Evrima (Ritz-Carlton) Review

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Review for Transatlantic Cruise on Evrima (Ritz-Carlton)
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Jwang928
10+ Cruises • Age 50s

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Sail Date: Apr 2023
Traveled with children
Skirt steak.  Inedible.
Artisanal meats and cheeses. Uhm.  Dried out prosciutto prepped the day before.
Wall paper paste potatoes?   And spilled wine.
No words.   So much oil.  Undercooked and terrible
Chicken wings there were too much work and basic.
Pre-made eggs benedict.  No accompaniment.  So sad on the plate.

My partner and I just recently completed the San Juan to Lisbon crossing. We have taken around 100 cruises with Crystal being our favorite. Evrima is undoubtedly a beautiful and sexy ship and the decor and suites are top notch. The designers have really left nothing to be desired and have tried to anticipate every guest’s needs. We sailed in the Signature Suite. Plenty of plugs for gadgets and light switches. We had a separate tub and shower in addition to the separate toilet area. Plenty of space on the balcony. We especially enjoyed the wider hallways. No ducking into doorways when passing other guests. The dining room tables are appropriately spaced and there are plenty of areas for relaxing. We believe the ship and the suites epitomize luxury cruising!

The food program, however, is in our opinion is sorely lacking. If you have had the pleasure of staying in a Ritz Carlton Hotel and dining in one of their spaces, you will be sorely disappointed with Evrima’s dining offerings. We most certainly expected a Ritz Carlton dining experience along with the Ritz Carlton price we paid. This was THE most expensive cruise we have ever taken. The Pool House had a fixed menu and the quality of food was marginal and inconsistent. Here, I believe we had the worst burger ever. Not to mention, it was basically raw on the inside. We were served a soggy and rotting chicken wrap that still haunts us to this day. Talaat Nam is also a fixed menu offering mostly watered down version of SE Asian Cuisine and Mistral there is also a fixed menu and the items offered are hit and miss in terms of quality. This is also the venue where we waited 40 mins for a glass of water on the first night of the cruise. In suite dining definitely left much to be desired. What we expected to be served was not the slimy, oily egg roll we received. Pasta was dry with not a garnish to be found. Felt a little like cafeteria food with watered down blue cheese dressing devoid of a single bleu cheese crumble. And finally, The Evrima Room where the menu changes only every 3 days and the offerings are nothing one would expect on a cruise at this price point. We ordered dover sole and were completely blindsided by the rolled up and steamed fillets unceremoniously served and smelly. We have never experienced dover sole served this way anywhere. Many of the menu descriptions were not reflective of the items being served. Many ingredients missing or the item was completely different all together. Servers never noted the changes between the menu and what was actually being served. Not a single shaved truffle or chia seed accompanied any dining item, although noted in several different menu descriptions. Fancy names that didn’t meet up to the expectations. Fresh fruit was noted as tropical but consisted of the same basic watermelon, cantaloupe and strawberry served every single day. Grove pressed grapefruit was the sickening sweet cocktail juice from a plastic jug. Grove pressed would suggest freshly squeezed?

We did go to SEA and it was definitely worth every penny despite some opinions of the price. It was definitely the highlight of our culinary experience while on board. The service, wine parings and food were exquisite.

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