No, the $20/$30 is the cover charge only - wine is not included. Recent reviews aren't too good "We tried Todd English on the last night of the cruise and we were somewhat disappointed. We went for a 7PM reservation. The place was almost empty, we found that a bit strange. We always do this on the last evening of the cruise and we were expecting a full house. The menu was OK and the food fine but not extraordinary (we had higher expectations from past experiences on other cruise lines..in my opinion they were much better). The service was fine but too fast; we were still sipping on our glass of champagne and they were bringing the appetizers and the wine recommended by the wine waiter....this is not how it is done in upscale restaurants. The wine selection was fine and we thanked the wine waiter for his recommendation.
We had barely finished our appetizers that the main course arrived....I had the tuna which was very good and my wife the chicken which was nothing special. The wife's dessert was good but I asked only for "granita" and the waiter told me that it came with other things but I didn't want the other things and finally understood. In our humble opinion, it was not worth the premium. Don't get me wrong, it wasn't terrible, it just did not meet my expectations. "
My wife & I recently dined in todds & thought that the food wasn't a great deal better than dining in britannia restaurant although it was probably more relaxing & unhurried.
"Todd English is the ship's much ballyhooed alternative restaurant. It was introduced as a free dining venue, but during the first series of cruises, it proved so popular that riots (well, near fistfights) broke out among passengers waiting to make reservations. So the ship introduced a per-person service charge ($20 for lunch, $30 for dinner) and even that hasn't diminished its popularity. I was lucky to make a reservation for lunch the day before, but don't recommend that tactic! Advance bookings for dinner are especially crucial.
The lunch was fantastic. I started out thinking I'd order a "light" meal and instead ended up rolling out of the restaurant after a meal consisting of fig and prosciutto flatbread, pan roasted turbot on artichoke polenta, and a huge piece of Thai Iced Coffee Tiramisu for dessert. The dinner menu is mainly the same, but offers a larger selection of appetizers and main courses.
A trans-Atlantic cruise is more formal than a cruise in, say, the Caribbean. During the day, people definitely tended towards country club casual. At night, even when it wasn't a formal-designated evening, people dressed anyway. A six-night crossing will typically feature two casual nights, three formal nights and one informal nights. The dress for formal evening is a tuxedo or alternatively dark suit for gentlemen and evening gown or other appropriate attire for the ladies. While dress codes are enforced in Britannia and Grill restaurants, passengers can relax a bit when dining in the Kings Court. "
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