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Old 01-04-2013, 04:44 PM   #1
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Magic/boarding and eating??

I am wondering what dinning options we have right when we board the Magic. Is it JUST topsiders? Not that it's a bad thing!!! I am happy that we'll have the option to eat ANYWHERE when we board!

When do the other food places start opening on boarding day? Not that we'll eat much more than 2 meals- but maybe we'll have a few small snack/dessert type things if they are available.
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Old 01-04-2013, 04:45 PM   #2
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Topsiders, the fast food outlets, and Parrot Cay.

Parrot and Topsiders will have the same food, but at PC you will sit down and have beverages served, including refills. At Topsiders, you'll get your own beverages and hop up when you want more.

Every outlet will open when boarding starts. PC will close about 2, Topsiders at 3, and the fast food places at 3:30. The fast food places will re-open after the safety drill. Room service will also be available from boarding till 3:30, then re-open after the drill (note, they will stop taking orders about 3 because there is NO service of any sort on the ship while the drill is in progress).
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Old 01-04-2013, 04:52 PM   #3
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Which one is usually the most busy? Is Parrot Cay quite busy, or not really? Or do most people choose Topsiders or Fast food places because their quicker?
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Old 01-04-2013, 04:55 PM   #4
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They will tell you Parrot Cay is busy whether it is or not. We have been fortunate that twice it wasn't bad when they told us it was. I really prefer PC just because the layout of Topsiders makes it crazier on embarkation day, plus I love being taken to a table rather than having to scope one out myself!
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Old 01-04-2013, 05:03 PM   #5
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Which one is usually the most busy? Is Parrot Cay quite busy, or not really? Or do most people choose Topsiders or Fast food places because their quicker?
We just got off the Magic today. We boarded early (group 3), and went to PC. It wasn't busy and the food was terrific. Have fun!
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Old 01-04-2013, 05:04 PM   #6
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We prefer Parrot Cay. We go there and if they try to tell us to go upstairs, we politely say that we will be happy to wait for a table in PC. It is amazing that this "full" restaurant Magically has a table within minutes.

I honestly think there were only 2 occasions when they didn't suggest upstairs--one when we were the first people there and once when I was with a friend in a wheelchair. On that one, they were directing everyone upstairs; took a look at us and pointed us the way we wanted to go!
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Old 01-04-2013, 05:09 PM   #7
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We also enjoy PC for our embarkation lunch. It's not usually too busy, and it's a great way to start the cruise!
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Thanks for this. We last cruised on Wonder in 2010 and I didn't know there was another option besides going through the buffet. Dragging the four-year-old around the queues and finding a table was hard. Now we're about to cruise Magic with two young children, so having sit-down service is going to alleviate my stress heaps.
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Thanks for this. We last cruised on Wonder in 2010 and I didn't know there was another option besides going through the buffet. Dragging the four-year-old around the queues and finding a table was hard. Now we're about to cruise Magic with two young children, so having sit-down service is going to alleviate my stress heaps.
Parrot Cay is a buffet. Only the beverages are table service. There is also a separate table with "kid food" toward the end of the main buffet line. 3 tables total--main one, dessert one, and kid food/soups, caesar salad one.
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Parrot Cay is a buffet. Only the beverages are table service. There is also a separate table with "kid food" toward the end of the main buffet line. 3 tables total--main one, dessert one, and kid food/soups, caesar salad one.
Do they find you a table at PC or do you stake out your own? That's the stressful bit with the littles.
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Do they find you a table at PC or do you stake out your own? That's the stressful bit with the littles.
The head server at the door assigns you to a table and a server escorts you there and takes your beverage order. Then you go to the buffet, leaving your carry on stuff tucked under the table (or at least we do). Usually by the time you return to the table, your drinks are there.
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Old 01-04-2013, 08:10 PM   #12
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I think we will try for PC. Sounds better than Topsiders. I am sure it's the same 'types' of food though, right??? Just different service? I'd prefer to not hunt down a table on the first day if I don't need to!
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The head server at the door assigns you to a table and a server escorts you there and takes your beverage order. Then you go to the buffet, leaving your carry on stuff tucked under the table (or at least we do). Usually by the time you return to the table, your drinks are there.
Sounds fabulous!!
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