What do you think of Royal Caribbean taking away the main dining room?

Royal Caribbean announced this week that on Quantum of the Seas, launching in November, they are doing away with the main dining room in favor of five separate restaurants. They’re following in the footsteps of Norwegian Cruise Line, who offered open seating in 2000.

What do you think — would you miss traditional cruise dining if it went away?

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It actually confuses me a bit. But my initial feeling is that the cruise lines are trying to steer passengers towards the "Specialty" restaurants where they have to pay an additional fee to dine and increase the lines bottom line. Personally, I have always enjoyed the meals and companionship developed by meeting other passengers in the dining room. There was a time when there were no such thing as specialty restaurants and the dining room was the highlight of every day. A step like this takes away the personalization of cruising much as MTD has. To meet other passengers that come from different countries or States and speak with them at meals, made cruising more interesting.

As long-time cruisers we’re big fans of the main dining room (late seating for us, thanks) but it seems people really want to dine on cruises as if they’re going out for dinner back home – so you can’t blame the cruise lines for accommodating them. We’ll miss traditional dining if it goes away, but it sure won’t keep us from cruising!

I cruise solo a lot so I do not go to the dining room , I just do the buffet or one of the restaurants

Hi GTV! We have a friend who cruises solo all the time. The cruise lines know she’s solo and automatically assign her to a table with other solo travelers. She’s made many lifelong friends just by going to the dining room!

Will there be an additional charge? I assume so...if that's the case then "thumbs down"!!! I love having the my-time dining option where I can order nicer food from a menu as a seated and course-style dinner. The windjammer is OK but sometimes you just want to have a "nice" meal too! And I love that the my-time is included in the price I already paid for the cruise.

If this goes away, I will tell you that I won't be utilizing these restaurants, but simply shifting to using the windjammer for all 3 meals instead. Not as fun but I can spend my money on things besides food.

blundergirl, the five new "main" restaurants will be complimentary and available at no additional charge and "my time dining" will be the only option... no more fixed dining times.

So, no worries... you'll still be able to enjoy my time dining and will have more choices too!

In that case, I'll turn my thumbs back up! :)

Sounds good to me :)

This sounds interesting, as when we cruise my wife and I enjoy the quiet intimate dinners. However, when into the cruise for a few days we also enjoy a group dining experience with others we have met on the ship. If there are no additional charges for the rooms, then this could be a win-win.

It seems to work for Norwegian.

funny thing is, when Norwegian started their " freestyle cruising" , they became a laughing stock. Now, " your time dining, anytime dining" , call it what you want, is becoming the norm.

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