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Old 10-12-2013, 08:52 PM   #46
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On a port day a group of the gentlemen who wear the coveralls (I see them cleaning and painting) were going through the buffet line at lunch. They were not in uniform and were having a fun time.
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Old 10-12-2013, 08:55 PM   #47
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I can just imagine it is such a treat to eat 'guest worthy' food, rather than the fare in the Officers Mess and Crew Mess.
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Old 10-12-2013, 09:34 PM   #48
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I can just imagine it is such a treat to eat 'guest worthy' food, rather than the fare in the Officers Mess and Crew Mess.
It definitely is. We went to Lunch With a Crew Member at Triton's a couple of times during the WBPC and it was hinted that the privilege of being the CM chosen was much sought after because it meant eating food prepared for onboard guests. Apparently the Triton's cheeseburger is infamous and is always ordered because they don't get anything comparable in the mess.

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Old 10-12-2013, 10:09 PM   #49
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Huey, Duey and Louie?
Now that would have been amazing!

Sadly, I don't have the connections to run with the big dogs on the ship.
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Old 10-13-2013, 07:33 AM   #50
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I think it would be interesting to chat with them over a meal. I appreciate them as they do a job that I don't want to do and if they didn't do it, we couldn't cruise.
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Old 10-13-2013, 07:51 AM   #51
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When we sailed last year there was a group of officers seated next to us in Palo. One of them was on his last cruise so it was a farewell dinner. They were a lively crew (not in an obnoxious way) and clearly knew it because they sent us over a full bottle of champagne ($$$$) to apologize for any disruption to our evening. I thought it was nice of them - unnecessary, but nice.
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Old 10-14-2013, 01:18 PM   #52
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On a port day a group of the gentlemen who wear the coveralls (I see them cleaning and painting) were going through the buffet line at lunch. They were not in uniform and were having a fun time.
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I call them the "Scrape, Paint and Varnish Crew (yellow overalls)". Some of the hardest working crew members and usually very nice!! And musical - frequently when we are walking on deck 4 and they are out there working, they are whistling Disney songs!!)
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Old 10-14-2013, 01:58 PM   #53
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On our cruise in August we went to the 11pm showing of Planes on pirates night. There were several of the officers in full uniform watching the movie wth us. We felt a little underdressed in pjs

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Old 10-14-2013, 02:03 PM   #54
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Either I am not very observant or it has not happened on any of the 7 cruises I have been on, but I have not seen any CMs or officers eating in the MDRs or at the Buffet. I would definitely not have a problem with it though. On my 2nd cruise (without the kids) though my DH and I were seated at a table for 8. Two very nice couples and then a pair of older men who advised us they were on-board the ship repairing phone lines. They informed us that when they were not working, they were allowed to enjoy all the ship's amenities, which included dinners in the MDRs. They were very polite; however, they came to dinner each night drunk and proceeded to continue to drink throughout the dinner service. Like I said, very nice gentlemen but it is a little hard to make conversation with people who are inebriated, slurring their speech, and constantly repeating stories they had just told the night before. That was the only time we have had this type of experience.
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Old 11-29-2013, 12:23 AM   #55
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I've sailed on several other cruise lines where select crew members are allowed to dine in the buffet. These were typically entertainers (production and guest performers), officers, and the spa staff. They were always courteous in the buffet lines, and their presence in the buffet dining room was never an issue.
This has been our experience, also. We had some wonderful conversations chatting with ship employees while at casual dining, so consider it a plus. If someone has an issue sharing dining space with "the help" then that is truly their problem.
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Old 11-29-2013, 02:17 AM   #56
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My daughter is a CM and managed to eat with us in the MDR a few times during our cruise. She had to get written permission in advance and then could only come when her schedule allowed her to. Quite often she would only have an hour so she ran down to her cabin to change into 'Disney Look' clothes and then run up to the MDR (they are not allowed to use the lifts), eat and then run back to her cabin, change and then back up to work but i know she thought it was worth it just to eat the lovely food. The servers are very good as well when they know they have a CM at dinner and they try and rush their food out for them. Oh and just before someone maybe comments on the CM's eating the guest food, her food was billed to my stateroom! She also had to get written permission (and carry that letter with her) to eat at the buffet and food places around the pools.
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Old 11-29-2013, 10:28 AM   #57
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My daughter is a CM and managed to eat with us in the MDR a few times during our cruise. She had to get written permission in advance and then could only come when her schedule allowed her to. Quite often she would only have an hour so she ran down to her cabin to change into 'Disney Look' clothes and then run up to the MDR (they are not allowed to use the lifts), eat and then run back to her cabin, change and then back up to work but i know she thought it was worth it just to eat the lovely food. The servers are very good as well when they know they have a CM at dinner and they try and rush their food out for them. Oh and just before someone maybe comments on the CM's eating the guest food, her food was billed to my stateroom! She also had to get written permission (and carry that letter with her) to eat at the buffet and food places around the pools.
How do they charge you for her food? And what did they charge? That is strange...I think that's awful to charge you!
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Old 11-29-2013, 10:38 AM   #58
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How do they charge you for her food? And what did they charge? That is strange...I think that's awful to charge you!
They charged like they would do with alcohol, i signed a receipt and it was added onto my stateroom account, it wasn't much just a nominal amount. Same with Palo they also pay the $20 plus tip.
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Old 11-29-2013, 05:51 PM   #59
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On Port Days, I actually look for the "local customs and border protection" officers in foreign ports... dining in Cabanas for breakfast and/or lunch! I usually sit as close to their table as possible and attempt to start a conversation! I have dined with Disney CMs as well in the MDR and Palo once they had the necessary signatures!

I find nothing offensive or our of place.
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Old 11-30-2013, 06:22 AM   #60
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Our son is an officer on board. He was able to dine with us for six of our seven night cruise although he was 'on call' at all times. He had to pay a small service charge for the gratuity which was charged to his account. The food in the officers mess is basically the same as the MDRs. He wore his 'evening whites' and I have to say we felt very proud walking in to the restaurants with him!
We were sat in an area with another Officer and her family to our right and a table of six younger crew members and their friends to our left.
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