I left Michelin-starred restaurants to work as a cruise chef. We can feed 10,000 people a day and I'll never leave this job.

  • Gary Thomas had never seen a cruise ship before he went to work as a chef on Oasis of the Seas.
  • Thomas plans to work for Royal Caribbean until he retires and hates to think of leaving cruising.
  • He oversees the meals across all 26 ships and shares why they'll never take prime rib off the menu.

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This as-told-to essay is based on a conversation with Gary Thomas, the senior traveling corporate executive chef for Royal Caribbean. This essay has been edited for length and clarity.

I never thought I'd work in the cruise industry. I'd never even seen a cruise ship in person before I rolled up to Oasis of the Seas. It was the first cruise ship I worked on and the biggest ship on the planet when it was being built.

That moment will live with me forever. 

I've been the senior corporate traveling executive chef for 11 years and worked at Royal Caribbean for nearly 15. I oversee the culinary operations and 6,000 chefs across all 26 ships in the Royal Caribbean fleet. From menus and inventory to the day-to-day running of the kitchens in all our ships, I oversee it all. 

I head a corporate team of eight administrators who manage the 52 executive chefs on board the ships. Our team is responsible for making sure each ship can serve as many as 75,000 meals a day, seven days a week.

How I got into the cruise industry

I was always curious about cruises and whether the cooking standards were similar to kitchens on land.

Having spent 15 years working in specialty restaurants — like the luxury hotel restaurants at Claridge's and the London Michelin-starred restaurant Le Gavroche — I decided it was time to satisfy my curiosity.

In the early 2010s, I applied for a four-month contract as an executive chef for Royal Caribbean.

I was coming on board into a high position with no prior cruise experience. I was so nervous, I didn't think I'd last a week. Over a decade later, I'm still with Royal Caribbean. Taking this job was the best choice I ever made. 

What my day is like as an executive chef on board 

Ninety percent of my time is spent on board different vessels in our fleet. I'm usually on the same boat for two to three weeks, and occasionally I work from the Miami or UK offices. I'm based in Liverpool, where my family lives. 

I spend most of my day on calls and answering emails. I average between 1,000 and 2,000 emails a week. 

When I'm on a ship, I do some inspections with my executive chefs, culinary managers, and hotel leaders and offer ad hoc support. In the evenings, I walk around the ship with the executive chef and offer observational feedback.

Life as a chef on a cruise ship versus on land

People always judge the cooking on a ship. 

Our goal is to make sure that everyone's fed and watered — and leaves the ship 10 pounds heavier.

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We are responsible for feeding guests and crew alike. If our staff have full tummies and are satisfied, that translates positively into the guests' experience. 

As a chef on land, you only focus on your restaurant. But on board the largest ship on the planet, the 1,188-foot-long Wonder of the Seas , we have to feed nearly 10,000 people a day. 

This is the largest ship in our fleet. There are 33 kitchens on board, ranging from high-end specialty restaurants and steak houses to buffet areas, pizzerias, and sandwich shops. We also have a main dining room that seats up to 3,000 people. 

On land, your menus don't change much. Here, they change every day across the fleet. Our only fixed menus are the à la carte specialty-dining menus.

When you finish work at a restaurant or hotel at home, you can go home and switch off. As an executive cruise chef, I manage fleet operations seven days a week, 365 days a year.

I get normal annual leave, but it can be hard to switch off even on land. I'm still observing from afar. I don't mind it, though, because there's a good family spirit on board. 

We'd never mess with Royal Caribbean's signature dishes 

We have a product-development team that works with me and my team to develop menus across the fleet. They look at food trends and consumer insights on our dishes, and I do the culinary development with my team based on that. 

Some dishes might be introduced, some might be archived, and some might be tweaked. I listen to the guests more than I listen to anybody else.

There are a few signature dishes in the main dining rooms across the whole fleet that you just don't touch, like the garlic tiger shrimp, the escargot, and the prime rib, because they're so beloved by passengers. 

We'd be hanged, drawn, and quartered if we changed the prime rib.

How a kitchen on a cruise operates 

Everything we serve guests is produced on board. We butcher our own meat and fish, bake all our bread, and make all our desserts. 

For an Oasis-class ship, which carries up to 7,000 passengers, we load nearly $1 million worth of inventory onto the ship every seven days.

The fridges are a sight to behold. We operate a first-in, first-out system. Our target every seven days is for the fresh-produce fridges to be empty, ready to take on the new loading. 

I'll do this job until I retire

The people I've met while working as a cruise chef have inspired me, given me opportunities, and believed in me. You miss home, but there is a real family spirit on board cruise ships. It's one of the reasons I've stayed for so long.

I've been exposed to many cultures all over the world during my 15-year tenure. I estimate I've circumnavigated the globe over 100 times. These experiences are priceless to me.

I will 1 million percent do this job until I retire. I love my job and can't imagine leaving. 

Thinking about walking off the ship for the last time and knowing that I'm going home for good is scary, but I've got some good years left in me yet.

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This January, I had the opportunity to experience the Carnival Chef’s Table during my seven-night cruise aboard Carnival Celebration.

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I’d never experienced The Chef’s Table on any cruise line before, and had never had a meal quite so extensive before — so I was brand new to any and everything related to this type of dining event.

Here, I’m going to go over my thoughts of The Chef’s Table on Carnival Celebration and give you details on the cost, menu, and more.

The Cost & How to Book Carnival Chef’s Table

The current cost for The Chef’s Table on Carnival Celebration is $99 per person, not including an automatic gratuity of 18 percent (A total of $117 per guest).

This price is always subject to change, so be sure to look into the exact cost of your voyage for the most up-to-date information.

You can make reservations online prior to your sailing, or you can make them once on board at Guest Services if there are any spots still available (but Chef’s Table fills up quickly!).

If you wait until you’re onboard, there is a chance you might not get a reservation due to limited seating where the experience takes place.

Meeting Point

Once you are confirmed for the Carnival Chef’s Table , you’ll receive a letter in your cabin welcoming you to the experience and telling you where your meeting point is. On Carnival Celebration, at least currently, the meeting point is at the JavaBlue Café.

