Has anyone tried the "millie" class specialty dining on day one? Seems to be some +'s and -'s. The minus is that day one is casual dress and we'd have to done a coat, tie and "cocktail attire". The +'s could be an uncrowded specialty dining room and since regular dining on the first night is normally "unassigned" with the menu somewhat lackluster, day one could be a good alternative?
Of course, we might be spoiled for the remainder of the cruise. These are really big problems to fret about, so if you don't reply, we will totally understand.
I tend to agree with pamda that maybe day one is a little soon; however, whenver you go it will be a WONDERFUL dining experience. The food, service, and ambiance are exceptional and the Maitre'd is sooooo attentive.
Highly recommend it. If the food and service were not so good in the main dining room, I would have been tempted to do it twice.
We did go to the Summit's Normandie on Day One - had flown in to Ft. Lauderdale a day early so we'd be refreshed for embarkation day. We stopped in at our assigned dining room table at the beginning of Main Seating time so as to meet our table mates and waiter, then left for the Normandie. We had the Normandie to ourselves for two hours before another party arrived. It was fabulous - and we had a chance to talk with the staff because they didn't have much to do. We returned later in the week.
karen, thanks for the info..we as well arrive in FLL a day prior and have decided to dine at the Normandie on sailaway night as you did. Also like your idea to meet your assigned tablemates and waiters so they don't have to report you as "MIA". What entrees did you folks select?
Our first night's meal included the goat cheese souffle and the quail as first courses; our main courses were the rack of lamb and the veal chop. Cheese selections were outstanding and made us feel as if we were back in the French countryside. Desserts were the Bombe (recreation of an SS Normandie dessert) and a sampler of multiple tiny desserts. On our return, 1st: goat cheese souffle, onion soup Normande; main: Chateaubriand; desserts: chocolate souffle and the Bombe again. BON APPETIT!