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Old 09-17-2013, 02:21 PM   #31
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So we are actually double tipping the meals we are in Palo or Remy, because we are paying our waiters in the MDR for service they aren't providing, and then tipping again in the speciality dining.

Personally, I don't think it is necessary to tip the full cost of the meal, but of course everyone is entitled to their own opinion. I'm sure the Palo wait staff are delighted with the wonderful tips they get from everyone, and I know they do provide fabulous service. However, no better than the poor overworked staff in the MDR!

This is a very interesting discussion. I am enjoying reading everyone's opinion.
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Old 09-17-2013, 02:30 PM   #32
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We were a group of 3, and had brunch and dinner at both Palo and Remy. We tipped $10 per person at Palo and $20 per person at Remy, where our server was amazing! We didn't care how the up charge was split up, everyone was awesome and the food was incredible. For the food and service, I think we tipped low. lol
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Old 09-19-2013, 11:34 PM   #33
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We enjoyed our first brunch up in Palo on the Wonder in Alaska. Our waiter said the $20 charge was a tip split between the chefs and support staff. The additional tip was for him. So for two of us I added $35. I could never find a better meal for less elsewhere. Next cruise — I'll be booking a Palo dinner for sure!

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Old 09-20-2013, 02:44 PM   #34
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So we are actually double tipping the meals we are in Palo or Remy, because we are paying our waiters in the MDR for service they aren't providing, and then tipping again in the speciality dining.

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This is a very interesting discussion. I am enjoying reading everyone's opinion.
I am NOT trying to be "nasty" or combative here ... and there's no "but"

I understand your point about paying for services NOT rendered.

The tips to "your" servers for dinner covers tips for three meals a day plus snacks (they work all three meals and in the other food areas throughout the day. so on a 7 night cruise you are tipping your main servers for 20 out of 21 meals - a pretty small percentage. It's "worse" on a 3 night cruise where you are tipping your MDR servers for 8 out of 9 meals.
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Old 09-20-2013, 04:31 PM   #35
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So we are actually double tipping the meals we are in Palo or Remy, because we are paying our waiters in the MDR for service they aren't providing, and then tipping again in the speciality dining.
I look at the MDR servers a bit differently. They are obligated to be there whether I show up or not. I think of calling a taxi, having him wait outside for an hour, then telling him never mind. Do I owe him for sitting there being available for me? Of course.

We owe them for being there for us every meal, and we also owe the Palo waiters for their service. Simple, fair, and that's how I feel it works. They both earn it with hard work.
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Old 09-20-2013, 04:55 PM   #36
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I will be the odd person but Disney says tip is included so I do not tip additional.
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Old 09-20-2013, 05:09 PM   #37
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We've done $25.00 additional tip for Palo dinners. It will be our first time at Remy this winter

And yes I know as past posters have said, tips are supposed to be included in the cost BUT, service has alway been fantastic. We always put a shout out to CM that are "Wonder"ful and make our cruise "Magic"al and the Palo servers have always made the shout out list at the end of cruise survey.

We believe they have deserved the EXTRA tip; above and beyond what the additional cost of the meal is when reserved. And I won't let these poster make me feel like I wasted my money!

We have seen them at other meal venues and strike up a conversation while getting our meals. Great service deserves recognition
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Old 09-20-2013, 05:31 PM   #38
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I think if you want to tip extra and you feel good about it, you absolutely should. I also believe that if you don't want to, that is fine too. DCL says that tip is included for Palo and Remy meals, they do NOT say that for MDR, so I believe that tipping for MDR is accepted and tipping for Palo and Remy is optional.

I have only gone once and I tipped about $10 for the both of us, and feel perfectly fine about that.
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Old 09-20-2013, 07:10 PM   #39
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I went on the Fantasy over Easter and went to Palo by myself the last night of my cruise for dinner.The food was good but I wasnt impressed with the service, my waiter made it seem like it was going to take an act of God to get me some steak sauce.When it came to dessert I wasnt happy with it, but didnt say anything, when he came back and asked me how I liked it I said I didnt care for it, he didnt ask me if I would like to try something else, needless to say my Palo server was not up to par with the MDR servers.I really didnt want to leave a tip but I did and it was $5 too much. I Feel that a tip is earned and good service should be rewarded and that depends on what you can afford.
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Old 09-20-2013, 07:42 PM   #40
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We had dinner at Palo on the Dream. Our service was just OK. We were only there for about an hour and fifteen minutes. We tipped $20 for two people based on what I had read on this forum. We weren't offered anything other than one appetizer, entrée and dessert. Not sure what is so special about this restaurant.
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Old 09-20-2013, 07:51 PM   #41
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i wasn't that impressed either, actually. The view is gorgeous and I loved the privacy and quiet table, but I found our waiter hovered and brought us too much food. We asked his opinion a couple of times, he offered it, we ordered and then he just brought us both items. We can't eat that much and it seems so wasteful. I know a lot of people think that is great service, but really, it's no big deal to them to bring us two. I didn't ask for two and I didn't appreciate two.

I mean the food was fine and the service was fine, but I was expecting something miraculous from what I had read previously.

I am quite the foodie and go out a lot, and honestly, it was just fine, but not amazing. Maybe we had an off night. We'll try it again on our next cruise as we are platinum now (wow) and get a free dinner. Otherwise I wouldn't bother. And I'll tip what I please and feel fine about it, no matter what others do!
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On our last 4 day Dream cruise, for 2 people we tipped an extra $25 at Palos and $50 at Remy's. While we were only in the MDR for 2 nights, we still doubled the recommended tip for our server and assistant server.

Yes the service and experience warranted these additional tips. But also I think back to my serving days in college and I can't imagine how hard it would be to do that on a ship for 80+hours/week for 6 months straight.
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Why tip based on what it might cost on land? You are NOT on land. At a restaurant on land, you are not paying $1000's to be at the location.

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Why tip based on what it might cost on land? You are NOT on land. At a restaurant on land, you are not paying $1000's to be at the location.

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When you get back from your restaurant on land; you are going back to your house or apartment. You are not going back to your room that is made up for you each morning, made ready for bed each night, going to a dinning room with full service and food included, shows each night, family/adult entertainment each day/night. Food service on different decks where you don't pay extra for your choice. Ports of call on some mornings.

That is where your $1000.00 is going to. You do not have to make a reservation for Palo or Remy; if you don't want to pay the additional fee, and you do not have to add an additional tip at the end of the meal if you feel your service was sub-par (or great for that matter), but my wife and I will and always do tip above and beyond the extra cost of the restaurant for great service.
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When you get back from your restaurant on land; you are going back to your house or apartment. You are not going back to your room that is made up for you each morning, made ready for bed each night, going to a dinning room with full service and food included, shows each night, family/adult entertainment each day/night. Food service on different decks where you don't pay extra for your choice. Ports of call on some mornings.

That is where your $1000.00 is going to. You do not have to make a reservation for Palo or Remy; if you don't want to pay the additional fee, and you do not have to add an additional tip at the end of the meal if you feel your service was sub-par (or great for that matter), but my wife and I will and always do tip above and beyond the extra cost of the restaurant for great service.
Not true. As some restaurants are at 5 star resorts, I could very well be going back to a made up room. Also, your reply had nothing to do with tipping based on an imaginary price in an imaginary restaurant instead of the actual price which some have expressed that they do.

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