Hapag-Lloyd Europa2 14 Days
Hapag-Lloyd Europa2 14 Days
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So we have a group of 7 booked on the Riviera. My parents are booked in the suite so they are able to make their specialty restaurants early and added us as their guests. They have 2 reservations in each restaurant. When we tried to add the rest of the guests to the extra reservations we were told that is not possible since the other guests ( the 5 of us) have already used up their allotted 4. Is this correct?You do not say what Cat you are in
I would suggest that your parents speak to their butler as soon as you board and let him handle adding you to their reservations. I am assuming when you say they are in a suite you mean something above a PH. Suite passengers normally get whatever they want.
You do not say what Cat you are inThanks for the suggestion, we have 2 cabins B2 and B4 and my parents are in OC. Since so many posts have gone on and on about the 4 specialty restaurants we wanted to maximize our dining experience at the 4. This is our first time on O and we are all very excited!
But if you are added to your parents reservation & your Cat is allowed 1 reservation in each restaurant then yes you have used your quota
You could ask once onboard to get a seating with your parents if space permits
I found the GDR to be fine sometimes it was a little slow but we did not mind as we were not in a hurry
We are recently off Marina and an OC level. We asked if traveling companions could be added to our remaining specialty reservations. Contrary to the suggestions above, we were advised O's policy is strictly on an as available basis processed through the normal request channel if the other category had used their alloted guarantees. No additional consideration.Of course that has to be the official policy, if only to keep the Suite Guests from being hectored.
Of course that has to be the official policy, if only to keep the Suite Guests from being hectored.We tip "at the door" in large cities, but on a ship where we will be seeing the maître d' night after night, we generally get to know him by name, ask for the tables that we would like specifically (we tend to favor certain waitstaff over a given location), and then commend him in our end of cruise survey and tip at that time.
Tipping a maître d' in order to get a good table isn't in the rule book either, but one learns to do what works [/quote
We prefer to dine earlier than later (6:30ish) and also prefer a table for two.
On our past O cruises we were given tables in a variety of locations....noticing
over time, that there are levels of table locations...good, better, best. If we were to tip the Maitre d' at the particular dining rooms, could we get the best location? We use this tipping practice at home but did not know whether this was the same on a cruise.
Will do that on our upcoming Marina cruise...BTW.. we took you up on a few of your recommendations & would like to thank you, especially: Cipriani Hotel-Venice, Rueben-London and a few tour companies including Alain from DreamTours..Il est un Tres bon et beau guide! Bon Voyage on your Riviera Cruise can't wait to read your reviews.
We tip "at the door" in large cities, but on a ship where we will be seeing the maître d' night after night, we generally get to know him by name, ask for the tables that we would like specifically (we tend to favor certain waitstaff over a given location), and then commend him in our end of cruise survey and tip at that time.
As for preferring the specialty restaurants over the GDR, that's something I've never understood. The menus in the specialtys rarely, if ever, change. After nearly 6 years of traveling on Oceania ships, I think we've tried every dish we want to try, and have settled on our favorites -- but that gets boring, and we're reminded that the menu in the GDR is always exciting, and changes every night (unless you're on board several weeks).Well said, Don. We too much enjoy the GDR, the variety, ambience, service and as you mention, the conversation.
As for the Terrace, is the special grill worth the hustle and bustle, sometimes crowding, waiting in line, and the noise level? And, don't forget them clearing your table while you're waiting in line for dessert! Again, it's personal preference, but we much prefer the relaxed, elegant atmosphere of the GDR. We enjoy converstations with our table mates and have never noticed that service is slow -- sometimes we're the last to leave, because we're still talking! I've never noticed an excessive noise level; the Terrace is much buzzier and busier to me. Also, much of the food on the buffet is identical to the GDR. I do enjoy the made-to-order pasta at the Terrace.
To the point that we make every attempt to even have breakfast in the GDR except when we have an early tour, and then we might do breakfast in the room. I've made as many as four circuits of the Terrace buffet tryng to find a table, sometimes with no luck, and when I do find one, it seems best for one of us to "stake it out" while the other gets food -- which generally results in us not really eating together.