Once you arrive, a crew member from the Chef’s Table will sign you in and give you a health form to fill out. It’s super quick, basically asking the same basic health questions that you are usually asked when you check in for the cruise or arrive at the terminal.

I assume these are asked because everyone doing Chef’s Table sits at one big table and will be in close proximity to each other for an extended period of time.

Once everyone arrives, you are escorted as a group over to the Carnival Kitchen, which is located on the same deck not far from the café.

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Carnival Kitchen

If you’re unfamiliar with the Carnival Kitchen venue, it’s where cooking classes are held throughout the cruise. Multiple cooking stations are positioned on kitchen islands throughout one side of the room so that guests can follow along with the chefs as they learn how to cook and bake various dishes.

For Chef’s Table, everyone gathered around these cooking stations to little place settings that were already ready when we arrived. This is where we were served multiple bite-sized nibbles as a bit of a prelude to the actual meal later on.

Executive Chef Karan Singh hosted the entire evening, including at Carnival Kitchen, where he explained each bite that we were eating. We then gathered over at a table for a quick demo from another chef on how to make Carnival’s famous warm chocolate melting cake.

(Note: My pre-meal experience was held inside the Carnival Kitchen venue, it could be held in the galley if there is a cooking class scheduled.)

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If you’re curious, here are the four bites we tried while in the Carnival Kitchen:

  • Tajin salmon, balsamic pearl, amaranth
  • Savory rosemary cookies, corn milk horchata
  • Shrimp cracker, beetroot, popcorn shrimp, garlic aioli
  • Dehydrated mushrooms, truffled white chocolate, mint moss

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After that, it was time to head behind closed doors through one of the ship’s main galleys to the Chef’s Table dining room.

Carnival Chef’s Table Dining Room & Menu

The Chef’s Table dining room is located right in the middle of the action in the galley, but it is a separate room which means you won’t have to strain your ears to hear over the hustle and bustle of the kitchen.

Glass windows on one end of the dining room means you can take a peek at the action without being distracted from your exquisite meal.

The dining room is beautiful, with a long glass “chandelier” made of upside-down champagne glasses, very cushy comfortable chairs, and a prep area to the side where you can see chefs put finishing touches on dishes before they’re presented.

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Each course was explained to us prior to eating it, and served to everyone at the same time.

This kept everyone on the same page, and the explanations were very helpful because even though we all had a paper keepsake menu in front of us, there were many terms I’d never heard of and ways of mixing the different ingredients and flavors together that I would have been lost on if it wasn’t explained.

The meal started off with wine bread (I’d never even heard of that!) in a wooden box with honey butter that was shaped like a rose. A great start to an exquisite meal!

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I don’t want to go into too much detail about each dish we had during the Chef’s Table aside from (spoiler alert!) showing you the menu and just a few photos, because I think some of it should be left as a fun surprise if you decide to do Chef’s Table yourself. But without further ado, here’s the menu:

  • Steak Tartare at Your Table: Aerated hollandaise, mushroom, thyme oil, passion fruit, double beer batter fries
  • Petite Harvest Greens: 20+ types of seasonal vegetables
  • Garlic Rubbed Spot Shrimp: Sweet potato croissant, limoncello sabayon, balsamic nage, gruyère, and parmesan beignets
  • Pan Seared Black Cod: Saffron beurre blanc, grilled asparagus, spring peas, parmesan carrot, lemon relish
  • Herb Crusted Lamb: Balsamic onion, asparagus, sweet peppers coulis, sourdough pumpkin bites, maple dijon glaze
  • Beef Short Rib: 12-hours braised, smoky red chimichurri, 30-layers black garlic dauphinoise
  • Passion Fruit Celebration: Dark chocolate sphere, berries compote, raspberry petal passion fruit tea
  • Sweet Treat: Baileys molded chocolate | Uji matcha pinnacle | Raspberry glazed bonbon | Chocolate cocoa sable

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Partway through the meal, the ship’s resident sleight-of-hand magician came in to perform some tricks for us. He was very funny and witty, and most of his tricks involved one or many of us in some way.

Everyone around the table was seriously amazed by his talent, and he had us laughing and in awe pretty much the entire time he was there.

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I want to also mention that wine was part of the Carnival Chef’s Table experience, with a few wines we could choose from throughout the meal. The options were limited, but it was nice to have the accompaniment. When it came time for the dessert courses, we were offered dessert wine as well.

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Final Thoughts of the Carnival Chef’s Table

I really enjoyed my experience with the Chef’s Table on Carnival Celebration. I had an idea of what to expect going into it just from hearing about Chef’s Table for years on various cruise lines and ships, but actually taking part myself was a nice treat.

I’m the first person to admit that I’m not a huge foodie, but — to my surprise — I liked almost everything on the menu here. I think I was expecting there to be dishes with “weirder” and scary ingredients if that makes sense, but instead, I found that the courses used more normal ingredients, just in really unusual and surprising ways.

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If you’re a huge foodie, the Carnival Chef’s Table is totally something you should do at least once. The experience is very intimate and elegant, and it’s a great way to try unique dishes and get to know some fellow passengers.

If you’re not a foodie, like me, I’d suggest looking into the menu to make sure the dishes (especially the ingredients) would be something you’d even be willing to try and weigh whether you think the experience would be worth the cost.

Keep in mind, though, that something may sound crazy on paper but it isn’t actually so intimidating in person.

Overall, I’d recommend Carnival’s Chef’s Table and I now hope there will be more chef’s table experiences at sea in my future.

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Reddit Is Totally Siding With Teen Who Thinks They "Abandoned" Parents On An Island

Cruise ships have rules and stick to them, after all.

Imagine being 18 years old on a cruise with your parents. If you’re imagining your parents monitoring your every move or constantly reminding you of the rules of the cruise ship, you’re probably not alone. This feels like a fairly typical scenario for teens traveling with parents. Not so for this 18-year-old Redditor, who worries that they “abandoned” their parents on an island when they missed the cruise departure time. The teen was all about being responsible and aware of the cruise rules, while their parents... well, it didn’t seem like it was a big deal to them.

