Choice of restaurants: "Eating on board ship" Antarctica Restaurant Tip by toonsarah
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There was a choice of places to eat on the Marco Polo – a self-service café with direct access to the large open-air seating area (where hot drinks were always available), or a more formal restaurant. For all meals there was a free choice of where to eat, and we chose mainly to eat in the formal restaurant for breakfast and dinner, and in the café for lunch. The latter served hot soup and other light meals, and also very good ice-cream. And yes, it might be freezing outside but you can always enjoy good ice-cream!
While you could visit the café at any time, for dinner in the formal restaurant you had to go at the time of your allocated sitting. There were two of these sittings and we’d been asked to select one in advance. One was quite early, the other a little later than we would normally eat, but we chose this one and found it worked out well. We would have a pre-dinner drink in the lovely bar, while it was still light enough to enjoy the amazing scenery and ice-bergs drifting past, then go into dinner for what proved to be the quieter sitting. We’d been able to pre-book a table for two, which we were pleased about – it’s not that we’re anti-social, and indeed we enjoyed meeting many of our fellow travellers over breakfast and lunch, but for dinner you were expected to sit at the same table every evening and it would have been unfortunate to find ourselves with less congenial companions.
As well as the same table, we were allocated the same waiter and wine waiter every evening – the incomparable Wayne and Edgar. The service they provided was excellent and helped to make every meal a special occasion. See my other tip for more about this formal restaurant.
In addition to the three main meals of the day, afternoon tea (with cakes) was served every day, and a late night snack for hungry night owls. We didn't partake of either of these as three big meals really is enough. And all of this is included in the price of your cruise - so watch that waistline!
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