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Old February 23rd, 2004, 05:06 PM
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Hey all. We are in the final stages of booking the May 22, Caribbean Princess sailing to the Eastern Caribbean. Woo hoo!

That aside, we are interested in knowing a bit more about the personal choice dining option. We have cruised 11 times, but have yet to be on a line where this is offered.

Is this as simple as showing up at a designated restaurant sometime between say 6 and 10 and getting a seat to eat, or is there something we are missing?

Once that is answered, I'm sure it will bring up a few more questions about the art of the personal choice dining experience.

Thanks in advance and as always...



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Old February 23rd, 2004, 06:38 PM
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It is as easy as that, but it is more, if you like you can reserve the same table and waiters for the duration of your cruise for a set time each night.
You can ask to sit with strangers at the first available table, or you can sit with friends you met that day, you can have a table for two or whatever.
The menus are the same in the PC and Traditional dining rooms each day as is the Dress code for the night.
Anything else you want to know?
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Old February 23rd, 2004, 10:11 PM
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McCall:

Amazing! You answered all of the possible questions that I could have come up with. We are generally table for two types, as dinner is the one time in the day we love to relax in each other's company and not entertain others or be entertained by others. It doesn't look like tables for two are available in the regular (6 PM & 8 PM) dining cycle, so we figured that we'd be easier able to sit alone at a table for four as a twosome. Thanks again for you excellent response!

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Old February 23rd, 2004, 11:26 PM
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WE did a cruise with the Grand. Personal choice was fine but beware - they would not take reservations for tables for two, and sometimes we had to wait up to 45 minutes for a table
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Old February 24th, 2004, 08:47 AM
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They will take reservations for tables for two, but outside of the peak hours.
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Old February 24th, 2004, 10:12 AM
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J&K,

We sailed Princess for the first time in September, and had our first experience with PC dining. Having always done traditional, I was hesitant at first, but we enjoyed it.

It was a lot like going to a popular restaurant. If you go at a the busy time, you may find yourself waiting. However, on the Golden, they gave you beepers. So the on the one night we had to wait, which was formal night, we just got in line to have our portrait made while we waited.

Since it was our honeymoon, we opted for tables for two a couple nights, but sat at various size tables the other nights.

Both ways have their pros and cons, and both ways certainly have their fans. Personally we will continue to do both depending on the situation. In our case, our next cruise (also the May 22 Caribbean Princess) we will be taking our daughters, so the flexible dining times appeal to us in this case.

See you on board!



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