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The Conservatory offers Continental breakfast from 6:30 to 7 a.m. and full English breakfast from 7 to 11:30 a.m. The latter features the usual selection of bacon, eggs and the like, but if you prefer a lighter touch, porridge and fresh fruit are also available. The Conservatory is one of the few rooms on the ship that tends to get congested, and there are notes at the tables reminding you that you should vacate your table after you have finished your meal. The lunch buffet that runs from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. has half a dozen hot dishes to choose from, including a hot curry. Light afternoon snacks are available here until 6:30 p.m.; the selections are about the same as the what you'd get from the cold table at the buffet. Evenings, the starboard side of The Conservatory transforms into the Trattoria (on sea days only). This is an informal dining option available from 7 to 9:30 p.m. It's pleasant, quiet, and with candles on the tables, quite intimate as well. You have half a dozen main courses to choose from, with a focus, naturally, on pasta and pizza. There's a salad buffet and two options for dessert. The choice isn't overwhelming, but with some 1980's music in the background, it's a nice change in mood and food from the dining room. On one night of the cruise, an Indian buffet takes over here. The seats go quickly, so it's good to book as soon as reservations are available if you want to give it a try (your dining room waiter will mention this well in advance). Another alternative dining option at dinnertime is The Conservatory Grill. Located on the port side, it's open from 6:30 - 9:30 p.m. and is more popular than the Trattoria -- despite its 7.75 GBP per person cover charge! You need to book your table ahead of time, but it is worth the effort as the atmosphere is intimate (lovely with candle-topped tables). There are three rotating menus with the focus on steaks. This is the best place to dine on the ship; the service is personal, attentive and unhurried.

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