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#21
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Ok, so KC is not perfect but I have to say that we've always managed to find a table and some food that is tasty. Lack of trays is a nuisance but there is always a member of the crew to help carry plates. Plus, if you want a drink from the dispensers they will get it for you so you don't have to worry about slopping drink around. In fact on our trip in January a steward overheard DD saying she was going for a refill and went and got it for her - despite the fact we were just about within reach of the machines anyway and she said it was fine and she would get it herself.

All with a smile. Service at its best
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#22
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IMHO, the best way to avoid all of these service, tray, and table problem is to avoid Kings Court. Oh, and besides the alternatives that have been suggested, there is also the Pub for lunch.
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#23
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Originally posted by seacruise9
Hi,

The reconfigured Kings Court is not wonderful, but it certainly has been greatly improved. I sailed aboard the ship four times before the "remastering" (2004, 2006, 2009 and 2014) and twice following the "remastering" (2016 and 2017). I have always been able to find a table, but sometimes it is a very long walk from the buffet to my table. It tends to be less crowded in the aft area of the restaurant (toward the grill restaurants).

Chuck
That was my point, that it is a long walk carrying plates of food from buffet to table, along a narrow walkway with two way traffic !!!
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#24
Chicago, IL, USA
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Originally posted by jenny wren
That was my point, that it is a long walk carrying plates of food from buffet to table, along a narrow walkway with two way traffic !!!
Hi,

Yes, I agree. Because there aren't any trays, I take my plate to the table. I then do another long hike to get my drink. On the bright side, this gives me some exercise.

Chuck
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#25
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On HAL this summer there was no shortage of waiters in the Lido Market buffet to pour coffee and to fetch a glass of your choice of juice. I've seen waiters in KC with coffee but I don't recall having them offer to get juice. Is my memory correct?

My impression has been that both Princess and Holland America do a better job of personal service in the buffets than Cunard.

Somewhat unrelated but on HAL self-service is almost nonexistent in the buffets. You could grab rolls, a pre-made (wrapped) sandwich, or a pre-poured glass of juice but almost everything else was put on a plate per your request and handed to you. This remained the case over a 2-week cruise, not just as part of a post-embarkation Code Yellow precaution period.
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#26
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Originally posted by Underwatr
On HAL this summer there was no shortage of waiters in the Lido Market buffet to pour coffee and to fetch a glass of your choice of juice. I've seen waiters in KC with coffee but I don't recall having them offer to get juice. Is my memory correct?

My impression has been that both Princess and Holland America do a better job of personal service in the buffets than Cunard.

Somewhat unrelated but on HAL self-service is almost nonexistent in the buffets. You could grab rolls, a pre-made (wrapped) sandwich, or a pre-poured glass of juice but almost everything else was put on a plate per your request and handed to you. This remained the case over a 2-week cruise, not just as part of a post-embarkation Code Yellow precaution period.
See my post #21. Waiter went and got DD a juice refill without being asked. He'd overheard her saying she was going to get one herself.
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#27
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Originally posted by babs135
See my post #21. Waiter went and got DD a juice refill without being asked. He'd overheard her saying she was going to get one herself.
OK, that's encouraging. But has a waiter ever approached your table and asked whether you'd like juice, and what kind? That is, did he initiate it?
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#28
New Hamsphire
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I fail to understand all the complaint about the buffet when there exists for all passengers a set of magnificent dining rooms open for all meals. Linen and silver set, liveried wait staff and an extensive cook to order breakfast menu plus one can venture off menu for the occasional item. Took a world cruise and ate (one does not dine in the buffet) just once in the buffet.
#29
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Originally posted by Lakesregion
I fail to understand all the complaint about the buffet when there exists for all passengers a set of magnificent dining rooms open for all meals. Linen and silver set, liveried wait staff and an extensive cook to order breakfast menu plus one can venture off menu for the occasional item. Took a world cruise and ate (one does not dine in the buffet) just once in the buffet.
In general I agree, but it's easy to picture a scenario where I'd want to grab a quick breakfast from a buffet and be gone (a port day and a day when I'm rushing to a morning activity are two potential scenarios that spring to mind).
#30
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Lots of good points. I try to stop complaining about KC and just avoid it. On the other hand, there are times, such as embarkation day and disembarkation morning, when KC is just about the only option. And frankly it would be nice to have a quality buffet as an option. Oh well.

