Unpretentious Windjammer Royal Caribbean

by R Long
January 20, 2023

What is Windjammer Royal Caribbean

The Windjammer is a buffet-style restaurant found on many of the Royal Caribbean’s cruise ships. It typically serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner and offers a variety of food options such as salad, sandwiches, hot entrees, and desserts. Some ships also have a Windjammer Bar, which serves drinks and snacks. It is a casual dining option for guests on a Royal Caribbean cruise.

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Windjammer Restaurant Buffet Hours

The buffet hours for the Windjammer Royal Caribbean Cruise Ships vary depending on the specific ship and itinerary. Typically, the Windjammer buffet is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Breakfast hours are usually from 6:30 am – 10:00 am, lunch hours are usually from 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm, and dinner hours are usually from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm.

However, the buffet hours may vary depending on the ship, the itinerary, and the time of year, please check with the ship’s daily program or ask the staff for the most updated hours of operation.

Is There a Dress Code for the Windjammer?

The dress code for the Windjammer buffet on Royal Caribbean ships is typically casual as there is no specific dress code. Guests are welcome to wear comfortable, casual clothing such as shorts, t-shirts, and sandals. Swimwear and bare feet are not allowed in the Windjammer buffet.

However, on some ships and on some days, there might be theme nights, which have a more specific dress code, usually smart casual, like a collared shirt and long pants for men and a sundress or pants for women.

Since the dress code is very casual and laid back if you have a coverup on top of your swimsuit you are usually welcome to enter the restaurant. Since the restaurant is usually situated next to the pool, it is convenient for those guests.

Is the Windjammer Royal Caribbean a Self Serve buffet?

On the Windjammer buffet, guests typically serve themselves. The buffet will have a variety of food stations with different options to choose from, and guests can help themselves to whatever they would like to eat.

There may be some food items that are prepared fresh by the crew members that will be served at different buffet stations. Many times on those stations, a crew member will serve the food.

On the buffet at the Windjammer Royal Caribbean cruise ships, the serving portions are not predetermined. Guests are able to take as much or as little as they want, whether it’s for a full plate or just a small sample. Since this is an open buffet concept, guests are able to go back to the buffet stations as many times as they wish, to get their food portion.

Can You Take Food Out of the Windjammer?

Royal Caribbean policy does not allow guests to take food to go from the Windjammer or any other restaurant on the ship. However, you can always ask the staff and if possible they might allow you to take some food for example for a picnic or for a late night snack, but it is not guaranteed.

What are Recent Changes to the Windjammer Royal Caribbean?

Due to the covid pandemic, crew members plated food for guests in buffet areas. Now, the cruise line is bringing back self-service options to the Windjammer on their ships.

Grab-and-go dishes and single-serving portions will continue as a permanent offering on Royal Caribbean cruise ships. It became popular during Covid so the cruise line decided to continue that option.

“On cruises departing on or after April 2, 2022, Royal Caribbean International will bring back self-service dining in guest-favorite venues on board, including the Windjammer Marketplace, Solarium Bistro, and at private destinations.”


The Windjammer Royal Caribbean is a great concept for all of the royal Caribbean cruises. It is one of the reasons we like Royal Caribbean Lines.

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