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#1
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I didn't know reservatins for certain times could be made with anytime dining. How does this work?

Thanks in advance
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Each ship's maitre d' makes their own policies.

Some only offer reservations at a couple specific set times.

Some will only reserve tables for two at either opening time or 8:00 and later.

Some allow you to make the next day's reservation when you leave dinner each night, some only the day of.

As suggested above, just call the Dine Line and take your best shot.
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Originally posted by fishywood
Each ship's maitre d' makes their own policies.

Some only offer reservations at a couple specific set times.

Some will only reserve tables for two at either opening time or 8:00 and later.

Some allow you to make the next day's reservation when you leave dinner each night, some only the day of.

As suggested above, just call the Dine Line and take your best shot.
Yes, you are so right ... it varies from ship to ship!
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The dine line opens about 8:00am (at least on our sailings). By 8:30 or 9:00am they are full. Only a limited number of tables can be reserved.
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It is not easy to get a booking during "prime time" so be patient. We often had long waits as we couldn't get a table until after 7:30. Got a pager and went to Vines and listened to music at IC.
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Reservations for ATD are not easy to get and usually not at all at the busiest times. Like everything Princess, the rules vary from ship to ship and who the Maitre'd happens to be. Best advice is call the dining line and find out.
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My wife calls at 8am each morning. Usually after about 4 or 5 days (we take longer cruises), the maître 'd will assign us a table, so no more calling.
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Ok, thanks, previously we have just turned up when ready and very rarely had a wait - and even then only a couple of minutes. I thought the whole point of anytime was that you just showed up. Will see how it goes first couple of nights but good to know reservations are an option too.
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Princess describes it as being like dining at a fine restaurant at home. For restaurants like that at home, we make reservations, otherwise you have to be prepared to wait.
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Should not be allowed. TD should not be allowed in at all. Turn up when you want to dine and take your chances with the wait, They should have lots more two tops so you aren't forced to share.
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Originally posted by casofilia
Should not be allowed. TD should not be allowed in at all. Turn up when you want to dine and take your chances with the wait, They should have lots more two tops so you aren't forced to share.
I totally agree. Making reservations defeats the purpose of AD and is a rude way to get to the front of the line.
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Maybe if they get rid of reservations, they can also get rid of 2 tops. There is a lot of space wasted between those tables.
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I don't have a problem with people making reservations for AD. DH and I used to use AD, but a certain someone (me) gets very grumpy when she gets super hungry, so we switched to MDR. It's a little less flexible, but my tummy knows when the food is coming and it's a good tradeoff.
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Dine line (DINE) opens promptly at 8. Call at 8:15 and they might not have any more reservations available. If you get a fast busy dial again. If you get a ring, hang on. Sometimes it comes back that you are in a queue - hang on.

Or if you like to eat early just get in line 20 minutes before the dining room opens. If you like to eat after 7:30 you almost never need a reservation but might get a beeper on busy nights (just like a shore restaurant).
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Originally posted by LeeW
Dine line (DINE) opens promptly at 8. Call at 8:15 and they might not have any more reservations available. If you get a fast busy dial again. If you get a ring, hang on. Sometimes it comes back that you are in a queue - hang on.

Or if you like to eat early just get in line 20 minutes before the dining room opens. If you like to eat after 7:30 you almost never need a reservation but might get a beeper on busy nights (just like a shore restaurant).
8:15 ! Don't you mean 8:01.
Calling for reservations is also inconvenient on a port day when everyone is leaving the ship. They sometimes make you hang on for 10 or 15 minutes to actually talk to anyone & then they tell you it's all booked for that evening & they aren't taking any more reservations.

I say do away with reservations & get there when you want to eat. If a certain time is that important, try traditional.
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To a newbie, it sounds as if the simple solution is have a slice of pizza around 3 and then go to the dining room after 7:30. Easy-peasy.
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Originally posted by Yukonjake
To a newbie, it sounds as if the simple solution is have a slice of pizza around 3 and then go to the dining room after 7:30. Easy-peasy.
Yes, but if you want to see the main show in the show lounge, it kind of messes up the evening's schedule.
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Originally posted by floridalover5623

I say do away with reservations & get there when you want to eat. If a certain time is that important, try traditional.
Rodger Dodger.....totally agree...it is really an abuse of the system that Princess mixes ATD with reservations....
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Allowing reservations for ATD is one of the biggest reasons why there are so may problems with ATD.....

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