If you’re into the current stainless kitchen appliances craze, you’d certainly tire of it quickly aboard a cruise ship. Unless, of course, you’re on a Carnival cruise ship, in which case you’d be ecstatic just seeing the inside of a place that once held unspoiled food as you’re being towed back into port in the aftermath of the de rigueur engine or laundry room fire. A few days without edible food makes even an MRE sound like a gourmet meal. But, once again, I digress.
It’s truly incredible to think how much food is prepared for upwards of 3,500 passengers and crew. That’s a lot of chow. Speaking of chow, my inside industry sources tell me that there’s absolutely no truth to the rumor that Carnival ships are going to start placing emergency supplies of Purina in cabins next to the life-jackets. Oh, wait, this article is about NCL. Sorry. Got sidetracked.
Amazingly, there are even charts posted about the kitchens displaying the different Main Dining Room fare depending on the day of the cruise.
Everywhere you look you’ll find culinary crew creating cuisine for crazed cruise customers craving everything from cold cuts to cantaloupes to cold-water crustaceans for their carnivorous contemplations.
By the way, did I mention stainless? Take another look and this steel-clad kitchen:
But there’s more to a kitchen than just the kitchen. A kitchen wouldn’t be a kitchen with a bakery. This particular bakery makes everything from chocolate chip cookies (which our tour group sampled) to French baguettes and everything in between.
And then there are the various food storage areas. This part of the tour was positively chilling, as we walked into storage areas from everything from dairy products to frozen foods.
While we’re on the subject of food storage, I understand that Carnival Cruises is issuing all passengers long sticks and stocking copious quantities of hotdogs and marshmallows. That way, when there’s an engine or laundry room fire, the passengers can roast their own food as they camp out on the decks. No word yet on how Carnival intends for their passengers to trench out a latrine area, but there have been reports that some of their ship pools have been emptied of water and filled with dirt.