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Old 04-15-2007, 11:45 AM
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Well I have been talking to my wife about my carnival cruise (Destiny) this summer and I have a few question, in order to understand it let my tell you this, last summer we went in the “adventure of the seas” as you know a royal Caribbean cruise liner and we discover that the were limiting the food during all week, I mean of course you can go to the Johnny Rockets, great food but $6 for each one every time you order? I mean if it’s a cruise why charge for food? And also they close the windjammer at 9 pm.
I am a food junkie so food is important especially after hour.
Can you tell me:
How the buffets are? Have they changes a lot since 2005?
Do they still have the 24 hour pizza?
What options you have 24 hour during your trip?
Are they limiting the food too?
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Old 04-15-2007, 12:45 PM
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I don't think I'd say any cruise line is "limiting food". They do set hours for the buffets, but on RCI's Voyager and Freedom class ships their are 24 hour food options in the Promenade - pizza, sandwiches, snacks.

The buffets are not open 24 hours on Carnival either. But they usually have a late night buffet - around 11pm to 1am. The pizza is open 24 hours a day (except for the last night when they close around 4am). And of course the room service is available around the clock.

As for Rockets....the cover charge of $3.95 per person was originally not there but they started it after the teenagers aboard monopolized the place - which made it a nightmare to get open tables for everyone else. And it is a "brand name" using Johnny Rockets food. I don't think the cover charge is a huge revenue source for the line, which many suspect as the real reason for implementing it. We usually go only once, and this is free for us since C&A members get one complimentary visit.
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Old 04-15-2007, 12:50 PM
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24 hour pizza & ice cream are still there. There is also 24 hour room service.

Not sure of the exact hours of the various buffets but there is always food to be found.

The only food I ever had to pay extra for was the supper club and that was well worth the little extra.
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I didn't see Carnival limiting the food at all when my family and I went in January. You should be able to find plenty!!! And like they mentioned above no cover charges except the supper club. I had a cheeseburger every "at sea" day and they were wonderful. Hope this helps.
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Old 04-15-2007, 03:07 PM
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Thanks now I know I made the right decision and in the defense of RYC, I enjoy every part of the cruise, except the lacks of food… I can’t wait to my next cruise!!!
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I usually gain at least 5 pounds on a cruise.
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Just to re-iterate if that is a word..

There is food food food everywhere and around the clock. The only time I do without is when I get off the ship and have to find a Denny's for the getting back to the real world

And then they bring you a bill

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I have never been on a cruise where I have felt there hasn't been enough food. It is usually the week after that you have to retrain the body to realize you don't need all that food, sweets ect. that you got used to on the cruise.
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No worries about food on a Carnival Ship. My husband always loses 15 pounds before we cruise so that when we return he will be back to his normal weight.
BLT's on the room service menu just pushes him over.
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Carnival and RCCL are both mass market cruise lines that operate in a very similar way.

The only difference that I know of as far as when food is offered is that Carnival does have 24 hour pizza and ice cream and RCCL does not (from what I have been told).

The quality of food, hours of operation for buffets or delis etc should all be about the same.

There is always 24 hour room service on both...so finding "something" to eat should never be a problem on either cruise lines.

I would not rate Carnival's food as 5 star, but you do get your money's worth.
 
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