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.
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!
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.
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.
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.