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  1. If they follow proper food handling it might not be an issue. I suspect the vegetarian dishes prepared for the MDR or buffet are prepared in the same galley(s) that also has meat products, so by your logic the friend can't eat anywhere on the ship.
  2. While I'm not generally a fan of a pressed, flat griddle burger they can likely be found at diners, drive-ins, and dives ๐Ÿ˜‰ If I'm feeling very nostalgic I will even occasionally enjoy a McDonalds' hamburger (gasp ๐Ÿ˜ฎ ) but they don't tend to be burnt ๐Ÿ™‚ When visiting NY State this summer the restaurant we stopped at for lunch had a note on the menu that by state law ground beef had to be cooked well done so I don't fault the cruise line for erring on the side of caution either rather than risking potential food borne illness. I just wait until I'm home for a good burger or maybe try to find one at a port ๐Ÿ™‚
  3. Mikey was such a good sport. I loved his suits, and somehow they didn't look tacky even though they were over the top ๐Ÿ™‚ I spotted Patti at the show, but it wasn't convenient to say hello. They gave away a lot of goodies at the show - including shore excursions - so it is worth it to go if someone is interested. We also went to brunch. DH had the steak & eggs, which doesn't list that it comes with fries so he ordered another side and was pretty full. I had the pancetta scrambled which was very tasty, but the bread was very hard. We split the honey butter biscuit and it wasn't what I was expecting. I was thinking a soft biscuit like Popeye's or KFC with a honey butter on the side or maybe honey cooked in, but it was dry and maybe more like a seafaring biscuit (that's one tough cookie). I love these pictures of the two of you. I'm sure the photographer posed you, but it looks natural and effortless. You look happily in love too โค๏ธ What a great reward for her hard work! A few years ago I lost enough weight to wear my senior prom dress (over 20 years after prom) and it was so nice. Unfortunately I got sloppy with my diet and lazy with my fitness, so now I need to lose it again๐Ÿ™„I have a goal for next year for our 25th anniversary (10/21) to drop 50# - a challenge but doable.
  4. It would probably depend on their reason for being vegetarian. For the couple with the allergy due to beef products it might, for someone who just doesn't prefer meat or has ethical reasons then probably not.
  5. Probably a lemon and a mint, maybe a chai. I didn't really pay attention, sorry I can't be more help.
  6. I can think of 3 other options for fries on the ship, and all of them might have the same issues. MDR (Sea Day Brunch, not sure for breakfast), Deli (which has a horrendous wait), and Room Service (which has a fee for hot foods). It's easy to say there are lots of other options if you don't have any dietary restrictions. Sometimes the offensive food can be an ingredient in something you would think is safe. Like potatoes (french fries) which aren't a meat product, but might be cooked in meat. Or any number of non-animal products like vegetables or pasta that are cooked in butter, chicken stock, or beef stock. I just read about this recently and sounds awful ๐Ÿ˜ž I can get really good, thick, medium rare burgers where we live so I can easily skip the flat, greasy Guys burger. I'm there for the fries, which have more of a hand cut taste rather than frozen. Not everyone who goes to guys is looking for any type of burger. MDR isn't open for lunch, and many people don't like the buffet for risk of illness due to cross contamination or poor hygiene/etiquette from fellow cruisers. Room service keeps you in your room and many items have a charge. I didn't read where OP was mandating vegan or vegetarian, rather seeking clarification if it was even an option. For any curious of the difference (not that I am either camp): Vegan - lifestyle choice that includes a vegetarian diet; a moral decision to not use any animal product (including honey, leather, jello (gelatin). Vegetarian - a diet that can be for ethical, religious, or medical reasons (or just preference). Many types of vegetarians, some will eat dairy and/or eggs and some are more strict.
  7. Unless they don't have an early flight ๐Ÿ™„
  8. Thanks for the review. We saw it on our last cruise but sign-ups were full. If they have it on our next one we will definitely try it (even if we do have to suffer through Chivas Regal - we usually prefer single malts). Interesting Whisky/Whiskey trivia: if made in Scotland (Scotch), it is Whisky (no "e" in Scotch or Scotland); if made in Ireland (Irish Whiskey) it is Whiskey ("e" in Eire/Erin/IrEland).
  9. I've noticed many businesses that traditionally didn't charge tips (take-out, counter service) now have a tip line in their register. I've never paid close attention to the suggested amounts on the receipt, but you are probably right. The flip side is when people have coupons/discounts and may or may not think to tip on the value of the meal vs. the cost of the meal.
  10. I'm guessing the combinations are smaller portions of each protein type. The steakhouse seems like a fairly reasonable deal for what you get compared to on land, but teppanyaki doesn't seem like much of a discount.
  11. I'm not a paranoid person either, but do recognize risks - even if it is from a minority of dishonest people. Parents who are concerned about their child advertising their name to several thousand strangers (on board or at shore) are thinking of the safety of their child - not theft of a laptop. The threats in the world we live in today are either more or more known than when we were children. In the small rural area I live we have to have child clearances to participate at school parties or field trips. I just ran a race this weekend supporting an agency who help local victims of human trafficking. I don't think every passenger is the boogey man - or that there even is one on every ship. But to assume someone is paranoid to take a reasonable step of protecting their child's identity and making it easy for someone to groom them is naive.
  12. I haven't seen a lot of complaints about the actual food, more the atmosphere (dress, tablecloth, dancing, etc). While there are a lot of choices there really isn't much that is truly bland based on the description. A passenger can certainly request that sauces be served on the side which will help, but I could see a truly picky eater struggling. There is always the children's menu though which is available on request for more truly bland foods. @Shock1998 In my experience American Table Menu is served on casual evenings while American Feast is the elegant evenings. Feast nights will generally have tablecloths and a silver seashell or other decoration on the table. Both menus have some "always available" items (shrimp cocktail, caesar salad, flat iron, chicken, fruit plate, ice cream), but other selections vary by evening.
  13. My understanding is that if you wanted a specific dining type assignment (traditional vs your time) and the requested type is waitlisted, FTTF gives priority in getting the assignment you want. It would not give priority to someone with a YTD assignment who showed up to a waiting line on a specific night. EX 1: FTTF passenger wants YTD but was waitlisted as it was full. If any seats open after Platinum have received their preference then the FTTF assignment would switch from traditional to YTD. EX 2: FTTF passenger has YTD. They show up to the MDR at 6:30 and there is a waiting list to be seated. No priority would be given and they would wait their turn.
  14. Nice protein choices ๐Ÿ™‚ Be sure to eat your veggies (said in mom voice ๐Ÿ˜‰ ). Your cruise history is impressive! Funny zoo/animal story: my husband and I grew up around ducks so they really shouldn't be a source of entertainment, but when we went to the National Zoo in DC we probably spent 10 minutes watching the ducks playing in the water๐Ÿคฃ Now it is almost a joke that it isn't a full vacation if we don't find them.
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