The first thing everyone did after boarding the Conquest was hit the Cezanne buffet on the Lido deck for lunch. I was shocked that for such a gigantic ship with around 3000 guests, the buffet offered only 5 warm dishes and a dull salad bar. The buffet was three times as big on the much smaller ship of our Alaska cruise, Holland America Line-Volendam, and the quality was far superior. I thought that perhaps because the entire crew is busy getting ready for a new set of 3000 passengers, that food on the first day is bound to be disappointing. It turned out that the buffet remained hopeless throughout the 7-day cruise.
And how about the 24-hour pizza bar by the pool? I ate it on my first day, and it was decidedly the last day I ever had that pizza. The dough wasn't cooked thoroughly so the middle of the pizza was a sopping mess.
Cured Salmon and Candied Tomato-with dill cream and stewed apples and grapes in lemon dressing; Cocktail Shrimp