This is a great board.
My question is: On the morning that the ship docks back to the home port, do they offer a breakfast buffet? And what time do they have it until? Last time we did self assist and got off the ship right away but this time we won't need to be in any hurry.
The buffets will be open, as will the dining room. Try and have breakfast in the dining room at least once during your cruise. I am not certain how long either will be open but those times are posted in the daily Carnival Capers on board. It sure is a lot more relaxing to take your time with breakfast, watch the mad frenzy in the stairwells, and leisurely exit the ship after everyone else!~
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Breakfast buffet was great... that is, until we discovered the dining rooms for breakfast. Much more civilized and dignified. Slightly better selections also. If you don't have an early excursion scheduled, definitely do the dining room. We wore casual dress over our swimsuits there, so you don't need to be dressed up to enjoy it either.
Breakfast buffet was great... that is, until we discovered the dining rooms for breakfast
When we were on the Pride a few years back, We did not care for the Dinning room breakfast. They herded you in to the back filling the tables as you came in. Our party of four requested a table together and they said we could not do that, you must take the next available seat. Our party ending up being split.
I've never received the treatment gdjoslin mentions. We've always been seated together.
As for debarkation day breakfast.....I'm sure any experienced cruiser can well remember the unruly hoards of passengers in the buffet on debarkation morning. No seats. People and their carry-on baggage everywhere. People running back and forth like it was their last meal. Sound familiar? But the dining room is still dignified, has the usual good service, and can actually be quicker than the buffet. We used to fall in with the buffet crowd on debarkation morning, but gave it up for the dining room years ago.
They split you up? I know that they sit first come first serve and fill the tables as they go, but you should have told them you would wait until they go to the next table so that you could sit together.
I like the dinning room better mostly because I know the food is fairly fresh AND I paid good money to be served. I don't like having to dish out my own food, stand in a long line and fight for a table. Awhile I am sure I don't want to see what goes on in the galley, I really don't like standing there in the buffet line watching someone's kid coughing on the food. And the time frame is more relaxed. They serve over a couple of hours so you are not forced to show up at a certain time (like dinner) so its all around more relaxing.
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I like poached eggs a lot, and you simply cannot get them in the buffet. Not so for the dining room, where I can get them just about all the time. Sometimes they won't make them on debarkation day, but otherwise I am normally quite happy.