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Probably 8.30-9.30 am - one tip is to get a table first then one of you get your breakfast and then the other one gets theirs, you see a lot a people walking around with their breakfasts on no where to sit. but that apart the ship and its facilities and entertainment are absolutely fantastic, we were on it last may and had a fantastic short cruise to ireland.
Of course there are people walking around with breakfasts & nowhere to sit. You've grabbed a table unnecessarily before you got your meal. No different to putting a towel on a sunlounger & clearing off to the bar!
So where do you eat your breakfast when you have got it on a tray and no where to sit, if you can tell me, then next time i might just take your advice.
The reason there is no tables is due to people doing what you are doing. Either that you could share with some else as i have done this many times and have meet some great people and good friends. To answer the original question i have been 20 cruises and every morning eaten in the windjammer and never not got a seat even at the busy times. but yes you could either go a lot ealier in the morning when it is quieter or wait till it nearly closes. The busy times depends on what cruise your doing or if it is a port day or a sea day, people stay in bed longer on a sea day.On port days depends when you arrive in port when the windjammer is busy. You will be fine no matter what you do.
Probably i did not make myself clear, i did not mean have a table to ourselves, i like you have shared tables with other passengers and got into some interesting conversations, last year on the independence there were two people sitting at a some tables for 6-8 passengers and some people seemed embarassed to ask to share the table with them, but i usually politely ask them if it ok to share the table, hope this makes my point clear.
It was on a different ship, but a similar crowded buffet, when we approached a surly looking couple hogging a table for 6 and glowering at anyone who approached , so I smiled and said "Hello, may we join you if we promise not to talk?" The poor souls were utterly embarrased and actually said goodbye when they left!-Jo.
Just wanted to say a big thank you for all your time and effort in answering my question.
We cruise on 27th May to the Canaries.
We will have a veggie teenager with us, so I presumed the WJ for brekkie would be the best option. I will try the dining room too...very civilised!
I'm now hoping I can persuade either my Husband or daughter to "do" afternoon tea with me!
Unfortunately RCI do not "do" afternoon tea! Something I really missed after getting used to it on P&O. But there is always plenty of food available on the shopping mall for afternoon snacks.
Oh that's a shame. Oh well that's let them off the hook!
Thank you for the info.
You could try eating in the dining room instead of the Winjammer...it will probably be fairly empty and the food is served instead of self service!