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Old 10-10-2012, 04:37 PM   #1
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What is wrong with us?

We have been on 7 DCL cruise and have one coming up in a few months and we have never eaten at Palo/Remy....ever. Not from brunch or a diinner.

Sometimes my wife can be penny-wise and .....well anyway, she said 'we already paid for dining when we bought the cruise! why should we have to pay $60 to eat?'

So are brunch and dinner both $15 pp and is it really worth $60 for a family of 4? Oh, and we travel in jeans and Polos so that might exclude us?
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We have been on 7 DCL cruise and have one coming up in a few months and we have never eaten at Palo/Remy....ever. Not from brunch or a diinner.

Sometimes my wife can be penny-wise and .....well anyway, she said 'we already paid for dining when we bought the cruise! why should we have to pay $60 to eat?'

So are brunch and dinner both $15 pp and is it really worth $60 for a family of 4? Oh, and we travel in jeans and Polos so that might exclude us?
Wellll, I think you are crazy. There is no place else at all where you can get THAT good of service and food for $20 a person plus tip.

And no jeans.
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It's a toss up really, you HAVE paid for the regular dining room food and if you enjoy it and don't fell compelled to eat at the adult only options, you aren't really missing anything. And if you don't want to have to dress accordingly, then that really seals the deal.

I do like to eat at Palo, and don't mind the brunch or dinner surcharge, and I like the food enough to dress up a bit for it. That said, the longer length of the meal makes me sometimes wish I hadn't chosen it. I get tired of sitting through really long meals, which is why I'll never eat at Remy.
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Old 10-10-2012, 05:14 PM   #4
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We are in the same 'boat' as you. We've been on 4 cruises and never been to either. And, dare I say it, we've never gone to the pirate show!!
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Old 10-10-2012, 06:18 PM   #5
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We are in the same 'boat' as you. We've been on 4 cruises and never been to either. And, dare I say it, we've never gone to the pirate show!!
You didn't miss anything not going to Pirate show. We FINALLY went so we could see the fireworks (we thought they were before the Pirate show).
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Old 10-10-2012, 05:32 PM   #6
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Wellll, I think you are crazy. There is no place else at all where you can get THAT good of service and food for $20 a person plus tip.

And no jeans.
Agree with Handbag Lady. We have not traveled on the Fantasy or Dream (yet); but every cruise we have taken we try and book at least one meal at PALO. Leave the kid(s) behind and enjoy fine dining. When we take our Dream cruise in December 2013 I hope we can get into Remy. I doubt we will do both.

And we also leave an additional tip on top of the service charge to get into PALO. It is worth every penny. We had great food and fabulous service each time we ate there.
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Old 10-10-2012, 05:41 PM   #7
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I also agree with your DW. I feel we have already paid for dinner so why should we have to pay extra. We are also not into super dressy just for a meal. We enjoy our MDR meals. DH and I did do a Palo brunch once. It was okay. They food was good, but it wasn't enough for me to feel that it is a must-do. I feel that I have been there, done that.

I do believe that if you show up in jeans, shorts, other less than formal attire you will be requested to return to your room and change--especially at dinner time. And as a PP said Palo/Remy is adults only and they do not waiver from that.
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Palo brunch was really the must have for me. My DH is not adventurous at all, so he skipped pretty much the whole buffet while I gorged myself, and he compensated by ordering two chicken parmigianas (his favorite Italian meal) and died and went to heaven. He thought it was worth it just for those! A little dressy, but not formal, the view was gorgeous (I believe we were pulling up to Key West at the time) and I would love love love to do it again.

We had dinner for the same reason (just to make me happy) but neither of us really enjoyed it. Too formal, too long, we missed having dinner with our new friends at our MDR table, and I was just as happy with the food in the MDR (crazy, right? I must be the only one!) Actually, DH asked if he could have another chicken parmigiana instead, and they regretfully said they couldn't, but would have if we had given them advance notice! I think we'll just stick with brunch, where I truly was in my happy place.

Highly doubt we will ever do Remy.
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Old 10-10-2012, 06:10 PM   #9
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Our youngest is now 19 so we can ll go. We never even considered it the kids weren't old enough as we too always dine together.

