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World cruise's 'Aussie night' menu raises eyebrows: 'Have they ever been?'

From meatloaf to red lamington 'cakes', Aussies were not impressed.

An Australian-themed dinner on the Royal Caribbean's nine-month Ultimate World Cruise has "horrified" thousands of Aussies.

Sabrina Snyder, the woman behind food blog account Dinner then Dessert, is sharing her food journey online while on the cruise and revealed her "Aussie Night" meal on Monday, complete with meatloaf, red lamington "cakes" and a "Surf N Turf bowl" with chicken, seafood and steaks crammed in a "cereal bowl" — much to the alarm of some Australians.

The around-the-world cruise itself has gone viral since taking off on December 10, with social media users claiming it will be like watching a "TikTok reality show".

Left image of the Royal Caribbean's Ultimate World Tour ship, Serenade of the Seas. Right image of the 'Aussie Night' sign in the cruise deck.
Sabrina Snyder is documenting the meals she eats while on the Royal Caribbean's Ultimate World Tour, but Aussies have slammed this theme. Source: The Royal Caribbean/ TikTok

Australians 'horrified' by themed food

Though some noted the pavlova and sausage rolls are appropriate, hundreds slammed the themed meal claiming it has "missed the mark". "Have the chefs ever been to Australia?" one person questioned. "As an Australian, I’m horrified by this…." another said.

Others attempted to explain exactly why some of the dishes were not considered Australian. Another said they have "never in 45 years had meatloaf," with multiple others sharing the same point.

"What the hell was that Surf & Turf bowl??" a confused Aussie asked. "It looked pretty nasty. Even basic RSL Surf n Turf far better than those nasty bowls," another responded.

Screenshots of the Surf n Turf bowl (left) and meatloaf (right) from the cruise.
The Surf 'n' Turf bowl (left) and meatloaf (right) 'missed the mark' according to some. Source: TikTok

What is the Ultimate World Cruise?

Royal Caribbean’s Ultimate World Cruise is a 274-night trip that set sail from Miami, USA on December 10, 2023 and is expected to come to an end in the same place on September 10, 2023.

Passengers are on the Serenade of the Seas which will tour the world in four segments: the Americas, Asia Pacific, Middle East and Mediterranean and "Europe and beyond". Ticket rates for the full 274-night trip ran from $53,999 per person to $117,599 per person. However, people not wanting to go the full nine months can book tickets for different legs of the trip.

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