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Cancunyogi
February 4th, 2006, 07:27 PM
Does anyone know what's the earliest reser. we can get @ Portifinos. We have an excursion in Aruba @7:45pm - So we want to be out of there no later than 7:20pm. - Is this possible. Also, on the 2nd formal night, if we eat at portifinos can we go casual? - Thanks so much. Leaving on Adventure of the Seas TOMMORROW BABY!;)

1corona4u
February 4th, 2006, 07:31 PM
Does anyone know what's the earliest reser. we can get @ Portifinos. We have an excursion in Aruba @7:45pm - So we want to be out of there no later than 7:20pm. - Is this possible. Also, on the 2nd formal night, if we eat at portifinos can we go casual? - Thanks so much. Leaving on Adventure of the Seas TOMMORROW BABY!;)

The attire is smart casual at Chops and Portofino. It's in the daily compass when you get to the cabin. I just looked at the compass I have and it says 6:00-10:00 pm. Maybe you should go there on another night?

Cancunyogi
February 4th, 2006, 07:45 PM
If we get in there right at 6:00, we'll have almost 90 minutes to eat. -There's only two of us. That should be O.K. - It's either that or we go to the Windjammer (we have the late seating for the main dining room) - Thanks for the info. :)

1corona4u
February 4th, 2006, 07:49 PM
If we get in there right at 6:00, we'll have almost 90 minutes to eat. -There's only two of us. That should be O.K. - It's either that or we go to the Windjammer (we have the late seating for the main dining room) - Thanks for the info. :)

When you get there, I'd tell the waiter/waitress, because in both Chops, and Portofino, it took us nearly 2 hours, but if you let them know, maybe they can move it along....

Merion_Mom
February 4th, 2006, 08:10 PM
If we get in there right at 6:00, we'll have almost 90 minutes to eat. -There's only two of us. That should be O.K. - It's either that or we go to the Windjammer (we have the late seating for the main dining room) - Thanks for the info. :)
My recollection (which is admittedly imperfect) is that the Windjammer re-opens for dinner at 7 P.M. At least, I know that it did on the Sovereign last week.

First seating for dinner in the Main Dining Room is 6 P.M. That seems like a better bet if you'll be even slightly rushed. Why rush something you are paying extra for, and should savor????

1corona4u
February 4th, 2006, 08:16 PM
My recollection (which is admittedly imperfect) is that the Windjammer re-opens for dinner at 7 P.M. At least, I know that it did on the Sovereign last week.

First seating for dinner in the Main Dining Room is 6 P.M. That seems like a better bet if you'll be even slightly rushed. Why rush something you are paying extra for, and should savor????

I agree. It's not a place you want to be rushed though. It's a night to really enjoy.

Cancunyogi
February 4th, 2006, 08:24 PM
Thanks for the advice. We'll shoot for another night.:(

Merion_Mom
February 4th, 2006, 08:27 PM
Don't frown, cancunyogi! You have seven wonderful nights to experience. They will ALL be wonderful! :)

philamom
February 4th, 2006, 08:30 PM
Can you make reservations in advance for Portofino??

Merion_Mom
February 4th, 2006, 08:35 PM
The instant you set foot on the ship. But not before. The easiest way is to walk up to the restaurant and speak to the Maitre D', who should be standing there, smiling, waiting for you. :)

nanfromatlanta
February 4th, 2006, 08:41 PM
You can't make reservations for either Portofinos or Chops until you board the ship.

Go there shortly after you board, and make your reservations for your preferred night. We usually check the back page of the daily Compass which will be on the bed in your room. It will have a schedule of all of the week's events. We make our reservations based on that schedule.

Often I hear that people try to plan for the specialty restaurants in advance. We always wait to see the new schedule, and plan from that, since it can change from week to week.

1corona4u
February 4th, 2006, 08:57 PM
I just read somewhere recently, that you do not need reservations for them on the first night of the cruise too....can't remember where I saw that....maybe in the compass...yep, just checked, and it's in the NOS compass from the first night.

Merion_Mom
February 4th, 2006, 09:01 PM
I don't understand how you can "not need reservations." :confused: :confused: :confused: What if 100 people show up at 7 o'clock???

1corona4u
February 4th, 2006, 09:08 PM
I don't understand how you can "not need reservations." :confused: :confused: :confused: What if 100 people show up at 7 o'clock???

I don't know...that's what it says.....maybe they would tell them to just come back later?....it's a puzzler for sure. Maybe people just don't normally go there because of the attire thing though, since they may not have their luggage or whatever....

kenandlaura06
February 4th, 2006, 09:34 PM
Maybe it is first come, first serve on the first night?!?!?!?

Merion_Mom
February 4th, 2006, 09:51 PM
On one "first night" on Explorer, Portofino's was only $10 each! (and it was my daughter's birthday, so we REALLY CELEBRATED!)