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Has anyone noticed a difference in food quality on shorter 4 to 7 day cruises compared to longer 10 to 21 day cruises? Is the food selection more limited on longer cruises? Is the food better on longer cruises because they are able to correct mistakes or issues that arise and come closer to perfecting the preparation? 

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I wouldn't say it is better or worse. they do tend to reinvent certain dishes towards the end. Still better than me cooking it at home.

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I would echo that.  the menus get a touch repetitive on long cruises (or for that matter on repeated short cruises!)  IME (and this can be line specific) all ingredients are sourced internationally so there are no "mistakes" etc. to correct.  Everything is produced in exactly the same way from exactly the same ingredients on more or less every ship in the line.  There are exceptions with some smaller lines who source some ingredients locally, and possibly river cruises in Europe are also slightly different.  But for the larger sea going lines - no difference.

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6 minutes ago, GastroGnome said:

I would echo that.  the menus get a touch repetitive on long cruises (or for that matter on repeated short cruises!)  IME (and this can be line specific) all ingredients are sourced internationally so there are no "mistakes" etc. to correct.  Everything is produced in exactly the same way from exactly the same ingredients on more or less every ship in the line.  There are exceptions with some smaller lines who source some ingredients locally, and possibly river cruises in Europe are also slightly different.  But for the larger sea going lines - no difference.

On our 33 night cruise we only had one menu in the MDR make an encore, some dishes did, but only one complete menu, I don’t know about you but I’d say at home the menu repeats a lot more than that.

 

and of course we could always have eaten elsewhere on the encore night, as we did anyway.

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On a back to back Alaska cruise, the southbound portion tends to have less fresh fruit and vegetables.  It makes sense, as very little is grown in Alaska, so most or all produce goes onto the ship before it heads to Alaska.  Expect fresh watermelon on the way up, canned peaches on the way down.  Not a big deal.

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I think we had better food and better service on the smaller, older ships, but we prefer to go on the Oasis class ships because there is much more to do, and not because of food quality. That being said , our all time favorite was the Ovation!

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