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I am proud to be certified by CLIA (Cruise Lines International Association) as an Elite Cruise Counselor. The Cruise Counselor Certification Program is CLIA's most comprehensive training which requires agents to successfully complete a number of compulsory training courses and exams, attend cruise conferences, and conduct ship inspections. Anita Thompson, Attheta Travel, dba Cruise Holidays.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Tips for the best main dining room experience

The trend in cruise ship dining is to give passengers a greater choice of venues, including specialty restaurants. Still, most ships maintain a main dining room that delivers reliably delicious food. It’s typically a large, sit-down restaurant with a multicourse menu and attentive waiter service. Most serve breakfast, lunch (sometimes only on days at sea) and dinner, changing the menu daily. Breakfast and lunch are usually open seating during set hours. Dinner is often more structured, with a choice of two assigned seating times (you’ll be expected to arrive promptly).

Whether you’ve just booked your first cruise or are looking forward to your 20th, here are some tips that will help you make the most of your time in the main dining room.

  • Meals in the main dining room are included in your cruise fare. So, go ahead and order the lobster, or any other dish that you would usually shy away from due to the cost. Or, try something you’ve never tried before. Escargot? Roasted tofu? You may discover a new favorite food.
  •  You’re not limited to one appetizer, one entrée and one dessert. If you can’t decide between two appetizers, have both. Or, make two appetizers your entrée and ask for a half portion of an entrée as an appetizer. The waiters and galley staff want you to be happy and will accommodate these requests whenever possible.
  • At dinner, ask the sommelier to help you select a wine that complements your food. Wine is often not included in your fare, so you want to make sure you’ll enjoy what you order. And, if you order a bottle but don’t finish it, the sommelier will label and save it for you to enjoy with your next dinner.
  •  Menus are marked to help guide those who have special dietary needs. Most cruise lines have vegetarian, gluten-free and heart-healthy options in the main dining room. But, you can also ask for any dish to be prepared in a specific way: with less fat or salt, for example. If your dietary restrictions are numerous or unusual, be sure to alert your cruise line’s dietary department when you book the cruise, when you board, and when you order.

For more tips on enjoying your ship’s main dining room and other onboard dining venues, talk with Anita, your Cruise Holidays personal cruise expert.

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