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Old 01-01-2010, 02:19 PM
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Another question about our upcoming cruise, if we choose to skip the dining room one night and eat at another eatery on board the ship, will this cost us extra?

Plus, do we have to dress up for dinner each night for the dining room or can we wear jeans etc. for dinner.

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Old 01-01-2010, 02:41 PM
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It depends. They have a buffet dinner in the Windjammer at night and it is included in your cruise fare. Or you could eat pizza at Sorrento's for "free". But if you want to eat at Portofino's or Chop's it costs you extra. Also note that you can't show up at either of those two places without a reservation, so they are not a spur of the moment thing. You could also go to Johnny Rockets for burgers. That costs extra too.

You do not have to dress up for dinner in the dining each night. A 7-night cruise has two formal nights. Other nights are casual. While jeans used to be listed as a no-no for dinner dress, they have backed off and they are not a problem as long as they are not grungy. They used to list jeans along with shorts as being not allowed but lately it just says no shorts or t-shirts at dinner. Remember - shorts and t-shirts (and jeans) are perfectly fine for breakfast and lunch in the dining room.

The Windjammer dinner buffet is quite popular and we usually do it at least once on a cruise. They usually have a couple of the same entrees being served in the dining room, along with several other choices.
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Thanks Dave.

We were just talking about the dress code the other night with the couple we are traveling with and he is a jeans person all the way, so that's good to hear we can wear jeans in the dining room for dinner.

What do people usually wear during formal nights in the dining room? Thanks.
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Look HERE for dining room dress suggestions.

Actually the sport coat and tie will work on formal nights too.
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This is my first cruise with RCI, so besides the dinner buffet/pizza or pay extra for portofinos/chops, are there no other SIT-DOWN restaurants that are included in the cruise fare?
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The Liberty Of The Seas has the following dining options:

1. The main dining room (free)
2. Windjammer Buffet (free)
3. Sorrento's Pizza (free)
4. Cafe Promenade (snacks/open 24 hours/free)
5. Chops ($)
6. Portofino's ($)
7. Johnny Rockets ($)
8. Room service (free except from midnight to 5am when they charge $3.95 per delivery)

Those are the food choices.
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I should have noted that the Windjammer also includes Jade, which offers oriental and Indian cuisine from the buffet.
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Thanks for your reply - very informative!!

We are flying in from Canada and planning to hit the duty free shop to stock up on wine/liquor before we fly, is RCI strict about bringing this liquor on board the ship?

Also, any ideas what the wine/liquor costs on board for purchase (besides during dinner)?
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If you bring alcohol onboard, you need to let the staff know. They will store it, and it will be returned to you at the end of the cruise. Here is the link to their FAQ on bringing liquor / alcohol onboard.
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RCI does not allow personal alcohol to be brought aboard for consumption. I wouldn't bother with the duty free store before your cruise. All you'll be doing is carrying it to the ship, then picking it up again at the end of the cruise to take home. Look at the RCI links in our Alcohol FAQ. All bags are screened for it at embarkation. If they find it in your checked luggage they will call you to the "naughty room" to open your luggage and then they'll confiscate it and return it at the end of the cruise.

I don't know what you mean by "besides during dinner". Bar prices are the same all the time. You can't buy bottles of booze aboard the ship for consumption. Everything is by-the-drink, although they sometimes sell buckets of beer for a slight discount. And there is the wine packages you can get for the dining room. You can also buy wine through the RCI website which can be consumed in the cabin. That is it though.
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