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Old March 2nd, 2013, 09:05 PM
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Default Did Specialty Restaurants Price's Go Up?

Went online tonight to book my specialty restaurants and the Tuscan Grill is now $35 per person and Murano is $45 per person. Do they Increase the the price closer to sailing date? I sail next week on Reflection.
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Old March 2nd, 2013, 09:14 PM
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Went online tonight to book my specialty restaurants and the Tuscan Grill is now $35 per person and Murano is $45 per person. Do they Increase the the price closer to sailing date? I sail next week on Reflection.
Wow...I just checked my Summit sailing in May. Yes! $45 Murano and Qsine!

$90 extra per dinner for two is getting a bit much in my opinion.
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Old March 2nd, 2013, 09:15 PM
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Wow, that's news. Both specialty restaurants are nice, but that's a bit much for me. I'll go there again when they have the 2 for 1 special.
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Old March 2nd, 2013, 09:24 PM
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Not very happy. We bought the specialty restaurant credit for our friends 50th and now it doesn't even cover the meal.
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Old March 2nd, 2013, 09:29 PM
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Yap. Celebrity told me they were going up last week, when I called in to pay my 123Go premium upgrade fees.
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Old March 2nd, 2013, 09:36 PM
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Yap. Celebrity told me they were going up last week, when I called in to pay my 123Go premium upgrade fees.
Thanks for the heads up. Kidding!

I wonder how far they can go before they lose bookings. Lost mine. I love the food in the MDR and wanted to try Qsine...but that extra $10 just bugs me. Did the dining packages rise as well? Perhaps they are hoping to sell more of those.
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Old March 2nd, 2013, 09:51 PM
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Two days ago it was $40 but when I checked today it went up to $45, but the 3-nights package was still at $109.
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Old March 2nd, 2013, 09:55 PM
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You can recoup that $5/pp by removing your auto gratuity and tipping your MDR staff in cash on the days you see them.


I already thought $40 was too large a supplement for dinner, so I opt out. On my next cruise if I can get a 50% off then I'll try the "SS United States" (or maybe QSine) on Infinity. Bistro on Five, however, is worth the supplement over the lunch buffet to me, but not my wife.
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LOL! It never occurred to me. :-D We had already decided we weren't gonna go to any specialty restaurants, so I just ignored it. Dang! I had an actual scoop item, and I didn't post it.

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Old March 2nd, 2013, 09:59 PM
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Thanks for the heads up. Kidding!

I wonder how far they can go before they lose bookings. Lost mine. I love the food in the MDR and wanted to try Qsine...but that extra $10 just bugs me. Did the dining packages rise as well? Perhaps they are hoping to sell more of those.
I was going to say the same thing, Thanks for the heads up, Not.
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I wonder how far they can go before they lose bookings.
On our recent Reflection sailing, both Murano and Qsine were booming. Clearly demand was exceeding supply so it doesn't surprise me that the price has gone up. Disappointing, but it's Economics 101.
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Old March 2nd, 2013, 10:02 PM
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LOL! It never occurred to me. :-D We had already decided we weren't gonna go to any specialty restaurants, so I just ignored it. Dang! I had an actual scoop item, and I didn't post it.

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Haha! We would have fawned all over you for that scoop. Oh well!

Anyhoo...if they are indeed holding the price of the Specialty Dining Packages it looks to me like they are trying to make those more appealing - enticing people to buy 3 to 5 specialty dinners will bring in more money.

Or......it could all blow up in their faces.

EDIT/ just read waterbug's post above.....okay then - guess I'm just cheap. *winks*
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Old March 2nd, 2013, 10:13 PM
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Yesterday on Reflection the dining staff all received a briefing in the MDR about the price increases for specialty restaurants. I did not hear the entire briefing but there was discussion about pending price increases and the possibility of increased burden on the MDR staff due to fewer guests choosing specialty restaurants.
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I decided when we were on our last cruise in January that our specialty dining days were coming to an end. We've always enjoyed our dining experiences in them but once the price point hit $40 for Lawn Grille, Murano and Qsine that was it. Now that they have gone up again, they've made it easy for us. Won't be a consideration on our next Celebrity cruise.
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Old March 2nd, 2013, 10:23 PM
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Old March 2nd, 2013, 10:32 PM
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The specialty restaurants are nice. However, the MDR is very nice. Since my meals in the MDR are are included in my cruise fare, an additional $45pp is too much.
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Does anyone know what will happen if reservations were already made and paid for, but the prices have now gone up? Thanks!
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Old March 2nd, 2013, 11:11 PM
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Spent lots of time on the phone with my Celebrity rep on Friday and the results were disappointing. We wanted to purchase a $225 celebration pkg. for my parents upcoming cruise and move one of the specialty restaurants to another night. Would they do it? Yes but by canceling and rebooking and charging us the higher price. They checked with management but no luck. I hope you have more success.
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Old March 2nd, 2013, 11:27 PM
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Gig103 said: "You can recoup that $5/pp by removing your auto gratuity and tipping your MDR staff in cash on the days you see them."

Oh, please don't. The auto gratuity goes to all those servers who take care of you throughout the day, not just at the dinner in the MDR. The ones who serve at the breakfast in the MDR, or Aqua Spa Cafe, or the buffet, the hamburger grill staff, the ones who give out snacks at Cafe al Bacio. It's not just a gratuity for the dinner service but for the whole day's service no matter where it takes place
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Old March 2nd, 2013, 11:32 PM
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$40 was too high to us. $45 is ridiculous. Sorry X, the specialty restaurants aren't that special.

We have dined at all of them at least once. They are off my list. Been there, done that.
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