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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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you can call 'the dine line' from your cabin phone and see what time reservations

are available..

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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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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! :rolleyes:

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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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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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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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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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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.....

Bob

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Allowing reservations for ATD is one of the biggest reasons why there are so may problems with ATD.....

 

Bob

Must not be any major problems with ATD. I can't see that my reservations gets in your way. Usually after a few nights we have an assigned table at 7:30pm and just walk right in and take our seats.

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Yes, but if you want to see the main show in the show lounge, it kind of messes up the evening's schedule.

 

I agree with you Floridalover.....I am sailing on the Regal Princess this coming november...i pick Any Time Dining....I have done this type of dining on other lines...I like eating at 5:30 as i like to enjoy the experience...and i dont have to rush through dinner....I like making the first show, which i believe starts at either 7PM or 7:30...I have tried 8:00 dining, but that is far too late for me....so hopefully all works out well for me...I am a solo traveler and am hoping just to get a table for 2....:):cool:

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I agree with you Floridalover.....I am sailing on the Regal Princess this coming november...i pick Any Time Dining....I have done this type of dining on other lines...I like eating at 5:30 as i like to enjoy the experience...and i dont have to rush through dinner....I like making the first show, which i believe starts at either 7PM or 7:30...I have tried 8:00 dining, but that is far too late for me....so hopefully all works out well for me...I am a solo traveler and am hoping just to get a table for 2....:):cool:

I have found that those that like to eat early (like myself) usually have no trouble getting into the Anytime dining promptly. I am still against those who want to step to the front of the line with reservations when every time you do that you are rude to those you cut in front of. Those that use reservations to cut in front of your fellow passengers usually want to go at the busiest times leaving others to wait even longer.

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If dinner takes to long in order to arrive for the show we just skip coffee & dessert, go to the show & return to the DR just before it closes to finish out our meal. ;)

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I have found that those that like to eat early (like myself) usually have no trouble getting into the Anytime dining promptly. I am still against those who want to step to the front of the line with reservations when every time you do that you are rude to those you cut in front of. Those that use reservations to cut in front of your fellow passengers usually want to go at the busiest times leaving others to wait even longer.

Most ships have separate lines for those with reservations and those without. No need to cut in front of anyone.

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how strictly does Princess enforce passengers who have booked traditional dining, but blow it off some nights when it doesn't fit their schedule and go to anytime dining, taking up 2 tables?:evilsmile: Is that why some nights, people waiting for anytime dining are corralled up, and taken to the traditional dining room???

 

Princess strictly enforce - that was a good one, huh??:rolleyes:

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how strictly does Princess enforce passengers who have booked traditional dining, but blow it off some nights when it doesn't fit their schedule and go to anytime dining, taking up 2 tables?:evilsmile: Is that why some nights, people waiting for anytime dining are corralled up, and taken to the traditional dining room???

 

Princess strictly enforce - that was a good one, huh??:rolleyes:

I never had them ask to see our cards the few times we went to the DR.

Maybe on the first night when we didn't go there?

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Must not be any major problems with ATD. I can't see that my reservations gets in your way. Usually after a few nights we have an assigned table at 7:30pm and just walk right in and take our seats.

 

I understand your position sir but how is having standing reservations anytime dining. If cruisers want fixed times, they should book traditional. Just my thoughts.

 

Bob

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I have found that those that like to eat early (like myself) usually have no trouble getting into the Anytime dining promptly. I am still against those who want to step to the front of the line with reservations when every time you do that you are rude to those you cut in front of. Those that use reservations to cut in front of your fellow passengers usually want to go at the busiest times leaving others to wait even longer.

 

Have cruised on another line with ATD. Like what they do. They have designated lines with those with reservations and those without. The restaurant is fairly divided for those with reservations and those without. Yes, the show up line is usually longer and on formal nights especially. Seems to work pretty well. We sometimes have reservations and other times not. Wait isn't too long. It took them awhile to get the process down to work well.

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If dinner takes to long in order to arrive for the show we just skip coffee & dessert, go to the show & return to the DR just before it closes to finish out our meal. ;)

 

If you let your waiter know that you want to be able to leave the dining room by a certain time, he/she can usually speed up the service and have you out of there by that time including coffee and dessert.

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If you let your waiter know that you want to be able to leave the dining room by a certain time, he/she can usually speed up the service and have you out of there by that time including coffee and dessert.

I do know that but only within a reasonable schedule that he can possible meet.

If they have him spread to thinly at two large tables plus a few smaller ones they can slow him down considerably with requests & he can't possibly cope with everything.

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You are so right.....it is more of the "I am entitled attitude" that wrecks ATD for others when they combine ATD and TD....if people really are so special that they need a fix time to eat go to where they have fixed times to eat and leave ATD for those who do not make reservations and want flexibility in their schedules....enough said...:cool:

 

preachn' to the choir, brother :halo:

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You are so right.....it is more of the "I am entitled attitude" that wrecks ATD for others when they combine ATD and TD....if people really are so special that they need a fix time to eat go to where they have fixed times to eat and leave ATD for those who do not make reservations and want flexibility in their schedules....enough said...:cool:

As long as Princess has a person whose job is to take reservations for people with ATD, we will make reservations.

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As long as Princess has a person whose job is to take reservations for people with ATD, we will make reservations.

 

as will we...and if not available or a long wait before a 'must see' show, we'll just grab something at IC, Vines/tapas, etc...:cool:

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The following is a copy from the Princess Web site. It looks like Princess offers Everyone the opportunity to call in a reservation when ever they want.

Anytime Dining℠ - Princess Cruises

Anytime Dining℠ • Anytime Dining℠ Fresh and Flexible, Dine Any Time Just like a restaurant at home, Anytime Dining enables guests the freedom to dine when and with whom they wish, at any time between 5:30 PM and 10 PM. Reservations are available through an onboard dining hotline, but not required, and diners may choose

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The following is a copy from the Princess Web site. It looks like Princess offers Everyone the opportunity to call in a reservation when ever they want.

Anytime Dining℠ - Princess Cruises

Anytime Dining℠ • Anytime Dining℠ Fresh and Flexible, Dine Any Time Just like a restaurant at home, Anytime Dining enables guests the freedom to dine when and with whom they wish, at any time between 5:30 PM and 10 PM. Reservations are available through an onboard dining hotline, but not required, and diners may choose

Try calling at 8:15 AM and see if they'll take your reservation.

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