The recent high school graduate took to the sub-Reddit “Am I The A**hole” forum to share an uncomfortable situation that came up when their family took their first cruise together. “We usually stay at all inclusive resorts but I have always wanted to go on a cruise. I told my parents it was different and that if we went on excursions we had to follow the schedule no matter what,” the teen wrote on Reddit, going on to explain that their parents would not head back for the scheduled departure during one of their excursions. “They were busy shopping and bargaining with the locals. I finally said that I was heading back to the ship. My mom waved me off.”

Their parents missed the departure time. “By a lot. Like 45 minutes. They got ahold of me through WhatsApp. They wanted to know why I didn't get the boat to wait for them. I wanted to scream that they were not going to inconvenience 3,998 people because two could not understand what a schedule was.” The parents had to pay for a very expensive flight to meet the ship at the next port, and are making their son feel “miserable” that the ship left without them.

Reddit users really sympathized with the 18-year-old who was just trying to stick to the schedule. Especially considering how high the stakes are for cruise ships . “If the ship doesn’t depart on time the company faces massive fines and will be delayed to the next port and it’s a massive knock on effect. It’s all explained when you board and every time you disembark,” one user wrote, while another noted that the teen actually saved their parents a third expensive plane ticket. “And if op gave up and stayed behind with them that would have been an extra plane ticket, so even more money down the drain. They should be relieved that their kid has a good head on their shoulders but no, they'd Rather blame them.”

Several people thought the parents were probably embarrassed and taking it out on their teen. “I expect they are just very embarrassed that an 18 year old was smarter than them and are taking it out on them,” wrote one person. Another Reddit user wondered if this is a bit of a habit of the teen’s parents. “I notice that OP put in a line about telling their parents they'd absolutely have to stick to the schedule which leads me to think that OP's parents do this a lot and are some of those entitled people who think schedules are for peasants and they're too super special and better than everyone else to bother with such things.”

Some other people also wondered if this behavior was something of a pattern. “Let me guess. As a kid, were you made to wait at and hold up a long line at the grocery checkout while your mom is still shopping? Parents like yours drive me up the wall,” wrote one person, while another concurred. “Omg anxiety memory unlocked, my mom would leave me in line after unloading everything from the cart to ‘grab one more thing’ while I stood in complete fear that she wouldn't return in time to pay.”

Hopefully the teen will be buoyed by the support they were given by Reddit.

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The Life of Chefs on Cruise Ships: Work Flow, Challenges, and Career Growth

In order to give passengers an unforgettable dining experience while cruising the high seas, cruise ship cooks are essential. They operate in a vibrant environment with a diverse team and encounter particular opportunities and challenges. In this blog article, we'll examine the daily tasks, difficulties, and potential for professional advancement faced by cruise ship chefs.

Section 1: The Role of Chefs on Cruise Ships

1.1 responsibilities and duties.

Planning and executing diverse menus for various dining venues

Ensuring the consistent quality of all meals served

Managing kitchen staff and coordinating their daily tasks

Maintaining high standards of food hygiene and safety

Managing food inventory, including ordering and storage

Collaborating with other departments, such as food and beverage service

1.2 Skills and Qualifications

Culinary education and/or extensive professional experience

Creativity and a strong understanding of diverse cuisines

Excellent time management and organizational skills

Ability to lead and motivate a team

Strong communication and problem-solving skills

Flexibility and adaptability in a fast-paced environment

Section 2: The Daily Work Flow of Chefs on Cruise Ships

2.1 morning routine.

Reviewing daily menu plans and special dietary requirements

Conducting a kitchen team briefing to discuss tasks and responsibilities

Inspecting kitchen equipment and workstations for cleanliness and functionality

2.2 Meal Preparation and Service

Supervising the preparation and cooking of breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Ensuring all dishes are prepared according to recipes and presentation standards

Overseeing service in the various dining venues, from buffets to fine dining restaurants

Addressing any guest feedback or concerns regarding food quality

2.3 Inventory Management and Administrative Tasks

Monitoring food inventory levels and placing orders as necessary

Conducting regular stock checks and ensuring proper storage of ingredients

Managing kitchen budget and cost control measures

Maintaining accurate records of food consumption and waste

2.4 Evening Tasks

Planning and executing special events, such as themed dinners or culinary demonstrations

Conducting a daily kitchen debrief and discussing any issues or improvements

Ensuring the kitchen is cleaned thoroughly and prepped for the next day

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Section 3: challenges and rewards of being a chef on a cruise ship, 3.1 challenges.

Working long hours with limited days off

Adapting to confined kitchen spaces and limited resources

Managing a diverse and multicultural kitchen team

Balancing the demands of various dining venues and guest preferences

Adjusting to life at sea, including seasickness and living in shared quarters

3.2 Rewards

Opportunity to travel and explore new destinations

Developing a diverse culinary skillset by working with international ingredients and techniques

Networking with fellow professionals and learning from their expertise

Enjoying a competitive salary, often tax-free, and additional benefits like free accommodations and meals

Potential for career advancement within the cruise line or the wider hospitality industry

Section 4: Career Growth Opportunities for Cruise Ship Chefs

4.1 onboard advancement.

Moving up the ranks from Commis Chef to Executive Chef

Gaining experience in different dining venues and cuisines

Pursuing specialized roles, such as Pastry Chef or Sous Chef

4.2 Cruise Line Opportunities

Transferring to different ships within the same cruise line

Working on new ship launches or special events

Participating in training and development programs offered by the cruise line

4.3 Beyond Cruise Ships

Utilizing the skills and experience gained on cruise ships to pursue opportunities in land-based restaurants, hotels, or resorts

Opening a private catering

In conclusion, a job as a chef on a cruise ship offers a distinctive and exciting path that is rife with obstacles and chances for advancement. Chefs can benefit from traveling, acquiring a variety of culinary skills, and growing their professional network despite the demanding nature of the position. A job as a cruise ship chef can be a rewarding and fulfilling journey for those who accept the challenges and make the most of the opportunities offered in this dynamic environment. There are many opportunities for career advancement both on board and off.

