I’m motoring through this list of cruise misconceptions that I came up with in my first blog post, smashing them to pieces.
Anyway we’re onto point three today, and this one is about something very close to my heart. My stomach! Cheap gag. But it’s true, in the literal and figurative sense. Today I’m going to talk about the idea I had that I wouldn’t like any of the food on a cruise ship.
Now I like my food. You already know this, you’ve seen my picture. But the thing is I’m one of those really annoying people who doesn’t actually like many foods.
So I like my food, if I like it. That’s one way of summing it up. Without turning this into some horrific woe-is-me rant, I’ll just try and sum up what makes it so annoying for me – I like very few vegetables, I like very few sauces, and if I try something that I don’t like the taste of, I have to fight an involuntary gag reflex.
Hey, I’ve said it before, these blogs work better if they’re written naturally, and it helps if you understand me. Expect my measurements and deepest dreams to come up in the next few blogs, probably.
What this means, to get to the actual point, is that I struggle with anything with either a set menu, or a posh menu. And that’s the idea I had about cruises. Now that one might just be me – I’m aware that there’s this big stereotype of cruise buffets and people eating as much as they can. I didn’t know that existed, which is more ignorance on my part. But even if I did know that I’d still have the same reservations – that I wouldn’t like the food. Even as part of a buffet, I reckon I’d just worry there was little I’d like.
Now I’ve seen what food on a cruise is really like and all I can say is wow. Just wow.
As much as I’d love to leave that blog post there, I’d better carry on and flesh that out a bit. Now don’t get me wrong, you can still get all the posh options, so if you are someone more ‘normal’, who likes a high quality menu, you can definitely find that on most cruise ships.
But these days cruise ships are adding more and more varied options for dining. You aren’t just limited to either a buffet or a main restaurant. Nowadays it’s all about speciality restaurants. Some of these may cost you a bit extra, some are included and simply themed, but there’s so much choice these days on a modern cruise ship that you’ll be amazed.
Whether it’s a gourmet burger joint, or a dedicated steakhouse offering you the finest cuts, or simply an ice cream parlour, you’ll be stunned by the options. Cruise ships partner up with famous chefs as well, who will create menus for them, so you know you’re getting good quality stuff. It’s not just standard restaurant-in-the-street stuff, this is pretty special grub you’re getting.
As a side note, it’s not just food that’s been getting this treatment. Beverages haven’t been neglected in these moves to offer more and more variety. Yeah you’ll find the bars that you’d expect, serving a range of soft drinks and those of the more intoxicating variety, but you’ll also see smoothie bars, coffee shops, milkshake stands and more.
I’ll tell you now as well, this has been one of the hardest blog posts I’ve ever written, for this or any other job. Do you know how hard it is to dedicate an entire research session just looking at food? I even started this just after lunch and it didn’t make a difference. Makes my cheap little sandwich and bit of fruit seem a bit pathetic, looking at the kind of thing I could be eating if I was at sea right now.
Hopefully it won’t be too long.
By Ian Lewis