Cruisers from MA Posted August 12, 2013 #1 Share Posted August 12, 2013 Hoping folks can help - wasn't able to find an answer by reading/ searching... After good experiences with both early and late Traditional Dining (2003-2006), my family tried Anytime Dining just once, several years ago (it was a Diamond Princess Alaska sailing in 2008). We had all kinds of problems. Seemed whatever time the 3 of us wanted to dine, there wasn't a table available. We'd be handed a pager and we'd slink off to one or another lounge, and then we'd wait 30 or more minutes to be called. If (instead of just showing up at a restaurant) we tried to call the dining line several hours in advance, then whatever time we requested a reservation that evening was unavailable. So we'd show up at the dining venue, get a pager, and head to the lounge as before. By the end of the cruise, having missed out on evening entertainments (a few times) and having waited to be seated (just about every time), we were calling it "Ain't No Time Dining", and vowed never again. We've enjoyed a few Princess cruises since then, and for each we selected Traditional. Some table-mates better than others; some server teams better than others - but always "our" table ready at "our" time. I wonder whether it's time to give Anytime Dining another try. Last couple of cruises, when seated with random diners (at breakfast or lunch, say) or when chatting with folks around the ship, I've asked about dining, and most people seem happy with Anytime. Was our 2008 experience an anomaly? Teething pains for Anytime Dining? Give it a try? Thanks in advance! Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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