Posted July 12th, 2018, 06:11 PM
Good luck, Betti. I'm sure you will have a great cruise.
I am going to dispute this comment, though.
As I said in the previous post they DON'T answer the dine line number. It can ring off the hook.
I cannot dispute your experience, but when you make such unequivocal statements on Cruise Critics, there are people that actually believe it. After all, they read it on the internet. So, it must be true.
I have never had that experience. We often make dining reservations from our cabin for embarkation evening--and, usually, while I'm on the phone I make one for the other restaurant for the next evening. I have had cases where I had to listen to some awful music, but there has always been an answer. If, I am on hold for a few minutes. it's really no big deal. Mrs. XBGuy is usually futzing around the cabin. So, I'm waiting for her anyway. I will confess, that there was one occasion where I think I held for, perhaps, 10 minutes. My life was fine.
One thing that is consistent about the dining experience at Princess is that it is inconsistent. So, yes, perhaps on the ships that you were on, and the staff that were on those ships, and, unfortunately, your experience was poor.
Here is another thing. Many people here on Cruise Critic report that they just go to the Specialty Restaurants on embarkation day and make reservations. I have, in fact, done that, also. However, I have also visited them, found a person standing at the desk, and, when I asked if I could make a dinner reservation, I was told to call the DINE line.
There have been times when I've walked by a restaurant on embarkation afternoon, and there was nobody there.
I once asked a person at the desk of the Crown Grill on embarkation day if I could make a reservation for the next day. The answer was that I couldn't because they were all booked up. I called the DINE line and made a reservation. No problem,
It's unfortunate that passengers' Princess experience is so inconsistent. We all like the prices of the mass market cruise lines. Those kinds of inconsistencies are one of the trade-offs.