The evolution of dining onboard cruise ships continues to evolve, and with it, more options than ever before. Traditional main and late dining, which had been the mainstay years ago, is now slowly disappearing. When Royal Caribbean’s cutting edge new ship, Quantum of the Seas sets sail this fall, she’ll debut “Dynamic Dining.” A new concept, “Dynamic Dining” lets guests really enjoy the culinary experiences onboard in new ways, with flexibility and total control of their own “epicurean journey,’ thanks to a new smart dining reservation system.
“Dynamic Dining” – New Dining Concept
“Dynamic Dining” offers even more options for cruise guests onboard, but the biggest change? Onboard Quantum of the Seas, as well as her sister ship, Anthem of the Seas, there are no Main restaurants, handling 2000+ guests. Instead, guests will be able to enjoy 5 different complimentary dining experiences – these full service restaurants handle a maximum of just 435 guests or less, along a complete waiter staff. With these more intimate complimentary restaurants, guests can enjoy more flexibility, because the traditional main or late dining time frames are gone. And there are no formal nights onboard.
Numerous casual dining options are also onboard, where casual dress code is fine. In addition, to those dining options, Quantum of the Seas has seven different specialty restaurants providing different cuisines. With these restaurants, surcharges are charged, and these vary.
More about the 5 different complimentary restaurants
The five restaurants, best described as cuisine and décor specific include the American Icon Grill, Chic, Silk, The Grande, and Coastal Kitchen. American Icon Grill pulls together classic American regional favorites, is described by Royal Caribbean as “a take on the classic American road trip” and a smart casual restaurant. Silk provides a Pan Asian menu, while Chic serves contemporary cuisine, complete with the freshest of ingredients, sauces made from scratch, and “proteins that pack with a punch.”
For guests who enjoy a truly formal dining experience, The Grande is the perfect option. Every night is formal, and the menus feature timeless dishes and cuisine. Finally, Coastal Kitchen has been created exclusively for suite guests. It has a capacity of 128 guests, and provides breakfast, lunch and dinner. This smart casual dining experience is described by Royal Caribbean as combining “Mediterranean influences with the unmatched riches of California’s bountiful farmlands.”
Specialty Dining – “Next Level” & Traditional Favorites
There are four new “next level” specialty restaurants debuting onboard Quantum of the Seas, along with versions traditional favorites, found onboard other Royal Caribbean ships. These all have a surcharge, which will vary with the restaurant. The new “next level” specialty restaurants include Wonderland, Jamie’s Italian, Michael’s Genuine Pub, and Devinly Decadences at Solarium Bistro.
Wonderland provides guests with a multi-sensory dining venue, along with a whimsical touch. Accommodating 62 guests, who place their orders all together rather than course by course, the cuisine served is based on the elements of wind, ice, fire, water and dreams.
Award winning chefs are also part of the new specialty restaurants. Jamie’s Italian is the first at sea restaurant done by Jamie Oliver, one of Britain’s most famous chefs. And Royal Caribbean has developed a relationship with James Beard award-winning chef Michael Schwartz, to create Michael’s Genuine Pub. And Devin Alexander, New York Times bestselling author, media personality, and also chef of “The Biggest Loser” television show, has designed Devinly Decadence at Solarium Bistro. All the foods served are under 500 calories.
Variations of traditional favorites such as Chef’s Table, Chops Grille, and Izumi Japanese Cuisine will also be onboard.
Complimentary, “come as you are” dining options
Yes there are “come as you are” casual eateries onboard that include Windjammer Marketplace, The Café’@Two70° and SeaPlex Dog House, along with some returning favorites. Those include Café Promenade, Sorrento’s and Johnny Rockets. (A cover charge applies to Johnny Rockets.)
Debut of new reservations system
On May 14 reservations for “Dynamic Dining” onboard Quantum of the Seas will be available. The new planning tool that Royal Caribbean has developed lets guests have full control, as well as the flexibility to select the time, where they wish to dine, with whom, and restaurants. And everything can done in advance, prior to guests’ departure.
A complete guide to the culinary offerings that will be onboard Quantum of the Seas can be found by going to www.RoyalCaribbean.com/DynamicDining
A note about groups
When it comes to groups comprised of 16 or more guests, the group coordinators at Royal Caribbean can assist with dining reservations.
More dining options, along with the intimacy of complimentary full service restaurants, as well as more specialty ones, and the “come as you are” casual eateries, offered on both Quantum of the Seas, as well as Anthem of the Seas (debuting spring 2015) provide new culinary experiences. And “Dynamic Dining” might be a good avenue for you to create your next group around.