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#1
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would love to hear from anyone that has stayed in a Club Class mini suite and has experienced the Club Class food and dining. Is it worth the extra money?
#2
Oakland, Ca, US
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Joined Mar 2004
Club class dining is basically "Any Time Dining" (except for the Pacific Princess which only has traditional) in a separate area with dedicated wait staff (most were very very good) the same menu as the rest of the dining room but with one added dish not available to the rest of the dining room (sometimes prepared in the club class are. Club class mini-suites are also located mid ship if location is important to you. Worth the extra money ? That is up to the individual's perspective - we loved it.
#3
San Diego County
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Joined Sep 2009
We also loved it - much less crowded, no waiting for a table for us (though I have read of a few rare exceptions), excellent service, very friendly atmosphere. The extra cost (which also gets you a prime mid-ship cabin location) is well worth it for us. Use the "Search" feature at the top right of the Celebrity board page and you'll see multiple recent threads on the topic.
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#4
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Joined Apr 2002
I used Club Class, but I was in a suite. The service was above usually great service. I liked the extra dishes. Had some great pasta that can be done in appetizer portion.
#5
Southern California
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Joined Feb 2018
Originally posted by Kartgv
We also loved it - much less crowded, no waiting for a table for us (though I have read of a few rare exceptions), excellent service, very friendly atmosphere. The extra cost (which also gets you a prime mid-ship cabin location) is well worth it for us. Use the "Search" feature at the top right of the Celebrity board page and you'll see multiple recent threads on the topic.
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#6
Los Angeles Ca.
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Joined Nov 2010
The question for the OP is what value you would pay for a no wait anytime dining. I dislike the location of the CC mini's because I like deck 8 fully covered private balconies. Last month I sailed in a suite so didn't pay extra for club class dining. I would make the cut in price at about $25 per person per day because at that price point I could use the different specialty restaurants and not have the banquet style main dining room food.
#7
Southern California
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Joined Feb 2018
Originally posted by cruzsnooze
The question for the OP is what value you would pay for a no wait anytime dining. I dislike the location of the CC mini's because I like deck 8 fully covered private balconies. Last month I sailed in a suite so didn't pay extra for club class dining. I would make the cut in price at about $25 per person per day because at that price point I could use the different specialty restaurants and not have the banquet style main dining room food.
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#8
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Joined Jul 2007
We were fortunate on our last two cruises on Royal to receive upsell to Suite. We took both and really enjoyed the club class dining for lunch and dinner. Some of the specialty pasta dishes were outstanding. We never had to wait to be seated and enjoyed the same wait staff who knew our special requests. Highly recommend club class dining and staff.

Although we were not in club class mini.. but a suite.....the extra price for the upsell was worth it to us and would definitely consider a club class Mini in the future.
#9
South Carolina
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Joined Dec 2001
The location of the Mini-Suites we have always booked were always more expensive so now having Club Class Dining with them is a perk for us.
We LOVED CC Dining! So nice to be able to walk in whenever we wish and to be seated immediately.
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#10
Michigan
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Joined Jan 2015
I have had Club Class twice. First time was good. The second was a bad experience. We had about the worst service we ever had. Based on my experience, it is not worth the extra cost. You can dine in specialty dining for less.
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#11
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Joined Apr 2013
I just priced it on a hypothetical cruise....the price increase to go from a mini to a CC mini was $36 per person per day. I have no idea how to factor in the location of the cabins--the value of that is truly in the eye of the user.

We got club class dining as we were in a suite. The food is the same as MDR food with the exception of the specialty item. If I has a choice between specialty dining every night and CC dining, the food quality is better in specialty dining. Personal opinion, I'd happily take it with the suite. I'd pay for an upsell to a suite or a CC mini if the price was right. I probably wouldn't pay full price to go from a mini to a CC mini--I'd use the money for more specialty dining.
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#15
Raleigh, N.C.
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Joined Jul 2002
We enjoyed Club Class dining at lunch and dinner on the Royal when we took an upsell to a suite. The best thing about it was that we were able to schedule our dining time around what other events we wanted to do each evening. We usually have second seating traditional dining and miss some activities because the timing isn't conducive.

As to whether it's worth the extra cost, I don't think so. Taking the upsell to a suite was probably a once-in-a-lifetime treat for us (and it was a birthday cruise for me). For the cruise next December doing a similar itinerary to the one we took last December, the difference in price between the bottom category of mini and Club Class is $42 per day per passenger.
#16
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Joined Feb 2006
Agree with geoherb, it takes the stress out of trying to plan dinner around your activities, especially on port intensive cruises and days with excursions that are lengthy. And to us, best of both anytime and fixed dining as had same waiters for all meals. As far as the price, worth it to us, and if you are lucky like we were on upcoming 12 day Mediterranean cruise, got it on sale for same price as regular mini-suite.
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#17
Eastvale, CA
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Joined Mar 2011
We had Club Class in December and loved it! We have an upcoming Baltic Cruise coming and will have Club Class. The price difference when we booked was $22 a day, so it was worth it to us. The first cruise was $28 a day.
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#18
Oakland, CA USA
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Joined Jan 2013
We enjoyed Club Class because we were in a suite. And we will return to a suite on the Royal in a few weeks. We found the set-aside dining area for club class to be very nice in that we got to know the servers and they took good care of us. We also got to know some of our fellow diners who were around us at lunch and dinner. We liked the extra dinner choices. We liked breakfast in Sabatini's, when we got up in time. Club Class elevated a mass market cruise line to a somewhat higher level experience. Looking forward to Club Class in April on the Royal.
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#20
Bay area, California
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Joined Sep 2008
We had Club Class dining a few months back on CB and loved it. Did have a 10 minute wait to be seated one evening (not a big deal). Service was great. We asked to have a fixed service team and were accommodated, this request certainly contributed to our brief wait.

Just off Coral where we had a non-club mini and lamented the expected loss in service. Didn't happen though - our late fixed dining team was as good as any we've ever had - certainly as good as our recent CC experience.

This takes the decision down to price. Looking at new bookings I see minor differences in cost (a few $10's pp/pd), I'd pay that. However, I also see differences of $50+ pp/pd, and that is completely unreasonable IMHO. To each their own, but I personally wouldn't advise overpaying for CC.

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