I have recently read on other message boards that it isn't possible to get a table for 2 with personal choice dining. Is that true? Also, I get different reports on taking wine on board. Can you also buy booze on board for state room consuption? Thanks
When we were on a Princess ship that offered personal choice dining, there were two identical dining rooms, one on deck 5 and one on deck six. One dining room offered traditional dining and the other personal choice dining. There were tables of all sizes in each dining room.
I think your best bet would be to make reservations for a table for 2 - go down to the dining room in the morning and speak directly to the Maitre'D' - or you could call from your stateroom - just like you would at home to reserve a table at a fine restaurant. Yes, you may purchase liquor on board the ship. As for wine, you may bring it aboard to have with dinner, you will most likely have to pay a corking fee- depends upon your waiter.
My friend and I were on the Golden in March. We had personal choice and ate at the same table for 2 every night, no reservation -- just asked for our waiter. We went any time between 7 and 9. Only had to wait once for 10 minutes.
You can be creative and get wine to consume in your cabin. We bought a bottle of champagne at the Explorers Bar, had a glass, and then just took the bottle back to our room. I can't imagine why you couldn't do the same with dinner wine or bottles of wine you order at any bar.
Re: corkage fees. Wow, lots of numbers floating around, we got back in March from the Star Princess, and the corkage fee was $10 U.S....even if we did give samples of our nice old Bordeaux to the waiter and assistant waiter....it was worth a try ;-))