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blaze14

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    USA
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    Photography, Swimming, sports,
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    Crystal, then Princess, Cunard, Holland America
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    Europe
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  1. Many posters sound like they would take advantage of a healthy entrée option if it were offered. Seabourn features Dr. Andrew Weil who agrees with many of Pritikin healthy eating recommendations. Dr. Andrew Weil has many great food options that are offered in his True Food Restaurants located in Newport Beach, California and other locations. The food is excellent even though everything is healthy. I have eaten there many times, big crowds' even office groups' that can agree on quality food that tastes good. If Seabourn would offer one of the True Food entrée options as a healthy alternative, many would find food that tastes good but is also healthy. (and it would help those who said they need to watch their diet to avoid gaining weight)
  2. my recommendation was that a few of the staff serving drinks move to one of the dining rooms for an early dinner option. the late dinner crowd were afraid their drink orders would be slow, if some of the staff were moved;but if some are eating early there will be less people ordering drinks in the bar; so it shouldn't affect the late dinner crowd (and they may find their dinner service is better since the crowd will be spread out). Chairsin posted I have not cruised which is not true. I have been on Crystal ships eight times as well as Seaborne a few months ago and have booked Seaborne again. ( I don't like the tone of some of these posts that no one can disagree with late dining or recommend any improvements for Seabourn) I like many things on both Crystal and Seaborne and find many passengers book on both lines. My recommendation was that they consider offering an early dinner option, which is popular on Crystal and other lines. My recommendation is for improvement that more than a few agree with as readers of Conde Nast Travel readers rated Crystal, Regent, Viking and others higher based in part on early dining options offered.
  3. Someone posted Conde Nast Travel readers ranked Seabourn first among small ships 200+ ; The same readers ranked Seabourn 7th Place for mid sized ships 500 passengers behind Crystal, Regent, Viking and others. Odyssey has 458 passengers while Encore and Ovation are 600 passengers. Unless the service is much worse on Seaborne's larger ships, when compared with similar size ships most passengers prefer the competition. Seabourn has friendly servers, enjoyable entertainment, and good food in ratings. When readers compare the similar size ships competition they prefer the flexable dining options and early dinner options on the competition. Many have posted that those who don't want to dine late should travel on other ships. Conde Nast Travel readers have compared the other ships and like six of the lines better than Seabourn. Nov. 2017 Page 74 Worlds Best Ratings--Mid Sized Ships-- Conde Nast Travel Magazine Many who travel on many of the ships recommend that Seabourn improve their early dinner options. This would improve their ratings with many passengers. Do some of you think that it is the size of the ship that is the difference in readers rating, that people like the 458 passenger size but don't like the 600 passenger size????
  4. Seabourn can improve their dining experience by shifting a few of the staff who are now serving in the bar to serve in one of the dining rooms for a 6:00 p.m. early dinner. Kitchen staff is already working for those selecting early dinner in their room. No extra staff or hours would be required for this improvement. Some guests prefer eating early for health reasons and others prefer not to go to bed after a full dinner. Those who like to eat late can still eat at their chosen time and their service will improve as many nights many enter dining room at around 7 p.m. so all orders are ready to be served at the same time which slows service. (as some have posted entering the dining room at 7 pm , didn't receive salad until after 8 pm and entree after 9 pm. finishing up just in time for 10 pm entertainment.) T.K. grill opens at 6 pm but you are only allowed to eat their once a week with a reservation and since it is the only option for early dinner (except dining in your room) the early dinner times are sometimes difficult to reserve. (service is good here) Many competitors have found flexable dining options are very popular with their guests. This would improve the Seaboourn experience for many who have posted they would enjoy that option.
  5. Seabourn features Dr. Andrew Weil programs on ships; so most guests know his health recommendations and many follow recommendations both onboard and at home. Dr. Weil would recommend eating earlier and lighter and avoiding many of the food items served at the afternoon tea. "In middle age, metabolism slows, and weight not only goes on faster, it comes off much less easily. This is a good time in life to leave behind the dietary excesses of youth" Andrew Weil pg. 194 Optimum Health book While many of the fit and younger guests can enjoy foods at afternoon tea and eat later and never gain any weight; many of the middle age guests may want to eat early and use some of Dr. Weil's recommendations to keep healthy and not gain weight. And there may be some active and fit older guests who can enjoy foods at the afternoon tea and eat a late dinner and not gain any weight. Even when entering the dining room at 7pm you may not receive your entrée until after 9 p.m. so will be eating until 10:00 p.m. which many people think is too late. That was common on my two week cruise. For those Seabourn guests who want to follow the recommendations on health from Dr. Andrew Weil; it makes sense that early dining options would be available, so those guests who prefer to eat at 6:00 p.m. have a place to go to dinner.
  6. Seabourn features Dr. Andrew Weil programs on ships; so most guests know his health recommendations and many follow recommendations both onboard and at home. Dr. Weil would recommend eating earlier and lighter and avoiding many of the food items served at the afternoon tea. "In middle age, metabolism slows, and weight not only goes on faster, it comes off much less easily. This is a good time in life to leave behind the dietary excesses of youth" Andrew Weil pg. 194 Optimum Health book While many of the fit and younger guests can enjoy foods at afternoon tea and eat later and never gain any weight; many of the middle age guests may want to eat early and use some of Dr. Weil's recommendations to keep healthy and not gain weight. And there may be some active and fit older guests who can enjoy foods at the afternoon tea and eat a late dinner and not gain any weight. Entering the dining room around 7 p.m. , our first course was served around 8 pm and our entrée after 9 p.m. so we finished our entrée around 10 p.m. and went to the show without dessert. If you are hungry around 6 p.m. and don't receive your entrée until after 9 p.m. , even if you attend the show you go to bed too full. It is not what time you enter the dining room, it is what time you are served dinner, and it is too late for many. For those Seabourn guests who want to follow the recommendations on health from Dr. Andrew Weil; it makes sense that early dining options would be available.
  7. On Crystal they do offer dining at 6 p.m. and it is the most popular time and is on waitlist, while the 8 p.m. time is less popular. Early dining is the most popular time on most cruises as many people enjoy going to the shows and events after early dinner. The TK grill does offer the 6 p.m. time but limits visits to one or two reservations per cruise. I would be surprised if Seaborne guests all want late dining, since many also cruise with Crystal and other ships. Yes, I think you can please everyone, just offer at least one of the dinner options that opens at 6 p.m. instead of 7:30 p.m. For those guests that may be watching their weight; the answer isn't to go to tea and eat at 4 pm; so they can eat another meal a large dinner finishing around 10 p.m. (and I think it is offensive for those who comment that if they are watching their weight they shouldn't travel on a cruise) from many comments on cruise critic it is evident that many people enjoy an early dinner
  8. They need to offer options for those who like to dine early between 5 p.m. and 6 p.m instead of all of the dinners being served at 7:30 p.m. (I had a 7:30 p.m. dinner that table didn't finish entrees at 10 p.m. which is too late to eat.) Since they offer Andrew Weil classes onboard, and he recommends not eating a big meal late at night, it makes sense that they would have an option available for dining early. Only option for eating early is in your room every night; and they offer the same items each night for those who want to eat early in their room. Many of the customers are from U.S. and Canada who would enjoy an early dining option.
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