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Dynamic Dining On Royal Caribbean Quantum Class Ships

Have you cruised before?  

If so you are aware that there are several dining options onboard the cruise ship.  There is complimentary dining, allowing guests to eat in beautifully decorated dining rooms, buffet restaurant and at other eateries. 

There is also specialty dining, giving guests the opportunity to try a special cuisine on any given night in a less crowded venue.  This option comes with a cover charge.

Royal Caribbean’s Quantum Class of ships have changed the complimentary dining option that guests have had for years.

Here some things to note about this new and bold move by Royal Caribbean:

1. Previously, cruise guests chose early, late or anytime dining for one of two main dining rooms.  On the Quantum Class of ships, the 2 main dining rooms are replaced by 5 restaurants serving different cuisines.

2. All five restaurants are complimentary.

3. The 5 restaurants do not have special seating or fixed times for dinner.

4. The 5 restaurants have a kids’ menu.

5. One of the 5 restaurants requires formal wear each night for dinner.

6. Two of the 5 restaurants serve all 3 main meals, while three serve only dinner.

7. Guests can use a new reservation system to reserve seats for dinner.

8. Guests may visit a different restaurant each night.

Here’s a peek at the 5 restaurants:

1. The American Icon Grill – Serving American comfort dishes.

2.  CHIC Restaurant – Serving contemporary, exploratory and new dishes.

3.  The SILK Restaurant – Serving Asian cuisines – Chinese, Japanese, Thai, Vietnamese…

4.  The GRANDE Restaurant (always formal) – Serving European delicacies.

5.  The Coastal Kitchen Restaurant – Serving Mediterranean and Californian dishes.

Friend, this leap by Royal Caribbean is sure to amaze cruise enthusiasts of all ages.  Look out for Royal’s first newest ships in the Quantum Class – Quantum of the Seas (now off to China) and Anthem of the Seas

By the way, look out for the newest ship, Harmony of the Seas!

Get with your Travel Agent to make reservations and prepare to be wowed at sea.

See you on the high seas!

Peter Grant

McDonough, GA


All-Inclusive Family Cruises

People who would love to take cruise ship vacation, often wonder if there are all-inclusive family cruises.  The biggest concern is whether all family members can cruise.

The big answer is, “Yes.”

Cruising is for people of all ages.  It is true that cruise lines have some restrictions on age, as well as on pregnant women, but other than that, anyone can cruise.

So, you can gather up your children and their grandparents and get them on an all-inclusive family cruise.

Is it really all-inclusive?  The general answer is “Yes.”  Quite often, when you choose a cruise vacation, your cruise fare entitles to you a cabin for sleeping and bathing, all the meals you need, entertainment, amenities and the promise of fun and exotic ports of calls.

You generally do not need to buy anything else on the ship, except in those cases where mandatory gratuity is added.  And even in such cases, you have the right to ask for an adjustment in what is charged.  See more information about mandatory gratuity here.

So, are you ready to book an all-inclusive family cruise?  I hope you will.  There are many cruise lines that offer cruises for the entire family.  Some popular ones are Carnival Cruise Line, Disney Cruise Line, Norwegian Cruise Line, Princess Cruises and Royal Caribbean International.

My family of five has sailed all the above cruise lines, except Disney, and we enjoyed each cruise ship vacation.  I am certain that your family will do the same.

Go have fun!

Peter Grant
McDonough, GA


Visiting Universal Studios Orlando Soon?

Do you have plans to visit Universal Studios in Orlando this summer?  If you do, I recommend that you stay at the Four Points Hotel by Sheraton on International Drive.

The attached photo was taken from the 17th floor of the Four Points hotel (see photo of the hotel below).  

I stayed there a year ago, while attending a 2-day travel agent training session at Universal Studios.  This hotel is just a stone’s throw away from Universal.

There are other hotels a lot closer, but they will cost you a lot more money.  The Four Points Hotel is somewhat mid-range in terms of price.  Not only will you feel better about the money you spend, you will have a clean place to stay, a great location and a nice view.  The hotel itself is circular, so everyone gets a nice view. 

You may notice a park straight ahead from my window.  That is actually Wet ‘n Wild, another famous Orlando attraction.

If you want to pay even less for your hotel, leaving from the Four Points and making a left on Hollywood Boulevard will take you to a Best Western hotel a short distance away.  My friend, another travel agent, stayed at that one during the training.  She was pleased with the property.

So if you have plans to visit Universal Studios in Orlando anytime soon, you have two recommended hotels that will not break your pocket.

Go have fun!

Peter Grant

McDonough, GA


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