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Izumi $49.99 - No longer a la carte?

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I'm seeing this across all bookings that have an Izumi.  The flat cover charge is now $49.99.  

 

The sample menu last week had individual pricing.  Today it's a new sample menu with no pricing.

 

Anyone else see this?

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I am currently on Anthem.  We looked at their menu 2 days ago but haven't gotten around to eating there yet.  It was ala carte at that time.  I will ask about the flat fee tomorrow.  Can't imagine they would do that and think they would be successful.  

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The a la carte verbiage and reference to the $35 allowance has been removed from dining package Terms and Conditions on some ships as well.  

Edited by twangster

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It is showing for my upcoming sailing and says  “only available pre-cruise”.

 

That price is higher than Chops and doesnt show hot rocks available in sample menu which would be the only reason we would eat there.

 

 

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Oh gosh. Well that's disappointing. Was planning on at least one visit on my cruise next week on Vision. Ditch that idea. Tut. 😪

Edited by NorbertsNiece

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2 minutes ago, twangster said:

The old sample menu didn't list Hot Rocks I think because not all ships have hot rocks.

 

Funny thing is I downloaded the old sample menu just a few days ago.  

 

Old and new menus below.

New Izumi_Dinner_Menu.pdf

Old Izumi_Dinner_Sample.pdf

 

Well, at $50 it is irrelevant anyway!

 

We sometimes enjoy it for a change but not enough to spend $100 for two.

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Slightly off topic but we went to Izumi 2 weeks ago for our final dinner at the hibachi top.  Paid the $49 pp charge for the 5 of us.  Did not find the value there.  Same routine from the chef that is found at virtually every hibachi in the states, so it kinda gets old.  Food portions were decent, but I had to beg for an extra lobster tail and they would not bring out or cook any extra fried rice.  With no drink package I had to pay for wine.  For my family of 3 did not find it worth $200 for a 1 dinner show that was stale.

 

For ala-carte the prices did also seem a bit high.  Good sushi found throughout the US, at these prices for dinner I would pass. Let the market tell RCL that they have outpriced demand.

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I just saw this as well as I was looking for Black Friday deals.  We leave next week and have previously purchased the 3-Night package. I just doubled checked and it still says $35 at a-la-cart restaurants on the 3N.

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We ate there on Jewel last week as part of the 3 night package. We were given a $30 pp allowance although I was sure when I booked in the planner the small print said $35 pp but I had not kept a copy.  We both had hot rocks and shared a sushi and a tempura which came to $59 total. It was nice but wouldn't be worth $50 pp to us. We noticed that although the restaurant was quite busy at least half the tables were taken by ship officers and crew.

 

Julie

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6 minutes ago, kernow said:

We ate there on Jewel last week as part of the 3 night package. We were given a $30 pp allowance although I was sure when I booked in the planner the small print said $35 pp but I had not kept a copy.  We both had hot rocks and shared a sushi and a tempura which came to $59 total. It was nice but wouldn't be worth $50 pp to us. We noticed that although the restaurant was quite busy at least half the tables were taken by ship officers and crew.

 

Julie

I print out and bring a copy of the small print. We were on the Anthem one time and they tried to tell us that it was a total of $30 for the both of us. We had to get the manager involved, who eventually gave us the proper amount. Trying to get them to understand that we each had a package, so we each get an allowance.

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Our oasis cruise in 3 days just changed to 50 also, now the habatchi is cheaper at 45 which we will go to next Tuesday. 

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5 minutes ago, George C said:

Our oasis cruise in 3 days just changed to 50 also, now the habatchi is cheaper at 45 which we will go to next Tuesday. 

 

See you on board!

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Here is what you get for $50:

 

Fixed price is per person, applies to select menu items and includes (1) miso soup, (1) choice of starter, (1) choice of signature roll or ramen, (5) pieces sashimi or nigiri, and (1) choice of dessert. Choices are limited to current menu offerings in the specific menu category listed. No substitutions allowed. No discount or refund will be given for unused courses. All other menu items may be purchased for an additional change.

 

That wouldn't be $50 per person in a great Sushi restaurant near me.  

