in august i will be taking a cruise to alaska on the dawn princess. my boyfriend and i pick the personal choice dining. does anyone know anything about the dining situation? will our menu be the same as the traditional dining? i do know that we have a choice to go to the sterling steakhouse for an extra charge.
In Caribbean Princess the menu was the same for Personal and Traditional. We had Personal and we didn't wait to be sited never, but we ate at 830- 900, when theres is not much rush of people in the dinning rooms. The service and food was excellent, in the main dinning rooms.
Personal choice dining is the way to go. You just show up at the dining room and see if there is room. If not you wait a little bit till a table opens up. The menu is the same for all dining rooms except the speciality restaurants.
Additional info on personal choice dinning. It will be different on Princess' newest ships the Diamond and Sapphire.
This quote is from another web site:
"A revolutionary new approach to the cruise line's Personal Choice Dining program, Sapphire Princess will feature five main dining rooms. Of these, four will be centered on cuisine themes in decor and menu. These include Vivaldi, for Italian fare, Sterling, a steakhouse, Santa Fe, which boasts southwestern dishes, and Pacific Moon, for Asian dining. The fifth dining room will be reserved for those who prefer the traditional set-seating arrangement (though some of the menu items from the themed restaurants will be offered). "
__________________ Carnival Conquest - January 2, 2005
If you choose Traditional dining (either early or late), you can go to Personal Choice any evening you want BUT it doesn't work in reverse - i.e. - if you choose Personal Choice, you CAN'T go to the Traditional dining.
I cruise the Emerald Princess, Eastern Caribbean on April 16, 2012
Location: Wisconsin....about 100 miles south of the Frozen Tundra and 70 miles east of Camp Randall
Re: personal choice dining
tsj - on Princess only one night (the one with the Baked Alaska Parade - usually the last night of the cruise) is the one where those in Traditional dining get the parade.....those is Personal Choice do not, because passengers chosing to dine that way are at very different points in their meals and would cause too much disruption in wait service to them.
The Sterling Steak House is not extra charge only on the newest Princess ships. On the Sun and Grand class, there is the extra charge for Sterling.
Crown Princess 1/18/14....the NEW Me, Myself and I cruise!
Please note: not all ships have personal choice dining Some only have one dining room. We have done both. On one particular ship (first nite PC ws offered on that ship) they told us we would have to wait....my wife had already taken her insulin shot and her sugar was falling fast. I adivsed of this and they put us at a table which was already eating. BTW, if they don't have it, I recommend first seating then show.
I am not much for formal attire. How will affect what and where you can eat on those formal nights if you don't want to dress up? Is the food available to you lesser that the formal captain thing? My son and I are slated on the AUG 30 cruise fron vancouver to whittier. Any advice from the more experienced cruiser? Share any thoughts with me. Jon and Larkin
hi jon townsend
at the risk of being feathered and
tarred I will repeat my previous
reply. I too do not enjoy dressing up .
I have been on several cruises and
have never been turned away . I
resolved this matter by wearing
shirt , tie , slacks and jacket .the
formal night is suggested attire .
Princess does not do the singing and dancing waiter thing that some other cruise lines do. The do have the Baked Alaska Parade in the Traditional dining room on the lase formal night, its not singing or dancing, they turn out the lights in the dining room, some music starts and the waiters walk down the main aisle carrying trays of this flamming dessert.
If you want the same menu in the PC dining room as they are serving in the Traditional dining room then do not go to any of the specialty dining rooms, stick with the main PC dining room.
The dress code applies to all the dining rooms on the ship. The only place where you can go casual on formal nights is to the buffet, bistro or to order from room service.
Dress slacks, nice shirt, tie & jacket are all that is required for the men and boys.