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Old September 27th, 2010, 08:47 PM
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We'll be cruising on the Equinox in 3 months and I'm wondering if someone can tell me about the dinning on the ship....When we booked our cruise...our TA had us set for TD..early...which we don't want...late dinning is too late for us....so we asked for select dinning... Now the problem is...we often times don't want to sit and have dinner in the dinning room...we do like going to the buffet...at least when we cruised with Princess which was open for dinner...
The question is: Does the equinox have the buffet open for people like us who just want to sit and relax ...have dinner sometimes without a lot of fuss?
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We'll be cruising on the Equinox in 3 months and I'm wondering if someone can tell me about the dinning on the ship....When we booked our cruise...our TA had us set for TD..early...which we don't want...late dinning is too late for us....so we asked for select dinning... Now the problem is...we often times don't want to sit and have dinner in the dinning room...we do like going to the buffet...at least when we cruised with Princess which was open for dinner...
The question is: Does the equinox have the buffet open for people like us who just want to sit and relax ...have dinner sometimes without a lot of fuss?
Celebrity sometimes offers a buffet dinner, but only by way of exception when the ship leaves port late. Instead, Celebrity normally offers "alternative casual dining" in a section of the buffet restaurant, with a service charge of $2.00 per person per occasion. This "alternative casual dining" has full table service with a menu that is not the same as the main dining room. Celebrity officially says that reservations are required for this "alternative casual dining," but they will take additional guests on a walk-in basis if the "alternative casual dining" section is not full.

In another section of the buffet restaurant, there's a salad and pasta bar, a pizza bar, and a sushi bar where you can walk in any time during the dinner hour. The selections at these bars, however, obviously are pretty limited.

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Celebrity sometimes offers a buffet dinner, but only by way of exception when the ship leaves port late. Instead, Celebrity normally offers "alternative casual dining" in a section of the buffet restaurant, with a service charge of $2.00 per person per occasion. This "alternative casual dining" has full table service with a menu that is not the same as the main dining room. Celebrity officially says that reservations are required for this "alternative casual dining," but they will take additional guests on a walk-in basis if the "alternative casual dining" section is not full.

In another section of the buffet restaurant, there's a salad and pasta bar, a pizza bar, and a sushi bar where you can walk in any time during the dinner hour. The selections at these bars, however, obviously are pretty limited.

Norm.

NOrm:

You may not be aware but the S class ships do not have the casual dining and it is being eliminated on the M class ships after they get the S class makeover. Summit eliminated it for most of the summer in Bermuda...
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Alternative casual dining is being eliminated. There will still be the pasta, sushi and pizza available during regular evening dining hours. I personally found the sushi selections on my last Century cruise to be quite good. Better than my last Carnival or Holland America cruises. Also, on this cruise the alternative casual dining area was never full or even close to it. I believe that it hasn't gone over too well.

I suggest staying with the Select dining. There should be something on the menu each evening that you like.

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I suggest staying with the Select dining. There should be something on the menu each evening that you like.

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Thanks Mike....I'm going to take ur suggestion and stick with Select dining...
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You may not be aware but the S class ships do not have the casual dining and it is being eliminated on the M class ships after they get the S class makeover. Summit eliminated it for most of the summer in Bermuda...
Thanks for the update! I'm really not surprised, as the "alternative casual dining" always seemed to be taking walk-ins whenever I got up that way. Most of the folks that I have met aboard Celebrity ships have not been the folks who would opt for "alternative casual" anything, but most of my experience is on longer cruises (ten nights or more) so it's quite possible that the short cruises tend to draw a different demographic.

JTOL, this change probably lets them shift staff schedules in a way that frees up a dozen or more cabins for additional passengers....

Anyway, I'll be aboard GTS Celebrity Millennium in a couple weeks, so I'll see what's happening there and perhaps pick the brains of the senior dining staff in that regard.

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