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What is it like to Work as a Chef on a Cruise Ship?

Professional chefs enjoy a wide range of choices when it comes to work sites. These can include restaurants, institutional kitchens, private households, casinos, and hotels. If you're thinking of parlaying your love of cooking into a life as a chef , you might choose one of these settings. If you're dreaming of a somewhat more adventurous life, you might think of working on a cruise ship.

Why Work on a Cruise Ship?

Do you love to travel? Do you enjoy visiting different countries and meeting people from all over the world? Chances are, a life as a cruise ship chef can provide those opportunities. But most important, a cruise ship chef may have an opportunity to develop professional skills in a rigorous environment that will serve them well in any culinary setting.

Cruise ships typically feature several restaurants, with staff preparing many different types of food during a cruise. Yes, there are breakfast, lunch, and dinner, but also a wide variety of culinary offerings for special parties, buffets, poolside snacks, and other occasions.

Being a cruise ship chef can be demanding. Cruise ships aim for a high standard of culinary preparation, as food is one of the main focuses for the hundreds of guests on board for each cruise. Days can be long, with vast arrays and quantities of dishes to prepare. It's not unusual for a cruise ship to call on its staff to work every day during a three-month contract.

However, most cruise ships do provide ample opportunities for rest and recreation at the end of a shift, and then ship's employees look forward to lengthy time off – typically six weeks to two months – after completing their contract employment.

Job Opportunities on a Cruise Ship

Some of the typical job opportunities on a cruise ship might include the following:

  • Executive Chef:  Oversees culinary operations and team, as well as presentations and preparation
  • Baker:  Responsible for baking multiple daily bread presentations
  • Cook:  All-purpose culinary work
  • Pastry chef:  Preparation of a wide variety of pastries
  • Sushi chef:  Preparation of sushi or other Asian-inspired cuisine
  • Party chef:  Preparation of food for parties and special events
  • Pantry cook:  In charge of food forecast and requisitions, budgeting, supervising staff, setting up cold displays at buffet stations
  • Sous chef:  Second in command to the executive chef
  • Culinary administrator:  Supervising staff, coordinating with the executive chef and other managers, overseeing budget, presentation, quality of food, and sanitation

Living on the High Seas

One of the perks that come with working on a cruise ship are living accommodations. However, as you might guess, accommodations on board a cruise ship are limited for staff, so expect to share space or live in tight quarters. Generally, as staff rise in rank and enter management, living accommodations become more generous.

Staff may also expect to partake in crew mess (cafeterias) for eating, laundry facilities, crew stores, and a pay system so you can manage your finances while at sea. In addition, most cruise ships are likely to provide crew with recreational facilities such as video games, a lounge area, WiFi, a crew bar, and a crew gym.

One great benefit of working on a ship is the opportunity to save money. Many cruise ship staffers report that while taking advantage of the free accommodations and food service, they are focused on their work, and don't spend much of their salary while fulfilling the terms of their contracts.

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If you intend to become a manager, you will need to study kitchen sanitation and safety, purchasing and storeroom management, food service supervision, dining room and service management and supervision for food service.

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The Chef’s Table is the ultimate dining experience aboard a Carnival ship and is limited to only 14 guests per evening (may vary depending on the ship). We had the opportunity to try the Chef’s Table on our recent Carnival Panorama cruise. It should be noted that there is a charge of $95 per person for the Chef’s Table (plus 18% gratuity).

The Chef’s Table experience begins by meeting at a specific gathering point in the lobby (Deck 3 on Panorama) at 6:00pm. Soon, Sous Chef, Plato Fernandes, greets us and invites us to follow him into the ship’s galley. Once inside the galley, we all wash our hands then stand around a stainless steel prep table where we are each poured a glass of Moët Champagne. A small square wooden block in front of each station is actually an electro-magnet. We are each assigned the task of placing the multi-faceted white cube over the block so that it will hover over it. It was a fun exercise, but had nothing to do with the dining experience.

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We enjoyed a few small tastings in the galley area. First, a mushroom “tea”, more like a broth actually, was served with a mushroom and truffle tasting. Both were delicious.

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Mushroom Tea and Mushroom w/Truffle Appetizer

Another tasting is offered on a small gold spoon. I cannot remember what it was, but it too was delicious.

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Here, Chef Fernandes places a mixture of yogurt and coconut creme onto a freeze plate to create another unique Amuse Bouche with thinly sliced sirloin on top. It sounds strange, but was very good.

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Sous Chef Uses Anti-Griddle to Freeze Appetizers

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Yogurt w/Coconut Creme and Sirloin

After our tastings in the galley, we were led into a nicely-appointed dining room just off the galley. One wall was glass so we could see all of our courses being prepared. Once seated, we were each poured a choice of still or sparkling water and our choice of red or white wine (or both).

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The remaining menu consists of nine courses (click menu image to see each course). Before each course is served, Chef Fernandes explains the dish as well as the preparation techniques used in preparing the dish. You can see that a lot of thought has gone into the creation of each course and only the best ingredients are used.

A butter dish with two types of freshly churned butter is accompanied by a flaky, buttery and delicious dinner roll. Think of the best, flakiest crescent roll you can imagine, then imagine it is twice that good.

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The first course is a Sabyon of Peach and Parsley that arrives under a rosemary-infused air bubble. Poke the bubble and it disappears with a rosemary smoke escaping revealing a chilled strawberry and peach flavored soup.

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The dry-aged duck was prepared with 20 different African spices and is accompanied by a blueberry glaze and tiny carrot.

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A choice of Layer Cake Cab Sav or Oyster Bay Savignon Blanc was generously poured throughout the meal.

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The Chef’s Taste course arrives in a series of stacked wooden boxes, and when disassembled, reveals four small delicacies (see menu for details).

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Everyone at the table agreed that the sea bass course was probably the best piece of fish any of us had ever had. It was light, perfectly cooked and floating in the most delicious sauce you can imagine.

