The Logic for booking Club Class?

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#61
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Depending upon how you like to cruise, in addition to cabin location, the idea that you can dine at any time without a wait and have the same servers for all your meals (which we did on Ruby last year), appeals to some cruisers. It makes scheduling your day, especially on port intensive days with long hours ashore, much more pleasurable. Regarding the “I can eat at Crown Grill or Sabatini’s every night for less” argument, the problem is you have to reserve a time, thus you are stuck to a schedule. So for those who like flexibility, they will choose to book this option for an extra amount per diem, or in some cases get it for the price of a regular mini during a sale. For what it’s worth, we are elite and have found value in the offering.
#62
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When your suite or mini-suite includes Club Class Dining, it's completely logical to take advantage of it.
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#63
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I can see the appeal of club class dining. We do anytime dining now, and the one drawback is that you have different waiters on most nights. The charge is not out of line with what you get.
#64
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Originally posted by OCruisers
When your suite or mini-suite includes Club Class Dining, it's completely logical to take advantage of it.


Absolutely and whenever we are in a suite, as we normally are, we take advantage of it
BUT
when we can’t get a suite and the choice is between two adjacent mini-suites where one is Club Class (M1) and the other isn’t (MB), would I pay £1000 ($1400) EACH for the club class on a 24 day cruise the answer is NEVER and my observation that we could dine every night in The Crown Grill for 60% of the difference ($800) each I s simply a device to explain why I think it is such poor value.


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#65
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Originally posted by Corfe Mixture
Absolutely and whenever we are in a suite, as we normally are, we take advantage of it
BUT
when we can’t get a suite and the choice is between two adjacent mini-suites where one is Club Class (M1) and the other isn’t (MB), would I pay £1000 ($1400) EACH for the club class on a 24 day cruise the answer is NEVER and my observation that we could dine every night in The Crown Grill for 60% of the difference ($800) each I s simply a device to explain why I think it is such poor value.


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Wow, I really feel for you guys in the UK. The difference between an M1 and MB for my next 4 cruises is between $5.87-19.92(no sale on this cruise yet!) per person per day. So on a 24 day cruise that would be pp, $140.88-$478.08 more. You, it would be $1400?!!! If I had to pay that, I too, would double think doing CC dining even though I love it and it is wonderful. But at the usual difference per cruise of around $140-300, it is well worth it to me. I am retired and worked hard all my life to pay that slight difference. But $1400???? Don't think I would either!!!!

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Originally posted by PoohUnderstands
Wow, I really feel for you guys in the UK. The difference between an M1 and MB for my next 4 cruises is between $5.87-19.92(no sale on this cruise yet!) per person per day. So on a 24 day cruise that would be pp, $140.88-$478.08 more. You, it would be $1400?!!! If I had to pay that, I too, would double think doing CC dining even though I love it and it is wonderful. But at the usual difference per cruise of around $140-300, it is well worth it to me. I am retired and worked hard all my life to pay that slight difference. But $1400???? Don't think I would either!!!!

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Originally posted by Corfe Mixture
Absolutely and whenever we are in a suite, as we normally are, we take advantage of it
BUT
when we can’t get a suite and the choice is between two adjacent mini-suites where one is Club Class (M1) and the other isn’t (MB), would I pay £1000 ($1400) EACH for the club class on a 24 day cruise the answer is NEVER and my observation that we could dine every night in The Crown Grill for 60% of the difference ($800) each I s simply a device to explain why I think it is such poor value.


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So you would pay between $140-$500 extra on a 24 day cruise?
Probably a more typical cost difference for minisuites in the same general location.

Therefore that is the logic. Club Dining and midship location is worth a premium, but not an unlimited premium.
#67
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We will be on the Ruby on tues in a full suite, my question is, we like to dine by ourselves, there are 2 of us, are there ample 2 tops in the CC dining area? We usually dine around 8-8:30.
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#68
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Originally posted by BuckGood
We will be on the Ruby on tues in a full suite, my question is, we like to dine by ourselves, there are 2 of us, are there ample 2 tops in the CC dining area? We usually dine around 8-8:30.
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We were always seated as "just us." They adjust the table sizes as people show up--2 two tops may be pushed together to create a 3 or 4 if needed. They start off with an assortment of tables.

