Alter your meal times for lunch and supper, no lines usually and always plenty of foods in the full buffet on the 14th floor. Lots of healthy choices for a diabetic. We used room service for coffee and breakfast most morning. I am not familiar with any other food services on the ship.
Take advantage of the specialty restaurants. They are well worth the cover charge.
On embarkation day try Bistro on 5 for lunch. Yes it is $7.50 a person extra, but it is not busy and there is table service to boot. Try the Cowboy Crepe.
We ate in the main dining room most meals, Food and service were excellent. Due to scheduling of our excursions, we ate on 14th deck several times-lots of selections, good service, easy to eat and go quickly.
Used the Celebrity Select Dining option which allowed us to dine any time we wanted during the hours posted. Never had to wait for a table more than a few minutes and got to meet and talk with people from all over.
Eat in the dining rooms whenever possible. The Oceanview Cafe was so-so, though a good spot to get ice-cream and gellato. The Bacio Cafe gave nice sweets just for the asking and were good to take back to the cabin. The hamburgers at the Mast Grill were very good.
If you have a suite you have to ask for the pillow menu and if the ship does tender service to shore don't wait in line just go down to the tender level you have priority service.
Try to get in middle ship--long walk from front to back for meals
If you want drinks, do the wine tastings. You will get more for less. Plus the experience. Also, there are no irons on the ship. We tried hanging shirts in the shower to steam out the wrinkles, but the ventilation is very good.
Prior to departure, i set with a couple during the buffet. They mentioned that they had taken twenty curise and of them all celebrity solictise was the best. Love the service provided in the dining room, next cruise will not go to buffet and a bacloney is a must.
Plan your own transport wherever possible. Do your research in advance so you know where you want to go in each post.
Do main dining room when possible, long lines at buffet (crowed) in morning. Don't do the internet package....internet is super, super slow.
Have your bags sent up to your room. Be sure to have a back pack with you with some essentials when you board so you can enjoy the lounge/pool area before checking into your room. Get there early and explore the ship and relax before you go to your room. You were allowed in your rooms around 90 minutes prior to departure.
Be sure to see all that you can on the ship and enjoy the education as well as the entertainment. Also, the Cafe al Bacio and Sushi on Five should not be missed.
We loved doing room service early morning for coffee, juice and bakery items in our cabin before we had our "real" breakfast. A nice way to start the day.
We chose 8:30p.m. dining for the Grand Epernay and never waited----just simply walked to our assigned Table 225 on Deck 3. Food was always plentiful, they never ran out during first seating at 5:45p.m. We also chose 8:00p.m. dining in The Tuscan Grille and were not rushed at all. Great food.
They didn't have a separate menu, but diet choices are clearly labeled (Lactose free, Gluten Free, Vegetarian, No Sugar Added, and "Fit Fare"). Make sure you attend the naturalist and historian presentations!
Don't pick this cabin or any directly below main dining room. Noisy
The buffet had a great selection, but if you want to watch what you eat, choose the seated dining option. The portion sizes are very appropriate and you will not overeat. Excellent food choices in the dining room and more high-end food.
We ordered room service every morning for coffee and a light breakfast. For early risers there is coffee and tea 24/7 in the main dinning area on deck 14. The Aqua café is also a nice place for a smoothie or healthy juices pre/post workouts.
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