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Old May 6th, 2009, 05:15 PM
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Although nothing was officially announced the Specialty restaurants fleetwide are changing and not for the better. Much of the at table food presentation is being eliminated, menu is being changed and the cheese course has been changed to just a simple cheese plate.

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I really enjoy all of the X specialty restaurants. We're sailing on the Infinity in September, so it will be interesting to see how it's changed. Will be sure to report back.
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Although nothing was officially announced the Specialty restaurants fleetwide are changing and not for the better. Much of the at table food presentation is being eliminated, menu is being changed and the cheese course has been changed to just a simple cheese plate.

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Don if all this is true... we will not be dining..
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Fresh off the Constellation. On April 23rd we did a TA and dined at the Ocean Liner Restaurant. We always dine at least once at the specialty restaurants and found the Ocean Liner to be a delightful experience. Food was prepared tableside and yes, the cheese tray was available. In fact this experience was our best meal to date.

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Hi Chaz and Elaine:

Love-love-love Oceanliners Restaurant! Their Steak Diane is truly wonderul, just melts in your mouth.

I like their presentation. It's the little things that make it a memorable experience (lifting of the silver warmer tops together, table-side preparation, the harpist...).

IMHO, this specialty restaurant deserves every cent of the $30 / pp fee.
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IMHO, this specialty restaurant deserves every cent of the $30 / pp fee.
Just to clarify... What you really pay to dine in the specialty restaurant is not just $30 per person. Rather, it is $30 per person plus the meal that you are not eating in the main dining room.

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You're absolutely right Norm, thanks. Not only that, but it really does cover the gratuity as well, many pax do not realize that.
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You're absolutely right Norm, thanks. Not only that, but it really does cover the gratuity as well, many pax do not realize that.
What's wrong with being pampered? That's what you are paying for. WE all know you've paid for your meal...but what you are paying for is the dining experience...I for one am willing to pay for ambience and service. If it doesn't fit your bill than skip it.

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You're absolutely right Norm, thanks. Not only that, but it really does cover the gratuity as well, many pax do not realize that.
What's wrong with being pampered? That's what you are paying for. WE all know you've paid for your meal...but what you are paying for is the dining experience...I for one am willing to pay for ambience and service. If it doesn't fit your bill than skip it.

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I don't think anyone was saying that, only an observation. We always have two or more dinners in the=X= specialty restaurants. I believe Norm does as well.
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What's wrong with being pampered? That's what you are paying for. WE all know you've paid for your meal...but what you are paying for is the dining experience...I for one am willing to pay for ambience and service. If it doesn't fit your bill than skip it.
There's nothing wrong with being pampered. If you want to dine in the specialty restaurant, by all means, do so. If you think that full gormet is worth $30 per person per occasion more than fine dining, go for it!

But in the past, a few posters on this board have asserted that the specialty restaurant is a phenominal value because the cost of dining there, with the royal treatment, is "only thirty dollars" with no consideration of the fact that they were foregoing a nice dinner in the main dining room for which they had already paid. For those who are weighing the value against the cost, I think that we should represent the true cost accurately.

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I don't think anyone was saying that, only an observation. We always have two or more dinners in the=X= specialty restaurants. I believe Norm does as well.
Ah, I'm not quite that rich, but I have dined in Celebrity's specialty restaurants on a couple occasions. On one cruise, some of our tablemates suggested going there as a group so the friend with whom I was travelling and I naturally went along -- and I would do so again. On another cruise, (westbound trans-Atlantic), I had over $600 in shipboard credit and had spent only about half of it with just one port of call remaining, so I invited the whole table to dine there. On the latter cruise, I still ended up buying $100 in casino chips on the last night to extract the rest of the credit. Celebrity lost on that one -- I actually made about $50 at the Blackjack table....

But I also would go to the specialty restaurant if I were travelling with somebody -- especially a teenage child -- who had never experienced dining in that sort of restaurant.

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WOW.>Wish I were one of y our guests Rev.. We thoroughly enjoyed the "show" and were blown away by the cheese trolley.. BTW we ask for a cheese, fruit and cracker plate pre dinner with our drinks in the MDR.. usually two plates do it. Nice touch.
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