I thought the dining options at the resort were much more flexible than any cruise we’ve been on.
In my experience, cruise meals are somewhat flexible, apart from the main dining room where we only ever had two options for dinner: eat early or late.
Dining at our resort, on the other hand, was very flexible.
We went to a huge breakfast and dinner buffet with rotating cuisine themes like Caribbean, Brazilian, Mexican, Steak and Lobster, Italian, Asian, and BBQ. Reservations were never needed and I noticed that customers came and went as they pleased.
For lunch, we chose between two restaurants by the pool and an all-you-can-eat pizzeria. The resort also has two upscale restaurants, including a Japanese hibachi restaurant which my family loved. These restaurants allow and recommend reservations, although they are not required, and some meals incur an additional charge.
We also ordered snacks and drinks by the pool and appreciated the 24 hour room service.
Everyone in my family liked the food, and overall I thought the quality was superior to most cruises I’ve been on, with the possible exception of Disney, which I think it was on par in flavor and quality.
Unlike the cruise, however, I felt compelled to tip every meal. Each server, whether poolside, room service or buffet, then brought us a check which showed a zero balance for the meal but included a line where I could, and did, write a tip to be charged to my room.
I much prefer the way cruise lines handle tipping where guests pay a one-time amount upfront to be split among all staff, or tip each crew member individually at the end of the trip.