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Old April 1st, 2009, 06:42 PM
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Default Flexible Dining to Roll Out Fleetwide on Carnival

Carnival announced today it's rolling out a flexible dining plan called Your Choice Dining fleetwide by the end of 2010 -- and we doubt this is an April Fool's hoax. The dining program will let guests choose among early seating, late seating and My Time dining. The latter option lets cruisers dine whenever they want between 5:45 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.

What do you think of this new dining option? Has anyone tried it out on test ships Carnival Legend and Carnival Liberty? Tell us what you think.
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Old April 1st, 2009, 06:48 PM
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It'll be great. There is no time pressure to finish something. If there's any delay with my wife or other relative/friends as a group, it's no problem.

When we were on NCL with anytime dining, we loved it.
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I think it is excellent that they are giving guests the choice.I most definitely would go for the My Time dining.
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Old April 1st, 2009, 06:51 PM
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We enjoyed it on Princess.
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Old April 1st, 2009, 06:53 PM
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The only part that makes me sad is that I wish they were going to already have this option in place for my upcoming cruise in July! I think it's a great idea - I'm looking forward to the flexibility.

We have always opted for the late dining seating because we don't like to feel rushed while we're out exploring the ports....but at the same time, it's just a tad too late because I'm always hungry before 8 pm.
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It was just a matter of time. This is what the majority has longed for.
All mass market cruise lines are doing the same. We love it!
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I look forward to trying it sometime in the future. Wish the Valor had it, but something to look forward to.
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I like it, and I love that they are giving the traditional choice as well.
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That's great, can't wait for this to happen.
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http://sev.prnewswire.com/travel/200...1042009-1.html

Below is a timetable for the introduction of Your Time open seating throughout the Carnival fleet:

  • Already implemented: Carnival Legend, Carnival Liberty, Carnival Sensation, Carnival Paradise, Carnival Miracle
  • End of April: Carnival Conquest, Carnival Elation, Carnival Pride
  • Mid-June: Carnival Fantasy, Carnival Spirit
  • Late September: Carnival Dream
  • Mid-October: Carnival Ecstasy
  • Mid-December: Carnival Glory
  • February 2010: Carnival Fascination
  • By summer 2010: Carnival Imagination, Carnival Inspiration, Carnival Destiny, Carnival Triumph, Carnival Valor, Carnival Splendor, Carnival Freedom and Carnival Victory
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Doesn't matter to me. We always choose early traditional and being Platinum, it is a guarantee. Forced into Princess Personal Choice last year and we despised the concept! We go on a cruise for a cruise experience rather than an Olive Garden experience. To each his own.
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I have done both late and early seating. I do like having the same wait staff every night and am glad to see that there will be a choice between traditional and this.
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I think it is great that everyone now has their choice...! Us, we prefer a set time.. Traditional 'Late' is our choice!!
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This will be fine with me. I always pick the late dinner, as I don't want to rush around after being in port just to get ready for dinner. When I'm on vacation I don't want to be tied to a schedule for dinner. I have enough of schedules when I'm at work LOL! Plus I'm not bothered about eating with the same people every night. Not into the group thing LOL and ask to change to a table for two if possible anyway.
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Will there be two separate dining rooms for this,One assigned and one open? I think we'll stick to assigned time and table.
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i am going to love it. we will be a large family group and will want to dine when it is convenient for us. i have already sighned up for it on my spirit cruise next year. i think it is going too be a good thing. especially since passengers can still choose a certain time to dine if they like.
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We are cruising in May on the Valor, and was told they would have it in place for our cruise and I have requested it. Can't wait to try it out!
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Old April 1st, 2009, 07:28 PM
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cool cruiser - not sure how accurate this is because we were told that the Valor will offer the anytime dining on our cruise in May. I had some concerns about it, so contacted my TA and he confirmed it, once again. I sure hope so, because I am looking forward to it too!
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Really, the Valor in May? All I've read is that it won't be on the Valor til next year. Do you have more current info?

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Originally Posted by Erica@cruisecritic View Post
Carnival announced today it's rolling out a flexible dining plan called Your Choice Dining fleetwide by the end of 2010 -- and we doubt this is an April Fool's hoax. The dining program will let guests choose among early seating, late seating and My Time dining. The latter option lets cruisers dine whenever they want between 5:45 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.

What do you think of this new dining option? Has anyone tried it out on test ships Carnival Legend and Carnival Liberty? Tell us what you think.
I haven't tried it on Carnival, but DH and I did it on HAL and loved it. It was great to sit with and meet new people every day. We had many very interesting dinners. I don't think it has any effect on service at all. The service was great.
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