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The Celery Root “Pastrami” was the vegetarian course, and Rickee and I thought this one was a little strange. I guess you have to be a vegetarian to appreciate it.

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The lamb course was nothing short of amazing. A nice chunk of perfectly cooked lamb loin was accompanied by a small crispy slice of shredded lamb neck. The lamb was perfectly seasoned and as tender and mild as any lamb I have ever eaten. Delicious.

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Next was the beef course consisting of a slice of crispy beef bacon (made from the brisket) and a chunk of medium-rare sirloin. The meat was, once again, perfectly cooked and expertly seasoned.

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For dessert (as if any of us have room left), a mango tart and bitter chocolate tart are followed by a glass dish with various chocolate offerings.

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The Chef’s Table experience took about three hours to enjoy, and enjoy we did! We have participated in Chef’s Table dinners on four different cruise lines (Azamara, Princess, Viking Ocean and Carnival), and Carnival is right up there with the best. The Carnival Chef’s Table seems to explore more molecular gastronomy than the others showing a lot of creative technique with more complex dishes.

Without hesitation, we can highly recommend the Chef’s Table on Carnival. There is limited space at Chef’s Table, so you should make reservations online, in advance of your sailing, to ensure you will be included. Bring a big appetite and an open mind. This is one of the most creative dining experiences on land or sea.

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Steakhouse or Chef's table?

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By ABQrobin , December 21, 2022 in Carnival Cruise Lines

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We are going on the Dream in Feb and thinking of booking either the Steakhouse or Chef's Table.  We have done the steakhouse twice before and enjoyed it.  Does anyone have the latest Chef's table menu?  I have seen it years ago and thought it sounded interesting but... for $99 I want to be blown away.

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1 hour ago, ABQrobin said: We are going on the Dream in Feb and thinking of booking either the Steakhouse or Chef's Table.  We have done the steakhouse twice before and enjoyed it.  Does anyone have the latest Chef's table menu?  I have seen it years ago and thought it sounded interesting but... for $99 I want to be blown away. thanks

It can vary between ships/chefs.  I have one from the Spirit a few weeks ago I'll see if I can dig up.

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Steakhouse = solo

Chef Table = seated with others, always a crap shoot of being seated with folks who you find obnoxiously opinionated

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3 minutes ago, NutsAboutGolf said: Steakhouse = solo Chef Table = seated with others, always a crap shoot of being seated with folks who you find obnoxiously opinionated

Never had that problem.  You aren't forced to socialize with your tablemates.  In fact, besides the person you're there with, you're only really in speaking distance to one other person.  None if you're on the end of the row.

We enjoyed chef's table much more than the steakhouse.  

Truth is, to us, neither is phenomenal, but better than what they offer in the cafeteria (MDR) or buffet.  

Presentation, presentation, presentation.  

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We really enjoyed the Chef's Table on the Breeze last month.  Great presentation and great food.

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Steakhouse is great but Chef's Table is an experience.  We truly enjoyed our tablemates and the courses.

kona_wahine

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I’ve always been afraid to try the chefs table because the food looks a little “exotic”? I’m more of a meats and potatoes kinda girl. 

I viewed the chefs table like an on ship excursion.  You are there for about 2-3 hours with wine included and a tour of the galley.  On the Dream, you will be eating in the galley instead of a private dining room.

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They are two different experiences. The Chef's Table is a long extravagant experience with a set menu so everyone gets the same items (yes, they'll accommodate allergies of course). There's nothing else like it on board, the food is prepared in a more upscale, professional manner. For comparison the MDR is more like banquet food in a large hotel and Chef's Table is closer to a five star restaurant. It's NOT a five star restaurant but it's closer. I've done the Chef's Table several times now and between the two I'd take the Chef's Table every time. The menu rarely changes much on each ship, though each ship might have variations between each other, so try looking up the menu or experience for your particular ship on YT and you'll have a pretty good idea of what's there.

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14 hours ago, NutsAboutGolf said: Steakhouse = solo Chef Table = seated with others, always a crap shoot of being seated with folks who you find obnoxiously opinionated

Yep - one of the factors which steers us away from the CT is the random tablemate factor. We've enjoyed the CT several times, and had a couple that were awkward. At home we rarely eat out, whereas on a cruise it's pretty much specialty dining every night - at a private table, hopefully not 18" from the next table/bench seating situation! I don't care to make small talk with strangers at dinner - but that's just us!

On 12/22/2022 at 6:06 AM, Tom-n-Cheryl said:   Yep - one of the factors which steers us away from the CT is the random tablemate factor. We've enjoyed the CT several times, and had a couple that were awkward. At home we rarely eat out, whereas on a cruise it's pretty much specialty dining every night - at a private table, hopefully not 18" from the next table/bench seating situation! I don't care to make small talk with strangers at dinner - but that's just us!   Tom

Thanks everybody!  I think we may pass on the Chef's Table this time.  We are both very adventurous eaters but I just don't like to sit there for 90 minutes chit chatting with strangers.

Yes, we have had that MDR shared table awkward dinner quite a few times.  It can really ruin the experience when the couple next to you keep complaining about everything. 

Just this past cruise we had a couple at the next table, 6" way, so much for a private table... LOL   The wife hated all food except about 3 things so she picked at her food and complained on each course, then her husband would grab her plate and scrape it all onto his and gobble it all down.  It was not appetizing.  

10 hours ago, ABQrobin said:   Thanks everybody!  I think we may pass on the Chef's Table this time.  We are both very adventurous eaters but I just don't like to sit there for 90 minutes chit chatting with strangers.   Yes, we have had that MDR shared table awkward dinner quite a few times.  It can really ruin the experience when the couple next to you keep complaining about everything.  Just this past cruise we had a couple at the next table, 6" way, so much for a private table... LOL   The wife hated all food except about 3 things so she picked at her food and complained on each course, then her husband would grab her plate and scrape it all onto his and gobble it all down.  It was not appetizing.  

