We had never eaten in the dining room for breakfast until our last cruise on the very last day - we had such a great time with our waiter, asst waiter and hostess, that we bought them several extra gifts in addition to what we had already tipped them on our S&S card, so we went to breakfast while waiting to disembark for the sole purpose of giving them their gifts.
WELL... after that wonderful dining experience we agreed we would make it a point to have at least TWO meals in the dining room (fun day at sea - since port days sometimes begin very early)!
I highly recommend it!!
October 1997 Princess (Bahamas)
October 2000 Carnival Tropicale
October 2006 Carnival Miracle
October 2009 Carnival Legend