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#21
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First off, no one said "Hey, stop eating, and watch the dancers"...LoL So you may to continue to eat if you wish. Secondly in our experience, we have noticed that they will serve a course, and right after then start the dancing. This way minimal waitering/waitessing is needed. So with that said, sit back relax and enjoy the dinner and show.
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#22
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Someone said not as bad as you think. I think it is twice as bad as you think. Watch their souls dying in their eyes as some of them dance. This really is a degrading pony show that the staff clearly hates. It is very evident. Then we all start spinning our napkins in the air just to make sure Norovirus has the best possible chance.
#23
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Originally posted by asalligo
Someone said not as bad as you think. I think it is twice as bad as you think. Watch their souls dying in their eyes as some of them dance. This really is a degrading pony show that the staff clearly hates. It is very evident. Then we all start spinning our napkins in the air just to make sure Norovirus has the best possible chance.


This. Honestly watching the videos, it felt a human rights violations against the dancing waiters! I struggle to imagine they want to perform. Of course it will not ruin my first carnival cruise since the 80s and I'm a pretty go with the flow kind of person, it simply didn't feel right to me.


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#24
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Originally posted by Alaskan Joe
First off, no one said "Hey, stop eating, and watch the dancers"...LoL So you may to continue to eat if you wish. Secondly in our experience, we have noticed that they will serve a course, and right after then start the dancing. This way minimal waitering/waitessing is needed. So with that said, sit back relax and enjoy the dinner and show.


Ha! Permission accepted!! I have MYD so assuming courses aren't in any way synced. Honestly, my personal inconvenience is the least of it. I hated it for the wait staff when watching it on video... like another poster said, felt a bit like a pony show for the paying patrons.


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#25
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Originally posted by asalligo
Someone said not as bad as you think. I think it is twice as bad as you think. Watch their souls dying in their eyes as some of them dance. This really is a degrading pony show that the staff clearly hates. It is very evident. Then we all start spinning our napkins in the air just to make sure Norovirus has the best possible chance.
the napkin twirling is really gross. Amazing that they allow this or even promote this.
#27
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Sailed Carnival a few weeks ago after having sailed NCL for the past 6 cruises (but having sailed Carnival prior to that). We must really have gotten used to dining on NCL, because the dancing waiters threw us for a bit when they started. Kinda corny, though it didn't really bother us. We kept enjoying our dessert and were luckily seated near a window, away from the action.

For what it's worth, the staff seemed to be having a good time. We thought it was maybe a team bonding experience for them more than anything.
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#29
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Originally posted by LostPuppy
Nothing says "Five Star dining" like the wait staff dancing on their serving stations.....
LOL, CCL is far from 5 star dining (as are both RCI and NCL).
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#30
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Originally posted by Greggy_D
It was cute the first time I saw it..................in 1990.

Can't stand it now.
EXACTLY . . . now, I just try to avoid it and get out, even foregoing desert if necessary. It's a true dog'n'pony show. I'm embarrassed for them now.
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#31
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Originally posted by asalligo
Someone said not as bad as you think. I think it is twice as bad as you think. Watch their souls dying in their eyes as some of them dance. This really is a degrading pony show that the staff clearly hates. It is very evident. Then we all start spinning our napkins in the air just to make sure Norovirus has the best possible chance.
I guess we all see what we want to see. In my experience the vast majority of the servers were having an absolute ball! On a cruise with friends who were cruising for the first time, the 'show' started and our waiter was getting into it so much that we were all falling over in our chairs from laughing so much.

I have looked around and noticed that there are those who may not be quite into it, but when I have taken the time to really pay attention, due to statements like this, I have found that the vast majority do seem to be having a good time, especially if those around them are enjoying it and singing, clapping, etc. along.

And that last night.... gets me every time.
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#32
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I’ve never experienced it on any of my RCCL and NCL cruises.


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#33
Olney,MD
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Originally posted by Alaskan Joe
First off, no one said "Hey, stop eating, and watch the dancers"...LoL So you may to continue to eat if you wish. Secondly in our experience, we have noticed that they will serve a course, and right after then start the dancing. This way minimal waitering/waitessing is needed. So with that said, sit back relax and enjoy the dinner and show.
I'd mostly agree with this, except for a couple of times, the wait staff brought the meals out to serve, set them down at the stations, and then jumped into the the absurdity thats called "entertainment and dancing", then brought the meals after they were done.
#34
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Originally posted by Qchell
I guess we all see what we want to see. In my experience the vast majority of the servers were having an absolute ball! On a cruise with friends who were cruising for the first time, the 'show' started and our waiter was getting into it so much that we were all falling over in our chairs from laughing so much.

I have looked around and noticed that there are those who may not be quite into it, but when I have taken the time to really pay attention, due to statements like this, I have found that the vast majority do seem to be having a good time, especially if those around them are enjoying it and singing, clapping, etc. along.

And that last night.... gets me every time.
Totally agree. Some of the servers have some great moves and really look like they enjoy showing them. I’ve never noticed anyone as miserable as some claim to have but I have noticed some just aren’t as secure dancing as others. I find it a fun unique experience.

I tear up every time on that last song!
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#35
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Originally posted by LostPuppy
Nothing says "F̶i̶v̶e̶ Two Star Dining" like the wait staff dancing on their serving stations.....
Originally posted by sparks1093
LOL, CCL is far from 5 star dining (as are both RCI and NCL).
Fixed it!
#36
Iowa
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And on the final evening, they sing the song about "Your bags are packed, it's time to go..." "leaving OUR fun ship...when will you be back again?"

I hate that - it makes me realize vacation is ending.
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#37
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Originally posted by LostPuppy
Nothing says "Five Star dining" like the wait staff dancing on their serving stations.....


This is cracking me up! Post of the day!!!!


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#38
Louisville, KY
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Originally posted by bar1068
I'd mostly agree with this, except for a couple of times, the wait staff brought the meals out to serve, set them down at the stations, and then jumped into the the absurdity thats called "entertainment and dancing", then brought the meals after they were done.


Ugh. I'm sure that happens- but it's showtime!! Just don't get it. Maybe time has passed this tradition by???


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#39
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Do they do the singing and dancing on 4 night cruises out of Long Beach, CA? We are on the Inspiration in August and my grandson would love it.

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#40
Dallas, TX
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Originally posted by MJSailors
To the OP
I see that you have three NCL cruises listed in your signature.
No dancing waiters on that cruise line.
It seems to be a thing on Carnival which goes back to the time when they were advertised as the Fun Ships.
After your cruise on the Valor, you may decide to continue with Carnival or return to NCL or try other lines such as RCCL or Princess.
YMMV
Hope you enjoy your upcoming cruise.
RCCL is now doing a little waiter dancing...
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