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Dining Room 16 21.92%
Buffet 48 65.75%
In my stateroom 7 9.59%
what is breakfast? 2 2.74%
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Old March 9th, 2009, 12:22 AM
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After 3 cruises on Carnival ships I have noticed that Breakfasts in the dining room are very poor when compared with supper. Suppers are superb and the food excellent but breakfasts are very bland and uninteresting. I have found that I actually prefer eating breakfast at the buffet better then in the dining room.

Is this just me or is there more of you out there who feel that Carnival could put a little more effort into breakfasts in the dining room?
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Breakfasts in the dining room are always lacking-this goes for RCCL and Princess also. Stick to the buffet !
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Give me the breakfast buffet over the dinning room anytime.
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This was my husband's biggest complaint-- not in the dining room but the breakast buffet -- it was very limited in what it offered and it was cold----I have to agree with him--I don't usually eat breakast but love my morning coffee--and I would have to totally agree with him----luke warm maybe---the only thing hot was the toast he made --and the omelet he had made too--- lol he found on the second to last day of the cruise----I'm sure hoping that the ship size might have had something to do with it--we were on the Fantasy---and just booked the other CruiseMate group doing the Conquest-------
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i have done both and the buffet is the one i perfer.
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April you may find an improvement on Conquest. We were on Freedom (Conquest class) and there are so many people the buffet items get changed out more often. I agree with others, I like buffet better then dining room for breakfast. Omlete station is wonderful, I also like the pre sliced grapefruits.
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I like some of the choices in the restaurant--waffles and pancakes everyday. I do not like the open seating as whenever I go there is always one grumpy gus and naggy nellie at the table. I even sat at a table for 8 and tried to be friendly and nice, but three people at the table wouldn't even say good morning!!! Rude or what....I ate and left....

The buffet is good because it has the ole stand by faves--scrambled eggs and bacon!!!! I'll take the Lido buffet anytime...
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I like the buffet but I do find the dining room a bit of a disappointment. On my last cruise it took a long time from order to delivery and the hot stuff was cold.

I do enjoy a stateroom breakfast and I find that the choices, even in the suites, are the most limited of any cruise line that I've sailed.

It is a bit disappointing that the buffet is the best option.

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Oh my god. I was on the Spirit in January and the first morning I hit the dining room I ordered eggs benedict as in the past they were decent. When it arrived it was a soggy egg on top of a muffin that was warm, not toasted but warm and the sauce was hard with no flavor. It was by far the worst benedict I have eaten in my entire life. It was that bad. I swore off the dining room for the rest of the trip and will not do it for breakfast ever again. Carnival ought to do away with it entirely.
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While I love eating breakfast in the dining room, TIME is always an issue. It generally takes awhile to get everything completed. If you want that orange juice then one must order it up-front. It's best to order everything at once....no seconds.
That's why I tend to prefer the Lido Buffet, especially during port days. it's easy...it's quick. That way I can show up at that shore excursion on time.
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The lovely Mrs. Jones (Vita) and I find that we eat far LESS when we do meals in the dining room as opposed to the buffet, so when it's open, it's off to the dining room for us. We've NEVER had a problem with the food, or the service, or the company in the dining room, and more often than not totally enjoy the experience, as well as the meal. Perhaps we're just lucky, but other than limp bacon, everything has been excellent. I find that when I do the buffet, everything looks so good, that I have to try everything, and wind up pigging out beyond belief......I'd rather save the calories for "steak, and lobster" in the evening. (Along with the chocolate melting cake.)

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When we were on the Inspriation we went to the buffet for breakfast every morning. The crowds are the only thing that sucked but then again, the buffet room in the Inspiration is kind of small and the ceiling is really low so that might've been why it felt clastrophobe.

But as far as the food itself on the buffet, everything was good except the powdered "scrambled" eggs. Bleh.
I think this next cruise I'm going to do the dining room for breakfast just ONE day to get away from the crowd and be waited on.
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alway do the buffett. I don't like to waste time sitting in the dinning room.
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I didn't think the buffet was all that, but given a choice between buffet and dining room, the buffet wins hands down.

Actually I was quite surprised at the selection for the dining room... it just didn't seem to have very much variety.
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I order coffee and croissants(?) through room service.When it arrives i wake up my wife plug in the IV coffee and the eyes finally open and we eat light on the balcony.
We get ready we go up for the buffet breakfast and enjoy the company of other cruisers and the water, and watch people. We enjoy this better than the sit down and be served. any food you dont have to cook is
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I can count on one hand all the time we had breakfast in the dr... and that's on ships where there is no lox at the buffet, just in the dr....Once I am up, I want a leisurely pool side breakfast, out in the sunshine and people watching......I also used to eat the same selections every morning. One thing that drives me crazy is warm food......
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We ate breakfast in the dining room on our first sea day when cruising on the Elation. The food was great in our opinion....from the coffee, to the fruit and main breakfast (melons, coffee, juice, eggs benedict, toast, enlish muffins, danish, etc).....due to time constraints, we opted to have room service breakfast on the port days and last sea day and morning of debarkation. Food was okay and satisfied us/filled us up, given what was offered (we had fruit, yogurt, coffee, juice, bagels, croissants, cream cheese and jams each day). We had also ordered a large fruit and cheese basket for our room during the cruise and this supplemented our breakfast.

