Formal dining is set to make a comeback after disgruntled passengers express their feelings over the new more relaxed ‘eat what you like, when you like’ policy.
In order to attract a younger audience, Royal Caribbean replaced old-fashion sittings with the same tablemates and waiter every night and told passengers to dress casually to their new buffet meals.
President of Royal Caribbean; Michael Bayley called the informal meals ‘dynamic dining’ and said they were introduced to allow guests the freedom of eating what and when they want.
Bosses said after receiving a significant amount of complaints from upset cruise veterans that the company was forced to bring traditional dining back to their ships; Allure of the Seas and sister ship Anthem of the Seas. More than a third of the passengers who booked Anthem of the Seas have requested traditional dining arrangements; the company have now announced that they will roll it out onto all of the 22 ships in its fleet.
The Royal Caribbean now offers a ‘classic choice’ option with formal dress.
The feedback however proved that guests enjoyed the formal nights and for some, was the highlight of the trip!
Bayley said; ‘They often made friends for life with the fellow passengers they dined with every night during a trip. We understood what they were saying and so reintroduced classic choice for them.
‘It’s always a balance trying to attract new customers while keeping existing clientele happy but we feel we have now got a balance and have something for everybody.’
He said 36 per cent of passengers who have pre-booked on Anthem of the Seas have opted for the old fashioned system of dining and the option would now be introduced on its sister ship, Quantum of the Seas.
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