We're going to give Personal Choice a try on our upcoming 10-day Ocean Princess cruise. However, I'm still a little fuzzy on the "rules" of this program. I was told by our TA that we can dine anytime between 6-10 pm for dinner, for example. So this is for the regular dining room? Is there a surcharge? Are there any restaurants for which there is a surcharge? Also, I understand the waiter/busboy tips are automatically added to the account. OK on that.
Has anyone tried this program? I would love to hear first hand comments about it. Thanks.
We used Personal Choice on the Grand in Feb. We enjoyed it very much, you dine when and were you want. Tips are automatically charged to your on board account regardless of what dining option you choose. Only Sabitini"s has a surcharge($20-pp), you need to make reservations for this option asap once on board, as this is a popular choice.
Please let me know if you have any other ?
Have a great cruise!
I didn't think Personal Choice kicked in on the Sun class ships until Alaska this summer. In fact I remember reading where Princess will be offering some short 3 and 4 day cruises on the west coast just to introduce it. Am I dreaming?
According to Princess's announcement, one of the main dining rooms on the MV Sun Princess class of vessels will retain the traditional dining arrangement and the other will shift to open seating for "personal choice" dining. In addition to the main dining rooms, these vessels also offer the following alternative restaurants:
>> An "al fresco" steak house at the outdoor grill on the balcony of the Lido Deck overlooking the main pool area, which currently is the only alternative restaurant with a surchage,
>> The pizzeria at the top of the atrium on the Dolphin Deck (the pizza really is excellent!), which opened for the evening at 9:00 PM previously but might open earlier under the new arrangement, and
>> The Horizon Court, which has a buffet during the early part of the evening and a bistro in the later part of the evening.
It remains to be seen how the "personal choice" arrangement will work out on these vessels. The original plan for MV Grand Princess was to retain one dining room for the traditional dining and convert two dining rooms to open seating, but about 2/3 of the passengers have requested the traditional arrangement so in fact the reverse has occurred. With only two main dining rooms, accommodating 2/3 of the passengers in the traditional arrangement could be a challenge unless one of the dining rooms is divided (partly traditional and partly personal choice). I'm sure that the staff will work it out one way or another.
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