We went on a 7 day RC cruise leaving Dec 16. While on the cruise we paid for the on board behind the scenes kitchen operations tour.
It was really interesting and an eye opener. One thing they really tried to stress was how clean the kitchens, food service lines and cooks were. As we were walking thru the kitchen the cook was preparing the ribs for the dinner meal. The ribs were half cooked which ok I can see that, but as soon as we passed the chef I looked back and watch him drop some of the food on the floor, then immediately pick it up and placed it with the other ribs.
When I confronted him he denied doing it and didn't really seem to care.
So next time your eating on any cruise line just remember how your food could have be prepared. That weird taste is called the kitchen floor spice.