Posted July 11th, 2018, 10:55 AM
When freedom dining was trialed on Oceana prior to introduction across the rest of the fleet it was possible to book tables in advance. Many diners arrived late or not at all. Waiters were instructed to take orders 15 minutes after the time booked whether all diners were present or not, sometimes leading to the absent diners turning up when the others were already eating. If P&O were to ressurect this, they would IMO need to stipulate that reservations would be forfeit if not taken up within 15 minutes, the places then being filled by diners who had not reserved.I can't see them enforcung such a rule. This frequently happens on fixed dining, even though it is advertised that doors will be shut 15 mins after time they never refuse entry, I've experienced table mates coming in 25 or 30 mins late. I wish this rule would be enforced as it holds all service up, then followed by a rush in order to finish in time for the later sitting, getting to the theatre etc.