Disappointed in Club Class

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#1
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Just off the Regal. Because we were in a full suite we were eligible for Club Class dining. One good thing was we didn't have to wait to be seated. That was virtually the only difference we saw between Club Class and Anytime dining. If there were any special presentations or dishes offered, we were not made aware of them.


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Good to know. Thanks for posting.
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#4
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Originally posted by Mo_Cruising
Just off the Regal. Because we were in a full suite we were eligible for Club Class dining. One good thing was we didn't have to wait to be seated. That was virtually the only difference we saw between Club Class and Anytime dining. If there were any special presentations or dishes offered, we were not made aware of them.


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We had a similar experience on CB in April. We were also in a full suite.
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Not surprised, it was a rushed concept to compete with Celebrity. Rushed concepts rarely work.
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We had Club Class last month on the Grand. Our waiter told us the special each evening. It was mostly pasta..One night it was Steak Diane however the meat was precooked in the Galley then warmed with the sauce in the CG area.. Mine was over cooked twice.
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#7
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The difference in price doesn't warrant the small perk especially if you're elite status. On a seven night cruise we could eat every night in a specialty restaurant and still pay less had we paid for a club class mini VS a regular mini. Since it comes with a full suite it might be a good perk but not if it costs extra as with a mini suite.
#8
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Originally posted by LARGIN
We had Club Class last month on the Grand. Our waiter told us the special each evening. It was mostly pasta..One night it was Steak Diane however the meat was precooked in the Galley then warmed with the sauce in the CG area.. Mine was over cooked twice.
Over cooked twice! I'd hate that.
#9
Virginia
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I haven't experienced it yet, but I do have a full suite booked on several cruises next year. If it wasn't a full suite perk, I wouldn't pay the extra cost of a regular mini suite to a CC mini suite. As Cruzsnooze said, I'd rather book specialty dining instead of just basically having Any Time Dining with MDR menu and an extra pasta dish. Celebrity Luminae and RCCL Coastal Kitchen are really worth the extra money. Both restaurants have dedicated menus with upgraded steak, etc.
#10
North Carolina
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Joined Sep 2016
Was on the Coral in May. Full suite and loved the CC dining. We had one additional entree every night & a special appetizer. Our wait staff was awesome!


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Chico, California
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The only real benefit is true anytime dining with a dedicated wait staff. It seems Princess is having no problem selling the Club Class Mini Suites so, whether it is of value to most folks or not, it seems to be a successful ploy.
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#12
Burbank, CA
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Was on the Ruby in a full suite this April. It was great to walk in and be sat immediately but when asked about the nights "special" the answer was always extra shrimp. Flambeed, sauteed, or in a sauce.
#13
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Wonder why some say there were no "special offerings" in CC for dinner and other say there were.... ???
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#14
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Originally posted by OCruisers
Wonder why some say there were no "special offerings" in CC for dinner and other say there were.... ???
Could if be another procedure that varies based on the Princess cruise?

Based on the price difference & only the dining options being different than the elite benefits, Club Class won't be in our future. But for those willing to pay extra for CC features that's another option for them to consider.
#15
Battle Ground, WA
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Joined Apr 2003
We were on the Ruby in May and were upgraded to a CC mini. Since we had signed up for traditional dining before the upgrade, we decided to stay with it, since we enjoy meeting new people this way. The service in traditional dining was marginal. Our waiters were responsible for two tables of 8, two of 6 and two of 4. Dinner usually took about 90 minutes and quite often they got our orders mixed. One night we had an event that would have interfered with our dinner, so we decided to try CC. What a difference! The waiters told us of the specials each night, although I would have preferred if they had been written out. While we didn't have seat mates, the 2-top next to us was close enough that the four of us were able to talk. We didn't have to wait forever for our food to come. We enjoyed CC two more times during the cruise and decided that it was well worth the extra cost for a CC cabin.
#16
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The 'extra' dining option is at the discretion of the EC right now and based on what they have available on board. So if people are not ordering a lot of shrimp, guess what the extra option will be. I'm sure some ECs take it more seriously than others.

As far as I know the eventual intent was to standardize the extra items across the fleet, but it appears that hasn't happened yet.
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#17
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Originally posted by shirazcruiser
I haven't experienced it yet, but I do have a full suite booked on several cruises next year. If it wasn't a full suite perk, I wouldn't pay the extra cost of a regular mini suite to a CC mini suite. As Cruzsnooze said, I'd rather book specialty dining instead of just basically having Any Time Dining with MDR menu and an extra pasta dish. Celebrity Luminae and RCCL Coastal Kitchen are really worth the extra money. Both restaurants have dedicated menus with upgraded steak, etc.
Even booking Aqua Class on Celebrity with Blu as your MDR is money better spent. If it comes as a suite perk it's a nice idea to have the privilege of being seated immediately but I would book a sky suite on Celebrity before I would booked a mini suite on Princess. Celebrity offers more suite perks
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Redondo Beach, CA
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Joined Apr 2008
Originally posted by towhee
We were on the Ruby in May and were upgraded to a CC mini. Since we had signed up for traditional dining before the upgrade, we decided to stay with it, since we enjoy meeting new people this way. The service in traditional dining was marginal. Our waiters were responsible for two tables of 8, two of 6 and two of 4. Dinner usually took about 90 minutes and quite often they got our orders mixed. One night we had an event that would have interfered with our dinner, so we decided to try CC. What a difference! The waiters told us of the specials each night, although I would have preferred if they had been written out. While we didn't have seat mates, the 2-top next to us was close enough that the four of us were able to talk. We didn't have to wait forever for our food to come. We enjoyed CC two more times during the cruise and decided that it was well worth the extra cost for a CC cabin.
This sure sounds like a further downgrade of the MDR rather than a new option with some additional perks. Club Class must meet the MDR standards of a few years ago. A shame.
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Chelsea MA
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Originally posted by South Bay SueB
This sure sounds like a further downgrade of the MDR rather than a new option with some additional perks. Club Class must meet the MDR standards of a few years ago. A shame.
I totally agree with you.
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#20
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Originally posted by Iamcruzin
Even booking Aqua Class on Celebrity with Blu as your MDR is money better spent. If it comes as a suite perk it's a nice idea to have the privilege of being seated immediately but I would book a sky suite on Celebrity before I would booked a mini suite on Princess. Celebrity offers more suite perks
We had a full suite on Celebrity Infinity and loved the food in Blu. But last summer, on the Silhouette, we were in Aqua class and the food in Blu was mediocre. We tried the MDR about halfway through the cruise and liked it much better (especially escargot every night). Won't spend extra for Aqua ever again.
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