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Should Carnival get rid of the waiter dance in the MDR?

Should Carnival get rid of the MDR waiter dance & shuffle?  

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  1. 1. Should Carnival get rid of the MDR waiter dance & shuffle?

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What do you think? I vote yes...how about you? I find it disruptive, and I feel sorry for the folks forced to do it!

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IMO, it's no big deal. The waiters/busboys I've talked to say that yes, it's disruptive, but it gives them a break from the everyday grind of serving chocolate melting cake, with two ice creams,,,,and gives them a chance to act silly, and have a good time with the folks they're serving.

 

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I voted yes. IMHO it's not entertaining at all, I think it's rather disruptive. I like quiet when I eat or maybe some very soft subtle music would be okay.

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Unless there's a real issue with the staff not wanting to do this, I wouldn't eliminate it. I saw a lot of interaction between the staff and passengers during the dance. Made it feel like a party. I thought it was fun.

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Absolutely, YES!! I hate the dancing and singing. Let them do their jobs, which is serving food to the customers. More times than not, the servers are busy doing their job when the music starts and they have to just drop everything and go sing/dance. Ridiculous. I feel sorry for them having to deal with that week after week.

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don't like the idea of rushing courses so that they can all be ready for that silly dance routine. :(

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im willing to bet the waitstaff all knew it was expected when they took the job (one of the most desired aboard the ship) so they knew what they were signing on for...they must be pretty good 'actors' cause they all looked to be having a ton of fun. Demeaning is in the eye of the beholder, i look upon it as entertainment...fun ship & all.

 

you'd think if there were an outcry from many guests' whose sensibilities are offended, they'd at least restrict it to 'one show a night' perhaps the later dining could be dance-free.

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I voted No. My 3-year-old daughter LOVED dancing with our waiter every night. By the end of the week, she had even roped some fellow passengers into joining in. :)

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I think it's one of the things "fun" about a Carnival funship. For me, a cruise is a diversion from the everyday stresses of life and I enjoy a little silliness. If I wanted a snobbish, sedate cruise - I would pick a different cruise line.

 

My daughter commented that she enjoyed getting to see our waiters have a good time after watching them work so hard. I enjoy the conga line and the other dances better than the singing, though. I probably wouldn't miss that.

 

As for demeaning - I guess I think that's in the eye of the beholder. Watching the dancers in the production show wearing thong outfits and mooning the audience - to me, that's more demeaning to watch so I skip it.

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Yes. It makes me feel uncomfortable to watch. It feels demeaning to them.

 

 

Agreed!

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Yes, yes, yes. I think it silly. Someone said their 3-year-old loved it. That's about the age that I think would enjoy something like that. Move it to the kids programming, then! I do my best to skip out..often missing dessert, just to avoid it.

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Perhaps just on the last night as they sing the Carnival lyrics to the "Leaving on a Jet Plane" song.....

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I don't mind it at all. In fact, we look forward to it. I think it's all part of the fun on the Fun Ships.

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I voted yes.... not because I think it's demeaning to the staff... (why would it be demeaning???)

:rolleyes:

 

Because it's annoying!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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I hope everyone that finds it distracting and disturbing to their formal dining atmosphere and all that are also the people that still adhere to the resort casual dress code and still wear suits or tuxedos on Elegant Night. You can't really have a double standard of "formal dining experience" and yet walk in there in your jean shorts and cut-off T-shirt. :rolleyes: The MDR is a dining experience, implying that it isn't just a "sit down, eat, and get the heck out the way" restaurant. Nothing wrong with a bit of light-hearted entertainment and all I ever saw was big smiles and enthusiasm, horsing around is a great break from the grind of serving food constantly. Disney has that Artist dining room where the colors and music changes and all the wait staff has to change clothes like 5 times during the meal, but thats ambiance guys. Good grief... :)

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Well, yes. Maybe a pianist or something in the MDR would be better, but the dances they do are just silly and kind of annoying, tbh. Most of them look embarrassed to be doing it. Who can blame them when they come out waving napkins over their head?

