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People who reach in with bare hands at the buffet to take (feel?) some bread.  SO glad buffets will be a thing of the past but I will miss the entertainment they provided.

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3 hours ago, Orator said:

Be slow to judge. Noticed a man talking though his puppet at dinner in Blu. He was accompanied by a woman and talked to her through the puppet. He  also spoke to the server through the puppet. Almost everyone was staring at him, me included. Asked the Maître 'd if he knew about the man and he said that he had that he had learned that the man had a disorder that only allowed him to communicate through his puppet . There is often a deeper story behind what some may see as strange behavior.

   I had a man who worked for me years ago who did that for about 2 years.  He would speak normally on the phone, but could only speak in person using a sock puppet.  He did it for about 2 years, then just stopped one day with no explanation.  Good employee otherwise, so I saw no reason to pry.

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4 minutes ago, RosieRoo said:

I saw a man fishing off his aft balcony while we were in port. 

Makes perfect sense if he looked at the dinner menu and saw nothing that he would select.

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18 minutes ago, LGW59 said:

People who reach in with bare hands at the buffet to take (feel?) some bread.  SO glad buffets will be a thing of the past but I will miss the entertainment they provided.

I've never viewed the behavior of others in the Oceanview Cafe as entertainment when it comes to food. I don’t know how many times over the years I informed the staff that others had contaminated a serving dish of food by their actions. They always thanked me and removed the food to discard it. Such a waste, but better safe than sorry.

We finally stopped going to Oceanview. Perhaps with the new health and safety measures we might try again.

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Bunch of years ago we were assigned to a table with another family. The dad who was very slim ordered 3 full entrees that he mostly consumed each night. He said he was a travel agent and wanted to be able to give first hand recommendations about all the food options. 

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36 minutes ago, Orator said:

Makes perfect sense if he looked at the dinner menu and saw nothing that he would select.

Maybe he liked reeeaaaaly fresh sashimi?

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1 hour ago, C-Dragons said:

I've never viewed the behavior of others in the Oceanview Cafe as entertainment when it comes to food. I don’t know how many times over the years I informed the staff that others had contaminated a serving dish of food by their actions. They always thanked me and removed the food to discard it. Such a waste, but better safe than sorry.

We finally stopped going to Oceanview. Perhaps with the new health and safety measures we might try again.

In all my cruises, about 16-17, I've never seen that happen. I imagine it does but never seen it. Hmm.

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I took a nice big plate of squid (calamari) rings once. They were right next to the fish and I didn't read the sign.

They were onion rings. To avoid waste and embarrassing myself I ate quite a few but it wasn't enjoyable.

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6 minutes ago, peanut head said:

Onion rings?!  I've been on multiple cruises and have never seen onion rings on any menus.  What venue were you in that they had onion rings?

 

I believe leck57 is referring to the buffet, where they do not have menus, just small signs next to each offering, he/she mentioned they did not see the sign

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Thanks for the clarification. 

 

Strangest thing we saw/heard on a cruise was while we were eating in Tuscan Grill.  A woman was being comped for being a big spender in the casino.  She kept on asking her host if she could keep things that were on the table or around her like the salt and pepper shakers, the bucket holding her wine, the vase with the flowers and other decorations on the walls or tables.  The answer was "no" to all her requests.

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58 minutes ago, lyndarra said:

In all my cruises, about 16-17, I've never seen that happen. I imagine it does but never seen it. Hmm.

In 2019, I was standing behind a woman and her young daughter. The latter, who had Down Syndrome, was suffering from a cold or allergies and sneezed several times without making any attempt to sneeze into her elbow or hands or otherwise control the spray. Unfortunately, she was at just the height that she sneezed under the protective glass and directly onto the food. Given the circumstances, the poor child couldn't be faulted, but I advised the staff to remove a number of platters and clean the general area. 

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39 minutes ago, LGW59 said:

I believe leck57 is referring to the buffet, where they do not have menus, just small signs next to each offering, he/she mentioned they did not see the sign

 

Correct and it was on the Royal Princess.

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I've told this story before:  On a Mediterranean cruise a couple of years ago, M class, a very old german guy got out of the pool, when up to the loungers one level up, and took his swimsuit off to dry off.  No one said anything, crew members just shook their heads as they walked by.  A number of guys walked right by and didn't even notice but all the women 'looked'. 

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4 hours ago, LGW59 said:

People who reach in with bare hands at the buffet to take (feel?) some bread.  SO glad buffets will be a thing of the past but I will miss the entertainment they provided.

 

Reminds me of seeing a woman grab the lettuce bowl, walk over to her table and fill several plates, then return the bowl. She at least had the sense to use the tongs.

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29 minutes ago, rmalbers said:

I've told this story before:  On a Mediterranean cruise a couple of years ago, M class, a very old german guy got out of the pool, when up to the loungers one level up, and took his swimsuit off to dry off.  No one said anything, crew members just shook their heads as they walked by.  A number of guys walked right by and didn't even notice but all the women 'looked'. 

A cultural thing? It would most likely go unnoticed in Germany.

A similar thing happened when the Zarengold (trans Siberian train) stopped by Lake Baikal for a BBQ and swim. Passengers, mostly German, changed in and out of their costumes on the shore.

 

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4 hours ago, kathynorth said:

Bunch of years ago we were assigned to a table with another family. The dad who was very slim ordered 3 full entrees that he mostly consumed each night. He said he was a travel agent and wanted to be able to give first hand recommendations about all the food options. 

 

I am a travel agent and will do similarly, although I cannot consume 3 entrees by myself, but each person in my family will try to choose different items so that I can have a look on various dishes.

 

More than 10 years ago I sailed on a cruise line that does not have many younger passengers. When I took pictures on the nicely decorated dishes at each meal in the main dining room, our waiter felt strange on my behaviour. At the last night he asked if I am a chef, and whether I wanted to copy their dishes in my own restaurant, lol. Of course many people do that now for uploading the pictures to Facebook and Instagram. In my opinion this is a kind of appreciation to the chef. If the food was awful, who will still take a picture for sharing on social media.

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When they had the sea day brunch in the main dining room at the end of the cruise, people acted like they hadn't seen food for the whole cruise! Pushing, shoving and generally rude behavior.

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A elder female in the buffet  loading  tomato based pasta  casserole into a cloth napkin that she was holding in her hand.   Besides doing that she used her other hand to grab a handful from the tray.

 

Happy cruising 🌊🚢🇺🇸🌅

 

 

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7 hours ago, DUTRAVEL said:

When they had the sea day brunch in the main dining room at the end of the cruise, people acted like they hadn't seen food for the whole cruise! Pushing, shoving and generally rude behavior.

At one that we attended, I saw a man load up his one plate with food from many stations.  When he topped his salads, meat dishes, etc. etc. with seafood and then with a gooey dessert, I lost my appetite.

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A table mate once in the dining room once was openly stealing something or the other imprinted with the company’s name. He noticed my look of surprise and said, “Oh, the cruise lines like it when you take things like this home and show your friends. It’s free publicity.” He never knew I was a company sales rep traveling incognito.

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