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On 10/7/2021 at 5:56 AM, Ampurp85 said:

I hated the Windjammer for breakfast, at least pre-covid, but getting bacon there was always justifiable.

I have to say, I disliked the Windjammer for breakfast too, P-C, but right now it’s quite lovely — fewer guests and no self-service is a win-win for me!

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I had breakfast in the MDR most mornings on my cruise on Oasis at the end of September, and it wasn't bad; I don't know if it was my bad luck or what, though, but ordering my eggs scrambled was not good. They were not very firmly cooked. 🤢 Other days, though, I ordered an omelet (or two), and had much better results. I just made sure to also always ask for a double-order of my side items.

In the Windjammer, it was a really good experience -- except for the wait time for my omelet.

Overall, I'd do both options again, especially armed with the breakfast intel I gathered from my previous cruise.

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4 minutes ago, Chadster said:

I had breakfast in the MDR most mornings on my cruise on Oasis at the end of September, and it wasn't bad; I don't know if it was my bad luck or what, though, but ordering my eggs scrambled was not good. They were not very firmly cooked. 🤢 Other days, though, I ordered an omelet (or two), and had much better results. I just made sure to also always ask for a double-order of my side items.

In the Windjammer, it was a really good experience -- except for the wait time for my omelet.

Overall, I'd do both options again, especially armed with the breakfast intel I gathered from my previous cruise.

But my initial question was very specific... 

Was there buffet now in the MDR? 

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2 minutes ago, Vlad said:

That's unfortunate... I'm sure it would return. Not sure why not now... Since Windjammer is same setup... 

Honestly, I think it comes down to staffing levels. A lot of the crew who worked in the MDR in the evening were turning around and working in the WJ in the mornings.

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8 minutes ago, CrimsonCruiser said:

Reviving this thread to ask...what are average times for MDR breakfast?

On my recent cruise on Odyssey it was 7 am to 9 am on some days and 7.30 am to 9.30 am on others. That was in Europe but I remember it being quite early on our past Caribbean sailings too. We are rarely up in time to make it.

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22 hours ago, Ampurp85 said:

I have seen 6:30 on some but mostly it is 7-9/9:30

23 hours ago, FionaMG said:

On my recent cruise on Odyssey it was 7 am to 9 am on some days and 7.30 am to 9.30 am on others. That was in Europe but I remember it being quite early on our past Caribbean sailings too. We are rarely up in time to make it.

Thanks! Hopefully we have about the same time so I can actually try it for once.

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12 minutes ago, CrimsonCruiser said:

Thanks! Hopefully we have about the same time so I can actually try it for once.

On the few occasions when we have had breakfast in the MDR, I have found it to be a far more relaxing and civilised experience than the WJ.

But not so much better than I'm willing to get up early on purpose! 😆

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8 minutes ago, FionaMG said:

On the few occasions when we have had breakfast in the MDR, I have found it to be a far more relaxing and civilised experience than the WJ.

But not so much better than I'm willing to get up early on purpose! 😆

I think I'm in the same boat (ha!) but we're on a mission to do a lot of new things this cruise and we want to make it at least once. Then..it's back to Suite room service!

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23 hours ago, FionaMG said:

On the few occasions when we have had breakfast in the MDR, I have found it to be a far more relaxing and civilised experience than the WJ.

But not so much better than I'm willing to get up early on purpose! 😆

And we both think Breakfast opens up way to late late in the mornings on a cruise ship.  We'd prefer that both venues open by 6am every morning, I hate waiting around for opening till I can have my breakfast.

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27 minutes ago, CruiseGus said:

And we both think Breakfast opens up way to late late in the mornings on a cruise ship.  We'd prefer that both venues open by 6am every morning, I hate waiting around for opening till I can have my breakfast.

Yes, I can see how that would be a pain if you're an early riser.

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So, upon a bit of research the 7-9/9:30 I quoted for the MDR breakfast may vary ship by ship and day by day. After looking through the app at my current sailings, I see start times all over the place. Usually, port days are around 7am and the rest are 8am. Also, some sailings have brunch days where it opens at 9am. 

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On the Ovation, there was no buffet at MDR. MDR opened at 7am and the food was the same as windjammer except for presentation.  If you want pretty food, go to Windjammer and rearrange it yourself.  Otherwise, you only get the benefit of table service at MDR and less people.

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Not sure I would care for buffet in the MDR.  My daughter (mother of 3 little girls) told me "Dad, when I go on vacation, I want to be served. I spend every day serving others at home" so she goes to the MDR to have someone wait on the table and bring her food.  Makes sense to me, so the last few cruises we've been on, we go to sit down breakfast in the MDR.

Anyway, this RCL newbie and will be sailing for the first time with them in October.  I will want to sit down, order a Bloody Mary, eggs benedict and ask for some cold smoked salmon on the side and maybe some extra bacon too.  Can't wait.

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