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6 hours ago, tiny260 said:

 

We haven't done it yet, but we still say we are going to do WJ for dinner.

I’m planning on this this summer...2 port days in Florence and Rome is going to make us too tired for a 2 hour dinner.

i think we got spoiled on our first cruise on vision.  We ate mdr early seating and had the best waitstaff ever.  Both were so good down to where our drinks were waiting when we arrived.  They brought my picky teen Mac and cheese every night, and brought sliders as an appetizer for my other carnivore teen.  I had no idea how great this was until my mediocre service on my next two cruises.  We will do my time the next 3 cruises because we have at least 3 specialty meals on each one and I just don’t feel it’s fair to strand other people at a big table.  If my time is not great (and it was just ok last time) then windjammer it will be!  Jane

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  • 3 months later...

We got burned so bad by some of our table mates in 2016 and 2017 that we have switched exclusively to specialty dinning and/or MTD.

We have a 13 night planned in 2020, so that will be hard to do all specialty so probably more MTD.

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33 minutes ago, tiny260 said:

We got burned so bad by some of our table mates in 2016 and 2017 that we have switched exclusively to specialty dinning and/or MTD.

We have a 13 night planned in 2020, so that will be hard to do all specialty so probably more MTD.

Sorry that happened, Tiny. My wife and I usually request a table for two, early seating in the MDR and always get it. Haven't tried any of the specialty dining yet, but, we plan to. :27_sunglasses:

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On 1/5/2019 at 2:14 PM, mom2mybugs said:

See... Another reason for you to stay suite...CK!!!!   Jane

 

On 1/5/2019 at 3:04 PM, Lovetocruise2002 said:

Exactly! ?

Ok you are going to have to add me to the above comments!  After my first experience with CK I fell in love, and honestly see myself looking at a JS or above for our next cruise, and I am also only desiring ships that have a CK on them!  Please do not take my word for it, @mom2mybugs as well as @Lovetocruise2002 will sing praises for CK as well!  I like trying a few of the other restaurants and the service that we got there was wonderful and the meals were great, I just think that CK is on par with the specialty dining and with the small intimate setting and the crew being extremely attentive to your needs it brings it up a few notches for me.  

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6 minutes ago, bhageerah said:

 

Ok you are going to have to add me to the above comments!  After my first experience with CK I fell in love, and honestly see myself looking at a JS or above for our next cruise, and I am also only desiring ships that have a CK on them!  Please do not take my word for it, @mom2mybugs as well as @Lovetocruise2002 will sing praises for CK as well!  I like trying a few of the other restaurants and the service that we got there was wonderful and the meals were great, I just think that CK is on par with the specialty dining and with the small intimate setting and the crew being extremely attentive to your needs it brings it up a few notches for me.  

To add to this, I tested out this theory as it have long suspected it. On our last cruise, we were Star class so we went all specialty, for the most part. I can confidently say that CK rivals all specialty, and is even better for some dishes. And places like Chops, Chef’s table, and 150 CP have the same dishes that CK has. 

@Matt I feel like we need a #teamCK shirt here!! ?

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5 minutes ago, Lovetocruise2002 said:

To add to this, I tested out this theory as it have long suspected it. On our last cruise, we were Star class so we went all specialty, for the most part. I can confidently say that CK rivals all specialty, and is even better for some dishes. And places like Chops, Chef’s table, and 150 CP have the same dishes that CK has. 

@Matt I feel like we need a #teamCK shirt here!! ?

Ummm....all I want to know is where do I send my money? ??

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2 hours ago, Lovetocruise2002 said:

To add to this, I tested out this theory as it have long suspected it. On our last cruise, we were Star class so we went all specialty, for the most part. I can confidently say that CK rivals all specialty, and is even better for some dishes. And places like Chops, Chef’s table, and 150 CP have the same dishes that CK has. 

@Matt I feel like we need a #teamCK shirt here!! ?

Out of curiosity, which are the dishes you are referring to? Trying to make a mental list of what to make sure I try for my cruise! 

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1 hour ago, spiralqueen said:

Both, if it’s not too much of a bother! I consider you a CK expert ?

