I think this is a great idea. I often wondered why they hadn't added more tratitional seating, when so many cruisers get wait listed for it. I think I was like 200th on the wait list last Princess cruise, so what does that say? May-be someone with the powers that be finally listened? I too like the early seating best and then having the rest of the evening free to do whatever. With the open seating we'd still get to the dining room by 6:30 only to wait in line and then dinner was running over, we couldn't get a seat for the show..It sure looked like to me, that others have the same idea and want an early dinner.