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Cruising out of Galveston next month on Carnival. Can someone tell me what the difference is between the food served in the dining room and the food served on the Lido Deck Restaurant? Is there a big difference? Do you have to eat in the dining room area while cruising? We are first timers, help.


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Cruising out of Galveston next month on Carnival. Can someone tell me what the difference is between the food served in the dining room and the food served on the Lido Deck Restaurant? Is there a big difference? Do you have to eat in the dining room area while cruising? We are first timers, help.


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Eating in the dining room is like going to a sit down restaurant. You get a menu and can choose what you want off of that for breakfast,lunch or dinner. When you eat at the lido deck it is a buffet style set up. You don't have to dress up and you just walk up with your plate and tray. Both have good things to choose from. We like to do the lido dining for breakfast and lunch and the sit down for dinner. You can eat where you want. Just remember there is a dress code in the dining room.

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Horns4ever;
The difference is the Lido is more like Sirloin Stocckade buffet food. The dinning room food is better in my opinion. It is a bit fancier, and you get waited on by great servers. They both are very good just different. There are many options and you can do any of them that you choose. You can eat at all of them if you are real hungry. The buffet is offered three times a day. You can eat in the dinning room for all three meals too. Breakfast and lunch are open seating, and dinner is assigned seating in the dinning room. Hope this helps, and enjoy your cruise.
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Was on the Conqest on July 1 of 2007, the formal dinning was somewhat relaxed, just dont wear shorts or t's. the food was greeat and if you cant decide order 2 plates we did and the shared them among our table. Formal dinning is nice if you like to dress up. (Monet or Renoir depends on where you end up) Plus you get a show from the wait staff everynight. One night the sang and that was the best night for me. We had Monet table 330 in the rear of the ship with a geat view of the sunset. I recommend early steating. And the desserts were better her by miles than on the other florrs. The dinning on the Lido Deck 9 is just as good but more relax atmosphere. You can get your plate and sit on the deck even. I ate her on friday only because i was too tired from the Tulum excersion to get dressed for dinner. I recommend eating at the Point once on your trip. This is the upscale dinning for 30 bucks but totally worth it. I the best 24 ounce New York stlye T bone steak on saturday the last dinner on the boat. good luck and most of all have fun and relax
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Think of the buffet on the Lido Deck as a fast food restaurant and the dining room as a sit down restaurant.
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Thanks for all the great responses. I will definitely try both areas. Can't wait.

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Horns4ever,

Enjoy your cruise. You are going to LOVE it!!

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Well the yankee pot roast was good and that was on Lido the day or night of embarkation. The rest of the time, we ate in the Monet Restaurant and loved it.....plus, it's the only place you can get

Warm Chocolate Melting Cake!

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PS We were a group of over 150....parents bringing kids on their senior trip. I was surprised at the number of grads that showed up in the dining room each night. They said they enjoyed dressing for dinner and being served, plus they could try different things. My DD already loved escargot, she got her tablemates to try it and some of them were hooked. This time she had the quail.....I forgot to ask her what she thought of that.
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you do NOT have to eat in the dining room. the food on the lido can be good, they always have pizza, and a huge buffet. plus they have deli items you can order.

the food in the dining room is an experience. they have a lot of entertainment for you during the dinners. the food is better in the dining room, and you can have it the way you want it.

we usually eat in the dining room for breakfast (they seat you quickly), and have a breakfast to order. we have been cruising with our children the last 6 cruises (now 11, 9, 7) and it is MUCH easier to have our breakfast brought to us, rather than stand in line at the buffets. lunch is also immediate seating, and you can get through both breakfast and lunch in about the same time as the lido deck, because of standing in lines. dinners are long in the dining room. we have never eaten dinner on the lido deck, as we want the GOOD food in the dining room--lobster, steaks, prime rib, seafood. we also like the entertainment.

try the dining room, and try the lido, see what you like better. we have been on 10 cruises, so we are not as apt to get "dressed up" on the formal nights. we dress nicely, but sometimes not so formal, and they never kick us out.

what ship are you taking--the Conquest or the Ecstasy? we went on Ecstasy last December and the food was incredible, and we went on Conquest in January 06, and the food was very good. We are taking Conquest again next month.
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Do the buffet in the daytime and the dining room at night.
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A first cruise is always so nice and you will always remember it (probably as your best cruise). I personally do not care much for the lido buffet food, but we usualy eat a couple of lunches and maybe a breakfast there. We always eat dinner in the dining room and we prefer the early dining, so we can spend more time later in the evening at shows, casino, karoake, etc.

As far as the dining room dress code, we have worn nice shorts/shirts for lunch and breakfast on every cruise we have taken with Carnival (9 so far). At dinner hubby wears nice slacks or khakis with a nice sport shirt or golf shirt, sometimes with a shirt and tie. I usually wear nice slacks and shirt or a simple dress for dinner, except on formal night.

If you are going to be laying out by the pool all morning in a swimsuit and don't want to change, you will probably want to go to the buffet or the grill for a nice grilled steak sandwich, burger or chicken sandwith. There is also a deli and I think I remember an asian food counter.

I have not heard anyone mention this, but there is a fish and chips place on the Conquest ships. Just go up the stairs from the main lido dining room to find it.
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I have not heard anyone mention this, but there is a fish and chips place on the Conquest ships. Just go up the stairs from the main lido dining room to find it.


Ohhhh...I like fish & chips. Which other ships offer this? Yummy !

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I have not heard anyone mention this, but there is a fish and chips place on the Conquest ships. Just go up the stairs from the main lido dining room to find it.
Yes, It is called Surmurs. I am not sure about the spelling, but they have really good fried oysters. Yummy!
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Again, thanks for all the great info. We are cruising on the Extasy, 08/20 thru 08/25. Anyone else?


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We always looked forward to the dinning room as a fine experience in dinning.... They will lay the knapkin in your lap & you have 3 forks for each course.... A great time to learn what a 5 star restruant is like.... You also get to meet new friends that will share your table (up to 8)....
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