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Old July 2nd, 2005, 11:25 PM
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Hi All,
I am going on my first cruise. It will be to Alaska on the Diamond Princess departing Seattle Aug 27. I booked my cruise online and chose the traditional seating. It is very important to me and my fiance to have a table for two for dinner. What is the best way for me to arrange this? Again, I booked online and there was no option for a table for two at dinner. Any help would be appreciated.

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Old July 3rd, 2005, 01:15 AM
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With an online Travel Agent or directly with cruise line?
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Old July 3rd, 2005, 11:12 AM
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Have been on 2 Princess ships and did Personal Choice Dining so we could have a table for 2. I always thought that when you do traditional dining, you are assigned a specific time and the same table every night, usually a table for eight. Maybe someone who has done traditional and were able to get a table for two can advise you on how to do it.. There aren't that many small tables, so you have a better chance dining alone with Personal Choice and an early dining time, I think. Good luck!
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Old July 3rd, 2005, 12:21 PM
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Tables for two are very limited. They usually go to long time loyal cruisers or people in suites. Also, many times tables for two have some of the worst locations. Jammed into odd corners or by the kitchen doors. On HAL as an example, they have a large number of tables for two on the second level of the dining room near the balcony. Sounds good...but. These tables are also on the aisle and there is a constant stream of traffic going by. If you take PC dining you can wait for a specific table for 2 to open.

If you really want one do the following. Get on the ship early. Check your dining room assignment card in your cabin immediately. Go to the restaurant and check the table. If you are unhappy find out where and when the Maitre 'D will be to talk to passengers. Be there a half hour early since it will be very busy. Push him for a table for two. Be prepared to change the seating time if needed. And... be sure he knows in advance you plan to tip him well. Hold the cash in your hand.
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Old July 3rd, 2005, 12:46 PM
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Cynthia, I do think it will be simplest if you switch to Personal Choice (we did on teh Diamond and got tables for 2 every time).

But apart from that, when you get on board, the maitre-d will be available for a couple of hours. Just go check where your table is and whether it's what you want.

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Old July 4th, 2005, 12:54 AM
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Thank you all for your informative comments! We'll speak to the Maitre 'D on board. If that doesn't work out, we'll try switching to personal choice.

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Cynthia, go to the cruise personalizer section on the Princess Web Site, you can choose your dining preferences there. You need your booking number to access that information.
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Old July 7th, 2005, 01:11 AM
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Thank you LisaK for your reply. I went to the cruise personalizer, but I didn't notice an option for a table for two. We're on the waiting list for a "small" table. Does this mean a table for two? Thanks again for your help.
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Old July 7th, 2005, 09:13 AM
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Cynthia - i would guess that being waitlisted for a small table will mean either a table for 4 or 2. I would put a call into Customer Service with your request - all you need is your booking number, couldn't hurt. As the others have told you, get to see the Maitre D as soon as you can after you board, if he can help you he will. Just note that tables for two usually are not in the most desirable of locations( on an aisle, next to a column, in the middle of large cluster of tables etc.) just something to ponder.
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Old July 11th, 2005, 01:46 PM
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We just got from our honeymoon on Royal Caribbean. We requested a table for two, as it was our honeymoon and they sat us with a family of 4. It was aweful. Definately try to speak with the maitre d'.
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