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1 hour ago, OutToSea said:

on a oasis class ship? the difference is huge and the onion rings are better

You probably aren't a diner person.  Sitting at a diner counter or booth is kind of a thing.  When I was working (and single), eating breakfast at a diner was a real treat.  At Johnny Rockets, I'm not sure the food quality is the point.  That is why Royal has different venues for different folks, moods, experiences....

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8 hours ago, Ampurp85 said:

Well, a burger at Playmakers is $10-ish dollars for just the burger and fries. At JR you pay the $12 and can get as much as you want plus dessert and a soda. 

This is the reason I can see... but I absolutely loved the burger at Playmakers on Indy last month. The garlic parm fries that came with it were excellent too. Some good drinks at Playmakers too like The Pitch (Long Island with Midori & Sprite instead of coke and one other liquor) and the Goalpost Margarita (pineapple and jalapeno).

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36 minutes ago, OCSC Mike said:

This is the reason I can see... but I absolutely loved the burger at Playmakers on Indy last month. The garlic parm fries that came with it were excellent too. Some good drinks at Playmakers too like The Pitch (Long Island with Midori & Sprite instead of coke and one other liquor) and the Goalpost Margarita (pineapple and jalapeno).

Were are not sport bar people.  We walked in and out of Playmaker's on Symphony without stopping.  I didn't know they served food 🙂

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1 hour ago, Toby said:

Were are not sport bar people.  We walked in and out of Playmaker's on Symphony without stopping.  I didn't know they served food 🙂

They also have an amazing s'more cookie dessert.

It's a nice enough looking sports bar but we were just there for the food and drinks. 😋

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I like the different strokes attitude. My first inclination was to demean Johnny Rockets and tout Playmakers (because I LOVE PM). After reading the string of comments, I agree that there is a place for both on the ships. My favorite ship is the Independence because Playmakers is next to the Casino. I get free drinks in the Casino and great food next door. If I could move a bed in, I would be set.

I was on the Independence at Coco Cay last week. The Freedom was also there. The bartenders at Cpt Jacks were off the Freedom and remembered us from the cruise last month. They were Playmaker bartenders. Lets just say my Diamond drinks stretched out pretty far. They remember good tippers who are nice to them.

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We have eaten at both and would echo the comment from Ryan79.  We really have been disappointed by JR most of the time over the years (some times much better than others).  We have eaten at playmakers once and we were pleased overall.  We will be trying that again and see how it goes over time.  For us it was not the difference in the money as much as it was about the tastes/experiences.  Don't let me mislead you, I would also not go if the price was outrageous for the food/drink.

 

Enjoy the experiences!

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5 hours ago, smokeybandit said:

I ask a lot of "why would anyone want to do that?" type questions on cruises. But people do want to. The wide range of activities and restaurants are what make cruising something for everyone.

You should mean like chain smoke all day on the pool deck ? Lmao 🤣 

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One could go to the Windjammer and eat a "free' burger with fries at no additional cost.  One could ask why on earth would anyone go to PM or JR versus going to the WJ?  

One could order a Royal Burger from room service for just $7.95 (plus 18% service charge) and it would be cheaper than either JR or PM.  However sitting in your cabin, especially an interior or OV cabin, eating a burger is not the same as sitting in a venue eating a burger.  

I recently did the Royal Burger using room service and I included chicken wings and a salad and I still paid just $7.95 which is a much better deal compared to PM where the PM Burger and PM Wings carry separate charges.  The Royal Burger from room service also uses wagyu beef and it's very good.  Very much enjoyed on my balcony.  

Naturally if someone has the UDP that changes the math.

We are fortunate we have so many choices and each of us can decide how to cruise and how to enjoy a burger on board. 

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Why would anyone eat a dry burger onboard from any venue when they can eat interesting entrees and appetizers all day long that most of us would never bother to cook at home (unless from room service at midnight LOL)? We prefer a full dining experience for breakfast, lunch, and dinner whenever possible, I can slum it at home at a much lower cost.

