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Old April 2nd, 2003, 01:35 PM
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with all the "buzz"on the boards between Traditional and AnyTime Dining on Princess we decided to go with the established Traditional Dining -2nd seating table for 8 (there are 7 of us) I have been going back and forth on this issue for sometime. It was hubby who chimmed in and said that he really liked traditional dining, it was very relaxing and he enjoyed being "all fussed-over" by the waitstaff. I totally enjoy the 2-hour dining experience you get with traditional dining. I know it books up fast, so i called my TA and we are all set, eventhough we aren't sailing until Feb 04.
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Old April 2nd, 2003, 05:15 PM
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I won't book a cruise unless my TA can guarantee traditional seating. We are the early seating types. You need to book early because traditional seems to fill up. One can always change to PC on board but the reverse is much harder to accomplish.
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Old April 2nd, 2003, 07:17 PM
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I, too prefer traditional dining..early seating for me though. Sounds like you have a table full of people just in your group. I love sitting with other people and getting to know them. On our prior cruises we have gotten very friendly with our tablemates and socialized with them outside of the dining room.

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Old April 2nd, 2003, 08:04 PM
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Hi all,

I agree with Frank - We are traditional dining, first seating, so we can get to the shows early. Love traditional dining. Its 5 star every night. Then time for Casino's, martini lounges, dancing, ports and coffees, etc.

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Old April 2nd, 2003, 08:47 PM
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Lisa... what I don't understand about your post is that with Personal Choice you can get the same table at the same time every night... but at a time of your own choice, rather than the cruise line's. Also, 2 of the 3 restaurants on the Grand Class ships are Personal Choice... only the least desirable of the 3 is for regular seating... the aft one... only one way in or out... the aft stairs or the aft elevators... just jammed before and after dinner. I really much prefer to be in one of the two midship PC restaurants... eating every night at the time of my choice with the same waiter, etc.



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Old April 3rd, 2003, 07:47 AM
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Hi Ernie, i understand totally that you can request the same table, same waitstaff, same time every night, and like i said i was going back and forth on this one. One of the big factors is that with traditional there aren't people coming and going all the time, its just more relaxing to me, like everything else its just personal preference.,
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Old April 3rd, 2003, 08:01 AM
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Well put Lisa... of course, personal choice is what it is all about. I've never found too much hubub in the PC Dining Rooms... but have been seated at tables in regular seating where I couldn't wait to change because of unruly and disturbing neighbors. And... I personally can't stand dealing with the jam into and out of that aft dining room at every meal. But... that's just me! Enjoy!



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Old April 3rd, 2003, 12:30 PM
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Ernie, I'm going on my second cruise in June (my first trip on the Grand). My first cruise was traditional dining (as that's all they had on the Love Boat). I enjoyed it immensely, but decided to give PC a try this time -- I liked the freedom of it. Glad to hear your endorsement of the two PC restaurants on the Grand. Thanks for the good news.
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Old April 8th, 2003, 12:14 PM
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We were hard core traditional cruisers - 2nd seating. However, that 2 hour liesurely meal turned into 2 1/2 or 2 3/4. We missed shows the first two nights, and were not very happy about it. We broke down, made reservations for 8:00 PM in PC, got the same waiter for the rest of the cruise that we love!

One thing - last year on the Grand, there was a chef / waiter parade the night they served baked alaska. Didn't get that in the PC dining room. Anyone know if they still do it in traditional? Anyone notice that the baked alaska has changed? It's not baked Alaska! We don't care. We loved the service on Princess.
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Old April 9th, 2003, 03:03 PM
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>One thing - last year on the Grand, there was a chef / waiter parade the night they served baked alaska. Didn't get that in the PC dining room. Anyone know if they still do it in traditional? Anyone notice that the baked alaska has changed? It's not baked Alaska! We don't care. We loved the service on Princess.<

We just had the traditional Baked Alaska on our recent July 2002 cruise to Alaska. What changed? We've taken many Princess cruises and it seemed to be the same. Not that it matters to us either since we've cruised so often that these kinds of things fall into the been there, done that category. At least Princess still does the flaming parade, something Carn-Evil no longer does.
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Old April 10th, 2003, 08:59 AM
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Sorry I was unclear. We really enjoyed the flaming parade. They didn't do it on our 3/29/03 Golden cruise. Thought maybe because we were in PC, they weren't serving desert all at the same time. Was wondering if they only do it in traditional.
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Old April 10th, 2003, 09:35 AM
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They don't do the baked Alaska parade in the PC dining room because everyone is eating at different times and is in a different course of the meal at any given time. They still do the parade in the traditional dining room.
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Old April 10th, 2003, 05:56 PM
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Lisa... what I don't understand about your post is that with Personal Choice you can get the same table at the same time every night... but at a time of your own choice, rather than the cruise line's. Also, 2 of the 3 restaurants on the Grand Class ships are Personal Choice... only the least desirable of the 3 is for regular seating... the aft one... only one way in or out... the aft stairs or the aft elevators... just jammed before and after dinner. I really much prefer to be in one of the two midship PC restaurants... eating every night at the time of my choice with the same waiter, etc.

It may be possible, at least in theory, to reserve a standing table and time for the entire cruise in Princess's "Anytime Dining" -- but the experience still is not the same even if this actually works. There's a lot more commotion, traffic, and noise in "Anytime Dining" because other passengers are coming and going throughout the meal. The impact may much less at a table in a back corner of the dining room than at a table next to one of the main walkways, but it's still significant because there are other tables nearby that might not turn over at the same time as yours.

It's also important to remember that the dining rooms that offer "Anytime Dining," you'll miss traditions such as the Parade of the Baked Alaska. They can't do such things in "Anytime Dining" because the tables are not on the same schedule.

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Old April 10th, 2003, 06:00 PM
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Ernie,

And... I personally can't stand dealing with the jam into and out of that aft dining room at every meal. But... that's just me!

I despise it, too -- but that's a problem in the layout of certain ships (MV Grand Princess, MV Golden Princess, MV Star Princess, MV Diamond Princess, and MV Sapphire Princess) rather than a problem of Traditional Dining. Try a cruise aboard any other Princess ship rather than aboard one of these tubs that belong in the scrap heap!

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I just got back from the Star Princess and they had two of the three dining rooms as PC dining. In fact, many peopel tried to switch over to PC. I tried it and liked it a lot. It's PC for me all the way.
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Just got off the Coral Princess and had late seating Traditional dining, which I prefer. They did NOT have the baked Alaska parade ... nor baked Alaska, Cherries Jubilee or Bananas Foster - supposedly a fire hazzard.

One perk of having Traditional is that the Captain's Circle party for Traditional is the same night as the formal night ... Personal Choice people have their Captain's Circle party the next night.

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Old April 16th, 2003, 05:29 PM
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Not that it matters to me, since I've seen the Baked Alaska parade so many times, but I was surprised to hear that they didn't have any of these traditional items on the Coral. I know they stopped on Carnival but as recent as last July they still did it on our Alaskan cruise. I'll be on the Coral in a week so it will be interesting to see what happens. I would have liked some of the new cruisers we are traveling with to experience it.

BTW, Celebrity's Constellation still had the Baked Alaska deal last Sept/Oct when we cruised them in Europe.
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