Once brought in by Royal Caribbean International as the future of onboard dining, the cruise line’s Dynamic Dining option is now being wound down on both Anthem of the Seas and Ovation of the Seas.
The line cites passenger feedback as the reason for the change, saying that “[guests]prefer the ease of a cruise vacation where they have flexibility without having to plan extensively.”
The Dynamic Dining concept, introduced on Quantum-class ships such as Anthem, Ovation and of course Quantum of the Seas, is based on the idea of greatest flexibility and choice from their onboard restaurants and eateries, both free and paid, with no main dining room as such. This means that it was never going to be applicable to the entire fleet, being unsuited to ships already set up with a main dining room, for instance.
During its brief history, Dynamic Dining was further broken down into Dynamic Dining Choice (the original concept) and Dynamic Dining Classic, a kind of hybrid between the freedom of the concept, yet with a set dinner table and schedule every night. The change hinted that passengers were perhaps wanting more fixed aspects to their dining experience than were originally offered by the Choice program.
Instead of Dynamic Dining, passengers on Anthem and then Ovation of the Seas will be offered the My Time dining program, which has both traditional and flexible options plus new, upgraded menus to reflect the fact that the four main restaurants on board – Silk, Grande, Chic and American Icon – will now play the role of main dining rooms.
My Time Dining allows passengers to opt for traditional dining, which offers two set meal seating times (early or late), or for the flexible option, which allows the choice to select from a range of seating times – and dining companions – each evening.
‘Flexible’ dining will have guests dining on Deck 4 in the American Icon and Silk dining rooms; ‘traditional’ (early/late seating) dining will occur on Deck 3 in the Chic and Grande dining rooms.
“Our guests spoke, and we listened,” Royal Caribbean International announced in a recent statement. “We look forward to introducing the enhanced menus and simpler and more convenient dining program.”
The changes will be effective from the November 23 sailing of Ovation of the Seas, and the November 27 sailing of Anthem of the Seas.