Regarding table service for beverages, it is my understanding that with the rehab last year on the QM2, one of the concepts was to provide servers who would take drink orders from tables to cut down on the large number of PAX wandering back and forth. This was a good idea but has not been fully realized.
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#31
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Originally posted by Underwatr
OK, that's encouraging. But has a waiter ever approached your table and asked whether you'd like juice, and what kind? That is, did he initiate it?
Yes, we've been asked if we wanted hot or cold drinks (from the dispensers). I've also seen people attracting the attention of waiters (always a few walking around) and asking them to get their drinks. Never had a problem.
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#32
Farnborough, Hants England
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While I enjoy eating in the restaurant, we have booked a couple of shore excursions which get us back around 3 in the afternoon. Will I still be able to have lunch or will the only option be afternoon tea?
#33
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We recently returned from the round trip August voyage and found Kings Court much improved with more tables and chairs and a much larger selection of food.An interesting point from our Maitre d n the Brittania restaurant,chatting to him one night,he asked if we come to lunch in the Brittania restaurant.We informed him we do but not everyday.He said since Kings Court has been upgraded,people using Brittania restaurant for lunch has dropped off quite a lot...Interesting point we thought
#34
Chicago, IL, USA
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Hi,

Although I prefer breakfast and lunch in the dining room, Kings Court is very convenient if you have an early shore excursion or return back to the ship after lunch is offered in the dining room. Kings Court is much better following the "remastering" last year.

Chuck
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#35
Auckland, New Zealand
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Joined Feb 2009
I remember looking at the renderings for the remastered Kings Court before the refit was done and thinking how wonderful it looked compared to the old version. Then I realised that the reason it looked so great was because there were no people in the photo. Add people and a serene looking space can quickly turn into chaos!!
#36
Hampshire, England
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Joined Mar 2008
Originally posted by tv24
IMHO, the best way to avoid all of these service, tray, and table problem is to avoid Kings Court. Oh, and besides the alternatives that have been suggested, there is also the Pub for lunch.

With you there tv24.

I've always viewed the Kings Court as a small price to pay for travelling on a true Ocean Liner and somewhat better than my local Morrison's buffet - which I have to pass when entering the store I may add.
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#37
essex uk and calabria italy
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Hi,can we get cranberry juice in the buffet.On Princess my oh asks for it and they bring along within 5 mins,cheers,Brian.
#38
At Sea
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Originally posted by tv24
... I try to stop complaining about KC and just avoid it.
As do I, whenever possible. Between hectic meal times is usually the best time to go there, for a hot drink or snack.

My favourite time to visit is very early, pre-breakfast, and sit quietly in one of the 10 glass "bays" on the Promenade Deck, and watch the sun come up, the early walkers, the crew washing everything down. And, after a fruit juice or coffee, a quiet walk around the promenade myself.

Sometimes, I have had the Kings Court, or promenade, almost entirely to myself. In the middle of the North Atlantic, it is a magical time of day.
Originally posted by tv24
On the other hand, there are times, such as embarkation day and disembarkation morning, when KC is just about the only option...
I now always, always make a point of having a last civilised breakfast in the Britannia Restaurant on disembarkation morning.

I avoid the zoo that is Kings Court for breakfast that day.

I did go once (in New York in '06). People with bags and cases fighting for tables, the noise, the pushing and shoving, and for what? A rushed and stressful end to a blissful calm cruise or crossing. No thank you!

Britannia Restaurant every time.
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#39
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Originally posted by pepperrn
As do I, whenever possible. Between hectic meal times is usually the best time to go there, for a hot drink or snack.

My favourite time to visit is very early, pre-breakfast, and sit quietly in one of the 10 glass "bays" on the Promenade Deck, and watch the sun come up, the early walkers, the crew washing everything down. And, after a fruit juice or coffee, a quiet walk around the promenade myself.

Sometimes, I have had the Kings Court, or promenade, almost entirely to myself. In the middle of the North Atlantic, it is a magical time of day. I now always, always make a point of having a last civilised breakfast in the Britannia Restaurant on disembarkation morning.

I avoid the zoo that is Kings Court for breakfast that day.

I did go once (in New York in '06). People with bags and cases fighting for tables, the noise, the pushing and shoving, and for what? A rushed and stressful end to a blissful calm cruise or crossing. No thank you!

Britannia Restaurant every time.
Brilliant Peppern! I would almost rather go hungry that face KC on disembarkation day. Since one has to vacate one's stateroom by 8:00 anyway, why not just relax in the dining room?
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#40
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Originally posted by Summergee
While I enjoy eating in the restaurant, we have booked a couple of shore excursions which get us back around 3 in the afternoon. Will I still be able to have lunch or will the only option be afternoon tea?
Unfortunately you are out of luck. Kings Court is open only during its regular hours which are posted in the daily program. It's not a round-the-clock operation. If you get back from an excursion at an odd hour, I recommend room service if you need some sustenance.
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