Posted July 4th, 2011, 12:06 PM
Ok, while other photos upload to Photobucket, let's talk food.
First the bad. As said before, we had done this same cruise in JULY 2009. I noticed that staff was somewhat less, as in 2009 we had a waiter with two assistants. This gave them a lot of time to spend with us, and they were incredible, offering trivia, games, puzzles for the entertainment of the kids.
This cruise we had one waiter with one assistant. We had 9 of us at a 10 top, and 4 or 5 of us were on the 3/2/1 or 3/2/2 plan.
Three appetizers, two dinners and one or two desserts. We kept them pretty busy, but really no complaints about the service. ..... er ...... the food service.
On the other hand, the drink service is absurd.
Me: "I would like a Coors Light please".
RCI Person: "I am sorry, I am the wine server, I will have to get you the beer server".
Son: "May I have a soda".
RCI Person: "I am sorry, I am the beer and mixed drinks person, I will have to get the soda person".
I solved my part of the problem as the beer person, Big Daddy, would have a wine bucket waiting for me each night with 3 to 4 Coors Lights on ice.
We kept the wait staff pretty busy. At the end of the meal, the assistant waiter would come to each person at the table (9 of us) and whisper to each of us "would you like coffee?". All right, gotta fix that. Next night, Yovanni, stop right there, show of hands, who wants coffee? 8? OK, eight of us, thanx!
The food - Ok, it was not Emeril Lagasse cooking for our table of 10 only. Let's face it, they are cooking for 3,500 people. With all things considered, I found the food as good as anyone could possibly expect. I would rate it consistently very good to excellent. The 3/2/1 plan worked incredibly well. If you cannot be happy with the MDR dining experience, you are pretty hard to please.
The following picture is of our two tables, which were located in the back corner by the window, very nice location.