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40 minutes ago, slidergirl said:

The roped off area offers NS peeps tables, chairs, probably tablecloths, servers, and the same food they'd get in Pinnacle for breakfast,  just for them and their CO buds.  

 

And, just all the noise of the MDR with tables so close one can easily reach the salt and pepper on the next table.  It isn't the tables, chairs, tablecloths, servers, and the food.  If CO becomes just a devalued roped off area, we won't be dining there.

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22 minutes ago, RocketMan275 said:

And, just all the noise of the MDR with tables so close one can easily reach the salt and pepper on the next table.  It isn't the tables, chairs, tablecloths, servers, and the food.  If CO becomes just a devalued roped off area, we won't be dining there.

 

Compared to having a separate room as on K and NS, I agree that a roped off section of the MDR  doesn't measure up for the reasons you give. Although I didn't care for the "glass box," there was more room between tables and it wasn't as noisy as some of the central areas of the K's MDR. 

 

Although I was in a NS, I opted out of CO and chose to have dinner in the MDR because traveling solo I preferred fixed dining at a large table. Nobody else at the table was in a NS. From conversations, I gathered that one was in an inside and others were in verandas. So what? I don't think the main appeal of CO or a NS is being able to avoid being with "lesser" passengers. CO is about a better dining experience and a few other perks, and for me at least, the NS is about real estate. 

 

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1 hour ago, qoap24 said:

Can anyone tell me how the Gala night was in CO? Dressed up more than normal nights?

I would say about the same as other nights (smart casual) with an edge going a bit dressier to fully formal and decked out on the gala nights. Probably the same ratio of attire you would see in the MDR or a specialty for a gala night.            

 

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2 hours ago, Crusinsusan2 said:

I would say about the same as other nights (smart casual) with an edge going a bit dressier to fully formal and decked out on the gala nights. Probably the same ratio of attire you would see in the MDR or a specialty for a gala night.            

 

Thank you. I wouldn't want to show up under dressed.

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Your welcome! I post this photo to only show how dressed up we will ever be regardless of venue or gala nights for dinner on warm weather cruises on HAL and recent CO/Specialty/MDR or Lido. Beach vendor bought travel jewelry that wont break my heart if it blows apart at dinner or I lose it 🙂 (wedding rings/watches either left at home or in the safe when onshore)  We were comfortable right in the middle of the gorgeous dresses, suits/ties carefully planned and packed by some and also with the folks that literally chose not to dress at all. Darker colors/sleeves for me and only a dinner jacket for hubs when in cooler sailing.  Hope this helps as I struggled mightily and worried too about us trying to find the fit between being under dressed and over packed.     

 

 

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15 hours ago, Crusinsusan2 said:

Your welcome! I post this photo to only show how dressed up we will ever be regardless of venue or gala nights for dinner on warm weather cruises on HAL and recent CO/Specialty/MDR or Lido. Beach vendor bought travel jewelry that wont break my heart if it blows apart at dinner or I lose it 🙂 (wedding rings/watches either left at home or in the safe when onshore)  We were comfortable right in the middle of the gorgeous dresses, suits/ties carefully planned and packed by some and also with the folks that literally chose not to dress at all. Darker colors/sleeves for me and only a dinner jacket for hubs when in cooler sailing.  Hope this helps as I struggled mightily and worried too about us trying to find the fit between being under dressed and over packed.     

 

 

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Thank you! Very nice looking couple you two are. 

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Crusinsusan2: very nice and totally appropriate for dinner on HAL!!

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Celebrity installed Blu on the older M class ships by adding wall panels and updating the port side entrance to the MDR on deck 5 along with dew decor and chairs.  They repeated the process when they installed Luminae on deck 4 of the M-class ships.  We were onboard Infinity when Luminae was installed in 28 days on a South America B2B.  Work was done when the MDR was closed.  The ship was not at 100% capacity so there was room available.   As far as taking away space, the tables may be a bit closer, but those who now eat in Blu and Luminae were eating in the MDR before.  All the S class ships were built with Blu on deck 5, but Luminae was carved from the MDR.  For most, he main attraction of Aqua Class is Blu.  Suites have far more benefits on Celebrity than HAL and the price is higher. 

