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10 minutes ago, capriccio said:

Were your bookings linked?  That should have prevented the group being broken up.  We have done this on numerous cruises and never had a problem. 

Yup!  That was going to be my first question.  When we travel with friends we always link our reservations so we can dine together.

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10 hours ago, Lucky TGO said:

Hi Suzyed,

 Princess tell you that the late dining time is 7:15 PM  when you get on the ship they change it to 7:45 PM. 😡 

 That’s what they did to us on the Caribbean Princess in January .

Tony

Well we will see!  We sail tomorrow on the Crown.  I will report back.  

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1 minute ago, suzyed said:

Well we will see!  We sail tomorrow on the Crown.  I will report back.  

On the Crown Christmas cruise late dining was at 7:15.  We liked that better than than the old 8 pm or later late traditional time.

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Just now, capriccio said:

On the Crown Christmas cruise late dining was at 7:15.  We liked that better than than the old 8 pm or later late traditional time.

I hope it still is kept at 7:15 but we wouldn't mind a small variation such as 7:30-7:45.

 

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3 hours ago, capriccio said:

Wow, that is a shame.  We have no experience with adding folks later on; our groups are linked from the very beginning (and we make reservations usually a year in advance) so there has been no conflict with the requested dining time being full.

 

Dining are made on the ship just a few days before the start of a cruise.

 

Adding "linked" passengers up until just a few days before the cruise should not cause any problem.

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I was not too happy with the 6pm seating being changed to 5pm. The only thing I see here is, we will change an hour so 5 local will hopefully feel like our normal 6pm... 😕 We figured it was better than doing the later, and always feel like you are rushing to a show or something, when we did anytime at around 7:15. We just waited till they were ready and always had a seat quickly. Hopefully traditional goes well. I kinda missed seeing the same waiter each night. lol

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I'm curious if Traditional dining times have now been "standardized" to 5:00pm and 7:15pm, or is each individual ship still setting its own times?
 

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It was 5:30 and 7:45 on the Royal around South America in February & March. All the pre cruise info listed the earlier times, so we were all surprised upon boarding.

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Posted (edited)

Just booked my fist Princess cruise, I ask my TA for late seating, in the cruise personalizer says requested 7:15 , confirmed 7:15,  don't know the Shows at the theater at what time are? Previous cruise with X

Edited by gerelmx

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Reports from the Sapphire is late is 8 pm so i changed to early. Beware in Europe it is later, from all reports

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53 minutes ago, paul929207 said:

It was 5:30 and 7:45 on the Royal around South America in February & March. All the pre cruise info listed the earlier times, so we were all surprised upon boarding.


I am crossing fingers for that type of "change". I had 6pm and they took that away and now we are at 5, but 5:30 would be great. lol

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4 minutes ago, gerelmx said:

Just booked my fist Princess cruise, I ask my TA for late seating, in the cruise personalizer says requested 7:15 , confirmed 7:15,  don't know the Shows at the theater at what time are?

Our experience on Royal was that the personalizer was off for everyone.  We couldn't depend on it at all.

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Posted (edited)

Looking specifically for anyone who's sailed on the Crown recently. Was the late dining at 7:15pm? And was early dining at 5:00pm?

Edited by canadarocks

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Hoping to hear from anyone recently on Emerald and Sun. What are the TD times?

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  • spingal
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I am onboard.  There are three dining times for traditional dining...

 

Two early seatings....

DaVinci midship on deck 6 is at 5:15pm

Botticelli aft on deck 6 is at 5pm

 

One late seating....

Botticelli aft on deck 6 is at 7:30pm

 

This is from someone on the Ruby Princess right now.  A response to question I had on someones live review about dining times as I am boarding her soon.

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7 hours ago, maggie777 said:

Hoping to hear from anyone recently on Emerald and Sun. What are the TD times?

Emerald:

Botticelli early seating at 5:15, late seating at 7:30

Da Vinci: early seating at 5:00

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10 hours ago, paul929207 said:

It was 5:30 and 7:45 on the Royal around South America in February & March. All the pre cruise info listed the earlier times, so we were all surprised upon boarding.

I believe it was the same last year.  We used to target arriving 5:45ish if port time allowed.  I think a lot of the departure times would preclude having dinner start at 5:00pm or even 5:15pm as I recall (without going through the itinerary). 

I think it is good that the ships have the flexibility they always had to set times that suit the itinerary or the day. 

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20 hours ago, oskidunker said:

Reports from the Sapphire is late is 8 pm so i changed to early. Beware in Europe it is later, from all reports

My Sapphire sailing in October states late dining is 7:15 on the Personalizer.
 

Just got back from the Crown and it was also 7:15 although most nights the doors opened at 7-7:05.

 

Edited by suzyed

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11 minutes ago, suzyed said:

Just got back from the Crown and it was also 7:15 although most nights the doors opened at 7-7:05.

 

Thanks so much! 7:15pm is ideal for us..... 7:45pm not so much. Hopefully the Crown will stick to that time next year. 🙂

 

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