Another thing to think about.. People that do Chef's Table are more often than not to be engaged with the process and the fun of the spectacle and not your typical MDR shared table people next to you.

My DH says I can talk to a chair.  Maybe so, but in the right environment like Chef's Table, you could be next to a fun friend who makes this the best night ever! 

19 hours ago, ABQrobin said:   Thanks everybody!  I think we may pass on the Chef's Table this time.  We are both very adventurous eaters but I just don't like to sit there for 90 minutes chit chatting with strangers.   Yes, we have had that MDR shared table awkward dinner quite a few times.  It can really ruin the experience when the couple next to you keep complaining about everything.  Just this past cruise we had a couple at the next table, 6" way, so much for a private table... LOL   The wife hated all food except about 3 things so she picked at her food and complained on each course, then her husband would grab her plate and scrape it all onto his and gobble it all down.  It was not appetizing.  

There's no reason you have to chit chat with anyone at all.  The table is huge - it's not your normal MDR table.

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We will always choose the CT over the steakhouse!  We were very disappointed with the steakhouse on our sailing on the Dream last February, but it might be that we are from Texas and are used to really great steaks.  If available, we choose the CT every cruise because we enjoy the atmosphere, food, and company very much - but have also learned to pace ourselves.  LOL!  

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Wife and I really don't care for a long drawn out dinner.

We don't drink, so there's no wine tasting component for us. 

We'd both rather service on our pace. 

Steakhouse meets that for us

On 12/21/2022 at 5:53 PM, kona_wahine said: I’ve always been afraid to try the chefs table because the food looks a little “exotic”? I’m more of a meats and potatoes kinda girl. 

A friend of mine said she wanted to try it out on our next cruise, so we went ahead and booked it. She's an incredibly picky eater, and I hate salmon (which seems to show up on the Chef's Table menu a lot), but we both said "well it will be an experience!" and agreed we can do a late night pizza run or make sure we have something from the buffet waiting in the room fridge if we end up hating the CT menu. 

Open minds, but prayers we don't get something we won't eat or don't like, lol

11 minutes ago, Mic101680 said: ... Open minds, but prayers we don't get something we won't eat or don't like, lol

They will make substitutions in cases of allergies or dislikes.

17 hours ago, Mic101680 said: A friend of mine said she wanted to try it out on our next cruise, so we went ahead and booked it. She's an incredibly picky eater, and I hate salmon (which seems to show up on the Chef's Table menu a lot), but we both said "well it will be an experience!" and agreed we can do a late night pizza run or make sure we have something from the buffet waiting in the room fridge if we end up hating the CT menu.  Open minds, but prayers we don't get something we won't eat or don't like, lol

Honestly even if you’re a picky eater I would try at least one bite of everything they put in front of you. You will probably be surprised how much you like gourmet food that’s been well prepared. And if you try something but it isn’t your favorite, they don’t care if you clean your plate, you can just leave it uneaten.   

I’ve done Chef’s Table like 12 times now, my opinion is if you leave that dinner feeling like you need to go get a pizza, then you’re doing the Chef’s Table wrong. Be open minded, try EVERYTHING, and I guarantee you will be stuffed by the end of it.   

Also, re: your concerns about salmon - There is generally a fish course but from my experience it’s always a white fish like sea bass. One of the menus I had recently did have a tiny piece of salmon (literally about the size of your finger) as a “side” for one of the dishes, but it was easily avoided if you don’t like salmon. I’ve never had salmon as the main dish for any course at Chef’s Table.

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Parents literally miss the boat: Teen's dream cruise turns into nightmare when he leaves entitled parents behind on Caribbean island

I n the last month or so, I’ve come across a couple of stories and videos about cruise passengers missing the ship's departure time. I’ve been meaning to write about it and now I have to, after reading this thread on Reddit.

A user who goes by @ProfessionalTax7753 on Reddit posted in the AITA community with the subject line: “AITA for abandoning my parents at an island in the Caribbean so I could get back to our cruise in time?”

As someone who is rarely late for anything and especially not for a cruise ship or flight, I had some strong opinions before even reading the post. In fact, my family and I are going on a cruise later this month and I followed my own advice and we are flying to our port city two days before embarkation, just in case there are any delays or problems along the way. Why? Cruises don’t wait for passengers.

Here’s his post: “I graduated from high school back in December. As a gift my parents got me a cruise. It was also for my 18th birthday. It was also a family vacation. We usually stay at all inclusive resorts but I have always wanted to go on a cruise.

I told my parents it was different and that if we went on excursions we had to follow the schedule no matter what.

Well it was a week-long cruise and they would not head back to the ship when I said it was time to go. They were busy shopping and bargaining with the locals. I finally said that I was heading back to the ship. My mom waved me off.

The missed the departure. By a lot. Like 45 minutes. They got ahold of me through WhatsApp. They wanted to know why I didn't get the boat to wait for them.

I wanted to scream that they were not going to inconvenience 3,998 people because two could not understand what a schedule was.

They ended up having to fly to the next port from there and it was expensive. They are pissed at me for leaving them behind.

I don't know what I was supposed to do. They literally told me that they knew what they were doing.

I wish I had never asked for this. They are making me miserable because I left without them.”

I really feel for this guy because he is obviously a responsible adult, unlike his entitled parents. And the internet agrees. Here are some of the top comments:

OwlPal9182: NTA they seriously think the ship will delay for 45 minutes, yea no. The docks and ship have a schedule to keep. They are adults and need to be responsible for getting back on time. Which is something you have figured out in less than 6 months of being an adult. At least you don’t have to go on any more vacations with them after this.

ParsimoniousSalad: NTA. Your parents are acting entitled. Tell them you saved them the expense of a third ticket to the next port.

FeRaL--KaTT: Google - cruise ship leaves passengers behind - then show them. Story after story of the same thing happening to others who didn't make it back before departure from Port. They are lucky they were able to fly to next port, many others have been stranded or worse.

