Creative Dining

By Marilyn GreenRoyal Caribbean International has announced a variety of flexible dining programs offering landside restaurant service, special order in options and expedited dining for families. My Time Dining, which Royal Caribbean has piloted on select ships since early 2008,

By: By Marilyn Green

Royal Caribbean International has announced a variety of flexible dining programs offering landside restaurant service, special order-in options and expedited dining for families.

My Time Dining, which Royal Caribbean has piloted on select ships since early 2008, allows guests to dine in the main dining room whenever they wish during open hours. Guests will not have a pre-assigned table, but will be seated as in a landside restaurant, ordering from the traditional dinner menu. They can make daily reservations for specific seating times or choose to walk in, and will be seated with the party they arrive with or request to be seated with other guests or dine alone. No additional guests will be seated at a given table once dinner service has begun. My Time diners must prepay gratuities and enroll onboard or in advance through RoyalCaribbean.com or the cruise line’s reservations department. Agents can enroll their customers for My Time Dining through Royal Caribbean’s reservations department currently for select ships and via booking tools for all ships beginning May 10.

Since leisurely restaurant dining is not comfortable for children, My Family Time Dining will offer an expedited 40-minute dinner experience during the first seating in the main dining room for kids ages 3-11 who are enrolled in the Adventure Ocean youth program. Once seated, children will be served immediately. Forty-five minutes into the seating, a youth counselor will escort kids from the main dining room entrance back to the Adventure Ocean spaces for continued evening activities, allowing parents to enjoy the rest of their dinner at their leisure. For more convenience to parents and more fun for kids, Lunch and Play provides kids in Adventure Ocean with lunch, movies, cartoons and free-play time between noon and 2 p.m. under the supervision of Adventure Ocean counselors. There is a charge of $7.95 per child for the Lunch and Play program.

The Dine In Delights menu expands in-room food service to include name brand options including The Original Johnny Rockets hamburger, Eli’s Cheesecake Company’s Original Cheesecake; Ben & Jerry’s Half-Baked and Cherry Garcia ice cream bars and Ghirardelli Chocolate Chip Cookie with Milk. These are available 24 hours a day for an additional charge in addition to complimentary full breakfast, lunch and dinner room service menus. A service charge of $3.95 will be added to all in-room deliveries during the hours between midnight and 5 a.m.

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