Saturday, January 24, 2015

Dynamic Dining, Quantum of the Seas

There are no set dining times, no assigned seats, no required formal nights. But one restaurant where formal attire is required.
You can make table reservation for all evenings prior to the cruise - and change your reservations when onboard.


However, you can also wait and do all reservations on board, when you have more detailed information about activities and shows - or just show up when you want to dine.
We had not booked tables in the restaurants before the cruise (some problems with the reservation system). Most reservations were made ​​with Royal iQ App as well as some at the entrance to the restaurant.

Most evenings we did get the time which suited us, and we saw no queues at the entrances to the restaurants. Basically, we really liked the concept Dynamic Dining - being able to choose from several restaurants and could choose the time that best suits. All restaurants have many dishes to choose from and every night is an extra 'daily menu' embedded in the menu card.


There are still challenges to Dynamic Dining to function optimally - management's focus should be on getting the reservation system work better. So will the restaurants' capacity also be better utilized, and it will spread to more satisfied employees and therefore happy guests.
 
I'll recommend to make reservations for the more popular restaurants like Wonderland and Silk (picture) - For Grande and American Icon Grill it's not necessary. If you want a table for only two there were short waiting time, but if sharing a table with others, no waiting time.
Reservations can be done at the entrance to any of the restaurants, or using the free Royal iQ app for iPhone or iPad.


There is five complimentary, full-service main restaurants, and five specialty dining options available for an additional charge and additional cafe's and bistro's. See the list of all restaurants below (click on Read More...)

Link to videos: 
Dining Restaurants, Quantum of the Seas
Windjammer Marketplace
Wonderland Restaurant
Quantum Class Restaurants, Tour of 


Complimentary Restaurants with Dynamic Dining times:
American Icon Grill
An all-new main dining venue that serves dinner nightly.
Dress: SMART CASUAL
Meals Served: Breakfast, Lunch and DINNER

Chic
Chic is an all-new main dining venue that serves dinner nightly.
Dress: SMART CASUAL
Meals Served: DINNER

The Grande Restaurant
The Grande Restaurant is an all-new main dining venue that serves dinner nightly.
Dress: FORMAL
Meals Served: DINNER

Silk
Featuring fresh and innovative cuisine in a strikingly elegant and modern space, Silk is an all-new main dining venue that serves dinner nightly.
Dress: SMART CASUAL
Meals Served: DINNER

Coastal Kitchen - Complimentary for Junior Suite Guests and above
Featuring gourmet California and Mediterranean fare, Coastal Kitchen is an all-new main dining venue that serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
It is the one full-service complimentary restaurant created exclusively for suite guests.
Dress: SMART CASUAL
Meals Served: Breakfast, Lunch and DINNER

Specialty dining options available for an additional charge:
Chops Grille ($$)
Cover charge includes your choice of delectable items from the menu, as well as gratuities.
Dress: SMART CASUAL
Meals Served: DINNER

Jamieís Italian ($$)
Chef Jamie Oliver may be one of Britain ís most famous food exports, but it ís his intense passion for Italian cooking and the Italian way of life that drives the menu
Dress: SMART CASUAL
Meals Served: Lunch and DINNER

Izumi Japanese Cuisine ($$)
From sushi to sashimi and table side cooking preparation using Hot Rocks, Royal Caribbean’s Izumi offers guests an exotic Asian-inspired dining experience.
Dress: SMART CASUAL
Meals Served: Lunch and DINNER / a la Carte

Wonderland ($$$)
A creative and experiential new concept showcasing superior variety, quality and design, Wonderland Imaginative Cuisine
Dress: SMART CASUAL
Meals Served: DINNER

Chefís Table ($$$$)

Located in an intimate, exclusive enclave within Chops Grille, this private epicurean experience for up to 16 people treats you to a five-course,
upgraded steakhouse menu and wine tasting.
Dress: FORMAL
Meals Served: DINNER

Complimentary and casual-service restaurants:
Windjammer Marketplace
A global culinary pavilion that invites you to explore the world, dish by dish. It's simply our best Windjammer ever.
Dress: CASUAL
Meals Served: Breakfast, Lunch and DINNER

Cafe Promenade
Serving a variety of sandwiches, pastries and desserts 24 hours a day, Cafe Promenade is one of
Dress: CASUAL
Meals Served: Breakfast, Lunch and DINNER

The Cafe Two70
New to Quantum of the Seas and Anthem of the Seas, The CafeTwo70 is a gourmet marketplace that lets you pick the view.
Dress: CASUAL
Meals Served: Breakfast, Lunch and DINNER

Seaplex Dog House

The first-ever food truck at sea serves up gourmet hot dogs for all to enjoy in the SeaPlex, the largest indoor active space at sea.
Dress: CASUAL
Meals Served: Lunch and DINNER

Sorrento
Serving a variety of antipasti, salads, desserts and pizzas by the slice or by the pie.
Dress: CASUAL
Meals Served: Lunch and DINNER

Casual-service restaurants for a fee:

Solarium Bistro ($$)
A fresh and healthy dining healthy experience showcasing superior variety, quality and design.
Dress: SMART CASUAL
Meals Served: Breakfast, Lunch and DINNER
Complimentary Breakfast

Michaelís Genuine Pub ($)
Food and drink. It doesn’t have to be so complicated. Pub, the first American gastro pub
Dress: CASUAL
Meals Served: Lunch and DINNER /‡ la carte

Johnny Rockets ($)
Serving up delicious American fare to diners around the world since 1986.
Dress: CASUAL
Meals Served: Lunch and DINNER /‡ la Carte