Aggravating-Pain9249: Your parents are in the wrong. I don't do cruises but I have some experience with them because I travel to a place were cruise ships are common. I also thought passengers were warned that the ship leaves no matter who is on board. You would never have been able to prevent the cruise chip from leaving. They have a schedule and they keep to it. The ship waits for no one. This is ALL on your parents. They didn't respect the ship schedule. NTA

Last month, I read a great article on MSN titled: Why A Cruise Ship Can't Simply Turn Around And Let Late Guests Back On. It was written by an experienced cruiser and travel agent who highlights the many reasons cruises don’t wait for passengers. In short, the author writes, “there are two main reasons why cruise ships can't - or won't - simply turn around or wait for guests to reach the pier after the scheduled departure time. The first is that cruise ships are HUGE vessels displacing 100,000 gross tons or more and can't just turn around or hang out in the harbor waiting for guests. The second is that delays cost enormous amounts of money and cause a handful of late guests to inconvenience thousands of others who respected the ship's schedule.”

In his experience he writes, most passengers missed the ship because of “accidents and unforeseen events such as traffic delays or mechanical failures can create issues that are unavoidable, most of the time, the failure to return to the ship on time is due to guests not planning properly and situations involving alcohol-related carelessness.”

This is why it’s important to either book an excursion through the cruise line or leave plenty of time to make it back to the ship. If you book your tour through the cruise and there’s a flat tire or the bus breaks down, the ship will most likely wait for you or at least pay for your accommodations and transportation to the next port.

It’s also important to have a great travel insurance policy and always read the policy's fine print to know exactly what’s covered.

Back in 2010, my then girlfriend, now wife, and I almost missed our cruise ship in Estonia, while sailing the Baltic on a Seabourn cruise. It’s a long story but Natalie made a bonehead mistake and lost her passport. We thought it would be fine but, in short, it wasn't. The ship's Captain could not let her back on the ship without documentation. The next port was Poland and the ship would not be able to dock with an undocumented passenger. The crew and Captain were incredible through the whole ordeal and the Captain said the only thing he could do was delay departure by one hour as we scrambled to the Canadian embassy. It was truly a race against time and a miracle happened at the last minute. Here’s the whole story .

My advice is: Don’t be like ProfessionalTax7753's parents ... or these two pier runners in this video, which you can watch here .

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This teen is sunk.

A recent high school graduate ditched his tardy parents on a Caribbean island so he could make it back to their cruise ship before it departed.

Taking to Reddit this week with their written soliloquy, user ProfessionalTax7753 shared that the family decided to take a trip to sea in celebration of their teen’s 18th birthday and high school graduation.

Family drama ensued when a teen ditcher their parents to make a cruise ship on time.

Typically the family would go to all-expense-paid resorts, but the recent grad wanted a change of pace.

“I have always wanted to go on a cruise,” they wrote of the week-long trip. “I told my parents it was different and that if we went on excursions we had to follow the schedule no matter what.”

A teenager raced back to catch a cruise ship and left their family behind.

Such instructions for mom and dad were not followed.

“They would not head back to the ship when I said it was time to go. They were busy shopping and bargaining with the locals,” they added.

“I finally said that I was heading back to the ship. My mom waved me off.”

Surely enough, the Reddit user’s folks missed the ship by close to an hour and reamed out their teen for not getting the cruise to wait for them.

“I wanted to scream that they were not going to inconvenience 3,998 people because two could not understand what a schedule was.”

“They ended up having to fly to the next port from there and it was expensive. They are pissed at me for leaving them behind.”

And, now, what started as a thoughtful, nautical gesture has made waves within the family.

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The family had to pay a great deal to get back after missing the ship.

“I don’t know what I was supposed to do. They literally told me that they knew what they were doing,” they wrote.

“I wish I had never asked for this. They are making me miserable because I left without them.”

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Teenager leaves family behind on island after they miss cruise departure

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A teenager has been questioning whether or not they made the right decision to abandon their family on vacation.

In a recent Reddit post shared to the popular “Am I The A**hole?” subreddit , the teen explained that for a combination of an 18th birthday present and a high school graduation present, their parents got them a cruise, which became a family vacation.

Normally, the family only goes to “all inclusive” resorts and were warned ahead of time that cruises run with a strict schedule that needs to be followed.

“Well it was a week-long cruise and they would not head back to the ship when I said it was time to go. They were busy shopping and bargaining with the locals. I finally said that I was heading back to the ship. My mom waved me off,” the teen wrote in their Reddit post.

Their parents ended up missing the ship’s departure by 45 minutes and reached out to the Reddit poster to question why they didn’t stop the boat from leaving without them.

“I wanted to scream that they were not going to inconvenience 3,998 people because two could not understand what a schedule was,” the teen continued. “They ended up having to fly to the next port from there and it was expensive. They are pissed at me for leaving them behind.”

“I don’t know what I was supposed to do. They literally told me that they knew what they were doing. I wish I had never asked for this. They are making me miserable because I left without them.”

AITA for abandoning my parents at an island in the Caribbean so I could get back to our cruise in time? by u/ProfessionalTax7753 in AmItheAsshole

After posting, many people were quick to turn to the comments section to agree with the teenager’s opinion and general frustration with their parents, pointing out that the two adults should have been capable of getting back to the ship on time.

“They seriously think the ship will delay for 45 minutes, yeah no,” one comment began. “The docks and ship have a schedule to keep. They are adults and need to be responsible for getting back on time. Which is something you have figured out in less than six months of being an adult. At least you don’t have to go on any more vacations with them after this.”

“Your parents are in the wrong,” another commenter agreed. “I don’t do cruises but I have some experience with them because I travel to a place where cruise ships are common. I also thought passengers were warned that the ship leaves no matter who is on board.”

“You would never have been able to prevent the cruise ship from leaving. They have a schedule and they keep to it. The ship waits for no one. This is ALL on your parents.. They didn’t respect the ship schedule.”

A third commenter even pointed out that they weren’t sure what the teenager could have done to stop the ship from leaving given how the schedule is typically emphasized prior to the cruise itself.

