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Old February 26th, 2004, 09:06 PM
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Default Mariner Dining Menu "Dinner"

Going on the Mariner, Western Caribbean in April. Does anyone have a copy of the dinner menu for this seven day cruise? We were kinda wondering what days we should try for reservations at Chops and Portifinos. Thought seeing the menus ahead of time will help us make these decisions. Also would like to know how much people tip in these dining rooms. I know the tip is suposedly included in the $25.00 cover charge but I feel we should leave extra. What would be acceptable?
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Old February 27th, 2004, 01:15 AM
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The food was simply bad last December on Mariner.

If you are used to good food on vacations, you will be very dissapointed. Everything I ate had little, was tough, or tasted like it had been sitting in metal for days. The breads and cheeses were particularly poor.

Portofino's and Chops were very good though.

They have gone waaaay downhill over the past two years in my opinion.

Yes... always leave extra if the service is good. They work so hard!

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Old February 27th, 2004, 07:30 AM
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We were on the Mariner a month ago and the food was fantastic. Well, breakfast in the dining room left A LOT to be desired, including the service. Lunch and dinner meals were wonderful every night, especially in Portofino's. We ate at a table of eight, and no one ever disliked their meals. This was my fiance's seventh cruise, and he said it was the best food he'd had on a cruise yet. Maybe it was just an off December week.
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Old February 27th, 2004, 05:46 PM
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Yeah I don't know.... I thought Chops and Portofino were GREAT, but the main dinning food was just below-average. Nothing great. Same with the Windjammer for lunch---just awful! RCI is just a a mass-market line, so what can we expect? It was better on Serenade of the Seas though.
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