That's O.K. with me, as long as they offer the option of Traditional dining, or Your Choice Dining. N.C.L. was my favorite line for many years, but now I hesitate to sail N.C.L., simply because of the personal choice dining. One of my favorite times aboard ship is dinner, at the same table, with the same people, and with the same wait staff.
It says you can ask for the same waiter everytime.
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The day will come when everybody will be forced into this "freestyle" -"anytime" -"total choice" open seating nonsense . AND everybody will be dressed in t-shirts and flip-flops.
Thankfully, I can still get 6PM assigned dinner....for now.
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If it is done correctly, open seating is great. I love the option on NCL, Princess, Azamara and Oceania, especially if it is just my wife and I cruising.
If you are cruising with a group it isn't a great alternative.
I'm glad that Carnival is giving their guests this option. It looks like it won't be implemented until the end of the month on Carnival Pride so I won't be able to partake of it on the 18th.
I agree with you. Freestyle was a nightmare when NCL first rolled it out. I requires the galley to competely changes the timing of how they prepare and stage meals. I would avoid any ship the first month they roll it out.
Freestyle never really worked until they NCL rolled out ships purposely built for it. A large shared galley gave way to 11 galleys cooking more to order.
Booked on the Miracle for August We chose traditional Early dinner because we want the same table each night and want to be sure we don't miss the shows following this meal. Also, this requires us to all be ready at the same time. If we had Freestyle, we might not push ourselves to all be ready at the same time, and with 2 children involved, don't want to wait with a pager to get a table.
Had the option of freestyle when we sailed Liberty last month but chose to stay traditional because we were a group and it forced us to gather each evening. May try the freestyle thing when we trael as a couple next cruise...
Apparently there is a limit on how many can sign of for "Dining on Your Time". I got a call from Carnival today about upgrading on my cruise for May 3rd, and I asked about it and was told that they were at the limit for signing up for the open seating option.