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  1. There is no such thing as any standard rating system that makes food the major characteristic of a 6 star rating for a cruise ship. And since when are your standards any less subjective than anyone else’s?
  2. I assume English is your second language which is why your grammar is not the best and you are abusing people. I don’t think the number of cruises you’ve done is really relevant in determining the quality of food. Surely the standard for food is set in all kinds of restaurant, whether they be at sea or on dry land. Somebody who goes to fine dining establishments all over the world and has never been on a cruise would have as much experience as you on judging food. Yes, there are various food rating systems around the world that attempt to treat good cooking as something that can truly be measured. Also the difference between fine dining and less expensive food service is quite obvious. So all I would say is that to be six star a ship has to offer a fine dining experience when it is appropriate. But even more important the food affected at all times has to be of the highest quality. One can have bacon and eggs for breakfast, as long both ingredients are the best in their class and are cooked to the taste of the passenger, then the proper six star standard will be met. So quality of ingredients is all important, as well as the cooking and the variety. Having said all that, a ship can be six star and hit all the right buttons as any objective measure of food is concerned and still some very experienced passengers will not find the food to their taste. If enough passengers feel this way then you could have a chef with Michelin stars up to his armpits, but the passengers will not care. i took a trip on Regent a few years back and I found the food to be solid but not very adventurous. My wife later went on kitchen tour of Paul Gaugin and was told that by the chef that we probably found the food bland because of the different cuts of meat and the increased fat content that American ships served. He said that on Gaugin they had tried Australian and New Zealand meat but this had not gone down well with American passengers. Personally, I think the food on a ship is good when you can, with a bit of notice, arrange for the chef to cook you any meal you want. I also like it when the chef goes to the local market on port days and picks up some locally sourced ingredients to serve on the ship.
  3. Not true. Perhaps it’s because I live in Sydney’s Easter Suburbs, but everyone here tips in Restaurants and has done since the year dot. Ten percent is the standard. The point is that it encourages better service if the customer provides a tip. It matters not what the waiter gets paid by the employer. That will not change because customers reward good service.
  4. I agree completely. Ponant is really a 4 star line. It is good, but the service was nowhere near as good as SeaDream. Also we found the French passengers were a little cliquey and didn’t want to mix with passengers from other countries.
  5. A gentlemen should never wear shorts after 6pm. 😁
  6. I have had this discussion on these forums before. For some people the inclusions on a luxury ship ( or Azamarawhich is one step down from a luxury ship) will mean that the value proposition is pretty similar to a less luxurious cruise. However, I do understand that people who don’t drink much, don’t care about fine dining and excursions will probably find that the lower headline price of Celebrity much more attractive. I seem to remember that you were in that camp, Mr Gut.
  7. Does anyone really decide on a cruise based on the entertainment?
  8. The one exception is lactose free milk which is very good in espresso
  9. Over New Year I spent 16 days on Sea Dream II with 100 passengers and 92 crew. The entertainment comprises of two blokes who played the guitar and piano. There was a piano bar in which you could sing along with the piano player, a sort of live karaoke. On a few nights the two crew members would play their guitars to a backing track and become a dance band. the passengers all joined in at the piano bar or with the guitar player in the top of the yacht bar every night. I spoke to a a lot of them about the entertainment and they were without exception delighted that there were no shows on board. Most of them were the kind of people who go to a lot of theatre and concert performances on land. They don’t need to see shows at sea as well. But perhaps more important was that they wanted the small ship yachting experience which is more about long gourmet meals and conversation with other travellers over a few drinks rather than rushing off to be entertained by others.
  10. On our recent trip on SeaDream II the Hotel Manager arrived at our table on the first day at Breakfast bearing a silver salver with a small jar of vegemite on it. He remembered from our previous voyages that my wife sometimes like to have some vegemite with her toast. As he said they keep a jar on board in case any Australians need a fix whilst in the Caribbean or the Med.
  11. I found that those little tins of mints they give you on Sea Dream can be used for another purpose once you’ve finished the mints
  12. Not true. There are plenty of direct flights from Sydney to Cairns and from. Cairns to Sydney
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