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Old July 22nd, 2006, 06:25 PM
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Is formal night attire required for the anytime dining room or is it just for the traditional dining room?

We are somewhat confused by the anytime dining selection, so any and all details are welcomed!



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Hi hav2cruise,

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Yes, formal night attire is requested ship wide. That doesn't mean you won't see some people in casual clothing, just that it's requested.

We love Anytime Dining! You can go to the Anytime Dining room any time! At the "popular" times you may have to wait. They'll give you a pager so you can go do something else and be paged when a table is available. This usually happens only if you request a table for two.

We always asked to be seated with others and never had to wait. We met many interesting people!

Have a wonderful cruise!

The menus are the same in Traditional and Anytime Dining.
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hav2cruise,

Is formal night attire required for the anytime dining room or is it just for the traditional dining room?

Princess's stated policy: "The evening dress code applies throughout the ship, except designated casual areas, after 6:00 PM." The only "designated casual area" is the buffet area (called the "Horizon Court" on all ships that offer "Anytime Dining").

Note that "throughout the ship" includes not only the dining rooms that offer "Anytime Dining," but also the alternative restaurants, show rooms, lounges, atrium, casino, and disco.

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Princess's stated policy: "The evening dress code applies throughout the ship, except designated casual areas, after 6:00 PM." The only "designated casual area" is the buffet area (called the "Horizon Court" on all ships that offer "Anytime Dining").
How do they get those "casual" folks back to their cabins? Transporters?

That's the problem they've created, by creating a casual dress public area for evening dining. They honestly don't expect those people to go to dinner and then directly back to their cabins... so their policy is uneforceable, and they don't bother trying.
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How do they get those "casual" folks back to their cabins? Transporters?

There's not much happening in the passageways on the cabin decks or in the elevators and stairways.

That's the problem they've created, by creating a casual dress public area for evening dining. They honestly don't expect those people to go to dinner and then directly back to their cabins... so their policy is uneforceable, and they don't bother trying.

Yes, it's a problem. Princess originally had entertainment on the Horizon Court on the Sun Princess class and in the disco/night club, located in the "spoiler" over the fantail, on the Grand Princess class, but it seemed to fall victim to the company's "cost cutting programme" a few years ago. I'm guessing that the new "Movies Under the Stars" program is intended to provide "alternative casual entertainment" at lower cost so that passengers who choose not to dress for "formal" evenings will have an alternative to stateroom television?

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I noticed a lot of casual dress in horizon court, pool areas, casinos, and on the decks during the formal nights. Personally I was disappointed by the formal nights becuase I expected that there would be more things to do all dressed up. I found it pretty boring, and went back to my room, changed out of my dress and enjoyed the rest of the evening in my casual clothes!!
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Thanks for all of your input!!

We will watch out for the "transporters" as we will probably do the buffet those evenings!

I noticed a lot of casual dress in horizon court, pool areas, casinos, and on the decks during the formal nights. Personally I was disappointed by the formal nights becuase I expected that there would be more things to do all dressed up. I found it pretty boring, and went back to my room, changed out of my dress and enjoyed the rest of the evening in my casual clothes!!

(We found the same to be true on a Royal Caribbean cruise!)
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hav2cruise,

We will watch out for the "transporters" as we will probably do the buffet those evenings!

I would strongly recommend against that, as Princess really does have some very nice special events on formal evenings.

>> On the first formal evening, there's the Captain's "Welcome Aboard" Cocktail Party, with complementary beverages, usually held in the atrium, with complementary beverages. The captain makes a few remarks, but mostly everybody mingles.

>> On the last formal evening, there's a late evening event called the Champagne Waterfall, alsu usually held in the atrium, with complementary shampagne and dancing with the dining staff. It's a great formal party.

There's also live music for dancing in the Wheelhouse Bar until 1:00 AM every night, but the dress there also is "formal" on formal evenings.

Whoever said that there's not much happening on Princess's formal evenings did not look very hard.

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Hi Norm, I thought the formal cocktail parties were pretty boring. It was just a bunch of people standing around having a free drink and getting their pictures taken by the photographers that later sell you the photos for a lot of money. I guess we missed the wheelhouse bar, and i'll check it out on my next cruise!!
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