The food on cruises is always so nicely decorated and presented.
Most cruise ships offer a great variety of restaurants for you to choose from. For breakfast, lunch and dinner you can choose to go into the dining rooms to sit down and be served by waiters. Or you can decide to go for the casual places, like snack bars or buffet restaurants.
There are also specialty restaurants, but sometimes you have to pay a fee there. So, check that first!
Most of the time, I choose the casual places for breakfast and lunch. It`s easy, quick and you don`t need to change if you`re enjoying yourself outside at the pool. You just put on a sun dress and you look fine.
However for dinner, I usually go to the dining rooms, because in the evenings it`s nice to dress up and pick something nice out from the lovely menu. Dinner is usually divided in two seating’s, because of the many people on board that have to eat! For this seating, you get an assigned place in the restaurant. You can choose to have a small table or a larger one with 6, 8 or even 10 people. I`ve met some amazing people on previous cruises because of this! But it`s up to you to choose what you want, it`s your vacation after all.
You have an early and a late seating. On previous cruises I went on, the early seating starts at 6 – 6.30 pm and the late seating start at 8.15 – 8.30 pm. You can decide yourself which one is best for you and your travel company. If you’re a family with small children, obvious you`ll choose for the early seating, because otherwise it gets too late for them. If you want to make the most of your day and enjoy the sun, you can opt to choose the late seating. Most shows start after both seating’s, so you don`t have to miss out on anything.
If you have a hard time choosing, Royal Caribbean came with a new alternative I was happy to try last time. It`s called My Time Dining and you can choose whenever you want to have dinner! They do ask to make reservations before, but I just went up to the special desk at the entrance of my dining room and they could always give me a nice seat. The advantage of this program is, you can go whenever you want between 6 – 9 pm. So, if it`s a nice day outside and you want to enjoy every minute, you just stay out late. But if you feel like an early night in, just have an early dinner! It`s a nice way to meet people, because you`re seated somewhere else each evening.
In these dining rooms you get served by waiters and you can choose from a menu. There are a lot of choices and if you want two entrees or two desserts, that`s not a problem. It can all be arranged for you. Another thing to love about cruising!
Remember when you`re packing for your cruise there are a few formal nights (how many depends on your cruise length), a cocktail dress is expected for women and a suit/tuxedo for men. If you don`t want to participate, you can always have a casual dinner at one of the buffet restaurants. But I think it`s great to see everybody dressed up!
The only thing you have to be careful of is that you don`t end up gaining a couple of ponds from all that food.
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