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As I complete the "live" blog of my recent Christmas cruise on the Majesty at a glacial pace, there's something I really need to talk with other cruisers about.

Let me start by saying that I am FAR from a pizza snob.  While I've enjoyed some excellent pizza in my time, and I frequently make my own cast iron pan pizzas from scratch, I still appreciate a slice from a national chain, the mall, Cici's or even Digiorno's and Red Barron.  I was a firm believer that there's no such thing as bad pizza.  Just good pizza and better pizza. 

I was wrong.  Sorrento's is bad pizza.  What in gods name do they DO to it?  They appear to be using pre-made crusts with a normal-looking sauce and shredded mozzarella.  The toppings are kinda skimpy, but that's not a big deal.  The problem is that it's got a texture I can only describe as gluey as all hell.  Like Elmer's school glue.  The crust crisps up reasonably well on the bottom and edges, the cheese browns on the top, but there's something going terribly wrong at the crust-sauce-cheese interface.  The entire mass stuck to the roofs of our mouths and left an unpleasant film on our teeth and tongues.  I tried multiple different kinds across different days to see if it was just a particular variety to rule out a bad batch, strange customized recipe or something that's been sitting out too long.  It was consistently gluey and terrible.  An especially well-done pie, fresh out of the oven was only marginally better.  It was still noticeably gluey.  Soggy elementary school cafeteria pizza is superior to this.  I'm just baffled how the pizza can miss the mark so much.  Are they using artificial cheese or some peculiar ingredient?  Pizza isn't a complex food and doesn't require any ingredients they don't already carry for their otherwise excellent bakery and galley operations.  How can it possibly be this bad?

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You know, I hate that all the terrible reviews of Sorrentos is just convincing me that I have to try it when I cruise.  If everyone told me "oh you have to eat here, it's the best pizza ever" then I might try it.  But with so many people talking about how bad it is, now I feel I must try it to see how pizza can possibly be that badly done.  Why in the world would that be my reaction?? :6_smile:

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I completely agree @Orange Crush. It reminds me of the pizza they used to serve at Chuck E Cheese. The last time I had the cheese pizza, it was kind of soggy and if folded over treated more like a cheese quesadilla than pizza. And once you've tried the pizza on some of the other lines, you realize how bad the pizza is on Royal. Sadly, though, it doesn't stop me from eating it when hungry late at night. 

For what it's worth, the pizza has been terrible since the 1990s, so at least they've been consistent. :)

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1 hour ago, NS8VN said:

You know, I hate that all the terrible reviews of Sorrentos is just convincing me that I have to try it when I cruise.  If everyone told me "oh you have to eat here, it's the best pizza ever" then I might try it.  But with so many people talking about how bad it is, now I feel I must try it to see how pizza can possibly be that badly done.  Why in the world would that be my reaction?? :6_smile:

Oh, I'm exactly the same way.  I heard the bad reviews online and I couldn't quite believe it myself.  No pizza can be that bad!

It was.

I had to try multiple slices of different kinds on different days because I still didn't completely believe it.  Same result.  Every time.

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I heard a call.  Did someone set off the "bash Sorrentos" siren? 

Yeah, I'm not a fan - at all.  Many lines do pizza poorly and Sorrentos is definitely one of them.  We had pretty great pizza (from a similar style venue) on HAL's Nieuw Amsterdam recently, so floating and good pizza are not incompatible.   

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I am a pizza snob, and Sorrentos is awful.  It is what it is: mass produced quickly produced pizza.  My kids generally like it.

That being said, the pizza on Independence was inedible in my opinion.  Not sure why Indy's version of Sorrentos was different from the rest of the fleet.

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1 minute ago, Matt said:

I am a pizza snob, and Sorrentos is awful.  It is what it is: mass produced quickly produced pizza.  My kids generally like it.

That being said, the pizza on Independence was inedible in my opinion.  Not sure why Indy's version of Sorrentos was different from the rest of the fleet.

Frozen, microwaveable pizza they sell at gas stations still beats Sorrentos and that's about as mass produced as it gets.  There has to be more to it than that.  I must understand this!

You mention Indy's pizza being different and somehow more horrible, so maybe that's a clue?  Majesty's my only Sorrentos experience so far.

I'm sailing on the Allure this coming March.  I will try the Sorrentos there and report back.  For science.

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I like how you can't stack the pieces.. because when you take off the top slice, it brings all the toppings from the slice underneath because they have glued together. 

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It is...hands down...the WORST pizza I have had in my life....from any restaurant or store or from my deep freeze. Hands down the worst, whether drunk or sober.

 

The amazing this is...how consistently bad it is on ANY Royal ship....no matter what. I don't get it, I really don't.

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1 hour ago, Orange Crush said:

You mention Indy's pizza being different and somehow more horrible, so maybe that's a clue?  Majesty's my only Sorrentos experience so far.

I think it was the cheese.  Tasted and felt different than Sorrentos on other ships.

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I haven't tried it yet and was looking forward to trying it.  I did have the pizza on Carnival Splendor in Nov and I hate to say this, but I think there on to something over there at Carnival. I couldn't get enough of it, It was fabulous!

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49 minutes ago, twangster said:

In Canada where I grew up we had the Molson scale.  While normally applied to other subjects I find it applicable to Sorrentos. I'm on Indy now and pizza is a 10!  (On the Molson scale). 

Sorrentos: Second best reason to get the drink package!

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16 hours ago, mworkman said:

I haven't tried it yet and was looking forward to trying it.  I did have the pizza on Carnival Splendor in Nov and I hate to say this, but I think there on to something over there at Carnival. I couldn't get enough of it, It was fabulous!

Oh my goodness - on Carnival Victory earlier this year for a 4 day cruise and I think my wife and I had at least 15 pizzas.  It was AMAZING!

We are taking our 10 year old daughter on her first cruise on Mariner in 2018 and was really looking forward to the pizza on board :-(

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Maybe I'm alone, or I just got a good batch, but back in November on Majesty I didn't think it was terrible.  Was it the best pizza I've had, no, not at all.  But I would put it in the realm of pizzas made for school fundraisers here in the midwest.  I think it's all about how you go into it.  If you didn't know it was bad before you got on board, it would be really terrible.  Since I'd already heard horror stories, it was more of "that wasn't as bad as everyone made it out to be."

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Sorrentos is about the only thing I tell people to stay away from. Hard to understand how something so bad can be repeated over and over again with incredible consistency. I equate it to dipping a slice of gooey white bread into tomato soup and sprinkling some ultra cheap Parmesan cheese on it.

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1 hour ago, twangster said:

For the record I've never been a fan of Carnival pizza either across 10 ships.  Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.  

The Molson score for Carnival's pizza?

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28 minutes ago, Gears said:

The Molson score for Carnival's pizza?

15!   (The limit of the Cheers! drink package)

To me it's very close to something you buy at a big box store, preheat to 450 and bake for 12-15 mins. but greasier.  Like dab paper towels on it to soak up some of the liquid oil on top before consuming.  Sorrentos is generally better but to each their own.  On Indy it's a weird taste but at least it doesn't ooze oil.  

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