you like while on your cruise. Looking at bars, Restaurant, Shops, Entertainment, you would help me if you also put the name of the ship, they are on. Thank you for your time.
                Cruised on most cruise lines and the one that fits most categories is P&O :-

                Food in MDR ...always good for us
                Gratuities charge.....very favourable charge......no gratuities on your bar bill like other cruise lines
                Entertainment ......on average very good
                Drinks .......near enough to pub prices
                Ships..... always presented well in most cases and friendly staff
                Ports of call.......plenty of variety
                Cost of cruise......very favourable
                Best P&O ships for us (not in any particular order.......Britannia,Azura,Ventura,Oceana
                Last but not least........Good loyalty benefits.

                Just our opinion folks

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by deverdevo, liverpool View Post
                  Thank you for your advice Wilba. Well to be honest since a child i have never been very good at eating. Coming from a family of 15 children. I would not eat food put down in front of me, most of the time it was a pan of scouse, and bread. I would just eat some bread. I was not allowed to leave the table until the rest of my family finished their meal. So over the years i have not had my 5 a day, i dont eat Veg, Salad, Fruit, Fish, the only meat i do eat is Fillet steak picked and cooked by myself. I tend to live on Bread and Cheese or Crackers. On the drink side i do enjoy a nice cold Stella, and a Gin & Tonic. So maybe my eating place on a cruise would be some where i could get a pizza, again that would just be a margarita pizza. My family say i am too fussy about food, but i think i am easy to please. My Favourite meal is Cheese on toast with baked beans over.
                  Goodness, how have you managed to stay alive if you do not eat vegetables, salad, fruit or fish? Your body must be crying out for vitamins.

                  Cruises have a wide variety of food in all sorts of places and will suit all sorts of tastes - even down to bread and cheese. At breakfast in the buffet, they do toast, beans and cheese separately in the buffet, so you can build your own meal. I would guess the best place to eat for you is the buffet as at least you can pick and choose your meal. In the main restaurant, your choices would be limited and full meals are served to your table.

                  As for entertainment, you ask a 100 people and there would be split between excellent, good, fair and rubbish, so everyone has their opinion of the entertainment onboard. Personally, I do not like the shows that much as they can be a bit amateurish, the quality of the singers can be variable and over dramatized for the large theatre, so not my favourite.

                  Everyone has their favourite cruiseline, so I would say write down what is important to you and then start to compare your list with what is on offer and choose the closest fit. That way you are not taking other people's opinions which may be totally opposite to your own.

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                    #10
                    One of our favourite time and places on a cruise would be sitting on the bar stools in the Chart Room on QM2 listening to live late night jazz music whilst enjoying a cocktail or two
                    BIG SHIPS, little ships, small world

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                      #11
                      Originally posted by deverdevo, liverpool View Post
                      Thank you for your advice Wilba. Well to be honest since a child i have never been very good at eating. Coming from a family of 15 children. I would not eat food put down in front of me, most of the time it was a pan of scouse, and bread. I would just eat some bread. I was not allowed to leave the table until the rest of my family finished their meal. So over the years i have not had my 5 a day, i dont eat Veg, Salad, Fruit, Fish, the only meat i do eat is Fillet steak picked and cooked by myself. I tend to live on Bread and Cheese or Crackers. On the drink side i do enjoy a nice cold Stella, and a Gin & Tonic. So maybe my eating place on a cruise would be some where i could get a pizza, again that would just be a margarita pizza. My family say i am too fussy about food, but i think i am easy to please. My Favourite meal is Cheese on toast with baked beans over.
                      Your experience is interesting, and a little similar to my own (but with a very different outcome).

                      I was also given food and told to eat it all, or I couldn't leave the table. I had to try everything and finish everything.

                      I'm in a situation now where I like almost all foods - not fussy at all, so long as it's well cooked. The problem I have is not knowing when I'm full, because that was never a factor growing up - I had to eat it all. I'm terrible for eating everything that's in front of me and not listening to my body telling me I'm full. I'm 31 now and still haven't mastered it.
                      Duncan S

                      See my blog!

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                        #12
                        Our favourite was when we cruised from Sydney to Bangkok and one of the best experiences for us was sailing through the barrier reef ..brilliant. We also called at Hamilton Island the only form of transport on the Island then was golf buggies stunning place.

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                          #13
                          Originally posted by dst87, Falkirk View Post
                          Your experience is interesting, and a little similar to my own (but with a very different outcome).

                          I was also given food and told to eat it all, or I couldn't leave the table. I had to try everything and finish everything.

                          I'm in a situation now where I like almost all foods - not fussy at all, so long as it's well cooked. The problem I have is not knowing when I'm full, because that was never a factor growing up - I had to eat it all. I'm terrible for eating everything that's in front of me and not listening to my body telling me I'm full. I'm 31 now and still haven't mastered it.
                          At the age of 16 years of age, i trained to become a Chef i did this for 4 years. The problem was i could not taste the food i was cooking, So i had to depend on others around me to taste. My claim to fame while cooking was Spinach and cream for Diana Ross, while she was in Liverpool. I got compliments to the chef from her. At this time i left the kitchens to work as a butcher again for 4 year or more. I thought when i get older i would have my own restaurant, so i needed to know, not only how to cook but also break down the meat into different cuts. Later in life i become a licencee for 17 years. But did not get my Restaurant in the end, in fact i have become a full time carer.

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                            #14
                            As already said, there will be as many "right answers" as respondents. Personally, I believe that live music should be live so I much prefer the less polished entertainment on Cruise and Maritime, with live band, to the Headliner productions of P&O and others that sing to a backing tap. I can equally see little point in a guest artist singing to a tape machine as happens on some cruise lines. For eating, I avoid self-service whilst away, just as I do at home and, because I am vegetarian see little point in using specialist restaurants that rarely cater for me. For relaxation I enjoy a lounge that looks out to sea. One day I will see a whale!

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