I thought it was 15 pp. Evidently it is now $20. So $80 bucks?! Someone posted that $20 is cheap for a meal....but it's not $20......it's $20 on top of what you already paid.

Oh well, no intention to pack dress clothes just to eat one meal.
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Old 10-10-2012, 11:57 PM   #10
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I feel that it is more than $20 per person technically because you have paid for mdr as part of cruise cost and if you skip there to eat at Palo you have to add in that cost as well. With that in mind we are just eating in mdr. In my opinion Palo and Remy would be best utilized by frequent cruisers (I am not) who have had their fill of all of the included in the cruise cost meals. I see no reason to do it yet. I have family members in cities like San Fransisco, live in a resort community, and travel to other large cities for work where I can eat a nice fancy meal when I want
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Old 10-12-2012, 06:47 PM   #11
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I feel that it is more than $20 per person technically because you have paid for mdr as part of cruise cost and if you skip there to eat at Palo you have to add in that cost as well. With that in mind we are just eating in mdr. In my opinion Palo and Remy would be best utilized by frequent cruisers (I am not) who have had their fill of all of the included in the cruise cost meals. I see no reason to do it yet. I have family members in cities like San Fransisco, live in a resort community, and travel to other large cities for work where I can eat a nice fancy meal when I want
I agree exactly. In my neck of the woods we can get a good champagne brunch for $25-30pp + tip. I'm sure part of my cruise fare factors $10pp for lunch anyway so I'm either coming out "even" or have paid more for the same brunch on the ship. Same with the dinner, again, fortunate to have some good Italian restaurants where you could dine for the same $25-30pp so factoring the dinner that you already paid for in the MDR same scenario. (Italian's cheap around here, woohoo

So what it really comes down to, for me, do you have access to the same quality fare for a similar price elsewhere?

Not everyone is fortunate enough to have good ethnic cuisines everywhere. We have some good Chinese restaurants so we'd never go to the Chinese restaurant in Epcot... but parts of the family live in areas that have very poor quality Chinese restaurants so they go every trip!

On vacation I want to do something that I can't do at home... so Palo dinner doesn't interest me. Might consider trying their brunch once just to compare. And Remy is just right out, I can't justify that upcharge.... which is also why we don't usually do French restaurants at home either, just not our cup of tea. I'd rather put that money towards a spa pass
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Old 10-10-2012, 04:56 PM   #12
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I' pretty sure Palo is $20 per person for dinner and the same extra charge for brunch. By a family of four do you mean all adults? Palo is an adult only venue and they don't ever waiver.

Is it worth it, totally a personal thing, but I have only missed Palo once on my very first cruise which was a 4 nighter. I ALWAYS book brunch, dinner and high tea. In my opinion and experience, the food is outstanding, the service incredible and the experience more than worth it!

Sure you've paid for your meals in the main dining rooms, but Palo is a great treat, and just like in the main dining rooms you can order whatever and as much of whatever as you like!

However, they do have dress code and depending on the manager they can be strict about it. I always enjoy making it more special by dressing up.

You may want to try just one of the options, brunch is good, easier if you don't want to miss the main dining room and the view is much prettier during the day.
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Old 10-10-2012, 05:02 PM   #13
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Nothing is wrong with you. We cruised DCL for many years before I ever went to Palo for dinner. I did the tea when it was $5 (that tells you how long ago...)

OK, different reasoning. For us, vacation is family time and we have a rule that we always eat dinner as a family. We couldn't go to Palo as a family till my daughter turned 18, so no Palo for us. Now we enjoy Palo as a family, but as Platinum, it is comped other than the tip.
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Old 10-10-2012, 05:13 PM   #14
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We honestly don't care one bit about "fine dining". To us, the MDRs are plenty good! We did do palo brunch for this last (our first) trip, and did enjoy it a lot! It was very good, and we felt like it was worth the alone time and good food. That being said, we aren't doing it again. We are penny wise, too, and it does feel like a waste if we keep doing it. I can promise you we would never even consider Remy.
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I was thinking of surprising my husband with a brunch on our next cruise. How much should we tip? Thx!
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