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Old May 11th, 2006, 06:04 PM
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Help! I can't decide which dining option to choose. We're cruising on the Sapphire next summer and need to go ahead and choose our dining. We'll be a family of 6. We tend to eat early, but don't want to be rushed to make a 6pm seating. On the other hand 8:30pm seems awfully late. We're from the east coast so I don't know if the time difference will come into play at all. Personal choice sounds good but I really like having familiar wait staff. Sooooo, what is everyone's opinion?
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I would go with the Personal Choice. If you happen to get a good wait staff on the first night, ask to be in that section on the following nights.

If you know about what time you will dine each night, make a reservation for that section.
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early seating....hands down.....you can enjoy your normal eating habits and enjoy the shows entertainment after and it does noy get too late for next day excusrion
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Personally we like second-seating Traditional dining. It just seems to be a bit more relaxed. 8:30 seems really late, but we found that we liked it. It gives us plenty of time to relax after a long ashore day. We usually catch an afternoon snooze(seriously this is a great thing on a cruise) on deck or in our stateroom. If we get hungry we can either go to Horizon Court and get a light salad, sandwich or if we want to totally veg we will order from room service. We also like to get together with our cruising friends for a cocktail before dinner.
We also love the personal attention we get from our wait team, who gets to know our wants, likes and dislikes. Its really a treat to be seated at our table and have the waiter ask "Would you like your Grey Goose and Tonic with a twist of lemon tonight?"
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cokerjoanne,

Help! I can't decide which dining option to choose. We're cruising on the Sapphire next summer and need to go ahead and choose our dining. We'll be a family of 6. We tend to eat early, but don't want to be rushed to make a 6pm seating. On the other hand 8:30pm seems awfully late. We're from the east coast so I don't know if the time difference will come into play at all. Personal choice sounds good but I really like having familiar wait staff. Sooooo, what is everyone's opinion?

The shows are timed to mesh with the seatings of traditional dining. Thus, the"Anytime Dining" is more of an advertising gimmick ("eat when you want") than real flexibility since you'll have to eat within a few minutes of the same times anyway if you want to see the shows.

Between the two seatings of traditional dining, I prefer the second seating because it does give me time at the end of the day to shower and get ready for the evening. Princess does a great job with afternoon tea in one of the dining rooms, and it's enough of a snack to keep stomachs from growling before dinner at the late seating. Of course, your mileage may vary.

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The shows are timed to mesh with the seatings of traditional dining. Thus, the"Anytime Dining" is more of an advertising gimmick ("eat when you want") than real flexibility since you'll have to eat within a few minutes of the same times anyway if you want to see the shows.

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I don't really see it as an advertising gimmick. We never saw one show on our seven-day Grand Princess cruise in November. We also never went to the casino. To me, that's one of the great things about a cruise -- there's something for everyone.

We did eat late every night because we agreed to meet my family for dinner at the same time. On our next cruise, we're doing anytime dining. If we eat at the exact minute every night, it will be because that's what we want to do that day and not because we agreed to it months in advance. For us, that is ideal.
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I'm with Irish Shark - Personal Choice all the way. We went to dinner at a different time everynight. It depended on whether it was a sea day or we came back tired from an excursion, woke up late from a nap or whatever. I have a strong sense of loyalty to Princess but not to the wait staff. I personally liked meeting different staff members everynight. But that's just my opinion : ) Whatever you choose you will have a great time I'm sure.
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