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Old 04-05-2013, 06:06 PM   #1
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Whats the Difference between Cabanas and Topsiders?

We'll be sailing on the Magic soon and have heard their buffet, Topsiders, is different that that of Cabanas on the Fantasy/Dream. What I don't understand is the difference between the 2???
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Old 04-05-2013, 06:10 PM   #2
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We'll be sailing on the Magic soon and have heard their buffet, Topsiders, is different that that of Cabanas on the Fantasy/Dream. What I don't understand is the difference between the 2???
On the classic ships the buffet (Topsiders on the Magic and Beach Blanket Buffet on the Wonder) is set up in the "traditional" one long line type of buffet. Everyone waits for the people in front of them to serve themselves before moving on.

In Cabanas, there are separate stations with food, you may go to them in in any order, and not wait in one long line.

Other than that, I believe the food offerings are the same, or similar.
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Old 04-05-2013, 06:15 PM   #3
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Old 04-05-2013, 06:24 PM   #4
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OK, here's my Topsiders pictures.




Now, rumor has it that Topsiders will become more "Cabanas-style" during her dry dock this year.
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Old 04-05-2013, 07:32 PM   #5
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Topsiders is more of a cafeteria style line while Cabanas has different stations that you can go to with different types of food at each station.
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Old 04-05-2013, 09:42 PM   #6
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So basically the food is the same its just 1 long line? That doesn't make them sound too different!
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Old 04-06-2013, 01:57 AM   #7
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Topsiders / beach Blanket buffet = organized line to get your food

cabanas = madhouse -where are all the food choices? ... Oh here in this line, and over there in that line, and it looks like there might be something else over there, and what's this line, oops, same stuff as one of the other lines I was in --- hey where did you get that? Oh, that line over there. Why should I wait, I can just crowd in here ....

Frankly my opinion of "cabanas style" is it's a stupid mess! It's not a great way to move a lot of people through.

On the other hand, the "single line" method on the classic ships doesn't work when there's a "long line" and the people at the back decide that they need to save a table for their family because "there are so many people in font of us" -- when that happens, the people that have been through the line, and have their food, have to search for a place to sit and eat, blocking the next groups of people from coming through. So you end up with people standing with trays of food, and another group of people sitting at the tables without food (waiting for their family to bring them food, but can't) so you get gridlock.
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I like the Cabanas set up. Once you know there are different stations and where they are it is much easier.

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Topsiders / beach Blanket buffet = organized line to get your food

cabanas = madhouse -where are all the food choices? ... Oh here in this line, and over there in that line, and it looks like there might be something else over there, and what's this line, oops, same stuff as one of the other lines I was in --- hey where did you get that? Oh, that line over there. Why should I wait, I can just crowd in here ....

Frankly my opinion of "cabanas style" is it's a stupid mess! It's not a great way to move a lot of people through.

On the other hand, the "single line" method on the classic ships doesn't work when there's a "long line" and the people at the back decide that they need to save a table for their family because "there are so many people in font of us" -- when that happens, the people that have been through the line, and have their food, have to search for a place to sit and eat, blocking the next groups of people from coming through. So you end up with people standing with trays of food, and another group of people sitting at the tables without food (waiting for their family to bring them food, but can't) so you get gridlock.
UGH. I hate this. hate hate hate this.

And no, I do not want to hear how you *need* a place to sit and you are in pain and you can't chance not having a table.. blah blah. I have two children, I'm pregnant and have bad knees .. I can still wait in freaking line. The queues are set up so that the lines move and the tables turn. People that snag a table 20 minutes before their family even gets through the line screw up the entire system.
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UGH. I hate this. hate hate hate this.

And no, I do not want to hear how you *need* a place to sit and you are in pain and you can't chance not having a table.. blah blah. I have two children, I'm pregnant and have bad knees .. I can still wait in freaking line. The queues are set up so that the lines move and the tables turn. People that snag a table 20 minutes before their family even gets through the line screw up the entire system.
Sorry to hear you feel this way. We always grab a table so we have a place to put our stuff. One person waits at the table, while somebody else goes and grabs something to eat. With the set up at Cabanas, they can go make a salad and be back at the table in 5 or 10 minutes.
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Sorry to hear you feel this way. We always grab a table so we have a place to put our stuff. One person waits at the table, while somebody else goes and grabs something to eat. With the set up at Cabanas, they can go make a salad and be back at the table in 5 or 10 minutes.
I guess there are some days (like embarkation) where you have lots of stuff. Maybe if you have an infant w/diaper bag, baby food, etc. But otherwise, how much stuff does one take with them to the buffet?

It just drives me crazy when people do it SPECIFICALLY to secure a table during a perceived busy time. Like the person who is in the back of the line has more right to have a place to sit than the person who is waiting patiently with kids and family. THOSE people drive me nutso. One of my big pet peeves in any self seating environment.
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UGH. I hate this. hate hate hate this.

And no, I do not want to hear how you *need* a place to sit and you are in pain and you can't chance not having a table.. blah blah. I have two children, I'm pregnant and have bad knees .. I can still wait in freaking line. The queues are set up so that the lines move and the tables turn. People that snag a table 20 minutes before their family even gets through the line screw up the entire system.
I've sailed on the Dream (not crowded) and Wonder (Christmas week, capacity plus) and never waited with more than 4-5 people in front of me. Usually, we just waited for the BBB person to hand us a tray and silverware. We may not have gotten the perfect table (outside but not in the sun=perfect) every time, but we also never had a problem finding a table.

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UGH. I hate this. hate hate hate this.

And no, I do not want to hear how you *need* a place to sit and you are in pain and you can't chance not having a table.. blah blah. I have two children, I'm pregnant and have bad knees .. I can still wait in freaking line. The queues are set up so that the lines move and the tables turn. People that snag a table 20 minutes before their family even gets through the line screw up the entire system.
Sorry if you don't like that some snag tables. So you can stand through the line, others can't. I use a walker or wheelchair and frankly it gets in the way of others in line if I am trying to handle a tray, serve myself and steer my wheelchair. Leads to running over peoples feet which is not fun. You really want up to 500 ponds of weight clipping your ankles or rolling over your feet. I grab a table and my husband gets food for me unless the lines are really short. Then I will use the chair or walk short distances.
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Sorry if you don't like that some snag tables. So you can stand through the line, others can't. I use a walker or wheelchair and frankly it gets in the way of others in line if I am trying to handle a tray, serve myself and steer my wheelchair. Leads to running over peoples feet which is not fun. You really want up to 500 ponds of weight clipping your ankles or rolling over your feet. I grab a table and my husband gets food for me unless the lines are really short. Then I will use the chair or walk short distances.
I get that it's easier for some folks. You'll see I clarified later that it's really the people who very obviously don't want to chance not having a table that cut the line to grab a seat that get me upset.

However I grew up with a parent that has cerebral palsy and could not carry a tray (or even walk without a walker or wheelchair). He never sat down and held a table .. he came through the line with all of us and a family member carried his plate/tray for him. So I know from personal experience that a disability, even a serious one, does not automatically mean you cannot use the line like everyone else. Frankly, as someone who has the privilege of being able to walk, keeping my ankles and feet out of the way of your wheels is my responsibility. Plus, you even said .. if the line is short you will use the chair or walk. So -- you choose not to use the chair or walk if the line is long. SO its a convenience issue for you as well.
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Anyone recall seeing corned beef has in Topsiders on the Magic? It's my DH's favorite thing on the Dream and Fantasy. If it's not available every day, I'd better prepare him for the disappointment. Seriously, it's _that_ important to him.
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