Jump to content
Cruise Critic Community
nanowerx

Is it more expensive to reserve specialty dining ahead of time or on the ship?

Recommended Posts

I know most things like shore excursions and beverage packages will be more expensive onboard, but how about specialty restaurants? Me and the wife are planning to eat at 150 Central Park on the 6th night of our 7 night cruise (our one 'date night' where we are sending the kids to Adventure Ocean), but aren't quite sure what our time schedule will be yet that evening and didn't want to prebook. That said, will I be expecting higher prices onboard...or do they actually do discounts later on in the cruise for the specialty dining?

 

Harmony of the Seas is the ship is that makes any difference for the answers.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Unfortuntately, pricing onboard is unpredictable.  They may offer discounts onboard, and they may not.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Can you not just pre-book now if you see a good price, and then change your reservation once onboard to a day/time that meets your needs?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Its my understanding that if you purchase it in advance, it would include the gratuity as opposed to purchasing it onboard.  You may want to take that into consideration.  You can purchase it in advance and always change the date if necessary.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

The thing I like about purchasing specialty restaurants (or anything else for that matter like excursions and drink packages) in advance is you don't get hit with a big  bill at the end of your cruise. I like going into my cruise knowing most everything is paid for and if the price goes down at any point before your cruise you can cancel and rebook at the lower price.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
18 minutes ago, Swank Pad G said:

The thing I like about purchasing specialty restaurants (or anything else for that matter like excursions and drink packages) in advance is you don't get hit with a big  bill at the end of your cruise. I like going into my cruise knowing most everything is paid for and if the price goes down at any point before your cruise you can cancel and rebook at the lower price.

Same here and I like the BOGO 2 night specialty dining on the first two nights. It's worked well and I call right away after boarding around 1 when the stateroom is ready to book it. 

 

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Unfortunately BOGO hasn't been available - they've exchanged it for Chops+1 which is slightly less than the 3-dinner package.  That makes the 3-dinner package more attractive.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

In the past 5 years or so my experience has been it is always less expensive to pre-purchase than to purchase onboard.  

 

Adventure Ocean evening session starts at 7PM, I would suggest a 7:15 reservation.  

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now

  • Forum Jump
    • Categories
      • Q&A: Cruise Insurance with Steve Dasseos of TripInsuranceStore.com
      • Forum Assistance
      • New Cruisers
      • Cruise Lines “A – O”
      • Cruise Lines “P – Z”
      • River Cruising
      • ROLL CALLS
      • Digital Photography & Cruise Technology
      • Member Cruise Reviews
      • Special Interest Cruising
      • Cruise Discussion Topics
      • UK Cruising
      • Australia & New Zealand Cruisers
      • North American Homeports
      • Ports of Call
      • Cruise Conversations
×
×
  • Create New...