I have been reading the literature regarding the special dining rooms on the Solstice and I wandered if anyone knows if you will have to pay for all of them. It looks like Celebrity is offering much more shopping opportunities and special dining options so that more money can be made during the cruise. The so-called "all inclusive" days seem to be over.
As long as people are willing to pay more for food, the cruise lines will continue to add restaurants.
Voyager of the Seas 5/03
Celebrity Solstice 2/09
Oasis of the Seas 10/16/10
I may not have written my thoughts clearly enough in the earlier post. I was trying to illustrate how change can be a good thing.
For example, on our first cruise, aboard the NCL Starward in 1983, we had "early seating." This meant we had assigned times for breakfast, lunch and dinner in the dining room. Though the time changed daily with our port schedule, we had to eat breakfast around 6-6:30am each morning. Some mornings it felt earlier than others! During the day, there was limited food available in other areas of the ship -- nothing even close to the bountiful buffets offered today.
We are now accustomed to a relaxed open-seating breakfast and lunch in the dining room, where we enjoy meeting new people every day if we wish.
We like tradition, too. Formal nights and dressing nicely for dinner is part of the cruise experience we also enjoy.