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Old 12-27-2012, 12:42 PM   #1
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Cabanas for Dinner?

We cruised on the Dream in March 2011 and we're heading out again in March 2013. On our last cruise, I don't remember Cabanas being an option for dinner. I thought I read on a couple threads here that you could now eat dinner at Cabanas. We would like this as we don't always like doing the formal dining rooms. Does anyone know if it is now open for dinner? Is it pre-plated food, or a buffet? What hours is it typically open for dinner?

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Old 12-27-2012, 12:48 PM   #2
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We always set one night aside to have dinner at Cabanas. It is sit down, menu service. lasst year I had a NY steak and jacket potato!! I like that it's quieter than the MDR's and you can show up whenever you like (i.e. no early/late seating). Nice views too if you get there before sunset!
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Old 12-27-2012, 12:50 PM   #3
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We cruised on the Dream in March 2011 and we're heading out again in March 2013. On our last cruise, I don't remember Cabanas being an option for dinner. I thought I read on a couple threads here that you could now eat dinner at Cabanas. We would like this as we don't always like doing the formal dining rooms. Does anyone know if it is now open for dinner? Is it pre-plated food, or a buffet? What hours is it typically open for dinner?

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Except for the first and last nights, the buffet is open for dinner. It is a sit-down table service with a salad bar and carving station. The menu is selected items from the other MDR menus being served that night.

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Old 12-28-2012, 09:00 AM   #4
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From what I've read it is very good!
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Old 12-28-2012, 11:29 PM   #5
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We ate there our 2nd night b/c the menu at the Royal Palace didn't appeal to us. I had the Porterhouse steak and OMG it was the best piece of meat I have ever eaten! The buffet wasn't set up, we sat at a table by the windows, almost completely empty and it was so quiet & relaxing. I'm glad we decided to go there. It was about 7:30 when we went.
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Old 12-29-2012, 06:18 AM   #6
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Some report receiving better service in Cabanas for dinner than the MDRs.
Less people, makes sense.
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Old 12-29-2012, 07:28 AM   #7
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We ate there twice in March (formal and semi-formal nights because we didn't want to carry dress clothes). The food was awesome, the service was also awesome and it was quiet. I was a small menu, no buffet or salad bar, and I agree with a previous poster that the Porterhouse Steak was the bomb! It was the best piece of meat any of us had eaten that entire week. It was a nice change from the large dining rooms and nor formal like Palo (you can wear shorts if you want to). This is the area where they train new servers and they aim to please. We never waiting for anything like we sometimes do in the main dining room.
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Except for the first and last nights, the buffet is open for dinner. It is a sit-down table service with a salad bar and carving station. The menu is selected items from the other MDR menus being served that night.

Is this the same on the Wonder and Magic? In BBB and whatever the other one is called!
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Is this the same on the Wonder and Magic? In BBB and whatever the other one is called!
Topsiders.

Yes, the buffet is not available on the first and last nights for dinner on all ships.

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Topsiders.

Yes, the buffet is not available on the first and last nights for dinner on all ships.

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Old 12-29-2012, 11:27 AM   #11
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To be clear, the dinner is NOT a buffet at dinner. The buffet station is not open at all. It is a "walk in" with no reservations needed.

In Topsiders, there is a printed menu which you are welcome to review before choosing to eat there or not. THey will select 1-2 items from each of the restaurants on signature nights or a selection of items from the main dining room on theme nights. They will not have ALL the items from the MDR available. They also have a "carved item" and a salad bar.

You are escorted to a table and greeted by your server. In our case, he handled both food and beverage for the evening. He explained the deal and took our order...and the food appeared in the same courses as in the MDRs. We were very pleased with the service, and the food was better than in the MDRs--probably because it is being prepared when you order and in much smaller quantities. We went on a signature night and I ordered the same dish I'd had the night before, so feel this was a very fair comparison.

Tipping is not expected as this is a training setting for both the cooks and the servers, but no one will ever decline a gratuity. We did see our server around the ship in the fast food outlets.

Our only concern was that we asked the person at the entry whether they could notify our MRD team that we wouldn't be at dinner. We found out the next night that the message never reached them.
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