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View Poll Results: is Palo a must do?
Yes Brunch 37 29.13%
Yes Dinner 12 9.45%
Yes, brunch and dinner 43 33.86%
Not a priority 35 27.56%
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Old 02-07-2013, 11:18 PM   #16
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the one time we did brunch I felt bad because we really didn't need the waiter but he kept hovering. we didn't eat much, not that big of eaters and pretty much bypassed the desserts. he wanted very very badly to pack up a tray of dessert selections so we could take it to our room. no but thanks, but you must, no but got a bit annoying.
I think the problem is we are were much the type that likes to have you take our order and walk away. don't want to make to much small talk, i'm good.
now if you like to be waited on (read babysat) than this is the place for you. they are the most friendly staff I've ever met and work hard to get you to eat more....and more....and more.
at one point I think he felt he wasn't going to get a tip if he left us alone.
again, it was all great but not our style. we are simple people.
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Old 02-07-2013, 11:52 PM   #17
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We feel it's a great way to break up the same ol same ol in the dining rooms.
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Old 02-07-2013, 11:55 PM   #18
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I did brunch with a large group from the DIS board. That was very fun. Did Dinner with a group of 8 from the DIS board. The people where great but to me the food was OK. It was a nice adult relaxing dinner.
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Old 02-08-2013, 05:36 AM   #19
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No brainer. Dinner is a must. Brunch is a nice to have.
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Old 02-08-2013, 05:45 AM   #20
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So what is so unique about Palo- better quality? menu? atmospher?
I am just not sold on the idea yet. We are traveling with our 2 kids as our family vacation.
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Old 02-08-2013, 06:10 AM   #21
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I think the tenderloin is much better in Palo then in the dinning room, but food is subjective some might not agree.

The service is amazing, don't get me wrong I have always had great service in the dining rooms also.
Its a different atmosphere in Palo, its quieter and a little more relaxed.
The servers are very attentive up there too.
You just feel like you are the only couple in the place.

I love both dinner and brunch.
Brunch to me is a total package. You have great food and beautiful scenery of the ocean.
The Chicken Parmesan is so good.
Our last cruise was only a 4 nighter with no sea days, we were bummed they didn't offer a brunch on this cruise. We really missed it.

GIve it a try, you won't be disappointed.
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Old 02-08-2013, 06:26 AM   #22
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Dinner used to be a priority but the last time we skipped it because we think it's not as good as it used to be and we've been disapointed. So sad.
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Old 02-08-2013, 07:12 AM   #23
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-The MDR's are loud and crazy and for me often overwhelming. I prefer a quiet place to eat.

-In our experience the food is always better at Palo then the MDR's. But generally I am never impressed with the MDR options.

-For us it is an actual dinner date. We very very rarely get a chance to have us time away from the kids at home. (And its nice to get away from all kids)
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Old 02-08-2013, 07:18 AM   #24
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Originally Posted by lmb View Post
Dinner used to be a priority but the last time we skipped it because we think it's not as good as it used to be and we've been disapointed. So sad.
We found this to be the case for both dinner and brunch in 2011 due to our favorites being dropped from the offerings. Not as good as our first visit in 2004. Use to get the best filet mignon at Palo. Now it's the tenderloin. We are trying it on the Fantasy for the first time and really hoping it will be better.

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Old 02-08-2013, 07:38 AM   #25
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For us, it's more about a meal without kids, slower pace and quieter, more relaxed dining than in the MDR's...
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Old 02-08-2013, 07:43 AM   #26
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Brunch and dinner at Palo are a must for us on every cruise.

In my opinion the difference from the mdr to Palo is
- the atmosphere, it is quiet, romantic, and you can take your time enjoy and relax
-the staff is AMAZING, dont get me wrong my servers in the mdr are always nice but come nowhere near the service I get in Palo ( even on different ships) Im sure this is because you pay extra for it so they try to cater to you more.
-The food. This is exactly the type of food we love to splurge on when we rarely get the chance to and if you were eating that type of meal at home it would cost about 10x more and is always sooo good and worth it!
-It is a date night for us on the cruise. It is the only time we really get that on the ship.

I really miss the high tea they used to do...

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Old 02-08-2013, 07:45 AM   #27
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I voted for dinner but brunch is very good as well.

We usually plan Palo dinner for pirate night because we are over all the pirate stuff and don't care for the typical pirate night menu.
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Old 02-08-2013, 07:52 AM   #28
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Brunch and dinner is a must for us! The brunch display is gorgeous. And the food quality is outstanding. The atmosphere is quieter and calmer than the other restaurants.

i'm sad that they've gotten rid of high tea. That was also fun to do.
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Old 02-08-2013, 08:17 AM   #29
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Being a solo cruiser enjoying a Palo's brunch for me is a must do. Although I've gone for Palo's for dinner a few times I do prefer brunch.
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Old 02-08-2013, 08:28 AM   #30
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Thanks everyone, I think we will skip it this time but appreciate the info. We are going on this trip to have the extra time together so I dont want to miss family time. We are fortunate to be able to travel and dine at great places with-out kids at other times of the year plus with oceaneers club activities, I am sure we will have some quiet time if we chose.
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