The information below is what is going to be a test for open seating with Holland America.
The Oosterdam is the guinea pig for this experiment.
The reason for this first stage test comes from comment cards, e-mail and phone calls requesting open seating. Holland is trying to change there image and this is one way to help. As in all business, changes need to be made to entice passengers.
How long will the test run? At present there are no time limits and possible modifications will be made as it develops.
The traditional set
seating is at 5:30 PM and the 6:15 PM has been eliminated
Open seating begins at 7:30 PM to 9 PM. You can do a walk-in during that time period and request a table for two, four etc. Depending on how popular that dinner time is there can be a wait. (This happens with other cruise lines as Princess personal choice). The other alternative is to make a reservation with the Maitre d' for a specific time, number of people, upper or lower dinning areas and even a table assignment if available. My contact commented this could be done for the duration of the cruise. Once again there may be modifications.
If you are a group of four and request a table of eight there will be open seats to fill and may not be the same couples each night.
It would be similar to a land based restaurant except for extra individuals at your table when asking for a larger table than your party.
As you can see there are options and not set in concrete.
If this goes well it will be tried on other HAL ships and expanded.
Round trip Los Angeles to Hawaii, Summit March 26, 2006
Vancouver _ Alaska _ Los Angeles, Sept 16, 2006 on Summit