The cruise industry does a pretty good job of getting all travelers excited about the wide assortment of food and drinks offered during a cruise. The photos of the mile-long buffet and the immaculate accommodations in the formal dining room are enough to make even the most particular foodies excited about the cuisine. But there are a few little-known tidbits of information about the meal and drink options on a cruise ship that only the most experienced cruisers know and benefit from.
Unlimited Options and Portions
Most passengers are under the impression that unlimited portions are only offered at the buffet, but that is far from true. Guests enjoying the main dining room only need to ask the server for another portion if they would like to enjoy seconds or even thirds during a meal. In addition, most ships will allow passengers to request items that are not on the menu but have previously been featured. So, if you are not a fan of the current menu, ask for the main course from a previous night and there should be no issues accommodating that request.
More about Drinks
It is true that the cost of drinks on a cruise ship can quickly add up. And many passengers are unaware that the cost of each drink includes the tip for your bartender or server. Only leave an additional tip if you feel the service was exemplary or you make a very special request which required extra time or effort. In addition, unless you are drinking more than 6 adult beverages a day, it is still more cost effective to purchase each drink individually rather than to buy the drink package. There are also beverage packages for children which include soft drinks and juice drinks. But remember that water is always free for both adults and children. Bringing individual serving packets of drink mix with you can be a great way to be sure that everyone is staying well hydrated without busting the budget purchasing expensive drinks throughout the cruise.
Options after a Long Day
After a long day out in the sun at the pool or on a shore excursion, going out for a meal might not sound very appealing. And what most passengers don’t know is that they have the option to order from room service at no additional fee in most cases. There could be a specialty restaurant on board which is not included in the free room service offering, but most meals from the dining room can be served in your cabin at no additional charge.
Knowing about this insider information regarding meals and drinks can help to make your first cruise a fantastic experience and just the first of many.