“What precisely do they think you could have done? Kidnapped the captain? Staged your own drowning? You didn’t abandon them, they abandoned you, don’t let them weasel word this around to being your fault in any way, shape or form!” the comment read.

“I’m really sorry your parents have ruined this for you. It’s pretty pathetic of them to blame you for their extremely easy to avoid deliberate bad decision. They owe you at least two apologies, one for ignoring your sage advice in the first place, the second for behaving like spoiled four year olds.”

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Nearly 70 Celebrity Cruises guests sick in norovirus outbreak

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  • Nearly 70 passengers and five crew members got sick in a norovirus outbreak on a Celebrity Cruises ship.
  • The ship is currently sailing week-long Alaska voyages between Vancouver and Seward.
  • The illness is frequently associated with cruise ships, but those outbreaks account for just 1% of all outbreaks reported, according to the CDC.

Nearly 70 Celebrity Cruises passengers got sick in a norovirus outbreak during a recent cruise.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said 68 of Celebrity Summit’s 2,264 guests reported being ill during a cruise that ended on Friday, along with five crew members. Their main symptoms were diarrhea and vomiting.

The ship is currently sailing week-long Alaska voyages between Vancouver and Seward, according to CruiseMapper . In response to the outbreak, the cruise line isolated sick guests and crew and collected samples for testing, among other steps, the health agency said. 

There were an isolated number of cases on board and the impacted guests are no longer on the ship, according to Nathaniel Derrenbacher, a spokesperson for Celebrity’s parent company Royal Caribbean Group. Summit was also sanitized.

The news follows another norovirus outbreak on Celebrity Constellation in January that left nearly 100 guests sick. The CDC has logged seven outbreaks of gastrointestinal illness on cruises that met its threshold for public notification so far this year. Norovirus was listed as the causative agent in all but one.

Cruise ship medical facilities: What happens if you get sick or injured (or bitten by a monkey)

The illness is frequently associated with cruise ships, but those outbreaks account for just 1% of all outbreaks reported, according to the CDC. Dr. Sarah E. Hochman, a hospital epidemiologist and the section chief of infectious diseases at NYU Langone Health’s Tisch Hospital, told USA TODAY in April that those happen in communities on land, too.

“There's not something special or unique about cruise ships,” she said at the time. “It's really any type of congregate setting, but it's also happening out in the community on a much smaller scale among households and household contacts. It just doesn't come to the attention of public health as much as it does for larger congregate settings.”

Nathan Diller is a consumer travel reporter USA TODAY based in Nashville. You can reach him at [email protected].

The Key Points at the top of this article were created with the assistance of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and reviewed by a journalist before publication. No other parts of the article were generated using AI. Learn more .

Teen Leaves Parents Behind on Island To Get Back to Cruise on Time — 'I Wanted to Scream'

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In a perfect world , parents are always responsible, take great care of their kids, and model good behavior. But there is no such thing as a perfect world , and sometimes kids have it together better than their parents. Growing up is hard enough, but when you have to worry about keeping your parents in line, it can make life extremely frustrating .

A recent high school graduate was on a Caribbean cruise with their parents and had to show them a little tough love. They wrote about the experience in Reddit's AITA forum and explained that the parents were on an excursion and didn't seem to care that they would miss the boat's departure.

The original poster warned them that the ship would leave, but they didn't listen. The teen followed the rules and was on the boat on time, but their parents were left behind. Who's the jerk?

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The trip was supposed to be a celebration.

OP explained that they graduated from high school in December, and the cruise was a graduation gift and 18th birthday celebration. The family is well-traveled but has never cruised before. OP explained to their parents that cruises were different and that they had to abide by the rules of the ship.

"Well it was a week-long cruise and they would not head back to the ship when I said it was time to go. They were busy shopping and bargaining with the locals. I finally said that I was heading back to the ship. My mom waved me off. The missed the departure. By a lot. Like 45 minutes. They got ahold of me through WhatsApp. They wanted to know why I didn't get the boat to wait for them," OP explained.

OP's parents were upset.

They didn't seem to understand why they wouldn't hold the ship for them and were upset that they missed the boat.

The teen wrote, "I wanted to scream that they were not going to inconvenience 3,998 people because two could not understand what a schedule was. They ended up having to fly to the next port from there and it was expensive. They are pissed at me for leaving them behind."

OP regrets the whole thing and wonders if they are wrong for being upset with their parents.

Talk to moms about mom stuff. And make money doing it.

Redditors felt like these are some entitled adults.

It's not like they were just asking OP to wait; they wanted to inconvenience thousands of cruisers.

One person wrote: "NTA. In addition to you explaining that the ship will not wait for them, I am sure they were made aware of this by the cruise workers many times. They chose to ignore the guidelines and as a result had to face the consequences of their actions. That's what being an adult is, and they seem immature and narcissistic for trying to shift the blame onto you for their poor decision making skills."

One person wondered what OP's childhood looked like. "Let me guess," they commented. "As a kid, were you made to wait at and hold up a long line at the grocery checkout while your mom is still shopping? Parents like yours drive me up the wall. NTA."

And this person had a suggestion: "You may want to read Adult Children Of Emotionally Immature Parents.. NTA. And happy belated birthday!"

Many felt like OP is more of an adult than their parents.

They definitely appeared to be more mature.

One person wrote: "NTA. You learned something from your education, your parents should be proud that you've learned to be logical, realistic, and thoughtful of others (nearly 4K of them). To expect the cruise ship to wait for them is an arrogant, entitled, and prideful expectation."

Another agreed commenting: "NTA. At first, I was wondering why an 18yo had made the demands you made, but by the end of it, I see why. You are parenting your parents, and they are irresponsible, self-centered AHs who not only didn't take responsibility for their own actions, they made your gift a miserable experience."

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There was no question to Redditors who was in the wrong.

It was 100% the parents acting like jerks. OP did their best and should not be held responsible for their irresponsible parent's actions. Several people pointed out that OP's parents are lucky they didn't stick around any longer.

Like this person who wrote, "NTA. Your parents are acting entitled. Tell them you saved them the expense of a third ticket to the next port."

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