Originally Posted by DavidBgood
The WORST alternative evening sit down meal or experience has to be on the Mercury. Celebrity or the ship's hotel manager really knew how to make people feel that they should be in the dinning room.
Temp tables and chairs set up at night inside the indoor swimming pool area for the carvary / buffet, and the smell of pool and lingering odour of those that just left the area from bathing etc whilst your eating I will never forget...terrible.
Our alternative dining experience on the Mercury was quite the opposite. However, perhaps after your experience near the pool, they changed the venue. We quite enjoyed one evening of dining well in casual clothing, but the tables were nicely set in a portion of the buffet area, nowhere near the pool. Food was good, service good but done by waiters in training, so a bit of patience and humor came in handy.