My favourite dishes from CK:

Filet Mignon (also at Chops), Pork Belly (also at 150CP)

Pappardelle

Braised Beef Gnocchi, Grilled Tofu

Vegetable and Bean Cassoulet

Braised Short Rib (this is at one the specialty but cannot remember which one), Wild Mushroom Consomme

Creamy Truffle Risotto, Butter Poached Lobster

There also the Tomato Soup, which is very comparable to Chef's Table (I think)

Favourite Desserts from CK:

CK Cheesecake (very similar to the one at Chops)

Valrhona Chocolate Bar (I've seen this at Chef's table)

Crunchy Chocolate Bar, Coconut Tapioca

...now I am hungry...

 

 

 

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I am also in the boat where I am tired of Specialty dining.  the Menus are uninspiring and rarely change (CHOPS / GIOVANNIS) if you eat there every night plus lunches on an unlimited package.  150 Central Park used to have 2 different menus on a 7 night cruise, now they just have one for the whole week.  Someone mentioned the starters being uninspiring in the specialty restaurants, thats so true.  The only starter I truly enjoyed was the very garlicky anchovy filled caesar salad from 150 Central Park.  

I feel like the MDR and Windjammer have a great variety of options throughout the week, especially the salad bar at lunches in the MDR.  

 

 

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I feel if you are looking for a variety your best options are MDR or WJ. MDR  has the classics every night such as @Matt favorite, Spaghetti Bolognese, but the rest changes nightly as does the selections in the WJ with specialty nights thrown in. Although we've done Izumi's, Giovanni's and Chops, and probably will do a couple again on our upcoming cruise, we couldn't do a full cruise of them. Although good, not enough variety for us for an entire cruise. Some people like to eat at the same restaurants 2-3 days a week, which is fine for them. That's just not us.

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We've slowly become disenchanted with the quality of food and frantic service in the MDR (with the exception of a Vision cruise in early 2016; the food that cruise blew us away).  On our most recent cruise we deliberately decided not to visit the MDR at all as an experiment (for lack of a better term) to see if we'd like cruising that way better.  Since we were on Rhapsody with only three specialty restaurants, I picked up the 3 night dining package, and we planned the other days in the Windjammer (specifically Indian and Caribbean nights).  

Night 1 was at Izumi, and the waiter was one of the best I've ever had, land or sea. Enjoyed him so much we wound up booking the sushi making class as well as our last night at Izumi again!  I don't remember what order we did the rest but we wound up in the WJ for Caribbean night and I think German night and two others (Indian was on the buffet each evening), and we also did Chops and Giovannis.  

Pros:

We were able to eat when we wanted to; 7:15pm today, 6:30pm tomorrow? No problem!

Less stress. We didn't have to rush to get to the early seating after a day off ship (we have kids so late seating is out).

Less cost (almost)! Not having to pay airline fees for an additional bag of "fancy" clothes and shoes that we would only wear for a few hours saved money, and was used to subsidize the cost of the speciality restaurants.

The Windjammer food was of better quality and better selection than the tired MDR menu, IMHO. No pathetic dried out duck with a side of red cabbage...that has been on the menu since the time Noah was captain of Arc of the Seas.

Cons:

None, really. We didn't miss it at all. They missed us, though. They called on Day 3 to inquire as to why we weren't showing up.

I wish I could say "we're done" with the MDR but that wouldn't be true as our next cruise is on Majesty which I don't think has speciality restaurants.  But I think it's pretty unlikely we'll be back in the MDR very often in the future.

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I can see how the menus can get old for those who cruise multiple times a year or every year. But for someone like us, who only cruise every couple of years, it's fine.

I'm waiting for the day when we cruise enough that the menus get tiresome. 

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3 hours ago, Lovetocruise2002 said:

 

YUM! ?

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I will definitely be trying this. If something sounds so strange, but dared to be put on a menu, it is screaming "TRY ME"! One of my favorite sushi rolls is a salmon skin roll. To me, that sounded completely unappetizing, so I tried it. A.M.A.Z.I.N.G. So, yes I will try this!

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