I have been told that on Princess Cruises they have a choice called Personal Choice Dining..have heard both good and bad things about it..does anyone know it traditional is much better than having Personal Choice?
Also do you have to make reservations at the dining areas with Personal Choice?
No you do not have to make reservations at Personal Choice on Princess but you can if you wish. Some of the Alternate dining choices on Princess are wise to make reservations at.
The biggest difference in dining in the traditional dining room is the waiters get to know you a little bit and can anticipate some of your needs. Things can also run a little smoother and more relaxed because they can get into a routine while taking care of your table.
The food is the same in Traditional or Personal Choice dining rooms.
Also I forgot to ask, I have also been told that you would have to wait a long time to even get a table when you use Personal Choice and that the staff is not very cordial to the Personal Choice diners or very attentive..is this true also?
We had PC on our April cruise and NEVER waited more than 10 minutes and that was just once!( Golden Princess)
Waiting time will vary , if you go at 7:30 ( peak time) and request a table for two( least amount of choice) then you will probaly have to wait.
We generally dined early 6:30 to 7 ish, and requested to sit at a " big " table, the one night we waited 10 minutes was the time we asked for a table for two, and it was 7.
Crusiers we met and chatted with said they went late ( after 8:30) also said they didn't have huge waits.
We LOVED personal choice and would never choose to go traditional again. We don't mind the waiter not knowing our drink preference( we have mouths we can ask) but I know that some cruisers really like to build a " personal " relationship with a waiter. We don't , just smile , give us the food , and we are happy!
We loved never having to worry about being on time, we do that at home enough, vacation to us is about relaxing.
its totally up to you. Both have the same menu. We like traditional dining because the pace seems to be a bit more relaxed, your wait-team gets to know you, your likes and dislikes, wants and dont wan'ts, they can make suggestions accordingly and they greet you by your name by the second or third day. "Good Evening Mrs K" how was your day" etc, etc, its a nice little touch.
Also - don't know if this matters to you but no Baked Alaska Parade in Anytime Dining.