Discussion in 'Disney Cruise Line Forum' started by pjacobi, Nov 23, 2012.
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I'm in the Remy is worth every penny camp as far as the 75 pp dining experience goes. We have done 3 Remy dinners and one 'lunch'
Its a must do if you are a 'foodie' or want to try something like that, to escape the chaos and noise of the crowded dining rooms, and get away from the kids for some adult time
The wine pairing I did once, the other times we did 1-2 glasses each. Can't make a strong recommendation there. I wonder if anyone will order either the 1947 Chateau Cheval Blanc or the 1961 Chateau Latour (25K and 17K respectively the last time I looked.)
Dining at Palo offers the same opportunity to have a quiet dinner while someone else watches the kids.
I have to agree that Palo does offer a nice kid free ambience but the food quality, variation and presentation in Remy is worth the extra over Palo IMHO
We each ordered a glass of wine. Much cheaper than the wine package.
Disney is definitely up for the challenge. Both DH and I are foodies and are highly discerning ( a.k.a "picky" ) guests.
Remy is superb and amazing. You will love this wonderful experience!!
I very much agree with the above
I tried the wine pairing once and felt all the wine filled me up too much. I had a better experience with ordering just a glass of wine.
I tried the spa on my first cruise (massage, facial, rain forest) and felt it wasn't worth the money to me
But others like it and feel it is an important part of their vacation
I was shocked when I heard how much people spend on things like Superbowl Tickets, or World Series Tickets but if they have a great time and enjoy it then I guess it is worth it to them. Meanwhile I'm content to watch the games on the home tv
Everyone has their own idea of "worth it". No need to put others down because they have different opinions
I read something recently about a cruise line restaurant applying for a michelin star and failing because they couldn't guarantee fresh produce. I can't remember if it was about Remy or another expensive cruise restaurant, but either way, when discussing high quality cooking, there is absolutely no substitute for freshness. Unfortunately, it's pretty much impossible for a cruise liner to serve a meal made from all fresh ingredients.
If I'm paying over $100 p/p for a meal (I agree with the earlier poster who said it's $75 + the cost of main dining room meal that you don't eat), I wouldn't want anything on my plate to have been pre-frozen. For that reason, I won't even consider a meal at Remy. I don't begrudge those who think it's good way of spending your money. It's just that I personally can't see the value.
In Canada when you go to a fundraiser gala dinner sometimes you get a receipt for a charitable donation, sometimes not. Depends how the charity funds the event. Locally our most prestigious fund-raiser gives no charitable receipts to attendees at all. No receipt=no deduction. So you truly donate the entire amount with no compensation.
To each their own. We just got back from an October cruise on the Fantasy and did a dinner at Remy and the champagne brunch. Between tips and taking home some champagne with us, each cost in the $350 neighborhood. You don't have to spend that much though - as previous posters said, the wine pairing is optional; you could order 1 glass of wine each and get out for under $200 (the opening champagne cocktail is complimentary). The champagne brunch is even less expensive - the only reason we spent so much was that we took home three bottles of champagne to drink at the holidays while remembering what a great experience we had at Remy.
We absolutely felt like we got our money's worth. The food and service are impeccable and a comparable dinner on land would easily cost more. Dinner lasts for over 3 hours and at 2 oz. of wine per pairing, I never felt uncomfortably full at all - and I regularly don't finish even the portions they serve in the MDR.
There is a lot of helpful information in this thread if you are deciding whether or not to spend the money on Remy. I would simply recommend reading the posts from the people that have done Remy for advice and not the posts from the people who have not. Again - everyone has their own opinions, some would prefer to spend this kind of money on a cabana at CC or another excursion or anything else. I will say this again - the most memorable experience of our October cruise was the champagne brunch at Remy.
5 X 2oz for $99? Thats $10 per ounce!
At that price, the wine would have to come from a bottle worth $250. Are the wines really of that quality, or are you paying for the service of someone pre-selecting the wines?
Yes, I was thinking the same thing about giving more weight to the recommendations (pro or con) of people that had actually dined in Remy
If someone was asking if the cabanas are worth it or some spa treatment that I had never tried I wouldn't feel the need to discourage someone from trying them when I have no experience with either of them
When I did the wine pairing the pours were definitely more than 2 ounces.
I guess it depends on the server pouring the wine.
Anyway, the wine pairing is not mandatory. Don't buy it if you don't want it
I don't drink enough wine to be able to tell the difference and appreciate a $200 bottle of wine. It could just as well be a $13 bottle of wine from Krogers and I wouldn't know. So paying that much would be a complete waste of money for me.....'cept for maybe braggin' rights that I drank 'really expensive wine'.
I actually might enjoy tasting a couple ounces from $200.00 bottle of wine.
However, I am not interested in being suckered into a sales pitch over the wonderful wine parings, then being served ordinary table wine.
Exactly what wines are served as part of the wine parings? They should be even more memorable than the food.
The trick with wine is to drink good wine. Not expensive or cheep wine. Most of my favorites are all under $25 a bottle. I have had some wonderful wines that cost much more than that and some terrible wines that cost much more than that. It is subjective, just like food.
Don't forget the 15% tip!
Look up the Remy menu on the DCL website and then google the prices of each wine if you're really that concerned about it. But don't forget to add the retail markup and then the disney markup and then the cruise markup.
I've been following this thread since you started it and it really seems to me as if you don't want to dine at Remy - justification of cost appears to be something you are really struggling with. I can't imagine that you or your wife will enjoy the experience if you're worried about a cost / benefit analysis of every item you order.
Make a reservation at Palo instead - they have good food there and it's only $20 per person for dinner. You can order a bottle of wine or not; no need to worry about a wine pairing because they don't provide one.
just my read on the situation.
My "read" of Paul's posts is that he is most concerned about the cost and value of the wine, and not the meal itself.
the cost of wine is always going to be overpriced when dining out; my feeling is if someone is going to be that concerned about it, don't order it in the first place. it's an option, not a requirement.
In spite of the logistics of being on a cruise ship at sea, I have been very pleased with my perceived 'freshness' of the food items served at Remy on both ships.
Perhaps it would be a good strategy to go the first night or earlier in the cruise for maximum freshness (in theory anyway).
With the markups on wine at any establishment, it is never a 'good value' ordering wine in the first place, anywhere.
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