The three decks of the ship's elegant main restaurant are named for famous operas -- Carmen, La Boheme and the Magic Flute -- and feature themed decor including lavish opera costumes, a crystal chandelier and grand staircase. For dinner, passengers can choose between assigned early (5:30 p.m.) or late (8 p.m.) dining, or opt for RCI's My Time Dining, in which you pick a preferred mealtime (anytime between 5:15 and 8:30 p.m.), but can change your reservations on a daily basis or simply walk in when you're hungry. (Note: Those opting for My Time Dining will need to pre-pay gratuities.) The restaurant is open seating for everyone at breakfast and lunch every day.
The food was excellent (including flavorful low-fat selections like grilled salmon teriyaki and at least one vegetarian entree each night) and service was friendly and lively, with waiters bringing a second entree and/or dessert with broad smiles.
Portofino, the Italian restaurant, was replaced in the 2014 refit with Chops Grille, Royal Caribbean's steakhouse that is popular on its other Voyager-class ships. There's a $30 per-person charge, and reservations are required.
However, the line did not completely ditch Italian cuisine, as its newer style trattoria, Giovanni's Table, is now on Voyager of the Seas. Taking over The Vault, the ship's former nightclub, Giovanni's Table costs $15 per person for lunch and $20 per person for dinner.
Izumi, serving fresh sushi and other Japanese cuisine, has also been added. Located in the former Cloud Nine and Seven Hearts games room, it benefits from a long wall of floor-to-ceiling windows for lots of natural light and ocean views. Diners pay a $10 per-person charge, plus a la carte menu prices.
Johnny Rockets, the 50s-style diner with red Naugahyde booths, jukeboxes at the tables and Formica counters, is a favorite restaurant for lunch or a snack. It dishes out freshly made burgers, cheeseburgers, chicken sandwiches and chili cheese fries, plus scrumptious milkshakes and malts. There is a $4.95 per person charge to eat at Johnny Rockets -- whether you eat in the restaurant or order for take-out. Beverages (including the fabulous milkshakes) are available for an extra charge. Johnny Rockets has indoor and outdoor seating, with the waiters and cooks doing impromptu mini-shows for all passengers.
The Windjammer Cafe on Deck 11 offers casual, quick-out-the-door, bountiful buffet breakfast and lunch with a side of panoramic ocean views. A dinner buffet is available in its aft section, the Island Grill -- ditto for the views.
Cafe Promenade on the Royal Promenade is a sidewalk cafe -- great for people watching while you munch -- that serves continental breakfast, sandwiches, pizza and pastries. If you are on a budget but would like to enjoy something cool and creamy, Royal Caribbean does have a free, 24-hour frozen yogurt stations in the Windjammer Café and on the Pool Deck.
Royal Caribbean's room service options are available around the clock via 24-hour menus that offer a range of snacks and sandwiches. At breakfast, continental dishes, along with a handful of egg entrees, are available both in cabins and suites. There is a $7.95 delivery charge for all orders except Continental Breakfast.