Hit the Windows restaurant right when they open at 5:30pm and you can get a seat right by the windows.
Bring a good pair of binoculars for the great views you will see.
Eat at one of two main dining rooms as much as possible for exceptional steak, seafood, etc. If you do that most of the time (rather than the buffet), no need to pay for premium dining. Also, a great 24 hour diner on board has amazing chicken wings and fish n' chips... beats the buffet!
Cabins are very small so upgrade whenever you see a price drop on Orbitz. Get midship to save yourself from extra walking. You will be walking miles every days on excursions so it will really be a life saver.
Try to get a window in Windows dining room. Cabins are small, a balcony is a must. I always tip cabin steward on the very first day; results are amazing. Ask to share table with others; you are bound to meet at least 2 interesting passengers. Don't purchase pictures from Photo Gallery until last day
Dining at Raffles is good and expedient. Multiple choices all day long.
Loved food at Raffles, less wait and good variety.
See Manuel in The Shanghai Bar for great cocktails and he's very funny too!
Not much difference between the Garden Room and Windows, but no dressing up for the Garden Room, so if you want to be casual, stick with Raffles and the Garden Room. The sushi restaurant was great, also.
Try and make reservations for the sit down complementary restaurants.
I would only go on this ship again if it went on an itinerary I really wanted. And if I did use this ship, I would want to upgrade my room and eat in the specialty restaurants more often.
At the Windows most nights we got right in but on the nights we didn't we got a buzzer to let us know when our table was ready. The buzzer works everywhere on the ship so we went up to the Atrium and had a drink while we were waiting.
Might not want to sit by the windows in Windows Dining Room; vibration of the engines disrupts comfort during your meal
The WI-FI service expensive, so plan to "unplug" for a week. Makes for such a better restful, un-distracted vacation!
Book the earliest time possible to get off the ship (so when they fall behind schedule, you are not stuck for hours like we were).
my time dining-make a reservation time before you board or you will be waiting a long time
Here's a tip............cruise with another company!
We booked our entire trip on Priceline and so glad we did because we got a window room plus the ultimate food and beverage package and onboard credit. We recommend getting the ultimate food and beverage package if you drink at all and love food! We got it at a discount through priceline, so worth it
We booked excursions through Shore Excursions as well as the ship. The former were much cheaper and smaller groups, just as well run - easier in one sense in that you just walked off the ship whereas the ones through the ship required meeting in the large hall then waiting to be called like cattle.
Get to the pool early.....place your towel and dine. If you do not return within the hour staff will remove your towel and you'll be looking for another chair.
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