Posted July 10th, 2018, 06:22 PM
Well if P&O are only to offer Freedom dining then they need to start offering reservations as most other lines operating ships of similar or larger size do. E.g. RCI, Celebrity, NCL etc.
I have just been able to make reservations for our upcoming TA on NCL 120 days before sailing and we've not even made final payment yet. Even better than RCI and Celebrity as we can request a table for 2.
I've always been able to make advance reservations for RCI and Celebrity but this doesn't mean you can't make changes once on board. But this does prevent you having to wait in line and be given a pager.
P&O need to get in the 21st century.
We find freedom dining to be our favourite choice and see no reason at all for advance bookings, in fact it totally negates the essence of dining whenever you want, and at different times to suit your mood and evening entertainment choices. However for it to work effectively P&O would need far more tables for 2 and 4 than they currently have.
Although I know other lines have encouraged prior bookings, on our first RCI cruise last year the dining room greeter expressed his fervent hope that RCI would ditch it, as it made his job ten times more difficult, especially with some passengers arriving later than their booked time.
I suspect that the negative feedback from club dining supporters may make P&O change their mind, and with 4 MDR's they could easily allocate one to traditional first and second sitting.