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Old 04-22-2013, 01:17 PM   #1
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Enchanted Garden Embarkation Day Lunch

We are trying to decide where to have lunch when we board Fantasy next month. Cabanas is out as we felt it was way too crowded and we will have plenty more chances to eat there throughout the cruise. I have heard reports that the buffet line at Enchanted Garden can get pretty long and take a while to get through. For those who have chosen this option in the past, what was your experience? We are trying to decide between this & the quick service window by the pool.
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Old 04-22-2013, 01:20 PM   #2
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I didn't know this was an option. To think, we sat at Orlando IHOP for so long when we could have been on our way and headed to some real food in time for lunch instead of getting there within 20-30 min of the muster when all the food closed and hitting the Flo's insanity rush...

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Old 04-22-2013, 01:29 PM   #3
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We love the embarkation lunch -- but always enjoy it more in the restaurants (Enchanted Garden, Parrot Cay) then we do at Topsiders or Cabanas. Even if the buffet line itself is long in EG, you will already have your table/booth and there is more room for your belongings than in Cabanas (which we found shockingly lacking in moveable space around the tables!) Plus I like the fact that they serve you your drinks
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Old 04-22-2013, 10:02 PM   #4
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I didn't know this was an option. To think, we sat at Orlando IHOP for so long when we could have been on our way and headed to some real food in time for lunch instead of getting there within 20-30 min of the muster when all the food closed and hitting the Flo's insanity rush...

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Hitting Cabanas the moment we get on the ship and tying on the feedbag is my favorite part of the cruise!

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Hitting Cabanas the moment we get on the ship and tying on the feedbag is my favorite part of the cruise!

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you have me excited to do this on our first cruise this fall! What are your favorite desserts at cabanas?
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I've only eaten in the MD for this lunch - family tradition. Is the food the same in both places?
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We are trying to decide where to have lunch when we board Fantasy next month. Cabanas is out as we felt it was way too crowded and we will have plenty more chances to eat there throughout the cruise. I have heard reports that the buffet line at Enchanted Garden can get pretty long and take a while to get through. For those who have chosen this option in the past, what was your experience? We are trying to decide between this & the quick service window by the pool.
We did this last year and plan to do it again in May. We felt this was a much better option for us because Cabanas felt too chaotic to us. The line for the buffet never got very long at all. We were in line maybe 5-7 minutes total. There are lines on both sides so it really helps to move it along. We had lunch here on embarktion day and had breakfast here also, almost every morning. We did try Cabanas once for lunch but felt that we enjoyed EG more. You can't go wrong either way.
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We pretty much always choose this option over eating up at Cabana's/Topsiders. Never found the lines to be excessive and its nice to be escorted to a table and have your beverages brought to you.
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We pretty much always choose this option over eating up at Cabana's/Topsiders. Never found the lines to be excessive and its nice to be escorted to a table and have your beverages brought to you.
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Glad to see this thread! Didn't realize this was an option! Is it just Enchanted Garden that has embarkation lunch on the Fantasy (or Cabanas, of course)?
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We always go to Parrot Cay on the classics, but have enjoyed Cabanas more on the Fantasy the last two cruises. The selection on the buffet at EG wasn't as good and there was nothing that DD [my not picky child] would eat there.
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Old 04-22-2013, 02:24 PM   #12
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We are trying to decide where to have lunch when we board Fantasy next month. Cabanas is out as we felt it was way too crowded and we will have plenty more chances to eat there throughout the cruise. I have heard reports that the buffet line at Enchanted Garden can get pretty long and take a while to get through. For those who have chosen this option in the past, what was your experience? We are trying to decide between this & the quick service window by the pool.
Last summer we had embarkation lunch in Enchanted Garden and the lines were not long at all--there are actually two lines, one feeding from the right and one feeding from the left, and they met in the middle where you could then order hand-scooped ice cream--not self serve, but hand scooped. We scored one of the round booths near the buffet line, and I never saw the line long at all. We were on board and eating fairly early, so it's not like we were one of the stragglers coming in late.
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Old 04-22-2013, 02:57 PM   #13
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We've done both

Like both. Cabanas has great view. EG is a cool theme and they bring u a drink. Both r buffets tho. I thght eg was slower/less crowded.
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We didn't find Cabanas to be busy at all for lunch, however we had a boarding # of 5 so that may have helped.
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We boarded around 1pm and Enchanted Garden was nearly deserted. I didn't even know Cabanas was an option lol.. we just followed along where they suggested we go eat once we boarded!
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