We were introduced to it on the Legend in July/08 and really loved the idea and concept. Though there are alot of regular cruisers that still like the assigned seating. We found at least with the TCD that we never felt like we were being ruc=shed especially after a day in port and on shore trips
And what is total choice? Is that where you wait for a table every night unless you waited in a line that morning to make a reservation like "Free Style" on NCL
The "Total Choice Dining" name is what Carnival had been calling the different seating times for the ships that have 2 dining rooms and 4 staggered seating times. They have now included the new "open seating", formerly "flexible" during the experimental stage in that slogan/salesmark.
Guests that choose this option will be able to request dining times (5:45 to 9:30) via a special phone number from their cabins. Or, may walk up to the dining room during those times.
Guests may choose this dining option up until 2 weeks before sailing on their booking. After that they will need to see the Maitre'd on board the ship.
I don't know where the idea of standing in line for Freestyle, personal choice or total choice comes in....14 cruise on NCL Freestyle and never waited more than 5 minutes or none at all to eat...Personal choice dining on the Princess lines is the same thing, you don't wait in line...so I would imagine Total Choice would be the same....I like the choice of eating when I want, not when they tell me to....but it's a personal choice I guess....Just go and have a great cruise...
I don't know where the idea of standing in line for Freestyle, personal choice or total choice comes in...
I haven't had the opportunity to try this type of dining choice yet. All I know is once guests commit to this option, they will be able to make a reservation or show up. I would imagine those that don't make a reservation and just show up would have to wait to be seated behind those that made a reservation. Just a guess though at this point with Carnival.
It really depends on the time that you go to dinner. I've seen waits on Princess around the 7-7:30 time slot. Most people I've talked to said it's usually around 15-20 minutes. We normally go down around 6:30 and have never had any problem. We've done it both ways, making a reservation and just going down. We've never had a wait, but like I said we're usually there around 6:30.