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Ross - Answered a Question by Murphy (15 Oct 07 18:22)

As it happens RCI are trialling 'open dining' on the Freedom of the Seas at this very moment! The trial is for about 8 weeks worth of cruises - they have one level of the dining room dedicated to 'open' dining, and the remaining two levels are still on traditional fixed dining. The first week cruise with this trial ended on Saturday so awaiting feedback of how this went with interest. Of course the Traditional Dining Bullies were up in arms about this and firing off letters of complaint to RCI - but personally I too prefer to eat when I want to, and not when I am told to, and I do not like sharing a table with others [especially those who frown when we order a bottle or two of wine with dinner]. I think that RCI changing to offer this variety is inevitable especially as HAL have just made this change, and Azamara which is the new luxury brand also offers Open dining. There is a very interesting thread on this over on cruise critic - most against of course.

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gilliland - Answered a Question by Murphy (15 Oct 07 18:52)

Whats wrong with the buffet restaurants---windjammer or jade?OPEN ALL DAY.

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Ross - Answered a Question by Murphy (15 Oct 07 19:14)

What is wrong with the buffet - where do I start...it is akin to eating in a School Canteen with no trays, no table cloths and no waiter service. No thank you.

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Falan and Leanne Down - Answered a Question by Murphy (16 Oct 07 19:47)

Thank you "Albert", I have never really understood why people choose to eat informally they have the option of silver service, good company and convivial surroundings. The windjammer is fine at certain times but you can't get rid of the canteen atmosphere. I also agree that eating as and when and with whom you chose has a great deal going for it as with Azamara and Silversea. ....Nice thoughts....Leanne Dow.

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