All in all we were pleased....(we did not expect haute cuisine) gotta remember....ships are catering to between 2,000 - 4,000 people (going to be over 5,000 on some of these new ships being built....OMG what a nightmare...lol), not counting ship staff, 24 hours a day for however long the respective cruise runs.

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I have to agree completely with April's sentiments regarding breakfast on the Fantasy. It was lacking in many respects, As long as I stuck to fruits, breads and coffee, it was OK. They did offer great omelettes, but the breakfasts meat were substandard, especially sausage.

It was a bit disappointing but I am confident that no one starved and if you looked hard enough you would find something to eat.
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I have just been informed by my wife that we will eat breakfast in the DR at least once on our next cruise. :evil: :evil: What can I say? When it comes to things like that I just do as I am told.
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Just weighing in as I voted in the poll.

Although I selected "buffet" we also eat breakfast in the dining room too; probably a 75/25 split.
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I do buffet. Like to be caffeinated before eating. ANd, I love the omelet station. Just FYI for anyone who didn't know, you can also order eggs over easy or any other way at the omelet spot. Those powdered eggs are good for a jolt of protein when I am in a hurry, but so not that good! Got to remember to get the hardboiled ones next time.
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We always like going to the dining room for breakfast on a couple of sea days just to be waited on. There is something wonderful about having a waiter at breakfast.
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After 3 cruises on Carnival ships I have noticed that Breakfasts in the dining room are very poor when compared with supper. Suppers are superb and the food excellent but breakfasts are very bland and uninteresting. I have found that I actually prefer eating breakfast at the buffet better then in the dining room.

Is this just me or is there more of you out there who feel that Carnival could put a little more effort into breakfasts in the dining room?
I think they could yes. I didnt eat in the dinning room for breakfast. I never got up early enough. I did eat in the buffet area, however, and it was ok...just your eggs, bacon, ect. I got tired of the same ole, same ole. I wanted something different. I heard the the dinning room was no better. I got to the point that I started just having coffee and and cereal in my room and then ate a larger lunch, rather then eating the same stuff over and over again.
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This is a sample menu from a Carnival dining room. The biggest problem I have is that it is the same day in and day out.


BREAKFAST DINING ROOM MENU
Fruit:
Grapefruit half
Banana melon (in season)
Orange and grapefruit sections
Baked apples
Stewed prunes

Chilled Juices:
Orange
Grapefruit
Pineapple
Apple
Tomato
Prune

Cereals
Corn flakes Frosted Flakes
Special K Corn Pops
All Bran Raisin Bran
Cocoa Krispies Granola
Wheat Minis Rice Krispies
Bran Flakes Corn Flakes
Crispix Cruncheroos
Fruit Loops Smart Start
Smacks Hot Cream of Wheat
Hot Oatmeal Hominy Grits
Plain, strawberry or peach yogurt

Breakfast Entrees
Smoked Salmon with cream cheese and toasted bagel
Daily Breakfast Special
Eggs Benedict
Omelets
Boiled, fried. Scrambled or poached eggs
Buttermilk pancakes or Belgian waffles (available served with bananas, strawberries, blueberries, syrup, honey or cream)
French toast with Cinnamon sugar

On the Side
Corned beef hash
Sliced ham
Has browns
Link sausage


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Muffins
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I have one complaint about the buffet Why cant they use cafateria trays. As a disabled person using a cane to walk, I hate juggling dishes.
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Joe,
Our last few Carnival cruises, they did have trays. I have similar problems to yours and was very relieved when they started doing this.
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We generally enjoy breakfast in the dinning room. We get waited on in a relaxed atmosphere and have a chance to meet new people. What I don’t like is the repeated menu every morning after 3 or 4 days the repetition is too much. It’s not a whole lot better at the buffet though.
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I just returned from my first Carnival cruise and was disappointed in the omelette selection in the dining room. One impression of my first cruise on NCL many years ago was the ability to "special order" my omelette.
I left my traveling companions in bed to eat in the dining room alone on the first morning, only to find that the omelette choices were plain, ham, cheese or ham and cheese.
I also didn't realize I would be seated at a table of 10. Everyone was very nice, but honestly, I would love to have been served a breakfast and had the option to sit alone and read a book.
After that morning, I ordered room service or went through the buffet and returned to my cabin to eat. I'm not anti-social, but on vacation I enjoy a leisurely start to the day without the expectation to chat with someone I've never met.
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I have only cruised once - on Sensation - and truthfully breakfast for room service is always my preferred way to start the day whenever I'm travelling. It makes me feel pampered and I have some quiet time to get my CNN fix before I start my day.

My son had cereal, milk, bagel and cream cheese. I had lox-bagel-cream cheese, fruit and lots of coffee. These items were always delicious!

That being said, when I next cruise - a year from now - I will probably do the same. Why change what works for you?


My only complaint about room service breakfast was that my order didn't arrive on the morning of deparkation, though I had left my doorknob order form out as usual the night before. However, I was up early enough to order it directly and room service delivered it in about 30 minutes.

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I like the dinig room for breakfast. I enjy trying the daily special.

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