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Old 07-30-2013, 01:46 PM   #31
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Hilarious! WHY would anyone have a problem with that, if they were being normal, courteous people?!
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Old 07-30-2013, 02:00 PM   #32
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I would love to dine with a crew member. I could probably learn something new.
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Old 07-30-2013, 07:22 PM   #33
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Was the FB discussion about random CMs eating, or did they mean the crew dining room was gone and crew and passengers all shared the same buffet?
They were complaining about crew in buffet uniforms eating next to them at the buffet while on their breaks. Unfortunately, I think it was an issue of "class". As far as I am concerned the complainers are the ones with no class.
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Old 07-30-2013, 07:55 PM   #34
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They were complaining about crew in buffet uniforms eating next to them at the buffet while on their breaks. Unfortunately, I think it was an issue of "class". As far as I am concerned the complainers are the ones with no class.
Sounds like it...you're right on.
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Old 07-30-2013, 08:14 PM   #35
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Can't speak for DCL since we're yet to go on our first but we have dined many times with crew members, often the Captain, GM's, Cruise Directors, entertainers, guest lecturers, even the tech guy who works in the computer room.
With the officers it's usually a table of 6-8, at the Captain's table it's usually 10-12 so you meet fellow passengers as well. Definitely a win-win.

It is a wonderful experience most all the time, (once in awhile you may get someone who is zzzzzzzzzzz). I can't think of anything negative and of course if you're invited and you don't feel comfortable, you can decline.
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Old 07-30-2013, 08:57 PM   #36
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We saw one Officer at the table next to us almost every night on the Fantasy in June. Must have had family on board? And Captain Marco was at the table next to us (with some other Officers) at breakfast. He stopped at our table to fuss over the "special treatment" our ds3 was getting from the Server and Head Server! I would have loved to sit and eat with any of the CMs, they all work so hard I would enjoy seeing them get a break lol.
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Old 07-30-2013, 09:04 PM   #37
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On the Wonder a couple of weeks ago my husband and I joined my in-laws at beach blanket buffet and sitting next to them was the head of food and beverage and the health inspectors...eating lunch. That was interesting to see.
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Old 07-30-2013, 09:05 PM   #38
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We saw one Officer at the table next to us almost every night on the Fantasy in June. Must have had family on board? And Captain Marco was at the table next to us (with some other Officers) at breakfast. He stopped at our table to fuss over the "special treatment" our ds3 was getting from the Server and Head Server! I would have loved to sit and eat with any of the CMs, they all work so hard I would enjoy seeing them get a break lol.
I have cruised on many other lines and LOVE being able to dine with the crew. They have great information on the ports of call and some real hidden jewels as to where to go at the different ports. Never were any of them rude. It was pleasant company.
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I was in line for breakfast in Topsiders on the second Panama Canal Crossing (Bringing the Magic back home in 2005) and the guy behind me was the PRESIDENT OF DCL (and I am drawing a blank on his name right now - he no longer works for DCL). Had a nice talk with him.

In 2002 we had "gofer" (the Chief Purser) join our TABLE for DINNER one night. This was back when on the Captain's Gala night, that some of the crew joined some of the guests for dinner. We were at the table for 14 and one of the families didn't show up. The poor guy was grilled with questions for an hour and a half. Was great for the rest of us. He was great. And he bought the table several bottles of wine too!!

On the last WBPC cruise in May the new entertainment staff was onboard (so we had both casts) and they were well behaved and took my our picture for us several times - they were very willing (they approached us - and then we found out that they were part of the new cast).
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Old 07-31-2013, 12:13 PM   #40
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I was in line for breakfast in Topsiders on the second Panama Canal Crossing (Bringing the Magic back home in 2005) and the guy behind me was the PRESIDENT OF DCL (and I am drawing a blank on his name right now - he no longer works for DCL). Had a nice talk with him.
We were on that cruise as well, and the person you're referring to is Tom McAlpin. We ran into him a couple of times on that cruise and he was very nice to talk with. We were seated next to Roy Disney, Jr. at lunch one day on that cruise. We've had officers seated next to us at dinner in Topsiders a few times and they were always very friendly.
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Are they actual real live human beings? Then I suppose it's okay. I would have a problem it it were audio-animatronic Millard Fillmore.
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Millard is at the helm while the (human) crew are eating.
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Old 07-31-2013, 07:10 PM   #43
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We were on that cruise as well, and the person you're referring to is Tom McAlpin. We ran into him a couple of times on that cruise and he was very nice to talk with. We were seated next to Roy Disney, Jr. at lunch one day on that cruise. We've had officers seated next to us at dinner in Topsiders a few times and they were always very friendly.
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They were complaining about crew in buffet uniforms eating next to them at the buffet while on their breaks. Unfortunately, I think it was an issue of "class". As far as I am concerned the complainers are the ones with no class.
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Old 10-12-2013, 08:38 PM   #45
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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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