Can't actually help specifically except for yes ,if you are unable to go to dinner at the allotted time you must tell the restaurant concerned as they may hold service up to the table. Just interested, did you actually choose to dine that early? if not you may be able to change, no offence, but you do realise you will be getting ready at about 4pm & this will really impose on your day?
Wow that does seem really early, are you certain it is 5:30.
Whenever we've been on Anytime dining the restaurant have asked to check out stateroom number to ensure that we are in the correct dining room.
Your only real choice is to go straight to the restuarant on day 1 & see if you can change to Anytime for the entire cruise, possibly not ideal for you, but as John has said, a 5:30 sitting will really impose on your day & the sailaways.
Alan & Katrina
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Well.....Not an expert on this line but on other lines you are either on "anytime dining'' or you are not. Whether you think you "must" advise the restaurant if you are not going to turn up depends how important you think it is.....The 5-30pm dining thing is a new idea I think I heard somewhere.
No we did not choose that time. We were very surprised at the 5:30 time! We were able to make 2 selections: the type of dining-(we chose Traditional dining) and the preferred size of our table (we chose medium/6 people) then we were assigned the 5:30 time. We have now been in touch with Princess and are trying to change to either the 8:00 pm Traditional dining or the Anytime dining. Even if we can't change we have vowed to not let anything "spoil" our Alaskan cruise!!! We'll just go with the flow!!
These message boards have been sooo helpful. Thanks again!
Well I'm glad I asked, I bet you can change it....I am NOT a fan of the early dinner, that's what we call ''tea time'' over here. Get your TA to ask, if you don't have one get onto the cruise line, if that fails join the queue to change when you board, I will be surprised if you can't.
Change your dining preference as soon as you can if you prefer anytime dining. If it can't be done before your cruise, you can do it ONLY on the first day of your cruise.
I always choose Anytime because of different port schedules or shows I want to see. Last week while on the Caribbean Princess, I watched people at the Anytime restaurant being turned away because they were scheduled for Traditional, and, another party was turned away for not being properly dressed (shorts).