So glad I am able to offer some help to you newbies. I really hope you love Princess as I do
I think the Bistro is offered as a later dining option. Cannot really remember for sure.
But, it is not the same menu as the dining room.
You can eat up in Horizon Court 24hrs/day.
To be honest only recently I tried Personal Choice. The reason being that often times I go to visit friends that work on the ship, and Personal Choice allows me more flexiblity.
As for Traditional Dining I always select LATE seating. For me, 6:15 pm is way too early when on a cruise. You have to rush back to the ship or out of the sun, etc.
8:15 is a much better time. This way you have time to relax, shower, enjoy a pre-dinner cocktail.
Now if you prefer dinner at 7:30 every night, another reason for personal choice.
I have been so very fortunate in my table assignments over the years. I have met some wonderful friends over the years thanks to Princess.
But, I thought it rude not to go to dinner every night with the table, another reason for Personal Choice.
Hope this helps............
Any more questions, ask away !
SOON enough your cruises will be here.