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Old 09-29-2012, 07:33 AM   #1
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Tell me about Topsider's for dinner

We will be going on a Med cruise next summer and I imagine after all of those long port days we might not want to go to the MDR every night. I've never been to Topsider's/Beach Blanket for dinner - what's it like? Similar food? Table service? Same/different dress expectations?

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Old 09-29-2012, 10:39 AM   #2
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We will be going on a Med cruise next summer and I imagine after all of those long port days we might not want to go to the MDR every night. I've never been to Topsider's/Beach Blanket for dinner - what's it like? Similar food? Table service? Same/different dress expectations?

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Topsider's is a sit-down table service for dinner. The menu is a selection of items from the other MDR menus. Plus a carved meat item and a salad bar. We've not done it, but it's reported to be a bit quieter and more server attention. The servers there are the ones that are in training for the MDRs. The dress is cruise casual (even on the formal night).

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Old 09-29-2012, 10:46 AM   #3
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The dress is cruise casual (even on the formal night).

We usually skip the MDR on formal night, neither myself or my DW really like to get that dressed up on vacation. Even though some people still don't dress up, it always makes us feel uncomfortable so we go up to Topsiders/Beach Blanket. Every meal has been great, more attention, items from the menus of the MDR, and it seems like the food has come out hotter. Plus for us, it is usually a quicker dinner. One thing is if you plan on going to Topsiders/Beach Blanket, try to give your MDR server team a heads up. They will appreciate it
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It was our best meal on the ship outside of Palo. You can go up at your leisure and are welcome to look at the menu before deciding whether to eat there or not. Attire is cruise casual. Technically it is a training restaurant for the chefs and the wait staff--we found the food to be better than the MDR (I had the same item I'd had downstairs the night before!). On signature nights, they will choose an item or 2 from each menu; on theme nights they will serve a selection of items from the main menu but not the full menu. They also have a salad bar and a "carved item" like a roast that they will cut for you. We were the only table our server had; we saw him the next day at Pluto's.

Beautiful sunset view, quiet, great food and service. I suspect we will use this option more on our next cruise!
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Dress question - 2 people have mentioned it being cruise casual. How is that any different than going to the MDR's that are also listed as cruise casual? I thought the idea of going to the buffet area for dinner is that the dress is much more casual than the MDR's.
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Dress question - 2 people have mentioned it being cruise casual. How is that any different than going to the MDR's that are also listed as cruise casual? I thought the idea of going to the buffet area for dinner is that the dress is much more casual than the MDR's.
I think the original question was about not wanting to dress up for formal nights, and if going to Topsiders would allow them to not do so.

I could be wrong.

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I think the original question was about not wanting to dress up for formal nights, and if going to Topsiders would allow them to not do so.

I could be wrong.

Original question was about wanting to eat in the MDR's after a long Med port day, no mention of going there for formal or semi-formal night only.


But, I just looked on DCL's website and it lists the same dress code as for the MDR's: no swim wear, tank tops or shorts. To me that defeats the purpose of not wanting to eat in the MDR. Why offer the more casual place to eat if you are having the same dress code, except for the formal or semi-formal nights? If I recall you used to able to get dinner there in your shorts or swim wear (with a cover up) and not have to worry about a 'dress code suggestion'.
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We will be going on a Med cruise next summer and I imagine after all of those long port days we might not want to go to the MDR every night. I've never been to Topsider's/Beach Blanket for dinner - what's it like? Similar food? Table service? Same/different dress expectations?

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Original question was about wanting to eat in the MDR's after a long Med port day, no mention of going there for formal or semi-formal night only.


But, I just looked on DCL's website and it lists the same dress code as for the MDR's: no swim wear, tank tops or shorts. To me that defeats the purpose of not wanting to eat in the MDR. Why offer the more casual place to eat if you are having the same dress code, except for the formal or semi-formal nights? If I recall you used to able to get dinner there in your shorts or swim wear (with a cover up) and not have to worry about a 'dress code suggestion'.
I was referring to the bolded part in OP. I took that to mean they were asking about whether they still had to dress for fomal night. Yes, I interpreted it, probably, inaccurately. Sorry.

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Old 09-29-2012, 12:14 PM   #9
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Thanks everyone for your comments - it sounds like a really great option, one we should try regardless of whether we are tired from a day in port. I do wish we could still wear shorts, though - mostly for DH, who is fine with khaki shorts but would rather not put on dress pants during the summer for vacation. I imagine it will all work out fine!
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On our cali coast cruise (sept 16-23) BBB only had a buffet for dinner every night and it was not the usual causual table service.

Not sure if its something new, or something they are testing out. It seemed decently popular.
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On our cali coast cruise (sept 16-23) BBB only had a buffet for dinner every night and it was not the usual causual table service.

Not sure if its something new, or something they are testing out. It seemed decently popular.
I hope it's not a new thing. We have plans for doing the "buffet" for dinner on our next cruise as we haven't done it yet.

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I'm not sure I am reading this correctly--Topsider's is a sit down table service dinner on the Magic? Has this changed? We were on the Magic for the Med cruise last summer, and on the 5 day Bahama this past May, and Topsider's was a casual buffet.

If this is correct, I will respond to the OP, which is to say it is a very casual buffet for all meals. We had late dining on our Med cruise and after a long port day, we would just shower, change into casual clothes and bit Topsider's instead of waiting until 9 to eat. Particularly nice was sitting at a table outside, watching the Naples and Vesuvius fade into the distance.

At no time on either of our cruises was Topsider's a sit down service. I wonder if this is different now?
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I'm not sure I am reading this correctly--Topsider's is a sit down table service dinner on the Magic? Has this changed? We were on the Magic for the Med cruise last summer, and on the 5 day Bahama this past May, and Topsider's was a casual buffet.

If this is correct, I will respond to the OP, which is to say it is a very casual buffet for all meals. We had late dining on our Med cruise and after a long port day, we would just shower, change into casual clothes and bit Topsider's instead of waiting until 9 to eat. Particularly nice was sitting at a table outside, watching the Naples and Vesuvius fade into the distance.

At no time on either of our cruises was Topsider's a sit down service. I wonder if this is different now?
In all the cruises we've done (Magic & Wonder) the buffet was a sit-down table service for dinner. Buffet for breakfast & lunch.

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There was nothing sit down about BBB on the wonder the other week. It was just like the breakfast and lunch buffet. Go through the line, sit down and eat.
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There was nothing sit down about BBB on the wonder the other week. It was just like the breakfast and lunch buffet. Go through the line, sit down and eat.
I'm sorry. I wasn't doubting you. I was just commenting on our previous experience. And hoping that this isn't a new trend.

Sorry if it sounded rude.

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