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Old August 22nd, 2007, 03:09 AM
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Default can dining room or buffet meals be ordered or taken to go?

just incase we wanted somthing besides a sandwich to eat on or balcony one night?
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Old August 22nd, 2007, 07:31 AM
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I doubt that you can get the dining room to "pack" anything up for you to take back to the cabin, but I'm quite sure you can carry your meal from the buffet line back to the cabin if you wish. The only things I've ever seen the dining room pack up was desert. ie; If you bought a cake for a birthday or anniversary or something, and didn't eat it all, they will either save what remains for you, or pack it up so you can take it back to the cabin and eat it there, later.

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Any food served in the buffet can be taken back to your room or anywhere on the ship, hot food, cold food, dessert, beverages, pizza, etc.
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yes, they have trays for carrying food from the buffet restaurant back to your cabin, another deck where you may have your lounge chair, etc. We did that a few times to bring back burgers, etc. to the room after our morning excursions to relax and cool off from the Bahamas humidity while we had lunch.
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Buffet yes, dining room no.

Eating in the DR is one of the best things about cruising.
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Howdy Cruisers,

On my first cruise someone in our group got sick. She was unable to make it to the dining room. The waiter just brought her meal to our table at the end. They bring everything with the plate covers. So he just left it on. We took her dinner up to her. Also, on the ships I've been on it has been my experience that eventhough the room service menu is limited... if you are calling for room service during the dinner hours... they will send you just about what ever is available from the dining room menu. This may differ from ship to ship. But it was my experience. Bon Appetit!
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Hello All: I am a newbie, taking my first cruise on the Freedom to western Caribbean Jan 19/08. I have always enjoyed room service in hotels, but I wondered what is the AVERAGE tip to give to the server, steward?? I know there is a tip included in our total package but was advised should tip when you have room service. Because we would have no idea what the total bill would be...how do you tip, can't go by %...Look forward to your input...thanks...Carol
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We only ordered coffee and pastries in the morning from room service and tipped him a dollar. If you ordered sandwiches, cookies, etc (a large order) then you may want to tip $2. Just kind of use your own judgment. There's really no set amount. Cruisegirl
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I usually have at least one day with an upset tummy on each cruise. My husband just mentions this to the wait staff when he and my son go for dinner and they end up bringing a tray back for me. What they don't tell the wait staff is that they are the ones that usually end up eating it as well -- but it is the thought that counts - isn't it?
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Thanks Cruisegirl & Realsmom: I just really had no idea and wouldn't want to be insulting, plus I want to get really good service. I need to take advantage of it while I am away home, nice for someone to wait on ME for a change..ha ha......Carol
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