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I love it.:) Sorry and I am not a kid. May be a kid at heart. Those of you old at heart might want to take a different ship then and let us young at heart have fun.:D

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I think it's one of the things "fun" about a Carnival funship. For me, a cruise is a diversion from the everyday stresses of life and I enjoy a little silliness. If I wanted a snobbish, sedate cruise - I would pick a different cruise line.

 

My daughter commented that she enjoyed getting to see our waiters have a good time after watching them work so hard. I enjoy the conga line and the other dances better than the singing, though. I probably wouldn't miss that.

 

As for demeaning - I guess I think that's in the eye of the beholder. Watching the dancers in the production show wearing thong outfits and mooning the audience - to me, that's more demeaning to watch so I skip it.

 

 

I didn't find the thong outfits offensive per se....but there were times when the thong outfits were a bit over the top and unnecessary.

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I hope everyone that finds it distracting and disturbing to their formal dining atmosphere and all that are also the people that still adhere to the resort casual dress code and still wear suits or tuxedos on Elegant Night. You can't really have a double standard of "formal dining experience" and yet walk in there in your jean shorts and cut-off T-shirt. :rolleyes: The MDR is a dining experience, implying that it isn't just a "sit down, eat, and get the heck out the way" restaurant. Nothing wrong with a bit of light-hearted entertainment and all I ever saw was big smiles and enthusiasm, horsing around is a great break from the grind of serving food constantly. Disney has that Artist dining room where the colors and music changes and all the wait staff has to change clothes like 5 times during the meal, but thats ambiance guys. Good grief... :)

 

Could not agree more about the 'cafeteria'... but I still don't want to hear it while I am eating and conversing with friends

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I love NO....and I am not 3 but 53. If the waiters did not want to do it, than I would vote yes, otherwise I think it is a way for them to interact with the passengers and have a few laughs. They work hard, and are away from their famalies. We are on vacation, so anything goes.......enjoy the entertainment. Next month I am on a B2B on the Dream and I work foward to the dancing and the interaction of the staff. :) Carnival bring on the dancing and partying, afterall it is the FUNSHIPS

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I don't mind it that much but I MUCH MUCH MUCH prefer dining without it.

 

I think the wait staff...which has been obviously cut, does not have the time to invest in that nonsense.

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I hope everyone that finds it distracting and disturbing to their formal dining atmosphere and all that are also the people that still adhere to the resort casual dress code and still wear suits or tuxedos on Elegant Night. You can't really have a double standard of "formal dining experience" and yet walk in there in your jean shorts and cut-off T-shirt. :rolleyes: The MDR is a dining experience, implying that it isn't just a "sit down, eat, and get the heck out the way" restaurant. Nothing wrong with a bit of light-hearted entertainment and all I ever saw was big smiles and enthusiasm, horsing around is a great break from the grind of serving food constantly. Disney has that Artist dining room where the colors and music changes and all the wait staff has to change clothes like 5 times during the meal, but thats ambiance guys. Good grief... :)

 

I'm wondering how many people here dine out at their favorite local restaurant just to watch the waiters break out into song and dance? I see it occasionally when someone is having a birthday, and a few restaurants have quit doing it because it's annoying to other customers. I'm not following your correlation between dress code and singing waiters. :confused:

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I'm wondering how many people here dine out at their favorite local restaurant just to watch the waiters break out into song and dance? I see it occasionally when someone is having a birthday, and a few restaurants have quit doing it because it's annoying to other customers. I'm not following your correlation between dress code and singing waiters. :confused:

 

My thinking is something like, I don't see people wearing jean shorts and t-shirts to Ruth Cris or anything, rather I see people dressed up, and there is no "entertainment" in those facilities. Therefore, if you are going to say "No more dancing" then I hope you are going to dress up as suggested and really make it as formal of a dining experience as you'd be suggesting it should be. I don't think you can say, "I want a quiet, attentive, respectful wait staff for my MDR meals," AND at the same time still show up in your bathing suit and a ripped up T-shirt suggesting that you do not care for the "formality" of it at all. It seems hypocritical to me, hence me saying if you dont want the dancing, I hope you'll adhere to the suggested dress codes :D

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It is one of the few things that I see no reason for that is done on Carnival ships. Maybe on the last night but not everynight.

 

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