Who's Next With Flexible Dining?
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Cruise Critic has just posted the following news:Hopefully nobody is next. My experience on Pride of Aloha with flexible dining was poor. I'll take assigned seating, good wait-staff and great food on RCCL anytime. You couldn't give me a free cruise on NCL ( and the free style dining is a big part of that). The waiter was slow (seated at 5:30-5:45 out at 8:00 ish or later), the food was not even close to what I would get in my local eateries - even the "chains" - in quality or variety (at least serve it warm folks!), and our large party had to wait for every last member to be seated at one of the two tables we reserved nightly. Oh, yeah. be at the dining room when it opens unless you want to stand around for awhile. Don't count on both (Pride of Aloha) dining rooms to be open - they usually aren"t. I want set times. That way I don't have to wait to be served. I want quick service, good food, professional wait staff and a set time. (With freestyle, if the wait staff takes its' time, they can wait on fewer people and still rake in the same gratuity at the end of the cruise!) and When RCCL goes flexible, I quit cruising.
Who's Next With Flexible Dining?
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When RCCL goes flexible, I quit cruising.Wow, pretty strong words there, but I totally agree with you. If I'm going on a cruise, I don't want to wait extra, pay extra, or have to deal with a different set of people everytime. Part of the reason some of us fell in love with cruising is the people and the staff (amongst many other things) so please don't take that away RCCL & Celebrity!!!
On Princess we get off-menu items cooked to our desires.I can see your point, I'm sorry you had a bad experience with RCCL, but I guess there's something different for everyone out there, and I wouldn't hesitate to give Princess a try as I know you can choose either option when you cruise with them. In Fact, Star Princess was a strong contender for our South America Cruise that's coming up next week, however timing was bad and it did not go to Brazil... may be next time!
I'm in my mid 50's and it seems that many of the younger people have a completely different state of mind when it comes to dining and "dressing" for dinner.Funny you say that, I'm actually in my mid 20's and I love the whole dressing up and going to a formal dinner thing, but I can see where you're coming from. For example, many of my friends in my same age bracket are sort of turned off by the whole dressing up thing... and I think that's too bad cause eventually I know the cruise lines will cater more to "our generation" as opposed to the "Baby Boomers" et. al. but we'll see what happens then...
I'm not in favor of flexible dining. We'll be cruising 5/18/08 for our 30th anniversary and prefer a scheduled dining time (early or late). It's exciting to board and check out the formal dining room to see what table is going to be "ours" for the week. Getting to know our waiter personally is a big plus. I'm in my mid 50's and it seems that many of the younger people have a completely different state of mind when it comes to dining and "dressing" for dinner. Of course the "dressing" part is a whole different subject. If I wanted to stand in line and wait for a table, I'd stay home and go to a restaurant. Flexible dining would change the whole cruise experience for me. I've heard many complaints from my friends about flexible dining. Even though cruising is my favorite way to travel, I honestly don't think it would appeal to me if flexible dining was the only option. Please don't do it Royal Caribbean!!
...My memories of cruising from when I was younger was one of truly enjoying the experience of meeting fellow passengers in the dining room and having the wait staff "entertain" us during meal time.
While I enjoyed my cruise on NCL Dawn my next cruise will have assigned seating. My niece and I met people on the excursions but other than that barely saw the same people twice.
I prefer assigned seating also, and if I want to do something different, I have the option of going to a specialty eatery. Personally, I love dressing for dinner, and would hate to give that up. But I know everyone doesn't enjoy it, and they should be able to do what they like too.
I hope these options remain open. One size just doesn't fit all when it comes to cruise dining!
BTW, I love your taste in dogs! DH and I volunteer for a local greyhound placement agency, and have two of our own.
lol, likewise, on all counts. I have been owned by the blue since Nov. 11/03, she'll be 10 this year; and the black hound has been with us since Aug./04, he's 6. Love your pic and signature.We have a 100 lb. fawn male who's 5, and the blue fawn in the pic is 65 lbs. and 3 yrs. I just love the blue dogs!!! so unique and pretty!
You couldn't give me a free cruise on NCLhuh...I'll take your free cruise and eat in the buffet every night if it really is that bad
huh...I'll take your free cruise and eat in the buffet every night if it really is that badI'd give you my "free cruise" if they offered it to me. The buffet on "pride" wasn't much better. Extremely long lines (partly because of "dining room situation") and once you finally got some food, no place to sit. When you finally found a place to sit, you usually had to clear it first. If the nearby tables were heaped to high, you put it on the floor under the table. There were very few people working the dining areas. I have been on 8 cruises, usually with a party ranging from 12-22 (family/extended family). P of A was the first one I got sick on - and I mean SICK as in not to be gross but I had to throw up in the shower because I was also going from the other direction. The Buffet was shut down half-way through the cruise and everyting was done by the crew. When I asked for tea, they gave me the cup, sugar, tea bag, stirrer. The only problem was the cup was dirty. Lucky for me I noticed the lip stick on it before I drank out of it. Out of our smaller party of 11 - 6 got as sick as I was. (There were rooms quarantined on our floor.) My apologies to the people who were on the elevator after I barfed getting off. I understand, from family members that it took over an hour to finally get it cleaned up. Hope you didn't catch the "bug" from me. There were three so-called American maids standing there chit-chatting in whatever language they speak in Guam who were not much help. (I gave them my room number, but never heard from them again - they asked because they said they would notify medical help.) I think one of them was our steward who would have found me if she had come down as far as our cabin to turn down the beds, replace towels, etc. (took her until mid-week to remove some of the garbage left over from the last cruise in the bathroom - never did get the "soap" left behind on the built in ridges on the vanity - who knows when that was from - they have liquid soap in the bathrooms!) I assume I caught the "bug" in the buffet area, but who knows, I could have gotten it from a passenger who sailed the week before in my own cabin!