Get ready for belly rumbles and drooling as this post is going to make you feel very envious and hungry!
I have just returned from a one week Royal Caribbean cruise around the Caribbean and stopped at Labadee in Haiti, Falmouth in Jamaica and Cozumel in Mexico. It was an amazing experience! I’ve got plenty of information and photos to hand so please let me know what else you would like to know about the holiday.
But for now I’m talking about the most important part of an indulgent holiday- THE FOOD!
I cruised on the Oasis of the seas. If you have heard of it or seen it, you will know that restaurants are in abundance! They have speciality restaurants ranging from Sushi, Mexican, Italian, Steakhouses and so much more!
Although, these speciality restaurants all come at an additional cost. So I chose not to spend my money here as there are plenty of free options available on board.
In this post I am focusing on the free evening dining options available aboard the Oasis of the seas (and on any other Royal Caribbean ship really).
THE MAIN DINING ROOM EXPERIENCE
I have been on 3 different Royal Caribbean ships and they all have a similar theme when it comes to the main dining room.
The main dining room is always three floors and is at the bottom of the ship. Each floor tends to have a different name, but don’t be put off- the same food is served on all 3 floors. The names on the Oasis are American Icon Grill, Silk, and The Grande. These don’t mean a lot really. On the independence of the seas I ate on the Romeo and Juliet floor.
The main dining room offers a 3-course meal every single day. The best bit of advice I can give you, is that you don’t just have to order one of each course, if there’s two starters you like the look of, have both! This won’t cost you a penny!
The menu changes every single night, so that’s why I’m making this post. I wanted to know what the menu was ahead of my cruise so that if there was a night where I didn’t like the sound of the food, I could plan to go to another restaurant! For me personally, I really enjoy the Main dining food and experience, and so I don’t feel the need to eat elsewhere.
HERES THE MENUS:
Sorry to start on such a sour note, but I have to say that Day 1 was actually the worse day in my opinion but I think there was a bit of bad luck involved too!
The main issue was that we were all sleepy and Jet lagged having just travelled from the UK to Orlando and we were put in possibly the busiest and noisiest part of the restaurant.
The range of starters was pretty good. I opted got the Baked French onion soup.
I am very happy with my choice as the rest of my family went for the Calamari. They hardly ate it as they said it tasted like frozen and was hard and chewy! The soup was really well done and had a good flavour, a little saltier then I would have liked but overall pretty good!
For my main I had the Aged prime rib of Beef. It was a massive piece of meat and not a lot else really! The meat was cooked well so I can’t complain. I just would have liked some more veggies.
I didn’t eat a dessert in the end, the tiredness and noise started to get the better of me! But as you can see from the menu above, there were plenty of good options available.
DAY 2 (Formal Night)
Day 2 was far superior. I don’t know if it was due to the fact that it was a formal night that the food offering was better but I certainly enjoyed it a lot more.
Here we are in our formal attire:
To start with I had the Lobster Bisque. On a cruise I always wishfully hope that everything from the sea is fresh, and to me the Lobster Bisque did taste very fresh! I highly recommend this option if you like seafood.
Following the Lobster Bisque I ate the Seafood Linguini. The actual seafood was very nice although the actual pasta wasn’t really to my liking, there was too much of it and it was coated in a pretty boring tomato sauce. I didn’t mind though as the seafood was what I really wanted, it just would have been nicer had it been paired with a more lively sauce!
On day 2 I treated myself to the Royal Cheesecake for dessert and in the background you can see the Valrhona Chocolate Bar that my sister had. In addition, the waiter also bought out ice cream and cookies. We didn’t want it and didn’t really eat it! I find it crazy how much food they must get through on these cruises. The cheesecake was just what I fancied at the time and I highly recommend it!
DAY 3 (Haiti)
On day 3 there were too many fantastic options for starters so I had to choose two (as you do when it’s FREE!) so as you can see in the photo below, I had the Iceberg Wedge and Salmon Tartare I really enjoyed both of these starters!
For my main I had my all-time favourite meal which I have had on the all cruises I’ve been on… THE GARLIC TIGER SHRIMPS. They are scrumptious! Fresh and full of flavour… you really can’t go wrong with these bad boys if you like seafood!
To finish the evening on a high, I decided to go for the Royal chocolate cake. The cakes its self was really light and moist, and the ganache was thick and dense. If you’re a chocoholic this is the dessert for you.
DAY 4 (Jamaica)
I was so busy getting stuck into my starter that I didn’t take a photo of it! But on day 4 I had the Seafood cake. It looked like your average fish cake but tasted so much better! The Aioli was really nice with it and the whole dish had a very pleasant and balanced flavour!
The main was lovely too! I chose the Lasagne and I chose well! It was so cheesy and so melty… everything I am looking for in an A* Lasagne!
I decided against dessert tonight, not because I didn’t like the look of anything. Just because I was already so full!
DAY 5 (Formal Night)
It was our second formal tonight which once again seemed to mean better food!
To start, I had the Vidalia Onion Tart. It was more like a quiche really but either way tasted very fresh and was a really good choice!
For main it was a no brainer for me and the rest of my family- LOBSTER! We chose well, it was delicious! Not much else to say really, if you’ve had lobster- you know! And if you haven’t it’s a great opportunity to taste it for free on a Royal Caribbean cruise!
Once again no dessert for me tonight as I was too full!
DAY 6 (Mexico)
By day 6 my parents started to get tiered of the main dining room experience. So they decided to eat at the Windjammer. If you have been on a Royal Caribbean cruise before, you’ll know that the Windjammer is a buffet restaurant that is free of charge and open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Buffets aren’t really my thing and I really wanted to eat at the main dining room as I thought the menu (above) looked really good! Although I didn’t want to eat on my own so I joined my family at the buffet.
Luckily the Windjammer had the starter I wanted which was the Roasted Garlic soup! I love anything with Garlic so I was very excited when I saw this on the menu! It was VERY garlicy! I couldn’t eat much of it but it did have an amazing flavour!
Following that, it was only fitting that whilst in Mexico I ate some Mexican food. As you can see below, I had cheesy nachos with sour cream and guacamole on the side, as well as a few small enchiladas with some refried beans. I know it doesn’t look like the most appealing plate of food… but it really did taste good!
No dessert again tonight I’m afraid! They have so much choice in the Windjammer but once again I was too full!
As you can see from above today we had a Festive Menu as we were just a week away from Christmas! So I don’t think this is the standard menu that they use so might not be exactly what you get on your own one week cruise!
The starter was a no brainer! If you know me, you know I love Brie! So I ate the Almond crusted fried Brie! It was so good! There just wasn’t enough of it… so I ordered a second one! If you love cheese like me then this is the starter for you.
For my main I went traditional and opted for the Traditional Beef Brisket. It wasn’t quite what I was expecting but it was still really nice. I think it must have been an ‘American’ take on Beef brisket as it doesn’t taste like the beef brisket I have had in the UK in pubs and at home.
I did have dessert today although I don’t think I chose very well. The Buche De noel (chocolate yule log) was overly sweet, dense and gritty with sugar. Royal Caribbean food is great overall, but they never seem to quite get dessert right!
Looking back through what I’ve written, I don’t think I’ve sounded overly positive about the food.
But please don’t be too put off! As a whole I think it’s been outstanding, it’s crazy that it’s all included in the price of your cruise!
Although I do want to be honest and so hence the criticisms above. I would say that everyone has different preferences and depending on when you go and what ship you go on, the chef who prepares you food is going to change!
I hope you found this post interesting… I know I certainly would have found it useful before my holiday!
Thanks for reading
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