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9 hours ago, Swar said:

My favorite ship is the Independence because Playmakers is next to the Casino. I get free drinks in the Casino and great food next door. If I could move a bed in, I would be set.

The staff at Playmakers on Indy was amazing. They held my #1 Playmakers spot for a while but now that belongs to the one on Mariner. They were fantastic to me on the group cruise and never batted an eye at my last minute closing time to go order requests, which they happily delivered next door to the pub!

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36 minutes ago, AshleyDillo said:

The staff at Playmakers on Indy was amazing. They held my #1 Playmakers spot for a while but now that belongs to the one on Mariner. They were fantastic to me on the group cruise and never batted an eye at my last minute closing time to go order requests, which they happily delivered next door to the pub!

I have to hit the Mariner again. We had a not so good time overall. First time and only time I have ever heard a crew member complain about management (X3). Hope things have improved. 

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9 minutes ago, Swar said:

I have to hit the Mariner again. We had a not so good time overall. First time and only time I have ever heard a crew member complain about management (X3). Hope things have improved. 

If you do look for Virginia 🥰.  She's the only one I've ever dealt with there and has been amazing, even when I'm just using one of their outside tables to eat my food from Cafe Promenade. She's one of the rare folks I've mentioned on the after cruise survey by name! 

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55 minutes ago, AlohaLivin said:

Why would anyone eat a dry burger onboard from any venue when they can eat interesting entrees and appetizers all day long that most of us would never bother to cook at home (unless from room service at midnight LOL)? We prefer a full dining experience for breakfast, lunch, and dinner whenever possible, I can slum it at home at a much lower cost.

On a cool very windy day, we decided to eat lunch in the MDR instead of fighting the crowd at WJ.  Never again!  It was a very uncomfortable meal.  First and foremost, food was not particularly good.  Second, the wait staff seemed confused and distracted.  One would come over & ask for our order then 5 minutes later another would come over & ask for our order again. Food came out haphazardly & beverage service was almost non existent.  Not gonna do THAT again!!!

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9 minutes ago, Pooch said:

On a cool very windy day, we decided to eat lunch in the MDR instead of fighting the crowd at WJ.  Never again!  It was a very uncomfortable meal.  First and foremost, food was not particularly good.  Second, the wait staff seemed confused and distracted.  One would come over & ask for our order then 5 minutes later another would come over & ask for our order again. Food came out haphazardly & beverage service was almost non existent.  Not gonna do THAT again!!!

Oh so good to know! I was seriously thinking about trying lunch in MDR this next cruise. We do enjoy the quiet breakfast service, but see how lunch could be awkward. Thanks for the tip!

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16 hours ago, Pooch said:

On a cool very windy day, we decided to eat lunch in the MDR instead of fighting the crowd at WJ.  Never again!  It was a very uncomfortable meal.  First and foremost, food was not particularly good.  Second, the wait staff seemed confused and distracted.  One would come over & ask for our order then 5 minutes later another would come over & ask for our order again. Food came out haphazardly & beverage service was almost non existent.  Not gonna do THAT again!!!

We planned it that way to keep everyone out of the MDR, had to tip them heavily to discourage y’all 😂🤣 Different strokes for different folks, as with posts from all people here we were just giving our opinion as you give yours. 👍🏼

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2 hours ago, OCSC Mike said:

It would be a triple… The Playmakers burger already is a double. 😋

You can order it as a single. You can also order 6 wings vs 12 All tips on how to budget stomach space when you have the UDP and PM is a afternoon snack before dinner at 150 CP

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12 hours ago, FloatyBoaty said:

Oh so good to know! I was seriously thinking about trying lunch in MDR this next cruise. We do enjoy the quiet breakfast service, but see how lunch could be awkward. Thanks for the tip!

I have eaten lunch in the MDR in the past with no issues and it was definitely a very relaxing lunch hour and food was very good.  I have been reading this blog for quite some time now and topic answers can always go either way…good…bad.  
I do believe @Poochhad a tough experience but not necessarily everyone else’s will be the same.  My suggestion…if you would like to try the MDR for lunch…go ahead and try it.  

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