One of my favorite things about planning a trip is discovering what types of cuisine I’ll have access to while I’m away. I cook at home almost every day, and practically hoard my dine-out budget so that I can splurge while on vacation. Once I’ve booked a trip, I immediately begin scouting out dining options. I make detailed lists of my “must-try” and “could be fun” venues, complete with addresses, phone numbers, pricing, etc. Some may call this anal-retentive, I call it good research.
And now, I’ve come across one of the best dining guides I’ve ever seen. It’s about Oasis of the Seas, and it’s right here on Cruise Critic.
It’s called The Almost Complete Food Lovers Guide to the Oasis of the Seas” and it was written by Cruise Critic member BrianAlt. What a unique way to review a cruise! A journal of sorts, BrianAlt’s review chronicles each meal he ate while onboard the world’s largest cruise ship, complete with restaurant names and where to find them on the ship. (It was also nicely illustrated with several photos from his trip.)
Sure, most people don’t make a decision about which ship to sail on based entirely on the food choices, but for those who’ve already booked their cruise, what better way to kick the excitement level into high gear? BrianAlt’s day-by-day primer is exactly the kind of useful information that I’d print out, take notes on, salivate over, bring along and recheck before leaving my cabin.
What I eat while away is sort of like a mental scrapbook — each meal marks a unique experience — from a late-night tapas crawl in Barcelona to poutine at a fast-food restaurant in Montreal and steaming hot handmade tortillas from a street vendor in Belize or even a perfect fluffy omelet from a hotel buffet. It’s important that I can explore my options ahead of time, so as not to get overwhelmed by too many choices and end up with an entirely disappointing meal.
With the abundance of included and for-fee options onboard modern cruise ships, it can be especially hard to choose where to dine, which makes this type of review almost priceless. Can’t decide whether the chef’s table is worth the extra money? Need to know whether the beef in the steakhouse is really that much better than the beef in the main dining room? Want to know where the best spot for a low-key breakfast is?
Thanks to BrianAlt, you can now find out the answers to all of these questions (and many more) before you ever step foot aboard Oasis of the Seas. (Bonus: Here’s a link to a version you can print out).
To read BrianAlt’s reviews and other dining themed threads, check out the Cruise Foodies forum.
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