Was on the spirit last dec. They have a specialty resturant at $25 pp. Never made it. The food in the dining room looked too enticing every day. When you speak of waits etc you may be referring to freestyle or persanal choice on NCL and Princess. There are tons of opinion yea and nay all over various boards. I have always had traditional (over 32 years of cruising) and am not too nuts about these innovations.