Go Back   Cruise Reviews Forums > Cruise Lines > Carnival Cruise Line
Register Forgot Password?
New! Use your Facebook, Google, AIM & Yahoo accounts to securely log into this site, click logo to login  
Search

Closed Thread
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1 (permalink)  
Old 05-07-2008, 02:23 PM
Moderator
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Posts: 6,004
Default
The following pilot program begins with the June 29 voyage of the CARNIVAL LEGEND:


We will add a new dining option to enhance our already popular Total Choice Dining. On the Carnival Legend we currently offer our Classic Reserved Dining program: the Main Sitting (1), Second Sitting (3), our Casual Bistro Dining in the Lido restaurant, and the Supper Club.

We will add an Open Sitting dinner option (U) in the main restaurant. Guests selecting the Open Sitting dinner option will have the opportunity to dine in the main restaurant anytime between 5:30PM and 9:30PM. They will be able to pre-reserve their dining time by contacting a special number from their suite or stateroom. Alternatively, they will also be able to walk up to the dining room during those times and request to be seated.

Guests who pre-reserve our Classic Reserved Dining (CRD) options (Main & Second sitting) will not be able to reserve Open Seating times.
  #2 (permalink)  
Old 05-07-2008, 02:31 PM
Dave's Avatar
Administrator
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Alabama
Posts: 17,670
Default
Quote:
Guests who pre-reserve our Classic Reserved Dining (CRD) options (Main & Second sitting) will not be able to reserve Open Seating times.
I guess they don't want people doing what happens on Princess - having assigned seating but still being able to use Personal Choice when desired. And what exactly is "pre-reserve"? Is that like a pre-meeting?
__________________
Dave
Editor, CruiseReviews.com


  #3 (permalink)  
Old 05-07-2008, 03:48 PM
f-mattox's Avatar  
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Costa Mesa, California
Posts: 4,740
Default
Good point, Dave; Princess has pretty much painted themselves into a corner on this one. It wasn't a problem for First Sitting Traditional as that is still very much in demand. But we noticed people going back and forth from Second Sitting Traditional to Anytime almost at will. One night a table for 8 would be full; the next, 2; then 6 on the next. I sensed it was rather demoralizing to the wait staff on Second Sitting. And yet they didn't dare turn people away from Anytime--at least not yet.
  #4 (permalink)  
Old 05-07-2008, 03:59 PM
Dave's Avatar
Administrator
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Alabama
Posts: 17,670
Default
I can certainly understand restricting it. If one wants assigned seating, then fine. But if one wants to skip assigned seating one or two nights, then go to the buffet dinner. That is what we do.
__________________
Dave
Editor, CruiseReviews.com


  #5 (permalink)  
Old 05-07-2008, 04:32 PM
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Posts: 993
Default
I am not sure I like this idea of pre reserving floating in and out dining.
I love the dining rooms. I enjoy the people at my table, I enjoy the wait staff. I enjoy the food. I love the early seating, at my age it is bed time by the time we get finished with the late seating dining. And the dining rooms, with table mates that you get to know is one of my favorite memories on the ship.
I will stick with the regular dining room.
the floating dining time is the reason we wont consider norweign cruise line for a cruise
  #6 (permalink)  
Old 05-07-2008, 06:33 PM
LHP's Avatar
LHP LHP is offline
Banned
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Tennessee
Posts: 1,560
Default
We sail on the Legend Sunday and personally, I am glad we are getting our sailing in before that start this "trial".

I am sure they will straighten it out eventually, but I can't imagine what this is going to do to the timing in the kitchen???
  #7 (permalink)  
Old 05-07-2008, 06:44 PM
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Posts: 993
Default
OH LHP i want to go too. we dont cruise on her until sept. I wish it were tomorrow. ask around and see what the feelings are with the other passengers about the dining and let us know.
  #8 (permalink)  
Old 05-07-2008, 07:49 PM
SanDee's Avatar  
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: Keller, Texas
Posts: 404
Default
We sail on the Legend on May 25........yippeee!
  #9 (permalink)  
Old 05-07-2008, 11:35 PM
Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Posts: 11,612
Default
Thanks Cruise Fanatic! I didn't know they publicly announced it yesterday. I had read about it Tuesday and confirmed it to be true.

It should be an interesting experiment. For me, I like the way it is now. LHP made a good point about the kitchen timing. I guess we will see how it plays out.

Dwayne
  #10 (permalink)  
Old 05-08-2008, 06:02 AM
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Posts: 27
Default
What was wrong with dining the way it always was on a cruise? Cruise popularity has only increased over time without all these dining options and specialty restaraunts (at additional cost). This was always one of the alluring parts of crusing. For me all this dining hassle is prone to make me look elsewhere for vacation options. I'm on vacation. I want to relax. I don't want to have to fight for reservations for everything. All this flexability seems to be complicating crusing beyond what it is worth. I don't think I would cruise on any line that didn't have standard dining room seating.
 
Closed Thread

Tags
bistro, carnival, cruise, dining, dinner, legend, lines, open, options, people, pilot, review, reviews, seating, ship

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Carnival Announces Facebook Application Dave Carnival Cruise Line 0 08-19-2010 07:58 AM
Carnival announces new ship Sandy Carnival Cruise Line 39 12-21-2009 07:21 AM
Celebrity Rolls Out "Celebrity Select" Flexible Dining Option Dave Celebrity Cruises 5 10-15-2009 05:25 PM
Carnival Legend yes or no and why cruzincrazy Carnival Cruise Line 11 01-17-2008 10:29 AM
Carnival announces Cozumel port plans thru Dec. new2cruise Carnival Cruise Line 7 11-15-2005 07:34 PM


Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On
 

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 12:32 AM.

Contact Us - Cruise Reviews Home - Archive - Top

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.7.6
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
SEO by vBSEO 3.5.2