What night is the Captains Formal Dinner on a 7 day Alaska cruise? What time does the event start for early & late seating? If you are doing open seating, how does that work?
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What night is the Captains Formal Dinner on a 7 day Alaska cruise?
There are two. The Captain's "Welcome Aboad" Dinner is on the second evening. The "Captain's Gala Dinner" is on the next to last evening.
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What time does the event start for early & late seating? If you are doing open seating, how does that work?
If you booked "Anytime Dining," you go to the dining room at any time between about 5:30 and 10:00 in your "formal" attire or, if you wish, call in advance and make a reservation for the time when you wish to dine.
If you booked "Traditional Dining," first seating is usually around 6:00 or 6:15 and second seating is usually around 8:15 or 8:30.
The ship will publish the actual times in the daily "Princess Patter," as they may vary depending upon the ship's itinerary and other aspects of the daily schedule.
There is usually a cocktail party in the Atrium area with free drinks immediately before the second formal night (The Captains Gala Dinner), where the captain will say a few words. They usually have 2 of these on the same night, one for the early seating and one for the late seating. The captain usually has a large table in the Traditional Dining Room on most ships where special guests are invited to sit and dine with him.
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I JUST WOULDN'T HAVE KNOWN THAT.
We ahve been on a number of cruises. We have seen the Captain
sitting at a larger table. How do you get chosen to sit down at the captains table for dinner?
Oh, you want to sit at the Captain's table?
That takes a bit more doing. I have never seen a written policy on who gets invited and who does not. Rumor has it that invitations ueually to go to passengers who are staying in the top suites, a few of the most travelled passengers, to a few passengers celebrating major special occasions such as significant birthdays and wedding anniversaries during the cruise, and to any other passengers whom the Captain wishes to invite to dinner. It probably would not hurt to let the Captain's Circle Hostess know, at the beginning of the cruise, that you would welcome of such an invitation, but that won't guarantee that you actually will receive such an invitation.
And I should mention that tradition and social etiquette dictates that passengers aboard a ship NEVER refuse an invitation from the master of the vessel. This is one of two situations in which it's actually proper to withdraw previous acceptance of another invitation and send regrets, the other being receipt of an invitation from a head of state. Nonetheless, I have found that Princess's staff usually inquire of passengers whether they would welcome such invitations before the master extends them.