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Beginning April 12, 2019, Royal Caribbean introduced a new dining option allowing cruisers to enjoy multiple specialty restaurants during their cruise for one set price. Get all the details of this inclusive dining option in our complete guide to Royal Caribbean’s Unlimited Dining Package (2022).
Complete Guide to Royal Caribbean’s Unlimited Dining Package (2022)
What is the Unlimited Dining Package on Royal Caribbean?
Royal Caribbean offers 4 different types of dining packages:
- Chops +1 (Not offered on 10+ night sailings)
- 3-Night Package (Not offered on 3 to 5-night sailings)
- 5-Night Package (Only offered on 10+ night sailings)
- Unlimited Dining Package
Royal Caribbean’s Unlimited Dining Package allows cruisers to enjoy multiple specialty restaurants every night of their cruise for one low price. With this package, guests can also enjoy lunch at specialty restaurants on embarkation day and sea days.
Yes, in theory, you can dine at more than one restaurant on any given evening of your cruise pending availability. Also, there is no limit to the number of times you can dine at a specialty restaurant.
As an additional perk, you will receive a discount of 40% off bottles of wine under $100 and 20% off bottles above $100 while dining in specialty restaurants.
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Royal Caribbean Unlimited Dining Package Details
Cruisers can book the Royal Caribbean Unlimited Dining Package pre-cruise using the online Cruise Planner. You might even be able to score a deal if you time your purchase with a cruise planner sale or promotion.
Gratuities are included in all dining packages that are purchased pre-cruise. However, dining packages purchased onboard will have an 18% gratuity added to the purchase price.
When purchasing Royal Caribbean’s Unlimited Dining Package before your cruise, the cruise line will automatically make a courtesy reservation for you for the first night of your sailing. However, you will need to make the remaining reservations once onboard the ship. You can also make any changes to this courtesy reservation once onboard the ship.
Unfortunately, Unlimited Dining Package reservations are subject to availability, and popular specialty restaurants do book up quickly. With that said, we suggest you make your remaining reservations immediately upon boarding the cruise ship.
Remember, other cruisers who are not using this dining plan still have the ability to make reservations at these specialty restaurants pre-cruise.
This is the biggest disadvantage of Royal Caribbean’s Unlimited Dining Package. Competitor lines do allow you to make reservations before you board even with a dining package.
Cruisers must book Specialty Dining Packages at least two days prior to boarding. These specialty dining packages may not be available for every sail date. Further, they are limited and can sell out.
Similar to a beverage package, cruisers must purchase the Unlimited Dining Package on Royal Caribbean for the entire length of the cruise. The pricing for the package does vary based on cruise ship, time of year, and itinerary.
Though, unlike a beverage package, not everyone in your stateroom needs to purchase a dining package. However, cruisers can not share these packages.
Royal Caribbean dining package refunds must be processed on the first day of the voyage and are non-refundable after the first use.
When dining at a specialty restaurant, children between the ages of 0-5 are complimentary. Children ages 6-12 are $10 per child. Though, children must order from the kids menu.
What’s Included in the Unlimited Dining Package?
For restaurants with a flat fee cover charge, this dining package entitles cruisers to all the starters and desserts they wish to order. Restaurants like Chops Grille or Hooked Seafood do charge additional fees for a second entrée.
For restaurants with a la carte pricing, you’ll receive a $35 food credit. Portside BBQ, Playmakers, and Giovanni’s Wine Bar are the exceptions, as you will only receive a $20 food credit. Honestly, this credit is enough for a 3-course meal at these casual specialty dining options.
Teppanyaki and Izumi Hibachi are included in Royal Caribbean’s Unlimited Dining Package; however, there is an additional $10 surcharge, charged at the time of dining.
Premium items such as the seafood tower or upgraded steaks at Chops Grille will have an up-charge. These items are noted in the restaurant’s menu or you can always clarify with your server before ordering.
Additionally, Royal Caribbean’s Unlimited Dining Package is not valid for premium experiences including Chef’s Table, Wine Pairing Dinners, Taste of Royal, and Mystery Dinner Theater.
Further, the Unlimited Dining Package does not include alcoholic beverages, non-alcoholic beverages, or specialty drinks like smoothies unless you also have a beverage package.
Is Royal Caribbean’s Unlimited Dining Package Worth It?
We did an analysis of Royal Caribbean’s Unlimited Dining Package on a 3-day Navigator of the Seas cruise back in 2019.
Booking the package pre-cruise at sale pricing, we saved over 50% by having the meal plan versus paying out of pocket for our dining experiences. We would say that was a good deal!
Now, would we have dined at all those specialty restaurants if we didn’t have the Unlimited Dining Package, probably not.
While we have not used the Unlimited Dining Package on a 7-day cruise yet, this package was available for $217 per person for our recent Wonder of the Seas cruise. This equates to around $31 per day. Of note, the package did sell out before the actual sail date.
If you plan to dine at a specialty restaurant each evening, this would be a good deal as the prices for individual specialty restaurants run well upwards of $40+ each. This is of course to say that you are able to secure reservations for a specialty restaurant each day once you are onboard the ship.
While specialty restaurants do book up quickly, we were told that some reservations are reserved exclusively for those with dining packages. Though, our recommendation would still be to make your reservations immediately upon boarding the ship.
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