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Old 03-15-2007, 11:30 AM
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If I choose personal choice dining may I still dine in the main dining room?

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Old 03-15-2007, 11:38 AM
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I think you are confused about what Personal Choice entails. You are eating in a main dining room when you opt for Personal Choice over traditional assigned seating. There is more than one main dining room. At least one dining room is set aside for traditional assigned seating. The other dining rooms are Personal Choice, meaning you either make a reservation for a seating time or simply show up at the door and wait for table. The food is the same. The only difference is Personal Choice gives you the option of when you eat, as opposed to traditional seating when your dinner is always at the same table and at 6pm, or 8pm, or whatever times the ship has for the assigned meals.

I get the impression you think Personal Choice means you only get to use the buffet, and that is not correct. Anyone can opt for the casual dinner in the buffet - even those with assigned seating dinner.
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Old 03-15-2007, 01:35 PM
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If I might add to the above... Personal Choice means you can choose.

When you book and choose the dining selection Personal Choice it is actually for "anytime" dining (I don't know why Princess doesn't fix this booking selection as it confuses eveyone.)

Anytime dining means you will not be assigned seats in the Traditional Dining room but rather you can choose to dine at anytime, usually between 5:30 pm and 10:00pm, in the alternate dining room. There may be more than one anytime dining room depending on the size of the ship.

If you have made this choice you can walk up to the dining room and be seated by yourselves or with others. Depending on when you arrive at the dining room there may be no wait or a wait just like at restaurants in your city. You can call for a reservation each day or speak with the maitre'd about making a standing reservation for a certain time, at a certain table, or with certain waiters. You can meet others and all decide to dine together.

In addition you can choose to go to the Horizon Court Buffet. There are also specialty restaurants for which there is a charge.
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Old 03-15-2007, 02:17 PM
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And being able to choose when you want to eat is a real plus for us. You don't have to worry about being back on board in time for early seating and you don't have to wait until bed time for late seating. Enjoy your cruise!
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And another note: you don't have to be designated as "Personal Choice" in order to use it. Those with traditional seating can avail themselves of the "anytime" dining rooms too, should they decide to eat earlier or later on any particular night.
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Dave, I've heard from several friends that some maitre d's are becoming more strict about letting traditional diners into the Anytime dining rooms on some ships. I don't think there's an outright ban, but they are given lower priority, as they should be. Again, it depends upon the ship and the maitre d'.

Of course, this does not apply to the specialty restaurants.
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Lisa,

That report doesn't surprise me. And I can understand giving the assigned diners a lower priority in the anytime dining rooms - after all they asked for assigned seatings. But it would annoy me to have an "encounter" with a maitre d' if I decided to go "personal choice" for one night. I guess this would be a case where the "greasing of palms" might be appropriate, and probably worth it.
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Old 03-15-2007, 05:02 PM
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We have been on many Princess ships and those from traditional dining have been refused entry.

People we met asked to join us one night and they were stopped at the door and told they had to go to the traditional dining room where their table was. It was only after DH got up and asked the maitre d' if they might join us at our table that they were allowed to enter.

Should traditional diners want to eat earlier or later they can always go to the Horizon court or one of the specialty restaurants.

I think the reason for this is because there is usually a very long waiting list for those that want to do traditional dining and once you have choosen this you are taking up a place. Now if you want to change that is allowed.
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If that is the case then Princess needs to be upfront about it and let everyone know at the beginning of the cruise. I would be more than a little annoyed if I chose traditional but on one night decided to eat early and was denied entry at the PC dining room - unless they told me the rules before I boarded the ship. Otherwise I'd expect to be served.
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Old 03-15-2007, 07:12 PM
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Originally posted by Dave Beers:
If that is the case then Princess needs to be upfront about it and let everyone know at the beginning of the cruise. I would be more than a little annoyed if I chose traditional but on one night decided to eat early and was denied entry at the PC dining room - unless they told me the rules before I boarded the ship. Otherwise I'd expect to be served.
Dave, many people are annoyed! There is so much misunderstanding about Princess dining options and to make matters worse policy is not consistent from ship to ship. Apparently Princess gives their maitre d's a great deal of leeway to rule the dining rooms as they see fit.
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Past cruises:
Golden Princess-2007-Alaska
Sea Princess-2005 Canada/New England
Diamond Princess- 2005 Mexican Riviera
Star Princess- 2004 x2 Med. Venice to Barcelona/ Barcelona to Rome
Dawn Princess - 2004 x3- Southern Caribbean
Grand Princess- 2003 x2 W.Caribbean/ 2004 Panama
Sun Princess- 2003 Mexico
Tahitian Princess- 2003 Tahiti & Cook Islands
Royal Princess- 2003 x2- British Isles / Norwegian Fjords & Iceland
Island Princess- 2003 Panama Canal / 2007 Hawaii
Sky Princess- 2000 China & Orient
Sitmar's Fairwind - 1979 x2- Caribbean/Panama Canal
-------------------------------------------------
HAL-Amsterdam- 2004 Alaska
HAL Ryndam - 2001 x 2- S. America
------------------------------------------
Viking Spirit/Pride -2006 Budapest to Amsterdam
 
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