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Old August 1st, 2007, 10:23 AM
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I will have a details travelogue to type up and post upon our return, however, let me state we are hooked on cruising! Way too hot and humid here, otherwise love cruising! Thank god the ship is a/c! We'll be home on Friday, I'll post later in the day Sat. Ian loves our cabin and immediately claimed the bed under the window. He's up in the video arcade as I type a few quick emails. We only are room service menu so far but today I'll be bringing lunch and dinner to our room from Seaview Bistro.
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Glad things are going good. Enjoy what's left of the cruise, they go by way to fast
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Glad things are going good. Enjoy what's left of the cruise, they go by way to fast
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I will have a details travelogue to type up and post upon our return, however, let me state we are hooked on cruising! Way too hot and humid here, otherwise love cruising! Thank god the ship is a/c! We'll be home on Friday, I'll post later in the day Sat. Ian loves our cabin and immediately claimed the bed under the window. He's up in the video arcade as I type a few quick emails. We only are room service menu so far but today I'll be bringing lunch and dinner to our room from Seaview Bistro.
Why are you eating in your room.
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live it up! eat in the dining room - it is actually quite fun
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We only are room service menu so far but today I'll be bringing lunch and dinner to our room from Seaview Bistro.

W-H-A-T-? Room service wouldn't feed a bird. And, the lido buffet is great for breakfast, OK for lunch, but fails miserably for dinner. Get down to the dining room, meet some new friends, and get yourselves a good meal. You're missing half the experience if yah don't sample the dinner menu. Even "I" clean up well enough to eat dinner in the dining room!
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oH YEAH! Eat in the dining room. You've already paid for it, so you might as well eat your share of the goodies! I'm not a fancy person at all, but when we cruise I will be sure to take in the dining room. It will be the only time that I will get to eat in a restaurant like that!
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I don't think they let you take food from the buffet to your cabin.
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Don't be like one couple I heard about, who upon debarkation, found out that the food in the dining room was included, and had gone to the buffet or room service for the entire cruise to save money! The dining room is half the fun IMO! Live it up, and get on down to the dining room to enjoy the food and company, and entertainment put on by the wait staff.

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I don't think they let you take food from the buffet to your cabin.
Yes, you can take what you want, and some ships have trays to help you carry it better.
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Actually, if I remember correctly, the reason they are probably eating in their cabin, was because Michelle had stated early on that her son was an extremely picky eater.

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Actually, if I remember correctly, the reason they are probably eating in their cabin, was because Michelle had stated early on that her son was an extremely picky eater.

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Then the buffet should be perfect.
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I don't think they let you take food from the buffet to your cabin.
Yes, you can take what you want, and some ships have trays to help you carry it better.
Yeah but I thought they try to discourage you from carrying a tray full of food to your cabin.

In all of my cruises, I have never seen anyone walking around with anything more than a pizza, sandwich or burger. Have never seen anyone with a plate full of hot food heading off to the cabins.
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Actually, if I remember correctly, the reason they are probably eating in their cabin, was because Michelle had stated early on that her son was an extremely picky eater.
Or that she wants to adjust her $10/day tip as she previously posted.
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I don't think they let you take food from the buffet to your cabin.
Yes, you can take what you want, and some ships have trays to help you carry it better.
Yeah but I thought they try to discourage you from carrying a tray full of food to your cabin.

In all of my cruises, I have never seen anyone walking around with anything more than a pizza, sandwich or burger. Have never seen anyone with a plate full of hot food heading off to the cabins.
I have seen people taking trays of food back to their rooms - usually, one or the other person staying in the cabin is either too sick, or too sunburned to get out of the cabin. You can even get dining room food to go when you are traveling with someone that can't make it to the dining room. (on one of the cruises, my SO had the dreaded virus, I had to take his food back to him from the dining room and everyone was very understanding) Lots of people like to eat on their private balcony.

I have done it before and along the way, the steward even helped me.
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I don't think they let you take food from the buffet to your cabin.
Yes, you can take what you want, and some ships have trays to help you carry it better.
Yeah but I thought they try to discourage you from carrying a tray full of food to your cabin.

In all of my cruises, I have never seen anyone walking around with anything more than a pizza, sandwich or burger. Have never seen anyone with a plate full of hot food heading off to the cabins.
I saw trays and dirty dishes in the hall on more then one occasion. The trays were the same ones as the buffet.

I am not sure why you would want to unless you weren't feeling well.

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Not everyday, but a lot of time I will go make a big salad, or get lunch and go eat on our deck, I love that more then eatting in the lido.
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The OP wrote this post on May 16, 2007 and it probably explains why she doesn't want to eat in the dining room.....
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on the same subject, what about meals you don't eat?

For my 4-day cruise, there will be
sunday: lunch and dinner
monday - 3 meals
tuesday - 3 meals
wed - 3 meals
thursday - breakfast

So that is 12 meals total.

I'm planning to have room service breakfast every day so that means I will be tipping the room service person, so that brings down the meals outside of the room to 8.

Based on the menus and my son's picky eating, we will likely only eat one lunch and one dinner in the dining room, and eat at the buffets or lido deck restaurants (pizza, deli, etc.) all other lunches and dinners. Are these considered in the tips or are the tips only meant for the dining rooms?

So how do I adjust this for tips at the end of my cruise?

I will of course give my steward a tip based on service quality.
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I understand that she is on a very tight budget - but she really should try the dining room for each meal, breakfast, lunch and dinner - the food in the dining room is so much better. But then again, she may not be a "foodie" ... well worth the $10.00 tips for that day!
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I didn't adjust the tips at all and we never walked into a dining room. I'm not a person who lives based on food - I was there for the experience of being on a ship , not eating on a ship. And yes, my son is very picky. If I go on a cruise alone or with another adult, of course I would eat in the dining room. But NOT doing so this time had no affect on my trip. Other than I came home a few pounds lighter than when I left home, due to all the walking up and down stairs - waiting for the elevators was an exercise in stupidity!

No one enjoys fantastic and healthy food more than I do, but it's not the center of my universe, and should not be the focus of a cruise.

I did bring back pizza for us a couple of times from the Bistro as well as a delicious burger for me and I used trays that were provided.
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but it's not the center of my universe, and should not be the focus of a cruise.

Ahhhh, but it's the experience of something new you missed. International cuisine prepared by international chefs is as much of the experience as international ports/people. Can't really say you didn't miss anything if you didn't try it.
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Like Michelle we didn't go on a cruise for the food but to enjoy the ship and ports. We ate in the dining room twice. The rest of the meals we were perfectly content to eat at the buffett or get pizza. We also came back a few pounds lighter because we walked so much and didn't overdue the food. Our next cruise we may or may not eat in the dining room more, I dont know, but it's not the main focus of the trip. Michelle, hope you had a great time.
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