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Old 07-14-2018, 02:54 PM   #1
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Has anyone skipped the main dining rooms on the ships?

Wondering if anyone has skipped the main dining rooms while cruising and if so, where did you eat instead?
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Usually not when on Disney. We did skip it once when we had a late excursion and ate at Cabanas. At night it is sit down dining, but much more laid back and faster service than the main DR. On our PC cruise last April, we skipped it one night and just got burgers up on deck.
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If you skip them for dinner your options are cabanas, which is sit-down for dinner and a more limited menu composed of what the MDRs are having. The other option is the QS options on the pool deck or room service.

We always do dinner in the MDR. We usually also do breakfast and lunch in t he MDR, but for those cabanas is a buffet and for lunch there is the QS locations as well.

Why are you considering skipping the MDRs ?

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We've only done it occasionally when we've looked at the menu for the next night and it's got nothing for us. We've also done it with other cruise lines, as we've found their counter service to be amazing (hand made pasta, freshly made to order pizza and ice cream made every day in different flavours to give you an idea on Celebrity...) but not so much on Disney.
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If you skip them for dinner your options are cabanas, which is sit-down for dinner and a more limited menu composed of what the MDRs are having. The other option is the QS options on the pool deck or room service.

We always do dinner in the MDR. We usually also do breakfast and lunch in t he MDR, but for those cabanas is a buffet and for lunch there is the QS locations as well.

Why are you considering skipping the MDRs ?

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We just got off the Dream and found dinner excruciatingly slow! On our last night, we all breathed a sigh of relief when we left the restaurant, feeling like we were being released from captivity. And, we wanted to get to the Captain's Signing at 7:30!

I'm not sure if this was due to capacity or what. Also, I sat with my chair in aisle for 2 meals, sat on a wobbly chair one night, and a chair with a cushion so flattened that I barely sat high enough to reach the table--I asked for a new chair that night.


The menus are familiar and we typically know what we want as soon as we sit down, but that doesn't fit with the "system" of ordering and serving. The husband switched from lemonade to milk on our 2nd night and then it took forever to get his drink.

Our next cruise is #10 and now that we are more "seasoned" we're looking for ways to maximize our time--there are other things we want to do! So, investigating options to try something new!
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On the last cruise we did, we ate room service a lot because we had a toddler and it was rough on us to get to the dining on time, etc. It was not fun, we had much more fun doing the main restaurants the first time. We have also done the buffet instead one of the nights, which was okay as well. Overall, I think the regular dining added to our experience a lot. I look forward to going to all of places on the next one.
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