Posted August 11th, 2011, 02:03 AM
I booked Diamond Princess 1 yr in advance for May 2011, 23 day sailing. I requested traditional dining, but when my reservation came I was wait listed and assigned "anytime" dining. My TA promised that Princess would take care of this. I later read on another forum that Princess had converted one of the "anytime" dining rooms to traditional due to need for more traditional space. It is obvious that there was empty space in "anytime" dining rooms.
Even with this extra capacity, I am still waitlisted.
Is there a business reason why Princess is trying to force passengers into "anytime" dining?
We were waitlisted for late traditional as we had booked our December cruise in late October. Didn't clear the waitlist by the time we sailed. Turned out we absolutely hated anytime (for many reasons). There was the third (early early) seating for traditional that was being tried out so I now wished I had checked out to see if we could get one of the early seatings.
The previous cruise my daughter asked if she could just go to the buffet or get pizza or a hot dog by the pool and skip the sit down dinner. Since she works hard at school during the year and we figured it was her vacation too, that was okay with us. We would drop her off at the kids' area and then head to our usual late traditional dinner. She's not a big eater (small meals during the day) so this worked for her.
This last cruise we did have breakfast together, but on sea days, she hanged with her teen friends. Again, okay with us as long as she ate (she was with us in all the ports). Sometimes, we would run into her in the Horizon Court buffet (we ended up eating there about half of the dinners since ATD bugged us).
Princess may call it Personal Choice Dining, but if you get "stuck" with ATD, it's not a choice, is it?