Posted March 20th, 2011, 07:12 PM
Last edited by thepauls93; March 20th, 2011 at 07:31 PM
I'm going in two weeks and will get photo's of the menus.
I'm trying to figure out when would be good to do the steakhouse. Do you have a recommendation of what day?
Thank you so SOOOO very much you are such a dear heart.
I suggest when you first get on the ship to go up there & make them for one of the formal nights. I did not get to eat there this time, I would have loved to as I am a real foodie (I am a professional taste tester for the Senomyx Corp) but my DH isn't, he thinks the specialty dinner place is a waste of money, but he'd be happy to eat hamburgers every lunch & steak every dinner, which he did as predicted on this cruise
In the past for my 50th Birthday cruise in '06 on the Spirit I got on the ship & went up there first & got the table I wanted & the time I wanted as well for the 2nd formal night on my Birthday & I absolutely LOVED it
. There was much less noise & they also had a band playing softly in the background so if you wanted to dance you could, loved that, plus it was a beautiful room. Also the service was GREAT!!!
I have noticed the service in the main Dining room has really gotten bad. I have noticed that since the automatic tip thing went in to effect it has gradually gone down hill. Plus when you bring a bottle of white wine to dinner (which I usually do as I have a glass at dinner time) you have to wait 25 mins. just to have them open it, then another 25 mins in the ice bucket by their service station, even though when I brought it up from our ref. in our room & was already cold when they got it. Then they put next to our table & it took them another 10 mins just to pour it. And then they never poured me another glass the whole time they had it for the week. To me that is not good service at all. plus we always had to ask to have our glass filled with water as well. You shouldn't have to ask for that
I noticed you have cruised before the manditory tip thing took effect. So have you noticed the difference in the service in the dinning room as well? Actually I think the room stewards should get much more of a tip than the dining room waiters cause they do more work for us, cause sometimes I don't even eat in the dinning room, but the room stewards are cleaning our room 2 times a day & are always there if I need something 24/7, the waiters are not. My first job way back when was a Hotel maid & it is really hard work, you try making 30 beds in 1 day & on top of that clean 15 bathrooms in a day. That is what I had to do & I have a feeling they do a lot more than that in a day. I always tip them an extra 20 bucks at the end of the cruise.
Sorry this got so long, but just thought you'd like to know. I know all servers are not alike & I do have a feeling though our guys were new to it. Have a great cruise & keep in contact I really would love to know how yours went. I also enjoyed the Tapas in the California Roll when we were in port instead of sushi they have tapas. In the evenings I enjoyed the piano bar guy Chris he was good, great pianist & the band Music Society they are good too.
I really do wish you a great cruise. Try to avoid the pink circles if you can
lol, just joking as I know you will also be commenting on them by the 2nd day on the cruise or someone will be to you, especially on the elevators. At least the cabins don't have them thank goodness.
So where in Kentucky do you call home? Also what day do you leave on your cruise? Remember to GET THERE EARLY & wear comfortable clothes & shoes. We got there at 10am & finally got on just after 2pm & we were in group #2 & had to stand the whole time. I felt so bad for all the others after us as a lot did not even know which line to get in & a lot of them were in the wrong lines. I do pray that this does not happen to you. I noticed all your cruises have been in the Carribean area & this is your 1st one to Mexico? Why did you choose Mexico this time I am curious? Thanks again for doing the pictures I really do apperciate you for doing this.
Do Take care new friend & have a great cruise & keep in touch, Anna Paul
PAST CRUISES, ALL ON CARNIVAL CRUISE LINE
HOILDAY 4 NIGHT TO ENSENADA 1/17/00
HOLIDAY 4 NIGHT TO ENSENADA 1/16/01
SPIRIT 8 NIGHT TO ACAPULCO 10/16/04
SPIRIT 8 NIGHT TO ACAPULCO 1/11/06
SPIRIT 12 NIGHT TO HAWAII 5/15/07
ELATION 4 NIGHT TO CABO SAN LUCAS 1/26/08
ELATION 3 NIGHT TO CATALINA ISLAND 6/4/09
SPLENDOR 7 NIGHT TO THE MEXICAN RIVERIA 2/27/11
INSPIRATION 4 NIGHT TO ENSENADA 12/3/12
********** FINALLY PLATINUM **********
MIRACLE 6 NIGHT TO THE MEXICAN RIVERIA 10/13/13
IMAGINATION 3 NIGHT TO ENSENADA 6/19/14
MIRACLE 7 NIGHT TO THE MEXICAN RIVERA 11/15/14
IMAGINATION 3 NIGHT TO ENSENADA 1/15/15
MIRACLE 7 NIGHT TO THE MEXICAN RIVERA 11/14/15
INSPIRATION 3 NIGHT TO ENSENADA 2/26/16 BTB with
INSPIRATION 4 NIGHT TO ENSENADA 2/29/16
MIRACLE 7 NIGHT TO THE MEXICAN RIVERA 11/5/16
MIRACLE 7 NIGHT TO THE MEXICAN RIVERA 2/25/17
MIRACLE 14 NIGHT JOURNEY CRUISE TO ALASKA 9/2/17