Thundering herd! Ha! Ha! Moooooooooo!!!
O.K., neighbor, according to my Dream "Fun Times" from April, the following dining venues are open for lunch on embarkation day:
The Gathering (buffet restaurant), which also includes the Mongolian and Burrito stations (good day to try either one if you arrive early, no lines), Indian Tandoor (Open Deck 10 Aft Starboard side), The Grill (Open Deck 10 Fwd Starboard), Pizza (Open Deck 10 Fwd Port side), Deli (Open Deck 10 Aft Port side), the Fresh Pasta (Deck 11 Aft, 2nd floor of The Gathering). The Fun Times lists the Crimson Dining Room as open from 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. (Deck 3 Fwd) but I can't verify this. We were onboard early and went thru the buffet line for a few items and took our plates (and beer) upstairs to the Pasta bar, yum!
The Sushi Bar will be open at 5:00 p.m. (Deck 5 Mid-ship). The had Margarita Mania on the first night in the Ocean Plaza bar with chips and salsa from 5:00 p.m.-8:15 p.m. This area in the Ocean Plaza hosts different drink specials every night, including martinis, sangria, etc., and offer complimentary snacks such as cheese, potato and tuna frittata's, chips...nice place to enjoy a pre-dinner drink. They also had the Welcome Aboard Laser Show at 8:15 p.m. and 10:15 p.m. on the Lido Deck. The Welcome Aboard show in the Encore Theater featured the CD, Todd Wittmer, the FunForce Acrobatic Dancers and a comedy preview with live music from the Dream Show band. There was live music in the Casino, Karaoke Party, guitar music in the Atrium, Barry in the Piano Bar, Jackpot Bingo, Disco at Calientie Dance Club.
Hope you have a great time, wish I were going with you!!