They split you up? I know that they sit first come first serve and fill the tables as they go, but you should have told them you would wait until they go to the next table so that you could sit together.
Yes they split us up. It was our first cruise and we went along with it. I much perhap the way Sun Princess did it. Just walk up and they seat you at a table for four or whatever, just like in a cafe.
Wow, thank you all for your responses.
I will definitely be taking advantage of the dining room breakfast from now on. We just automatically ate at the lido deck buffets for breakfast. Hmmmm. There is still so much to learn. Can't wait.
Don't forget to try the dinning room for Lunch too. Same seating arrangements as breakfast, but you get some good lunches. Of course a lot of time you are off on excursions so you don' eat lunch in the dinning room, but you should try it on your sea days.
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Dave and Jim C.,
I'm with you both all the way on the dining room, for all the reasons you gave.
We use the buffet for embarkation day lunch, shore excursion day breakfast, and afternoon snacks (we like second seating traditional dinner).
We like having the same table mates and waiters at dinner, and meeting lots of new friends at breakfast and lunch.
I don't know how Carnival or RCCL do it but Princess has many individual islands in the buffet and it's usually total chaos.
Gee, that's probably the first negative thing I've said about Princess; shhhhh . . . .don't let this get around.
I agree with all on having b'fast in the dining room on disembarkation day. Just one thing to be aware of -- the halls will be jammed with pax waiting to get off the ship by self-disembarkation (not just pax, but all of their luggage, too). On our Carnival cruise last year, we simply could not get past to get to the dining room, so ended up taking the elevator up about 10 decks to the buffet.
Our mistake was taking the staircase closest to our cabin to walk the one deck up to the dining room. From now on, we'll use the one just outside the dining room, and hope that works out better.
In any case, the buffet area wasn't so crowded as many pax were waiting to disembark several decks below. But I still would have preferred being served just one last time.
It can be. I've lived through some really awful debarkations, as well as some that were almost perfectly executed. Princess seems to do both embarkation and debarkation better than most.
A little off topic, but how would you rate HAL?Going on the Zaandam in June.
HAL is better than most as they allow you to use your cabin right up to when your color is called. Unlike RCCL and Celebrity, they want you out of the room. No one does it better than Disney. You eat and leave the ship. The terminal is set up as the ship is. You simply go to your deck and your room as outlined on the floor and there is your luggage. Off the ship, grab your luggage, get through customs in a matter of minutes.