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Old May 13th, 2004, 05:25 PM
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I've heard about a special at Chop's and Portofino that in port days/at lunch there is only a $10 charge. Is this true? Is the food as good at lunch as at dinner? I don't mind paying the $20 LIKE OTHERS that hate paying the surcharges...but just wanted to know. Also is it any cheaper for "kids" ages 13 and 15?
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Old May 13th, 2004, 07:54 PM
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I don't know why I'm responding other than to tell you that Chops was worth the $20/pp. We went at dinner, without kids, it was delicious and relaxing. I didn't hear anything about it being cheaper at lunch or for children or young adults.
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Again, the $20 charge is not a big deal to me, but if you can save money why not do it?
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mahirsch,

I don't know why I'm responding other than to tell you that Chops was worth the $20/pp.

Unfortunately, you have been lured into the "sucker" thinking on which specialty restaurants prey. The real cost is not $20 per person. The real cost is $20 per person plus the value of the meal that you did not eat in the dining room, so it's more like $70 to $80 per person or more.

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Good point Norm, unless you have enough room for both restaurants
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I know i just spent $150 for a nice steak dinner in Houston.
Your gonna tell me its not a bargin at $20 on vacation.
Try eating at the Atlantis hotel .
Give me a friggin break.
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Cruiseguy- This post bugs you, but I don't see why. You seem like you are a "seasoned cruiser" and enjoy the finer things. Not everyone blows $150 bucks on a steak. Obviously you didn't read the whole post. I said "Again, the $20 charge is not a big deal to me, but if you can save money why not do it?" I don't see how this post affects you, so don't respond to it.
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Old May 14th, 2004, 09:51 PM
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Does the $20 include the tip, too or is that extra?

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LauriA,
The $20 is for the food only. Tipping is extra.
Hope this helps.

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Actually, the $20 is called a "service fee", so that would include the gratuity, which is the charge for service.

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In the ships daily newspaper where it advertised Chops and Portifinos, it read that the cost was $20.00 and that gratuity WAS already included. Now, that being said you might choose to give an additional tip as the service is outstanding.
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Old May 16th, 2004, 08:57 AM
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We tried Chops last week and it was superb. The $20 included tips but there were no special offers on port days.
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Norm,

When it comes to this subject, besides myself you are about the only one who can see through the fog. Your exactly right. And why is everyone still mentioning the $20pp fee. Its now $25. and going up, but no one minds paying. In fact from peoples attitudes, you wish it was a lot more. Do the math, Norm is right, it is a whole lot more.
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This is confusing. On our celeb cruise the extra 25pp for specialty rest was first said to be for service but we were told when we got there that it was a ship's charge & that tips were at our discretion--of course noone wants to stiff the waiters so we left a generous tip. Between the service charge , extra wine & the tip it was an expensive but enjoyable treat. I think it should all be clarified. On our next Royal cruise we will go to one of the extra rests. unless the fees go higher.
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The tip is included in the specialty restaurants, as it is in Johnny Rockets and even on your liquor purchases.

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This is weird. I was on the AOS, and when they asked for my SeaPass to charge for the meal, it CLEARLY specified that the $20 were for the meal, and the tipping was extra. They even charge it separately from the meal. Inoticed this on my final SeaPass bill.
I should mention thoug that they do deserve the tipping, as the service is much better than in the dining room, outstanding really, and the food is excellent, but now I am very confused if they do consider the tipping as part of the $20 or not.

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The food is free, there is a $25 surcharge to eat there, tips are included. When you sign there is still a place for tips, just put the $25 down, believe me, if they expected you to tip extra, RCI would make it clear.
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Well, actually they do expect tipping, and they did made it clear when I went there last year. But maybe things have changed. When i went, the charg was still $20, so who knows, maybe they expected tipping before on Portofinos and now they don't.

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This is from RCCL's site in regard to Portofino on AoS

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A nominal $20 USD fee applies per dining guest, including gratuities. Specialty beverages, beer, wine and soft drinks are offered at current bar menu prices; drink packages are also available. If you would like to bring your own wine or champagne to enjoy with your meal, we can tag and store your bottle and deliver it per your request. A corkage fee of $12 USD will apply.
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I just have to say that Chops onboard the Mariner is INCREDIBLE! I've sailed on the Mariner 3 times this year and have dined at Chops each time. I have another vacation booked on the Mariner for May 30th and I will plan on going to Chops again at least once during my cruise. The service is excellent and the food is most enjoyable. The cost is $20 and INCLUDES gratuity. However, I have always been so impressed with the service that I have always tipped extra.
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If anyone took the time to look at the receipt they are signing, they would notice that the amount is broken down, the fee and a 15% gratuity are seperately and clearly writen. All adding up to $25, which is what it cost on the Navigator.

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Why do some people give the price of the specialty restaurants as $20.00 and some say $25.00. We were on the Mariner April 4-11. The price was definately $20.00 at that time and we ate at both Chops and Portifinos. Is it a different price on different ships or did the price go up. If the price was raised, when did that happen?
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I can only answer for the Navigator, May 1 - 8. The price was $25 including tip, drinks extra. I don't know what it cost before that or what it will cost after that but is was $25 then.

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Can someone tell me which is better Chops or Port...? I want to try one when me and my boyfriend go. Which is more romantic which has better food? We will be on the Radiance this comming Dec. Thanks.
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I think you should try both --
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Now I'm confused Ssatterly.
You appear to be willing to pay the extra $20-$25 for a meal at Portofinos or Chops, but yet, you make a big deal over $3.95 for Johnny Rockets???

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On my cruise with my BF yes I want to try one of them if not both, But on my cruise with the kids and my mother I am not sure if I want to pay for Jr's. So whats the big deal?
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Your kids aren't worth the $3.95 one time on the cruise?

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I never said that. I am trying to get them to eat better foods than burgers at Jr's thats why I will not pay it.
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geez...one burger in a weeks time isn't going to hurt them.

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