This will be our first Celebrity Cruise. We're signed up for the 6:30 dinner but may otherwise choose to skip that and do casual dining on some nights. What are your experiences with the quality of the casual dining menu? On Princess we find it to be just a shade underneath the formal dining in terms of quality and diversity, but in the Celebrity description is seems to more resemble a fancy lunch menu than a dinner one.
Originally posted by Cruise Fanatic:
The majority (not all) of items on the buffet will be the same as what's offered in the dining room. I've always found it to be very good.
This is quite a relief to read! My wife and I aren't much into formal dining because there's too much time sitting and waiting around, although chatting with folks you don't know can be a lot of fun (sometimes). We'll probably split the time between the buffet and dining room.
I found that a few nights we didn't want to go to the formal dinner. What they do on Celebrity now is take a small portion of the Buffet area and when the buffet is closed they turned it into "casual dinning" table clothes, waiters, menu etc. It was done in low lighting by the windows and was so quite and nice. Not many people at all. They asked for reservations and a $2 cover charge..so very worth it too. The menu was different than the main dinning room and did have less to choose from but had a beef, chicken and seafood dish, salad, dessert etc. We will be doing that one again a few times on our up coming cruise. I hope that continue this.
My husband used to do the TUX all the time and now just brings a dark suit and tie for the formal nights. I do find more and more passengers are doing that. The airlines and the luggage is a hassle. The rest of the time is Resort Casual, Polo shirts or sport shirts.
Re.Janfred's post above, the 10/11/10 press room release says that Celebrity is eliminating the waited table dining option and expanding the casual buffet dinner menu. The old buffet was always a rather depressing, almost empty place in the evening and hopefully this change will liven it up.
I couldn't paste in the URL for the release, but Celebrity Press Room can be accessed from the Celebrity home page.