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Me and my soon to be wife will be cruising on the Carnival Sunrise may 9th out of Norfolk VA to the bahamas. We are getting married on the ship mostly for the simplicity of it all. 

 

Curious on the food situation onboard I've heard they have 2 main dining rooms and the buffet can be crowded at times. We usually do buffet or another free restaurant for breakfast and lunch then MDR anytime dining for dinner. 

 

Been on the Pride 3 times and that seemed to work good for us, any suggestions for dining onboard the Sunrise?

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2 hours ago, jperry2011 said:

Me and my soon to be wife will be cruising on the Carnival Sunrise may 9th out of Norfolk VA to the bahamas. We are getting married on the ship mostly for the simplicity of it all. 

 

Curious on the food situation onboard I've heard they have 2 main dining rooms and the buffet can be crowded at times. We usually do buffet or another free restaurant for breakfast and lunch then MDR anytime dining for dinner. 

 

Been on the Pride 3 times and that seemed to work good for us, any suggestions for dining onboard the Sunrise?

It's all the same.

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There are some pretty good youtube vids that have tours of the ship and focus a lot on all the food options. I just booked and I tend to obsess lol. I have read tons of reviews, looked at pics, and watched videos. One common complaint that pops up is the lines in the buffet. Honestly I have discovered so many food options on board I don't see any reason to stand in line at a crowded buffet. Every meal has multiple venues and options.

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Good point, like I said I've only ever been on the pride and the buffet food was excellent so I didnt mind the occasional wait. I think the Radiance is a twin ship to the Sunrise and I will be going on it in September so hopefully will be an expert by then lol

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On 2/15/2020 at 7:39 PM, jperry2011 said:

Me and my soon to be wife will be cruising on the Carnival Sunrise may 9th out of Norfolk VA to the bahamas. We are getting married on the ship mostly for the simplicity of it all. 

 

Curious on the food situation onboard I've heard they have 2 main dining rooms and the buffet can be crowded at times. We usually do buffet or another free restaurant for breakfast and lunch then MDR anytime dining for dinner. 

 

Been on the Pride 3 times and that seemed to work good for us, any suggestions for dining onboard the Sunrise?

The biggest negatives I remember for the lido restaurants on Sunrise (including buffet) were choke points at Blue Iguana and Deli, likely also at Guy's Burger and Lucky Bowl (might have sides mixed).  Also many of the doors don't automatically open and require pushing a button that varies where it is located, but usually around waist level.

 

Sunrise also has Guy's BBQ and Cucina (free for lunch, $15 for dinner) which are a deck up and not as crowded.  There are lots of omelet stations and we didn't find breakfasts to be too bad for crowds except at the choke points.

 

One dining room is for traditional and one dining room is anytime.  For anytime dining you will need to check in on an upper level (just past the casino, I think near Bonsai) if you have any special requests, otherwise you can check in with the hub app.  The dining room is aft and you can't walk from mid ship to the dining room on that deck as it is blocked by the galley.

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We never had a wait either, although we did check-in at the upper desk since we wanted a specific area/server.

 

While Pride only has the one dining room, it is still separated (upper YTD, lower traditional).  We love sailing from Baltimore and the Pride.  We will try the Legend from NYC this May which will later move to Baltimore when Pride leaves.

 

Congratulations on your upcoming wedding! ❤️ 

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The pride must depend on availability as well because we have ate on top and bottom of main dining room just us 2 and as a group of 4 with YTD...

The legend will be a nice slight change for sailing out of Baltimore hope to get on it next year..

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