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Would you Pay $200pp to dine at Sea?

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    #16
    It costs 75$ plus 18% for a 7 course meal with a different wine for each course in La Retreat on Oceana's Marina. La Reteat only seats 24 and the evening starts with champagne and finishes with port. As you are given $1000 on board credit per cabin, it is well worth spending some of this money on the evening.

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      #17
      As a solo cruiser, I doubt that I will ever qualify for onboard credit. If I ever do, then I will find something to spend it on, but I doubt that it will be food or drink.

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        #18
        As a solo cruiser on Oceana's ships, I believe that you would still get some credit, and it does cover, wine, gratuities and other items.

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          #19
          Speciality Restaurants

          May pay once if it was a special occaison and I was sure the food and experience would be special. Otherwise I find the food and company in the main dining rooms hard to beat.

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            #20
            We dined in the Gary Rhodes restaurant on Oriana for a special birthday of one of the friends we were cruising with. It was absolutely superb. The food exceeded our expectations and the service was outstanding. If you've ever looked at the pricing for a Rhodes restaurant on dry land, you'll realise that the supplement we paid was a bargain. I certainly wouldn't pay £200 per person, even with fine wines, but the normal supplements definitely open up a new dining experience for not a lot extra, compared to the MDRs. if you haven't tried the good ones (and I agree the Pierre Marco White ones are not such good value) then you don't know what you are missing.
            Chris D

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              #21
              Originally posted by Elsie's Mum View Post
              As a solo cruiser, I doubt that I will ever qualify for onboard credit. If I ever do, then I will find something to spend it on, but I doubt that it will be food or drink.
              You never know. On our second cruise with P&O, we were delighted to find we'd been credited with £50 OBC - each! Couldn't believe it - from the (then) Portunus club literature, we hadn't been expecting anything, and yes, we spent it on cocktails!

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                #22
                well when smoking ban came in on cruises smokers deserted and now this is an alternative to make up losses from loss of revenue because of this smoking ban at sea cruise directors thought that every non smoker would fill up cruise ships but alas it didnt happen and like ryanair they have to make up shortfall in spending

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                  #23
                  Had enough trouble justifying $5 - $30 & $40 PP on Celebrity though in retrospect it was WELL WORTH IT! The regular dining room was absolutely GREAT the other choices (at least the ones we tried) were EVEN BETTER!

                  Can't report the same feelings or experiences on the Princess Diamond this August seemed like the identical food served in a very slightly different environment.

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                    #24
                    Personally I would be reluctant to spend that sort of money - and have had gorgeous meals on board Princess and Celebrity ships. However I think if there are people willing to pay for this dining experience - and the ships would not offer it if there were not - then bon apetit!

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                      #25
                      We've had some very special evenings in Ventura's White Room, sometimes for an anniversary, or with guests, and once with MPWhite himself. Everything about the evenings has always been superb, and the last treat we had was outside on the terrace, watching the sun set. We would always look for a speciality restaurant for a special occasion.....and realise what sort of price we'd be paying in a London restaurant for similar.
                      Jo.
                      Jo.

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                        #26
                        We just returned from an Alaska cruise on Coral Princess; there were a couple of premium restaurants ($25pp extra not $15 as in the list above); we didn't bother as the food at the evening restaurants on an Anytime basis was quite satisfactory with a good choice.

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