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Old February 10th, 2011, 07:48 PM
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Default Lido deck dining..best/ worst?

When I was on the Eclipse, one of the things that impressed me, was the Ocean View Cafe. It was designed with impeccable detail, so that the flow was great,and the dreaded long buffet line, is no more. You can walk around the stations,and with wide aisles, & it was just so easy, to get what you need. Now, granted I was on the media cruise,and not dealing with a full comlpement of cruisers, but, it really was the nicest I have seen to date.

One thing I will say, is the dishes which are square and great looking, were very heavy... so, if you have your main dish,and a salad plate, you need a table quick! Boy I miss those trays!

What is your favorite, windjammer, cafe, & lido dining spot, on what ship? How about the worst?
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I have to agree with ECLIPSE (Solstice) as being very good.

The special buffets on Crystal were to die for - lobster claws, King Crab legs, filet mignon, jumbo tempura shrimp....

Marina - as I just saw - actually rolls out the dough, cuts it and cooks it right in front of your eyes. Add the parmesan cheese and enjoy.
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You had me at tempura shrimp
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when we sailed the Sea Princess loved the fact that you could actually eat outside
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I'm not sure I've ever had "great" food on the lido. When sailed our honeymoon on Voyageur back in 2000, we visited the lido EVERY night, after having dinner in the MDR ... so the food must have been better then!

On Grandeaur, the food in the WJ was inedible.

On Carnival DREAM, I would not say the food was great, but it wasn't terrible - I mostly enjoyed the wok station.
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Our favorite buffets are on the Radiance class ships of RCI, followed by the Zuiderdam class ships on HAL. Both consist of many stations, many specialities, made to order sandwiches, sushi, pasta and pizza as well as great salad bars and hot food lines and good ice cream. The accessibility is very good and both indoor and outdoor seating is nice.

OTOH the Grand class ships on Princess make the buffet seem almost like an afterthought, a very small crowded area with only minimal offerings.
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Norwegian Epic is surpringly good - probably six or maybe even eight omelet stations, plenty of variety, ice cream (no charge), open late at night.

Marina had the first pasta station where they actually roll and cut the dough right in front of you.
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While I did enjoy the Garden Cafe on the Epic, NCL has a penchant for fake flowers, everywhere, even in the Courtyard public areas, they had fake,all over the place....JMHO, this picture,shows the overkill...toss them overboard, please

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I was on board the Ryndam and the Lido buffet food was AWFUL and the ambience resembled a Chimpanzee tea party. Lido to be avoided at all costs and the MDR not much better.

No wonder alternative restaurants are booming.

Thought for the day could the cruise lines offer a bed and breakfast meal plan option. Large meals should not be eaten at the end of the day anyway. At home I only eat dinner twice a week and never after 1800 hrs.

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While I did enjoy the Garden Cafe on the Epic, NCL has a penchant for fake flowers, everywhere, even in the Courtyard public areas, they had fake,all over the place....JMHO, this picture,shows the overkill...toss them overboard, please

Ha HA Trip, that does look bad, but those are "bad" fake flowers. I have seen better! However, I will take fake flowers over the cost of my cruise going up to pay for the fresh ones!
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Removing them, and leaving a clear ledge to people watch, to my mind is a much better option....On HAL, one thing they do have is, stunning floral displays all over the ship.
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