Here are some of my thoughts on dining and cruising: Gettting to know the waitstaff anywhere is a great idea. They will get to know your tastes so they can offer suggestions and help you make decisions. I've been on a few cruises with a friend who loves mashed potatoes with cheese. After the first night, they come to her automaticlly even though they are not always on the menu. It is also interesting to learn a little about the land and culture that your servers come from.
Being that you haven't cruised before I will let you know that MDR means Main Dining Room. I have been at tables for 2, booths with 3 or 4 in them, and at tables of 8 to12, and have enjoyed them all. It can be great getting to know new people, and I have made a few lasting friends at dinner. I've had some from Colorado visit me in Wisconsin, and I have visited some in Washington and Florida. A young couple that I work with were 20 &21 when the went on thir honeymoon cruise two years ago, and they still stay in contact with their tablemates who are in thier late eighties.
As for romantic, you have a lot of choices. I don't request a table for two because where they're at isn't alway the most romantic spot in the dining room. For romance, if the ship you book has a steakhouse, for $35 per person you can go up there and have a fantastic meal. My lovely lady is a baked potato and steak person who doesn't like the 5 course meal idea so we don't always do it, even though I love it. (we go to the steakhouse on every other cruise) Some of the most romantic diners that we've had have been going to the Lido buffet and then finding a quite spot that is away from the crowds. Sometimes you have to work on your timing for this one.
I like to book a Lido Deck balcony stateroom and we have gone through the buffet lines and taken our trays back to our private balcony for diner with the champagne that we brought on the ship, and an iPod dock softly playing romantic music that we both like.
Relax and have a great cruise and remember that when certain areas are crowded there are always spots for just the two of you.
107 Nights, 13 Ships, 7 Ports of Embarkation, 27 Ports of Call, Thousands of great times, and one canceled cruise.
- 2014 Carnival Breeze - Paid For
- 2013 Carnival Dream - Canceled
- 2012 Carnival Conquest
- 2011 Carnival Valor
- 2010 Carnival Miracle
- 2009 Carnival Legend
- 2008 Carnival Triumph
- 2007 Carnival Elation
- 2006 Carnival Liberty
- 2005 Carnival Pride
- 2004 Carnival Legend
- 2003 Carnival Spirit
- 2002 Carnival Triumph
- 2001 Carnival Victory
- 1994 Carnival Holiday
- 1993 Carnival Festivale
- 1983 Cunard Countess