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8 minutes ago, twangster said:

Here is what you get for $50:

 

Fixed price is per person, applies to select menu items and includes (1) miso soup, (1) choice of starter, (1) choice of signature roll or ramen, (5) pieces sashimi or nigiri, and (1) choice of dessert. Choices are limited to current menu offerings in the specific menu category listed. No substitutions allowed. No discount or refund will be given for unused courses. All other menu items may be purchased for an additional change.

 

That wouldn't be $50 per person in a great Sushi restaurant near me.  

Absolutely not worth $50/PP.

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3 hours ago, taxatty said:

Absolutely not worth $50/PP.

Based on the old menu this would cost about $38-$40. We have a 3 night dining package so wondering  if the $35 a la carte limit will still apply. Sounds like a Royal rip-off to me. 

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4 hours ago, twangster said:

Here is what you get for $50:

 

Fixed price is per person, applies to select menu items and includes (1) miso soup, (1) choice of starter, (1) choice of signature roll or ramen, (5) pieces sashimi or nigiri, and (1) choice of dessert. Choices are limited to current menu offerings in the specific menu category listed. No substitutions allowed. No discount or refund will be given for unused courses. All other menu items may be purchased for an additional change.

 

That wouldn't be $50 per person in a great Sushi restaurant near me.  

 

That's ridiculous.  We'll never go again if that's what they switch to.  DH doesn't eat sushi, and I usually get 2-3 rolls.  This doesn't meet our needs.  Shame.

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This is nuts. I'm wondering if Royal made a mistake on their website (wouldn't be the 1st time) and will make a correction when it's brought to their attention. One can only hope. We're going on the Oasis Jan 6 and I just checked the specialty restaurant prices...

 

Chop's:  $39.99

Giovanni's:  $39.99

Izumi Hibachi: $45.00

Izumi: &49.99

 

How in the world is Izumi more expensive than Chop's? Not 100% sure but based on the above, I think the Chop's price dropped around $10 as well on Oasis class ships. One last thing, my wife's favorite sushi roll (Champagne Lobster Roll) isn't even on the Izumi menu anymore. What's up with that?

 

Tim

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With Sabor also moving away from a la carte perhaps they are trying to eliminate a la carte all together and this was someone's SWAG at a fixed price Izumi approach.

 

I agree, I think we'll see the fixed price be 'fixed' once they see the impact of this initial attempt.   

 

Sabor didn't have a PDF sample menu last week to download.  Now it does.  It's fixed price is $22.  No terms and conditions on what that includes like Izumi.  

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16 minutes ago, cruisin4kicks said:

This is nuts. I'm wondering if Royal made a mistake on their website (wouldn't be the 1st time) and will make a correction when it's brought to their attention. One can only hope. We're going on the Oasis Jan 6 and I just checked the specialty restaurant prices...

 

Chop's:  $39.99

Giovanni's:  $39.99

Izumi Hibachi: $45.00

Izumi: &49.99

 

How in the world is Izumi more expensive than Chop's? Not 100% sure but based on the above, I think the Chop's price dropped around $10 as well on Oasis class ships. One last thing, my wife's favorite sushi roll (Champagne Lobster Roll) isn't even on the Izumi menu anymore. What's up with that?

 

Tim

 

I noticed that too. On our upcoming cruise Chops is cheapest, then Giovanni’s then Izumi. No hibachi on this ship and no Hot Rocks on sample menu.

 

In fact sample menu looks very reduced,  not sure if this is truly a “sample menu” or a new reduced menu at in increased price! 

 

I forsee a lot of discounts being offered on board.

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2 minutes ago, c-leg5 said:

 

I forsee a lot of discounts being offered on board.

 

And a lot of dining packages will see Izumi as the first night restaurant just to fill it.

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38 minutes ago, cruisin4kicks said:

This is nuts. I'm wondering if Royal made a mistake on their website (wouldn't be the 1st time) and will make a correction when it's brought to their attention. One can only hope. We're going on the Oasis Jan 6 and I just checked the specialty restaurant prices...

 

Chop's:  $39.99

Giovanni's:  $39.99

Izumi Hibachi: $45.00

Izumi: &49.99

 

Hibachi is not eligible for dining packages but Izumi, now priced higher, is.

Explain that.  

 

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