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Lido/buffet hours-dinner

Discussion in 'Holland America Line' started by suer182, Nov 10, 2009.

  1. suer182

    suer182 Forum Manager Staff Member

    Anyone aware of the current hours for dinner?
  2. Corky

    Corky Well-Known Member

    Suer - I would like to know the answer as well. Thnx for asking! :)
  3. J.E. M.

    J.E. M. Well-Known Member

    Suer, I don't know if you received my e-mail, but the hours are 5:30 to 8:30.
  4. ShipMaven

    ShipMaven Forever Remembered

    According to HAL, Lido dining service is the same hours as "As You Wish" - 5:15pm to 9:00pm.
  5. suer182

    suer182 Forum Manager Staff Member

    Thank-you both. Guess we will find out once we get on the ship.

    When we sailed the Noordam it was 8:00 pm SHARP.
  6. Krazy Kruizers

    Krazy Kruizers Holland America Specialist

    On all the ships that we have been on over the last few months -- the Lido dinner has been from 5:30 - 8 PM -- and everything is now ALL buffet.

    And I have heard a lot of complaints about the food not being hot -- being mushy -- and no trays to get everything back to the table.

    The open dining feature on the lower level of the dining room is from 5:15 - 9 PM. You can make reservations for 2 days at a time.
  7. earl_m

    earl_m Social Host

    KK welcome back!!
  8. Corky

    Corky Well-Known Member

    So I have a question...if the hours are 5:30 - 8 in the Lido for dinner....does that mean that the buffet totally closes down at 8 pm and then doesn't reopen until morning?

    I've not sailed Hal, but I thought buffets, in general, stayed open 24 hrs, sometimes with very limited food, but 24 hours nonetheless.

  9. suer182

    suer182 Forum Manager Staff Member

    Corky from what I recall from the Noordam the buffet closed at 8:00 pm SHARP. The crew wanted to go home, long drive and traffic :). I have never experienced faster clean up service than we did that night we ate there.

    CRS if it opened later for snackies or anything of that sort. Room service is an option.

    Things change faster on cruise lines than I typo so who knows what they will do tomorrow.

    welcome home KK
  10. Krazy Kruizers

    Krazy Kruizers Holland America Specialist

    Thank you everyone!!

    HAL does not keep a buffet open 24 hours a day on any ship.

    There is a snack time -- little food -- from 11 PM until Midnight.

    Or you can order from room service:

    Available 24 hours:

    Smoked Atlantic Salmon - pickled red onion, capers & cream cheese

    Mesclun Garden Greens - tomato, cucumber, alfalfa sprouts & blue cheese crumbles

    Triple Decker Club Sandwich - sliced turkey, ham, bacon, tomato & lettuce served on toasted bread of your choice

    All American Hamburger - broiled 1/4 pound beef patty on a sesame bun with dill pickle & coleslaw - add cheddar or Swiss cheese

    Open faced Omelet - ham & cheese or vegetables

    Selection of assorted cheese with crackers

    Apple tart with whipped cream

    Chocolate cake with raspberry sauce

    A plate of chocolate chip cookies with a glass of milk

    Fruit salad - selected fruits in season
  11. Corky

    Corky Well-Known Member

    Thnx Suer and KK. I'll just start with the 1st two items on the room service menu and work my way down "if" I get hungry after 8/8:30. :D
  12. ShipMaven

    ShipMaven Forever Remembered

    Suer - this is straight from the person in charge of dining matters on Veendam. The Lido is open for DINNER from 5:30 to 8:30pm. And it IS strictly buffet - no more table service - as KK pointed out. There are no more trays in the Lido on the ships (plural) either.

    "As You Wish" dining on the Lower Level of the Dining Room is 5:15pm to 9:00pm on Veendam.

    Again, this info comes directly from the person in charge of Veendam.
  13. Calgon1

    Calgon1 Awaiting results of mental evaluation

    Here's what I've collected from HAL and VTG website ...
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    Rotterdam Dining Room: features impeccable service and an extensive wine list. Five-course menus include continental cuisine, vegetarian and low-carb options
    Cuisine: Continental
    Dress Code: Two formal nights; others resort attire. Shorts and swim wear not permitted.
    Surcharge: No
    Reservations Required: Yes
    Breakfast: 7:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
    Lunch: 11:30 noon – 2:30 p.m.
    Dinner: Early - 5:45 p.m. (upper level) or 6:15 p.m. (lower level), Late – 8:00 p.m. (upper level) or 8:30 p.m. (lower level)

    Pinnacle Grill: This intimate reservations-only venue offers an elegant, sophisticated dining experience. Featuring premium Sterling Silver beef, inspired seafood dishes and many select wines rated "Excellent" by Wine Spectator - as well as distinctive Bvlgari® china, Riedel® stemware and Frette® linens
    Cuisine: Pacific Northwest
    Dress Code: Formal
    Surcharge: Yes, $20 per person
    Reservations Required: Yes
    Dinner only: 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

    Lido Restaurant: offers a relaxed ambiance for all three meals and features a variety of fresh, cooked-to-order specialties
    Cuisine: Assorted Buffet
    Dress Code: Casual
    Surcharge: No
    Reservations Required: No
    Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner: Check onboard for hours

    Canaletto: an evening venue for Italian fare adjacent to the Lido Restaurant and offering waiter service
    Cuisine: Italian
    Dress Code: Formal
    Surcharge: No
    Reservations Required: Yes
    Dinner only: check onboard for hours

    - - - - -
    To that we can add -

    Room Service: 24-hour room service is just a phone call away (Krazy gave us a partial list ...)(Thanks KK!)

    Slice: The pizzaeria venue on Lido Deck, aft as part of the Retreat.

    Terrace Grill; Adjacent to the Family Pool

    Taco & Faijta Bar: Adjacent to the Terrace Grill

    High Tea: In the Rotterdam Dining Room

    hor'devoures: In the lounges during the pre-dinner hour
  14. Krazy Kruizers

    Krazy Kruizers Holland America Specialist

    Hope I have cleared up a few things here.
  15. ShipMaven

    ShipMaven Forever Remembered

    I have found MANY errors on VTG - I would limit my information to HAL only for HAL cruises.

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