Kenny - traditional has two dinner seating times. Early and Late, that's it, most people go to the dining room a few minutes before their scheduled dinner seating. You can't get into the dining room until that specified time when they open the doors, on the first night you are escorted to your table, after that you just walk in and go to your assigned table. They used to close the doors after a certain time so as not to interupt the timing and flow of the meal, don't know if they still do that. (It was like 15minutes after your scheduled seating time)
You need to make reservations to dine at the alternative restaurants. You can either make your reservations by phone from your stateroom( do it early on as the reservations go fast, especially to dine as a group) You can also make your reservations with the Maitre D in person at the dining room.
For a group i would definatley pick traditional. If you went with Anytime dining you might not get the dining times that you wanted because of the size of your group.
if you have traditional you CAN NOT eat in t he diningrooms assigned to the Personal Choice diners, only the speciality areas or the Horizon . As stated above your group shoud inform your waiters if you will not be inthe dining room for dinner..especially if you are an entire table.
Hello Kenny G
You are absolutely doing the "wise" thing with a big group. This gives you a central place to meet and discuss the activities of the day, and you won't have any confusion or missed meetings. My family and I have a reunion cruise every year, and just returned from that cruise on the Caribbean Princess, and this plan always works great. You can still go to the speciality restaurants, or the buffet if you wish, but you know where the rest of your group is going to be, and what time they will be there. Have a great cruise,
You absolutely can dine in any of the other restaurants if you have traditional dining. You just show up and they usually can accommodate you. I had no problem. A group of 10 might be a problem without a reservation though.
we can't stress enough the fact that if you have Traditional dining and decide that you want to eat in one of the alternative restaurants, please,please tell the Maitre D, otherwise your wait-team will be waiting for you to be seated, which will hold up the other diners in their section.