By Ashley Kosciolek
Cruise Critic Editor
3.0 / 5.0
Cruise Critic Editor Rating: Dining

For a quick bite and lots of variety, the Windjammer Marketplace on Deck 9 is a good bet. It's set up in stations, so you can grab everything from carved meats and cheeses to pizza and dessert. It's open from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. for lunch on embarkation day, 6:30 to 7 a.m. daily for continental breakfast, 7 to 11 a.m. for casual breakfast, noon to 3 p.m. for lunch and 6:30 to 9 p.m. for casual dinner. Beginning at 3 p.m. each day, an afternoon tea is also offered there. During busy times, it may be difficult to find tables. I was disappointed (and awfully hungry) on embarkation day when the Windjammer closed at 3 p.m. and nothing else (not even room service) was available until dinner in the main dining room at 6 p.m.

For more formal dining, check out the My Fair Lady dining room on Decks 4 and 5. It's open daily from either 7 or 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. for breakfast and most days from noon to 1:30 p.m. for lunch (at which time, it's converted into a restaurant called Brasserie 30, which serves excellent shells with pesto sauce). Dining times for the set-seating option are 6 p.m. for the first seating and 8:30 p.m. for the second. Passengers can also opt for anytime dining, which allows them to avoid set tablemates and eat whenever they choose between 6 and 9:30 p.m.

Some menu items like fish and steak are always available, as is at least one vegetarian option. Each menu also has a section for healthy options and Chops Grille offerings. Some of the more interesting and/or tasty dishes I tried were watermelon gazpacho with celery, a Vidalia onion tart, filet of Atlantic salmon, peach soup and cheese gnocchi. Great desserts included coconut layer cake (although the portion was a bit small) and chocolate brownie sandwiches. On the last night of our sailing, the waiters got together for a parade around the dining room.

Enchantment's alternative dining venue is Chops Grille on Deck 6. It's open 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. and carries a fee of $25 per person for menu options that include filet mignon and seafood.

Burgers, pizza and fries are the order of the day at the Solarium Bistro, inside the adults-only Solarium on Deck 9; kids are allowed to get food at the Bistro but can't stay in the Solarium to eat. Times vary, based on the ship's itinerary, so check your daily Cruise Compass planner. Late-night snacks are offered there nightly until 2 a.m.

Good luck trying to resist the smell of freshly baked waffle cones as you stroll past Ben & Jerry's on Deck 6. It's open from 11 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. It's also the site of Cafe Latte-tudes, which serves coffee drinks for an extra charge and pastries for free. We caved and bought a cone and some sort of frou-frou mocha drink that was quite tasty.

Another option is room service, which is available 24 hours a day. Be aware that a $7.95 fee will apply to all orders other than the Continental breakfast.

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