We were never asked whether we wanted to sit with others or not; we were always seated as the three or us. At lunch, I sometimes went alone, sometimes with one other--again, table size appropriate to the number who showed up.
#69
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Originally posted by peety3
I think there's different ways to look at logic for CC. Here's my thoughts:

It's great for those who don't want to share a table. There's zero expectation that you'll share with CC, but (generally) zero wait.
It's great for those who want attentive service but for whom traditional dining just doesn't work (I do believe the servers are more attentive, and/or are presented with a lower headcount to service thereby allowing more minutes/pax).
It's great for those who insist on eating at 6:04:37pm and expect to be able to walk right into their table at that time (or who expected to be able to make a reservation but were turned away), and the mere mention of eating at 5:30pm (i.e. traditional or an as-the-doors-open ATD reservation) creates an emotionally-fueled response. {Princess has a capacity problem for the first half of dinnertime, for which most ships won't allow ATD reservations aside from 5:30pm OR 7:15pm-ish and later.)
There's also a lunch component to CC (for sea days, or any day that an MDR is open for lunch) and a breakfast component (daily, INCLUDING disembarkation day, which is IMHO a real perk for suite passengers as the suite breakfast isn't offered on that day). I wouldn't solely compare CC cost against Crown Grill, though it's hard to put a value on premium service that's still in an MDR.
I agree with all of your points. We are elite and still prefer Club Class. No wait. Open for lunch on sea days (there are a lot of them between LA and Sydney) and breakfast in the specialty restaurant is nice. I also feel that the service is better. We'll still get in a few meals in the Crowne Grill and Sabatini's. It's all good.
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Originally posted by cthusky203
I agree with all of your points. We are elite and still prefer Club Class. No wait. Open for lunch on sea days (there are a lot of them between LA and Sydney) and breakfast in the specialty restaurant is nice. I also feel that the service is better. We'll still get in a few meals in the Crowne Grill and Sabatini's. It's all good.
The breakfast in Sabatini's is a suite perk. It is not part of Club Class dining. Breakfast is served in Club Class also for those who are not in suites or choose to go to Club Class. And on the last day, when Sabatini's is not available, breakfast is in Club Class area.
#71
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Originally posted by moki'smommy
We were always seated as "just us." They adjust the table sizes as people show up--2 two tops may be pushed together to create a 3 or 4 if needed. They start off with an assortment of tables.



We were never asked whether we wanted to sit with others or not; we were always seated as the three or us. At lunch, I sometimes went alone, sometimes with one other--again, table size appropriate to the number who showed up.


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#72
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Originally posted by moki'smommy
The breakfast in Sabatini's is a suite perk. It is not part of Club Class dining. Breakfast is served in Club Class also for those who are not in suites or choose to go to Club Class. And on the last day, when Sabatini's is not available, breakfast is in Club Class area.
Thanks for clarifying the breakfast dining.
#73
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Originally posted by WarEagle76
Depending upon how you like to cruise, in addition to cabin location, the idea that you can dine at any time without a wait and have the same servers for all your meals (which we did on Ruby last year), appeals to some cruisers. It makes scheduling your day, especially on port intensive days with long hours ashore, much more pleasurable. Regarding the “I can eat at Crown Grill or Sabatini’s every night for less” argument, the problem is you have to reserve a time, thus you are stuck to a schedule. So for those who like flexibility, they will choose to book this option for an extra amount per diem, or in some cases get it for the price of a regular mini during a sale. For what it’s worth, we are elite and have found value in the offering.
If you go the the Crown Grill every night, they will have table for you any time you want, reservations are only necessary the first night. They have held the same table for us every night.
#74
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Originally posted by pris993
If you go the the Crown Grill every night, they will have table for you any time you want, reservations are only necessary the first night. They have held the same table for us every night.
Interesting. We’ve been able to walk up to Crown Grill and be seated once without a reservation but have also been turned away on two separate occasions and wouldn’t want to eat at the Crown Grill every night. Also, it would not necessarily cost you less as is the case on our upcoming cruise. If you are not a fan of Club Class or don’t see the value, then you aren’t going to book it and I understand that. The flexibility it provides fits our style of cruising and combined with the mini cabin location makes it a winner for us, and from the comments in the numerous threads on this subject, many others, too.
#75
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Originally posted by WarEagle76
Interesting. We’ve been able to walk up to Crown Grill and be seated once without a reservation but have also been turned away on two separate occasions and wouldn’t want to eat at the Crown Grill every night. Also, it would not necessarily cost you less as is the case on our upcoming cruise. If you are not a fan of Club Class or don’t see the value, then you aren’t going to book it and I understand that. The flexibility it provides fits our style of cruising and combined with the mini cabin location makes it a winner for us, and from the comments in the numerous threads on this subject, many others, too.
My point was if you want flexibility, you can get it at the Crown Grill too if they know you will be there every night. We refer the CG to the MDR Club Class, sometimes CG cost less, sometimes not ... regardless. The Crown Grill give us flexibility, same table, same staff and better menu options.
#76
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Originally posted by pris993
My point was if you want flexibility, you can get it at the Crown Grill too if they know you will be there every night. We refer the CG to the MDR Club Class, sometimes CG cost less, sometimes not ... regardless. The Crown Grill give us flexibility, same table, same staff and better menu options.
"YMMV"

Last cruise (Ruby, Calif Coast) we were in CC, and discovered we'd been gifted
with 2 CG nights.

Found better service and better-prepared food in Club Class. ::shrugs::
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