I wanted to put the Main Dining Room in its own post. I typically have not done this but I felt like there were a few reasons that need to be noticed. The primary topics that I will be addressing are service and selection.
I have never done any specialty dining on any of the cruises that I have been on. Specialty dining is an upcharge from what is included in your cruise fare. I have heard some amazing things about the specialty dining on these ships but I have always been very content with the meals that I receive in the Main Dining Room.
When you cruise on Royal Caribbean you have two dining time selections typically speaking (6:30pm and 8:30pm). I like the later seating for a few reasons. I like having some time when I come back from a port. Most of the port times end around 5:00pm and I like a little break in between. When I cruise with my daughter, I like being able to feed her at the buffet (Windjammer) and then drop her off to Adventure Ocean (kids program) so that I can enjoy a nice dinner.
Now let’s talk about service. I have always had good service in the Main Dining Room. You have a server and a busser that stay with you the duration of the cruise. When you are on a week long plus cruise, you really develop a relationship with these people. I have been on cruises where I’ll come to the table and my favorite wine that I’ve ordered the first night or two is already there.
On this past cruise, Adventure of the Seas, we had a server named Pranab. He provided me with the best guest service that I have ever had at any restaurant, hotel, you name it. He was always bringing out extras for us to sample or creating (his favorite word) things for us to try. The night that I was sick (another future post), he was more than willing to accommodate me when I said I was just looking for rice and broth. I ended up leaving before food came out to go to the medical office but he even sent food back to my room for me. He sought for every way to improve our experience on board. I could gush for hours about how amazing he is. We found out our last night that the food and beverage team on this ship was actually ranked #1 in the entire fleet. That says a lot!
The food is always diverse and amazing. You are allowed to order more than one item for each course if you desire to. If you don’t like something, never hesitate to ask. They want to make you happy! I noticed on this cruise there were a lot more vegetarian options with soy “meat” type products. I did try a few vegetarian dishes and was completely blown away. The artichoke crepes were amazing!
Eating in the main dining room allows you to try dishes you normally wouldn’t be accustomed to. Everything is always beautiful displayed and tastes very fresh. There is a guy that peels 2,000 lbs of potatoes a day onboard! Remember, this is your vacation, live it to the fullest! Below I have included pictures of the dinner menus in the main dining room (for some reason they all uploaded horizontal so I apologize)!
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