Do you ever go to the pay restaurants on your cruise? Do you go because the food is going down in the MDR, or do you just like the specialty restaurants?
Pay to dine
We have done the pay restaurant thing on our cruises. Princess was overall great, but it was not because of the MDR. On the Dawn we did the Bistro and the Italian pay rest. The Bistro was incredible, the Italian? well that was crap. Overall, we take longer cruises when we can so we don't really do them more than once or twice.
MDR is Ok for most. I have even used the buffet instead.---all depends on the mood.
Same as eating out on your community.. to each his own.
We've always found enough choices in the "included" venues that we've never eaten in any of the extra charge restaurants. I do plan to have a slice of the 5 layer carrot cake next month, and it will be worth every penny of the price, from what I've heard from others. My big "extra splurge".
I have yet to pay extra for a meal on a ship. I find that I enjoy the MDR.
We have but it was a gift so we didn't pay for it. We have yet to do so out of our own pocket. It was OK but nothing we found exceptional. We will be doing it again in November on Carnival (the other one wasn't Carnival) as a perk...so we'll see.
We will dine at the specialty restaurants while on a cruise. Our favorites are the Crown Grill on Princess, Pinnacle Grill on Holland and Moderno on NCL. We go because we enjoy them about once a cruise.
Yes, we usually do the Steakhouse on the Carnival ships. The MDR is fine; we go just as an additional treat for ourselves.
Depends on the cruise line. On Celebrity no need, the MDR is excellent food, good selection and great service. Best MDR food IMO of the major cruise lines.
On Carnival I do treat myself to the Steak House once a cruise because the steak is so good as is the rest of the dinner (the chocolate flight for dessert is a must try in the steak house), it is also nice to be in a more elegant and quiet dining room. Add a good bottle of red wine and I'm a happy guy.
On NCL I found we used the extra pay dining rooms most of the time as the service and food in the MDR was just not up to par. The French dining on NCL is very good, the steak house was good and the Indian Lunch is a must do on NCL, If I'd ever take NCL again I would just factor in the extra pay dinners as part of the cost of the cruise because I do not like the service or food in the free MDR.
On HAL the MDR was good so no need for extra pay dining room.
We always do the steakhouse on our Carnival cruises. It's amazing and well worth the additional $35 pp.
I rarely find the need to go to a specialty restaurant. I enjoy the food in the MDR. However, our TA usually gives us a complimentary dine or two in the specialty restaurants depending on the length or cost of the cruise. On our last cruise we received two dines in a specialty restaurant. Now that I have reached 4 stars with HAL the cost of the cover charge is half the regular rate. So, I probably will dine more in them now.