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Old 04-01-2009, 02:29 PM
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Your time dining sounds great for the cruise we are about to go on. I think it is the first time they are trying it on the Conquest. We are taking my husband's parents this time and were worried about dinner. They are not quite as social as we are and dinner with others could have been very strange. We love traditional dinners when we cruise alone, but are greatful for the option this time.
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Old 04-02-2009, 05:32 AM
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Txmommy, your in-laws may just come out of their shells a bit on board a ship. It does seem to have that kind of magic. If not, I'm glad this option is available to you. I hope you come back with pictures of your in-laws participating in the pool games on board
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Old 04-02-2009, 06:25 AM
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Here is the latest update on Your choice dining.
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I have a question about assigned seating. We are travelling with my brother in law and his wife, and would like to eat dinner with them. Is there a way to make this request prior to sailing, or would we just visit the Pursers Desk once on board? My in laws would also be very disappointed if they couldn't have dinner with their nieces.

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Old 04-02-2009, 07:55 AM
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Ref93, tell you travel agent or if you booked directly, call and tell them the booking numbers so they can combine them. If you booked everyone under one booking, it should be no problem. If they do make a mistake, you can always talk to the maitre d', as soon as you board.
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Old 04-02-2009, 09:06 AM
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Txmommy, your in-laws may just come out of their shells a bit on board a ship. It does seem to have that kind of magic. If not, I'm glad this option is available to you. I hope you come back with pictures of your in-laws participating in the pool games on board
I wish that were true, but we took them on one four years ago and they were very uncomfortable eating with other people at breakfast. We wound up getting a table with just the four of us for dinner. They are both very nice, but don't get out much... They are looking forward to this trip and were excited to hear about the any time dining.
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Drat, oh well, they must have enjoyed the cruising part since they're going again I sure hope y'all have a great time!
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Hey all, below is the official new press release from Carnival. It isn't all new news so to speak. It does have some new details, along with some additional ship implementation times besides the ones I've already posted.

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MIAMI (April 1, 2009) – Carnival Cruise Lines has launched “Your Choice Dining” which provides a selection of three different dinner seating options for guests aboard the line’s 22-ship fleet. In addition to Early or Late assigned seating, the cruise line is rolling out “Your Time” open seating to accommodate individual guest preferences. Also, under the new Your Choice Dining program, dining assignments will be confirmed at the time of booking.


“We have been experimenting with an open seating dinner option on a few ships since the latter part of 2008,” said Roberta Jacoby, Carnival’s senior vice president of hotel operations. “Exceptional guest feedback to the pilot program and an indication from the vast majority of those participating that they would choose that option again has prompted the decision to extend open seating fleetwide. At the same time, we felt it was important to also enhance the dining program overall by confirming dining assignments at the time of booking. We believe that our new Your Choice Dining Program will prove to be an extremely popular enhancement to the Carnival vacation experience,” Jacoby added.

Your Time open seating, currently available on five ships, will be implemented one vessel at a time over the next several months as modifications in dining room table configurations are completed on each ship.

“In making the decision to introduce Your Time dining, we felt it was imperative that we be able to offer guests the option to sit only with those individuals they prefer and that requires reconfiguring a section of the dining rooms on each ship to incorporate smaller table arrangements,” said Jacoby. “This is an important distinction as some lines still group people together under their open seating programs.”

An additional eight ships are scheduled to be converted by the end of year and the balance of the fleet by summer 2010. Confirmed dining assignments are now being offered fleetwide.
At the time of booking, guests will be asked to choose from among Early dining at 6pm, Late dining at 8:15 pm or Your Time dining which allows guests to dine at any time between 5:45pm and 9:30pm (if applicable depending on ship and sailing date). Dining assignments will be accommodated on a first-come, first-serve basis according to when guests made their reservation.
If the preferred dining choice is not available, guests may confirm an alternate choice and be placed on a waitlist for their first preference. Waitlists will be cleared prior to sailing and guests will be notified via email of their confirmed seating assignment.

As Your Time dining is implemented on each ship, guests already booked will be contacted via email or through their travel agent and provided the opportunity to switch to Your Time dining or retain their original choice.

Your Time guests are able to request any table size or waiter and are typically seated immediately when arriving at the dining room. However, if a modest wait time is required, guests are given a pager so they are free to relax elsewhere on the ship until their table is ready.

Additional options available under Your Choice Dining include extensive poolside eateries offering a wide variety of cuisine choices in a casual environment and, on a number of ships, elegant, reservations-only restaurants serving fine quality dry-aged U.S.D.A. prime steaks and other dishes in an intimate, upscale atmosphere.

Below is a timetable for the introduction of Your Time open seating throughout the Carnival fleet:

* Already implemented: Carnival Legend, Carnival Liberty, Carnival Sensation, Carnival Paradise, Carnival Miracle
* End of April: Carnival Conquest, Carnival Elation, Carnival Pride
* Mid-June: Carnival Fantasy, Carnival Spirit
* Late September: Carnival Dream
* Mid-October: Carnival Ecstasy
* Mid-December: Carnival Glory
* February 2010: Carnival Fascination
* By summer 2010: Carnival Imagination, Carnival Inspiration, Carnival Destiny, Carnival Triumph, Carnival Valor, Carnival Splendor, Carnival Freedom and Carnival Victory

Carnival is the largest and most popular cruise line in the world, with 22 “Fun Ships” operating voyages ranging from three to 16 days in length to The Bahamas, Caribbean, Mexican Riviera, Alaska, Hawaii, Panama Canal, Canada, New England, Europe and Bermuda. The line currently has two new ships scheduled for delivery between now and 2011. The first of those, the 130,000-ton Carnival Dream, is set to debut Sept. 21, 2009.

For additional information or reservations, contact a travel agent, call 1-800-CARNIVAL or visit carnival.com.

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Carnival Cruise Lines, a unit of Carnival Corporation & plc (NYSE/LSE: CCL; NYSE: CUK), is a proud member of the exclusive World’s Leading Cruise Lines. Our exclusive alliance also includes Holland America Line, Princess Cruises, Cunard Line, Costa Cruises, and The Yachts of Seabourn. Sharing a passion to please each guest, and a commitment to quality and value, our member lines appeal to a wide range of lifestyles and budgets. Together, we offer exciting and enriching cruise vacations to the world’s most desirable destinations.
 
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