cruise ships almost always have a buffet restaurant that serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. While some guests prefer to dine in a ship’s specialty restaurants, the buffet is always popular.
A new cruise passenger asked experienced passengers to share their advice for cruise vacations.
A guest warned about a common mistake many travelers make at the ship’s buffet.
They said, ‘Don’t overeat at breakfast. Lunch and dinner are what I really enjoyed, but most days I wasn’t hungry for lunch.”
It’s easy to get overwhelmed at a huge buffet, but diners may regret breakfast if they’re not hungry for lunch.
However, if guests are going on an excursion and want to save money, it may be a good idea to refuel at breakfast.
A cruise breakfast buffet often includes hot dishes, pastries, yogurt, fruit and cold cuts.
Guests can choose to pay for breakfast at a specialty restaurant if they want a lighter option.
While the buffet is usually included in the price of the holiday, guests must foot the bill at specialty restaurants.
Royal Caribbean has several specialty restaurants on each of its ships, including passenger favorite Giovanni’s Italian Kitchen.
The restaurant serves pizza, pasta and main dishes, including osso bucco and chicken parmigiana.
Prices at specialty restaurants vary with more upscale locations charging passengers the most.
Some passengers opt for room service on a cruise, although this is often an additional charge.
The guest said, “Speaking of tips, split bigger bills if you plan on tipping.
“I had to go to the service desk and even on day two I had to wait. Think of baggage handling, etc.”
Although not required, guests can tip their room stewards at the end of the holiday to thank them.
Some guests also leave small thank you notes or gifts for the crew who made a difference during their vacation.