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  1. RCCL doesn't charge you $200/person/day to visit the buffet, nor do you tip on a $200/person per day concept. You tip, what $6/day, to waitstaff in the mandatory tips (with the other $10-$12 to stateroom and then general staff)? So, per meal, if you eat breakfast, lunch, and dinner, you're leaving an equivalent $2/tip per person on the table for all the service you received at your meals. That's about the tip you'd leave at a land-based Golden Corral for a meal, not a served sit down meal, so they've pretty much put tips at the lowest tipping rate restaurant type for US restaurants.
  2. The generic pool of all the folks continuously filling the buffet line, cleaning the buffet line, clearing the tables, cleaning the tables, cleaning and refilling the soda machine, cleaning up spills, etc, etc. This is why you leave tips on your account. Every one of their restaurant server staff takes shifts making sure the buffet is a pleasant, clean, and healthy experience for you.
  3. You see the same evening servers rotate in and out of the buffet for lunch and breakfast. You can deny what it is, but by reducing tips b/c you don't think the buffet is tipped (don't go to Disney World with a group of 6 and go to a buffet - you'll be wildly shocked and dismayed), you are breaking US norms on a US-based cruise. This may explain why many non-US folks have had tips mandatory over the years, since workers take contracts based on the country's expected customs.
  4. Buffet service is absolutely a tipped position in the US. All buffet restaurant meals should be tipped at US restaurants. So, if you cruise in the US, the expectation is ALL meals are tipped meals - breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
  5. Tips are for all meals, whether you eat them in the buffet, sit down, or pay restaurants. So, even if you were to have dinner in the buffet all 7 nights, someone will be serving you on the buffet line and cleaning up after you from your table for dinner (as well as for lunch and breakfast). So, I'm not sure why you'd worry about reducing tipping. Just consider it a "done" part of cruise fare, and then ask for the service you need on board vs sitting back and then worrying you won't get it.
  6. Having eaten a lot of restaurant and friend made allergy-safe food, I'm sure it's to make sure you actually like 1 of each course (b/c some can be bad - let's be honest) and have an option if you're not in the mood for what you ordered. I'd be thrilled if waitstaff had 2 apps and entrees planned for me next month (I'm not sure they'll manage 1 dessert if sorbet isn't on board)...
  7. Question since I have a Hooked lunch - could your wife have preordered a fish appetizer vs a salad? Or was salad the only option they offered? I expect no dessert (so 2nd paid place with no sorbet or even option for a complex allergy that includes dairy), but I'll be bummed if all the apps are also no bueno except a salad...
  8. Thank you for posting your wife's dairy allergies meals. This will help me a lot next month! Bummer that Izumi didn't have sorbet to go with the berries.
  9. For sleeping...not in the entire room. Having the extra sofa bed means we can kick a kid between the cabins if needed...
  10. Thanks for the barcode tip - if it's right, I'm very happy with the 2 interiors I was assigned. While not next door to each other, they are close and they are in a great spot in the middle of the ship (not under the pool, not over the dining room) where we can do stairs up and down to get places - and only 2 decks from central park, but not on the central park deck, so no traipsing folks coming down our hallway. Plus, they gave me 2 3 person rooms, even though I had canceled our 3rd person in one room months ago...so extra bed space is a plus...
  11. That's my plan - I just didn't know if it started at 10:30am, or even earlier. I can get to the port at any time b/c I'm staying overnight (I was planning 10:30am, but might pop over at 10am if that's actually start of boarding)...
  12. Hi everybody, I have a confirmed 11:30am check in, but I have the Key, so I'm just wondering what the earliest check in time in Cape Liberty for Symphony of the Seas in May 2024 is (b/c I need to get on board to reconfirm allergy accommodations with a few places - including the Key lunch, and I'd like to do it before the madness of a sold out ship all being on board). Thanks for any info you can provide!
  13. It's actually VERY rare for soft serve to not have dairy. The only one that is widespread on the market is the one that makes dole whips. If you go to McDonald's, Dairy Queen, Wendy's, Mr. Softee's, etc - all those places have dairy-full soft serve. So, if you see a soft serve machine and the word "vegan" is not listed anywhere near it, you can be pretty guaranteed it's a dairy-based product. PS - And even dole whips - only the fruit flavors are vegan - if you are ever getting a vanilla dole whip, it has dairy. It is very hard to make a vanilla or chocolate soft serve that passes muster as vanilla/chocolate ice cream without using dairy.
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