Mariner of the Seas Portofino restaurant

The service

The service at  Mariner of the Seas  Portofino restaurant was just right, being neither slow nor rushed, and quite well coordinated.The Maitre D’ was very understanding after my short explanation and even permitted our son to wear his usual shorts and t-shirt combo instead of the more dressy attire usually required. He even helped to cut Jeff’s steak and returned to the table multiple times to inquire as to whether we had any other needs or requests.
Moreover, when our server noticed that our son liked the eggplant dip, he replenished it continuously. They were somewhat dismayed to see me leave before the meal ended and gave my husband my dessert platter to take back to our cabin (in case I wished to enjoy it later.)I wanted to, but my son beat me to it and had a second helping for the evening.

The decor and food

The venue decorated in dark tones of gold and winter greens had an understated modern look with its velvet seating and stainless steel open kitchen. The dishes offered in the restaurant’s prix fixe menu were average sized, beautifully presented and tasty.Our sons’ favorites were as expected the assorted fresh bread and the mouth watering desserts!

Noteworthy

On a personal note: I enjoyed the music played, composed of a selection of San Remo 60’s and 70’s Festival winners, the likes of Peppino di Capri and the famous duo of Romina Powell and Albano, for those who are familiar with the genre. It not only provided me with a rare chance to expose my family to a different type of music but also to reminisce about my favorite childhood songs.

Autism travel tips

Since this is an upscale venue on the ship, I would recommend trying this restaurant only if you have kids or teens that have had some gastronomic exposure and are eager to sample different Italian regional dishes, as it would be difficult to enjoy a meal sitting next to a fussy eater or misbehaving child.
The trick to enjoying the Mariner of the Seas  Portofino restaurant when traveling with autistic family members is to go as early as possible during the cruise, preferably even the first night.
Also, you should never book a table for a formal night, and always try to be the first customers in the restaurant when it opens. By doing so, it ensures that the restaurant will not be overcrowded, allowing a more personalizedservice from the crew and complete parental relaxation.

Mariner of the Seas Portofino restaurant kitchen
Mariner of the Seas Portofino restaurant decor
Mariner of the Seas Portofino restaurant kids
Mariner of the Seas Portofino restaurant tables
Mariner of the Seas Portofino restaurant breads
Mariner of the Seas Portofino restaurant melon and percuito

Mariner of the Seas Portofino restaurant appetizers
Mariner of the Seas Portofino restaurant shrimp
Mariner of the Seas Portofino restaurant soup
Mariner of the Seas Portofino restaurant steak
Mariner of the Seas Portofino restaurant meat
Mariner of the Seas Portofino restaurant food arriving
Mariner of the Seas Portofino restaurant server
Mariner of the Seas Portofino restaurant kebab
Mariner of the Seas Portofino restaurant entree
Mariner of the Seas Portofino restaurant dessert

 

 

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