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Eating tips

Eating Ideas:

1.    If you want to make reservations at Nick and Nora's or the supper club on your ship (extra $35 is added to you S&S card) make the reservations on Day 1 as soon as you can after boarding and ask for a window seat. An invitation will be delivered to your room for the night of your reservation. Also, while there make sure and have a dance with that someone special before leaving.  I am not sure if this ship has this additional dining area or not.  We have never went anywhere but the Lido deck or Dining room for meals because we can’t see spending the additional money when the food served in this restaurant is usually offered in the Formal Dining room.  Nick and Nora's or other supper club (that you normally have to pay extra for) sometimes is open and FREE at lunch time

2.    You can get a tray for whatever meal from the buffet, pizza parlor, sandwich shop, or fish and chip stand and take it back to your room.

3.    If you are eating in the main dining room and don’t see any entrees that you want you may ask for chicken or steak and they will get it for you.

4.    If you are eating in the main dining room, you don’t have to order an appetizer or 1 entrée, you can mix, match or order one of everything.  The waiter won’t blink (example:  if you see 2 entrees such as steak and lobster and you are trying to choose, don’t…just order both.  If you want seconds or you think you would want more of an entrée order it.  You already paid for it.

5.    Don’t forget the gala buffet at midnight.  It is fabulous to look at and take pictures of.

6.    Do NOT try the basil ice cream...this is a funny little joke some waiters and waitresses try on the people they are taking care of just to be funny and it usually WORKS...lol

7.    There's food everywhere so find it!! Buffets plus dining room plus grills and deli's and 24 hour pizza and ice cream and room service and no hour of the day you can't find food.

8.    Where the pizzas are, they can also do calzones or cesear salad if you want. Also, if you want a specialty pizza and they have the items you want, they will make it for you.

9.    If you want to scan the menu for the main dining room for that night anytime.... it’s posted daily on the door so you can check it out.  Don’t like what you see refer to number 4

10.                       Don't forget that room service is FREE...just tip them a little when you get it.

11.                       Also, you can order room service for the next morning (like if you want coffee and pastries or whatever) you can order it the night before and set a time for them to bring it to you. John likes to wake up to hot coffee.  If you think you may want to sleep in and not be woke up at a certain time that is where your insulated cup comes in handy go up to the Lido deck fill it and come back to the room to get ready for the day.

12.                       Espresso and cappuccino is often free after dinner in the main dining room ONLY. Regular coffee is free all the time. Espresso and cappuccino is charged for in other places.

13.                       Ask if you're looking for things like milk shakes, etc. They will direct you to the area that sells them.  Some ships have a Ben and Jerry’s on them.

14.                       If they have something on the menu you really love, you can ask for them to bring it to you every night and they will (EXAMPLE: if you have a certain appetizer on night 2 and decide you want it every night, tell your waiter or waitress, they can bring it to you and you should not be charged for it extra)

15.                       Don't forget about tea times, they have some really good appetizers

16.                       On the first day, check to see where your table is so when it comes time, you can go straight to the table without wandering around or to have it changed if it's unacceptable.

17.                       Eat a good breakfast and take a few snacks with you on the last morning because it sometimes takes awhile to get everyone off the ship and you may get hungry. There is only one coffee area open at this point and takes cash only.

18.                       Allow yourself to enjoy the food. If you are one of these people that counts every calorie OR feels guilty about what they eat, a cruise may not be the best choice of vacations for you.  BECAUSE YOU WILL BE TEMPTED. 

19.                       If you are having a special occasion on board like a birthday, etc. You can order a cake for that night or day. You will be charged for it. Also, you can have decorations put in their room, etc all for a price. You can look that up at carnival.com. Cakes range from about $10.  Decorations depend on package.  Get with me and we can contact our travel specialist to set this up.

20.                       If you need to change dinner times, let the maitre d know when you get on board right away.

21.                       This was a list of beverages that were free during the day and in which areas. There's also a coffee hut but you have to pay for the espresso, etc there.

v      Lido buffet area-Iced tea, hot water (tea bags, hot chocolate), coffee (decaf and non), lemonade, fruit punch. 

v      On lido buffet:  Skim milk, milk, chocolate milk

v      Dining Room-Iced tea, hot tea, coffee, milk, chocolate milk, juices, espresso and cappuccino

v      Room service-MOST of the beverages that are available on Lido but not lemonade or fruit punch.

22.                       If you want to buy the soda cards for unlimited soda, you do this on the lido deck at the bar. It's like $38.00 per person. This is only a good idea if you are a BIG soda drinker. I usually take a 12 pack of my own because they only sell coke products.  I am not nice if I don’t have a Mt. Dew trust me.

23.                       Don't skip in line.  I have seen people fall doing this and I will laugh if you are skipping and wear your tray.  If it is an honest accident I will help you.   LOL 

24.                       Don't get upset over long buffet lines for the welcome buffet. It won't stay that way.  The welcome buffet is where you go when you first board on the lido deck while everyone else is getting on the ship and the rooms are getting done.

Don't forget that on most ships they have a grill that also does hot dogs, hamburgers & fries most of the day!

A bad day at sea is better then a good day at work!