One of the best elements of cruising, in our opinion, is dressing up each evening, heading to the main dining room, and enjoying the pampering without having to wait for the check. We’ve discovered a few things that make our Main Dining Room time more enjoyable: First, scope out your table assignment: If you’ve chosen assigned dining, When you board, your dining room assignment will probably be noted on your cruise documents or right on your room card. If you’re picky about where you sit, and with whom dine, you (for example, if you’re set to be seated with 10 others and want to dine as a couple, or vice versa) Then visit the maitre d in the main dining room the afternoon you board to scope out your table. Remember, if you’re not happy with your table assignment, the staff WILL try to accommodate your request but a little kindness is always the best approach.
Obviously, if you’ve chosen a more relaxed dining sytle (such as freestyle dining, or anytime dining), this approach doesn’t really apply. Not sure what to order when you see so many choices on the menu? Ask your server for an appetizer portion of an entrée, or order more than one entree if you’d like. Most cruise lines main course portions aren’t that large, and you can feel free to order anything you’d like in just about any order.
You can skip the entrée all together, or order two desserts! We’re not encouraging you to be wasteful, just to enjoy your cruise and take advantage of being spoiled by your waitstaff. Lastly, Don’t hesitate to make special requests within reason: Cruise ship dining rooms accommodate thousands of people every week, and we’ve found they more well stocked than one might expect. For example, we met a couple that requested a side of artichoke hearts and olives with their salads nightly. I love Tabasco and horseradish with just about everything and our son loves sliced cucumbers and carrots with his meals. So — ask for what you want, and generally your waitstaff will remember your preferences the entire cruise. We’re not saying that they will accommodate every request, but you may be surprised.
JR World Travel