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Just returned from cruise to Bilbao and was looking forward to celebrating our wedding anniversary in 17 having dined there previously.Got a shock it has jumped up to £28 but never mind it was a special occasion, but then came the meal.
First we were given a free pre-starter which was 2 king prawns with a minute bit of shredded lettuce served on what i can only describe as a 4inch wall tile.
The starter we ordered was fine but the main course we ordered Dover Sole à la Meunière with Baby Vegetables arrived several minutes were then required to bone the fish whilst the veg which arrived first went cold followed by the fish the waitress serving my wife then announced here is your butter sauce and drowned her fish with it my waitress just gave the jug to me.My wife who was feeling slightly under the weather due to rough seas felt unable to eat hers and left me with mine.The desert course i ordered was summer berries terrine of which i got 3 berries in a jelly didnt want to create a scene but will never eat in 17 again thanks p@o for a wonderful anniversary not
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Vistafjord, Caronia, QE2, Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria, Queen Elizabeth Maiden Voyage, Aurora, Arcadia, Oriana, Oceana, Artemis, Ventura, Balmoral, Braemar, Adonia, Discovery, Royal Princess (2013 ship), Nautica, MV Funchal
Also Rhine and Dutch river cruises
Independence of the Seas, Azura, Artania, Prinsendam, Maasdam, Crystal Symphony, Saga Sapphire, Saga Pearl II
Zaandam - South America & Antarctica 2015 Anthem of the Seas - Maiden Paris & Bruges 2015 Queen Victoria 175 voyage May 2015 Oriana - central Med Sept 2015 Norwegian Escape - 2015
Last edited by Host Sharon; June 17th, 2012 at 09:10 AM.
I am sorry you were disappointed in your meal. Surely however, it would have been better to complain while on board when they may have been able to do something about it ?
Agreed, although when we made a complaint about 17 to the manager at the time the response was very dismissive. I followed it up with a note to the Food and Beverage Manager, as suggested, but didn't get a reply. It not like me to let things go but on this occassion I did and got on enjoying the holiday.
On our next cruise we gave 17 another go, after all it gets many good reviews, nothing to complain about but very unimpressed with the food.
So me to, 17 never again.
Last edited by Somerset Cruiser; June 17th, 2012 at 11:50 AM.
Sorry you had a bad experience. If ever we have been dissapointed with a meal onboard they have always worked to resolve it so it is very strange your comments went unanswered.
Personally we have tried 17 and didnt like it. The menu and food was very rich with choices more relevant to a 1980s restaurant. However many love it. The price hike to £28 seems to have hit business as they were everywhere on our cruise in May trying to sell it.
Cruises to date:
Celebrity Eclipse - Canary Islands Oct 2014
Celebrity Eclipse - Med May 2014
Celebrity Eclipse - Iceland & Fjords July 2013
Adventure of the seas Transatlantic April 2013
Azura -Baltics May 2012
Ventura -Caribbean Jan 2012
Ventura -Med April 2011
Ventura -Caribbean Dec 2010
Azura -Med May 2010
Independence of the Seas -Med April 2009
You must have been unlucky. I agree with Dai - the meal we had in XVII last year was amongst the best we have ever had, let alone at sea. It is a shame when something you look forward to turns out to be a disappointment.