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On ‎3‎/‎4‎/‎2019 at 9:54 AM, NanaBnana said:

We are currently on the Nieuw Statendam in a Neptune Suite and have had dinner and breakfast in Club Orange.  It was 75% filled for breakfast and 50% for dinner.  Our meals were cooked in the open kitchen by Chef Nella.  Both meals were perfect!  There is one dedicated wine steward, one dining captain and several servers that take efficient and excellent care of all the diners in a team fashion.  Jazz music playing for both meals was nice; the chairs are comfortable and spacious; tablecloths for dinner only.  I like the space and the less hectic pace of the dining room.  My only issue is the lighting could be softer especially in the evening.  Overall it feels modern, personal and fresh.  I am glad that Club Orange is available to suite passengers.

You are so right.  We enjoyed Club Orange last Christmas, and are going again for a 10-day Med Cruise in August.  When we went into Club Orange in the evening, I always insisted they put me in a darker spot!  I mean seriously who wants to sit under bright lighting for a relaxing meal?

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On 4/21/2019 at 7:08 PM, RocketMan275 said:

And, just all the noise of the MDR with tables so close one can easily reach the salt and pepper on the next table.  It isn't the tables, chairs, tablecloths, servers, and the food.  If CO becomes just a devalued roped off area, we won't be dining there.

 

 

PROBABly  able cloths??   Huh?

 

I  have never had a meal in MDR when the talbe was not   set with a whtie tablecloth.

 

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17 minutes ago, sail7seas said:

 

 

PROBABly  able cloths??   Huh?

 

I  have never had a meal in MDR when the talbe was not   set with a whtie tablecloth.

 

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On 4/21/2019 at 6:08 PM, RocketMan275 said:

And, just all the noise of the MDR with tables so close one can easily reach the salt and pepper on the next table.  It isn't the tables, chairs, tablecloths, servers, and the food.  If CO becomes just a devalued roped off area, we won't be dining there.

 

On 4/21/2019 at 5:24 PM, slidergirl said:

The roped off area offers NS peeps tables, chairs, probably tablecloths, servers, and the same food they'd get in Pinnacle for breakfast,  just for them and their CO buds.  

If my roped off area had the basics of a"cabana" - shade, a lounger, and a pool boy - , I'm OK.  I have no driving need/desire to be separated from everyone in a special area.  My cocoon as described would be fine.

Seven Seas, 

 

As you can see above, Slider Girl was the one who mentioned the "probably tablecloths".  I really don't care whether CO has tablecloths, probable or not.  I simply do not find a roped off area of the MDR attractive.   

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Club Orange at breakfast - no table cloth. At dinner, yes.

 

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CO looks cold and stark to me at breakfast.  Although my husband has never been a fan of having breakfast in the Pinnacle, I have enjoyed it over the last 10+ years (and make him come with me!) 

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17 hours ago, RocketMan275 said:

 

 

Seven Seas, 

 

As you can see above, Slider Girl was the one who mentioned the "probably tablecloths".  I really don't care whether CO has tablecloths, probable or not.  I simply do not find a roped off area of the MDR attractive.   

Yes, it was me.  I was trying to come up with possible ways to distinguish the elite from the masses when they had to share the same location.  Since I never do breakfast in the MDR, I have no idea what it looks like.  Could be a similar type of set up if they roped off a portion of the buffet, a la Canaletto, for the morning.  I was just tossing out ideas.

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According to reports it isn't a roped off area in MDR.  It is just "preferred seating" in MDR.  

 

Supposedly the MDR menu will be in a different (likely orange) cover.  Dinner will again be "priority seating" with one daily special added to the "Orange" menus.

 

I'm guessing they will just hold a group of tables for Club Orange and NS passengers.

 

Not sure why priority seating is a "benefit" for NS and PS passengers- I thought it was always that way for NS or PS.

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