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Drum Roll Please: Announcing the 2016 Cruisers' Choice Awards!
Once again, your cruise voice is loud and clear! Here are your choices for the best experiences at sea:
I've only been one 1 cruise so far (9/4/2010 sailing on the NCL Jewel) but I absolutely loved breakfast at the Great Outdoors, the outdoor buffet onboard the NCL ships. I loved going there as often as I could (my husband spent several days of the cruise in NCL University, so I had a lot of solo breakfasts).
Close second was breakfast in the MDR -- Eggs Benedict and smoked kippers. I'm a breakfast person, can you tell?
A few times we ordered breakfast via room service -- especially in Europe as we did not want to fight the crowds in the buffet as we had early tours.
Then all of a sudden we started to get extremely poor service on HAL (the others had been on Princess) -- food never arrived before we had to leave -- even after numerous calls by us and our concierges -- or if it did come -- order not correct and/or cold.
So now if we have a tour we eat in the Neptune Lounge. No tour -- go to the suite restaurant area for breakfast.
We love fruit -- and the Neptune Lounge on most ships has a great supply of it -- fresh kiwi, papaya, etc.
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I love breakfast on the ship-especially if it is a celebrity ship where there is so much selection I can have a different breakfast every day! I wake up early, usually one of the first there, pile my plate and find a seat with a view of wherever we are that day. On port days the excitement builds and I tend to eat too quickly so I can get back to my room and get ready to disembark. Coffee comes back down to the room with me. If lucky enough to have a balcony-then its all about hauling a tray full of pastries, fruit, juice and coffee back to the room to enjoy the view. I have been known to show up at the buffet in my PJs and bathrobe.....and in the early AM I am not the only one
I am up several hours before the wife and daughter. I get up, find coffee somewhere and wander and read a book 5-7 or 6-8 AM everyday. Love the morning up top, can actually find a place to sit
Then I make it back to the room to see the gals. It is then we head to breakfast, buffet somedays, MDR others. I prefer MDR, like to sit in the morn and be served, plus I too like the Benedict.
I too have never used room service in my first 2 cruises. Don't know why..just never in the room enough I guess? Out at 6 AM, back in at 8 AM to see my gals, out for breakfast and the day, back at 8 or 9 for the evening.
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My routine varies by ship. We often cruise with my family. My dad and I both like to go ahead and get up and enjoy the morning. My DH and my mother are both sleepers. Mind you, we are in different cabins. Brother, SIL and Niece are all "sleep in" people too. Dad and I usually find each other in the buffet. We did Mariner of the Seas twice while she was out of Port Canaveral. I wasn't overly impressed with the buffet, so Dad and I enjoyed the MDR.
In 2010, we sailed on Celebrity Solstice. Their Eggs Benedict on the buffet was delicious. Their chocolate croissants were wonderful as well. We mostly did buffet breakfast on Solstice.
Either way, my husband is a big breakfast fan. He is starting to realize if he sleeps all day, he won't get breakfast. LOL
I could take it or leave it. It is more about spending time with my dad when I can.
On both our cruises we've ordered room service breakfast on the first morning. Eating outside when it's warm (in January...ahhh), sunny and peaceful is just the best thing in the world.
All the other mornings we are in the buffet
We love the huge amount of choices and we are definitely not afraid of bad hygiene. We wash our hands before and after and we've been fine.
We travel w/ another couple (good friends of 40 yrs). They tend to be late risers..9 or 9:30, whereas we are typically up by 7...so we order continental bfast the nite before using the door hanger tag (HAL) and specifying 7:30 delivery. That way we can sit on the balcony with our books, coffee, OJ croissants and danish and enjoy a quiet 90 min or so before heading up to the lido w/ our friends about 9:30.
As bfast is one of my fav meals, that way I get to have it twice. Generally means a salad and maybe soup for lunch, but works for us. Not quite as leisurely on port days, but we tend to book trips that are not port intensive as we've been to most of the usual stops once or twice before.
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I really love a good breakfast and usually eat from in the MDR. Never tried room service, but reading this thread I'm thinking about trying it on my next cruise.
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It depends on what the schedule is for that day. I am an early riser anyway. If we have a very early excursion, we put out the room service door hanger the night before, and I usually get a bowl of berries, whole wheat toast and peanut butter. Our cabin stewards have been very good about keeping our fruit basket supplied with fruit we like, so I'll have sliced bananas as well. (BTW, PB is not on the hanger, I write it on and always get it.) Mom gets mostly the same, but my coffee is regular, her's is decaf so I get a whole pot!. That way I can be getting showered, dressed, etc. while I nibble. Late excursions, or sea days, we love the MDR. HAL has a new MDR breakfast menu, and it looks like I can have a different benedict almost every day!
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We like to wake up and head to the buffet for fresh made omelets and juice. Sometimes we go to the MDR if we make it out early enough! I love the eggs benedict!
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"Home or away for 47 years, DH breaks fast as soon after 5 a.m. as he can find food and drink, usually an orange and coffee. DW considers breakfast before 9:30 a.m. barbaric. Aboard the cruise ship, lately a Norwegian, DH is waiting at the podium for Blue Lagoon to open or at the aft outdoor buffet for the first available cup of coffee. DW orders coffee and muesli with yogurt for delivery at 9, then meets DH in the main buffet for an interesting selection of fresh fruit and pastry"
What a perfect compromise. How lovely!
Last edited by sjb.illinois; April 3rd, 2012 at 07:10 PM.
I'm a type 2 diabetic so I always eat a decent breakfast with eggs of some kind. On Carnival except for the salmon which I do like, no eggs, their Room Service Breakfast is mostly carbs breads/fruit/cereals which I can't eat. But most mornings I enjoy the relaxation of the MDR which is why I cruise - R&R for me. The bacon seems to be better and the sausages in the buffet are not cooked to my liking as in the MDR, not bad just different combinations. Plus I like the service. Afterwards I go to the rear of the Lido deck and sit at a quiet spot, have some tea and write in my journal and read, lovely...
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