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Old 12-21-2012, 03:19 PM   #16
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It's still buffet, right? We only ate at Cabanas twice on the Fantasy and both times it was during lunch. While it was laid out much better than on the classic ships, the chaos still made me nuts.

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AFAIK, the buffet is a sit-down service for dinner, with a salad bar and carved meat station. And it's not open the first and last nights.

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AFAIK, the buffet is a sit-down service for dinner, with a salad bar and carved meat station. And it's not open the first and last nights.

K. If I have to get up and get my own food I don't consider it a "sit down" meal. But I'm kind of a food snob. LOL

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K. If I have to get up and get my own food I don't consider it a "sit down" meal. But I'm kind of a food snob. LOL

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Well, you don't "have" to get up. You will be seated, have servers, and a menu to order from (usually a selection of items from the other MDR menus that evening). The salad bar and meat station, is additonal to that.

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The topsiders and cabanas are generally training grounds for servers but they also have some dedicated staff as well. The only night there is a dinner buffet up there as far as I know is the pirate night but it is a late night buffet.
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We ordered off the menu and had great service at cabanas.. No one ever said anything about a salad bar and carving station. We were on the fantasy a couple weeks ago. Nice alternative to the dining room if you want a more laid back dinner.
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We also ordered off the menu and were told about the "carved item," but not the salad bar. When we asked about the salad bar, suddenly it was remembered! Great food and service. Do not be afraid of the concept that this is a "training restaurant."
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. . . When we asked about the salad bar, suddenly it was remembered!
Was your server named "Dory"?

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We didn't have to get up to get the carved item--it could be ordered as part of the menu and served on our plate. It is just a different item on different nights.

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We ordered off the menu and had great service at cabanas.. No one ever said anything about a salad bar and carving station. We were on the fantasy a couple weeks ago. Nice alternative to the dining room if you want a more laid back dinner.
Same thing for us on the Dream. No one ever mentioned the carving station or a salad bar. I never saw them, either. That's strange. Surely I would have noticed people getting up and coming back with plates of food? I ordered a steak, potato, and asparagus. It was the best meal I had during the entire cruise. And for the PP, it was entirely sit-down (for us, at least, since apparently we didn't know about the secret buffet part )
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Same thing for us on the Dream. No one ever mentioned the carving station or a salad bar. I never saw them, either. That's strange. Surely I would have noticed people getting up and coming back with plates of food? I ordered a steak, potato, and asparagus. It was the best meal I had during the entire cruise. And for the PP, it was entirely sit-down (for us, at least, since apparently we didn't know about the secret buffet part )
We didn't notice other people getting up because there were virtually no other people there! There were maybe 2 other tables seated. It was an odd hour, like 7:30--between main and late seating. We had late and just decided we were hungry and didn't want to wait till 8:15.
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We didn't notice other people getting up because there were virtually no other people there! There were maybe 2 other tables seated. It was an odd hour, like 7:30--between main and late seating. We had late and just decided we were hungry and didn't want to wait till 8:15.
Huh. That's so strange. We had a line waiting to be seated when we left, so it was a full dining room and there weren't any diners moving around that I could see. Of course, they only used 1/2 of Cabanas, so full is relative. I will definitely be on the lookout for the secret salad bar next time!
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