Go Back   Cruise Reviews Forums > Cruise Lines > Princess Cruises
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 01-04-2007, 09:56 AM
swimmersonboard's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Asheville, NC
Posts: 494
Default
I am wondering how you guys feel about the dining options on Princess. We've never cruised Princess and I'm a little unsure about it. Could you tell me what you like, dislike (Pros and Cons things). I like formal dining and the fact that my seat is saved every night with the same waiter. I've always enjoyed the special relationship we formed with our waiters over the week. Thanks
__________________
Carnival Freedom June 2009
Crown Princess March 2009
Carnival Glory January 2008
Naviagator of the Seas Mar 07
Sovereign of Seas Oct 06
Carnival Glory March 2005
Nordic Empress 1996
  #2 (permalink)  
Old 01-04-2007, 10:43 AM
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Posts: 13
Default
Personally my husband and I prefer anytime dining. We feel that the early and late traditional dining times never fit into our schedule. However, the down side to anytime dining is that sometimes you have to wait for a table at peek times. A hint that I picked up from another a website one is that as soon as you board the ship, call the purser and make a standard anytime dining reservation. For instance, my husband and I will call and say we want 7:30 every night. You can either say just the two of you or if you want to be seated with a group. Then on that particular day if you schedule changes or you don't want to eat at that time you can call and cancel it. It seems weird to do this but we have never had to wait this way. We always walk up and say we have a reservation and we can get in right away. Remember, if you want to try any of the speciality restaruants, which I do think are well worth it, you reserve those as soon as you board the ship too. They usually have a maitre' D set up somewhere taking reservations for the whole week. If you wait till later in the cruise you often can't get into the restaurants.
  #3 (permalink)  
Old 01-04-2007, 10:55 AM
f-mattox's Avatar  
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Costa Mesa, California
Posts: 4,740
Default
I'm with you on traditional dining. I've never tried anytime dining and don't really want to: why "mess" with a good thing.
But I read lots of posts by fellow cruisers that tried it and loved it.
And on Princess the dining is really exquisite. The waiters pick up on your likes and dislikes right away. Some say traditional takes too long; I say "what's the hurry?"
  #4 (permalink)  
Old 01-04-2007, 11:13 AM
Dave's Avatar
Administrator
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Alabama
Posts: 17,763
Default
Another thing to consider is that if you go with traditional seating, you can still decide to use an anytime dining room if you wish. For example , if you want to eat at a different time one night you could just skip your assigned seating. They won't stop you from using anytime just because you have assigned. However, if you start with anytime dining you are most likely stuck with it since there are rarely any openings for an assigned seating table come embarkation day.
__________________
Dave
Editor, CruiseReviews.com
  #5 (permalink)  
Old 01-04-2007, 11:15 AM
penny3333's Avatar
Moderator
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Alabama
Posts: 10,601
Default
We just got back from the Magica, with traditional dining. I like the anytime dining better, no rush to get ready for dinner each evening. One night on the Magica, we barely made it to dinner. We could have done the buffet, but I like being served for the evening meal. We had always done traditional before, but the last 2 cruises on Princess we went with anytime. I don't think I'll go back to traditional given a choice. On Costa, there was no choice. Best wishes!
  #6 (permalink)  
Old 01-04-2007, 07:47 PM
choochella's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Posts: 143
Default
I totally agree with Penny. We sailed on Costa in 2002 and were seated with the grumpiest people I have ever met. We asked to be reassigned, but no tables were available. (the cruise was booked to capacity) At least with the anytime dining, you have the opportunity to meet with different people each night. If you do meet with someone you enjoy and spend the remainder of the cruise with, then we would just set a time to meet at the dining room and be seated together. Also, I don't like to have to rush to get to dinner. If we stay on an island until the ship is ready to leave, it seems like a rush to get ready for dinner. Also, I do not like eating late, so the late seating is out of the question as well. We tend to eat anywhere between 6:30 and 7:30 depending on our activities for the day. I'll take anytime dining and Princess all the way!!
__________________
  #7 (permalink)  
Old 01-05-2007, 08:11 AM
swimmersonboard's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Asheville, NC
Posts: 494
Default
Thanks you guys. I did not realize you could opt for Traditional Dining or had that choice. I would love to try some of the extra pay restaurants a couple of nights but still have Tradional. You guys just removed MY LAST reservation about booking on The Star! You answered my questions! Thanks

Whoo Hooo!!! I can't Wait!
__________________
Carnival Freedom June 2009
Crown Princess March 2009
Carnival Glory January 2008
Naviagator of the Seas Mar 07
Sovereign of Seas Oct 06
Carnival Glory March 2005
Nordic Empress 1996
  #8 (permalink)  
Old 01-05-2007, 06:33 PM
f-mattox's Avatar  
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Costa Mesa, California
Posts: 4,740
Default
Wow! Your enthusiasm is contagious--now I'm excited for you!
  #9 (permalink)  
Old 01-08-2007, 04:45 AM
Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Posts: 49
Default
Just back from Golden. Did any time dining. First night we didn't like waiter. Third night had a great waiter. We had that table the rest of cruise. Never had to wait, but we always eat early. Will do any time dining again.
  #10 (permalink)  
Old 01-08-2007, 07:09 AM
Dave's Avatar
Administrator
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Alabama
Posts: 17,763
Default
Quote:
Originally posted by swimmersonboard:
Thanks you guys. I did not realize you could opt for Traditional Dining or had that choice. I would love to try some of the extra pay restaurants a couple of nights but still have Tradional. You guys just removed MY LAST reservation about booking on The Star! You answered my questions! Thanks

Whoo Hooo!!! I can't Wait!
Don't forget to let your regular waiter know beforehand should you decide to skip the assigned dinner seating for one or two nights. It really annoys me when people don't tell them and then the wait staff and the others at the table sit and wait for someone who isn't going to show up!
__________________
Dave
Editor, CruiseReviews.com
 
Closed Thread

Tags
dining, dinner, princess, review, seating, times

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Anytime dining - Sapphire Princess Saturn Princess Cruises 1 02-07-2009 07:55 PM
Princess Dining LizzyjaneFromGA Princess Cruises 4 08-08-2008 02:00 PM
Princess Dining Events RichC Princess Cruises 20 03-06-2008 01:25 PM
Dining Options On Princess terrydp Princess Cruises 20 03-19-2007 09:32 PM
Another ? about dining-Caribbean Princess Kelalb Princess Cruises 2 02-06-2006 04:10 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 11:39 PM.

Contact Us - Terms of Use - Cruise Reviews Home - Archive - Privacy Statement - Top

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