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Old May 16th, 2007, 12:41 AM
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We have anytime dining, does that mean we cannot go to the dining room during the traditional dining hours? Will we be seated if there is a table available?
What happens on formal night?
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Old May 16th, 2007, 12:49 AM
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Anytime dining means you go to the restaurant that is set aside for that (you can not go to the Traditional dining restaurant) and you can go anytime from say 6 to 8:30 (really not sure about the exact times cuz I always go Traditional) and ask for a table for two or be willing to join a larger table.

If you find a time and wait staff and table that you like early on in the cruise, you can ask for that same thing for the rest of the cruise. On formal nights, you might have to wait longer to get a table. The 2nd formal night has a Baked Alaska parade in Traditional but not in Anytime (can't do it with all the different hours of seating).
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Old May 16th, 2007, 01:08 PM
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Per the Princess Web Site:

"ANYTIME DINING
For passengers wanting more flexibility in their dining schedule. Just like in a(n Anytime Dining) restaurant, show up when you like between 5:30 p.m. and 10 p.m., to enjoy dinner alone or with friends."

Also, I heard that Baked Alaska is available (sometimes) in the Anytime Dining Rooms. They just won't do the parade with the flames. That's only done once each seating in Traditional. If you like Baked Alaska, just ask for it in the Anytime Dining Room. It's basically just ice cream with crusty meringue anyway. They should be able to get it for you.
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Old May 16th, 2007, 01:23 PM
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What happens on formal night?
Same thing. However right after the coctail party, they run to the dining room.

Make a reservation for that night. In fact if you like the table and staff where you are seated, you can make a standing reservation for every night.
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Also, I heard that Baked Alaska is available (sometimes) in the Anytime Dining Rooms. They just won't do the parade with the flames. That's only done once each seating in Traditional. If you like Baked Alaska, just ask for it in the Anytime Dining Room. It's basically just ice cream with crusty meringue anyway. They should be able to get it for you.
The menus for "Traditional Dining" and "Anytime Dining" are identical each evening. Baked Alaska is available only on the last evening, when it is one of the desserts on the menu, unless it's ordered specially in advance. Princess does not do the traditional Parade of the Baked Alaska in "Anytime Dining" on that evening because passengers dining at different times are at different stages of their meals, making it impractical, but "Traditional Dining" still has the traditional parade when it's time for dessert.

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We have anytime dining, does that mean we cannot go to the dining room during the traditional dining hours? Will we be seated if there is a table available?
Back up a step. All Princess ships that offer "Anytime Dining" have at least two main dining rooms -- one for "Traditional Dining" and the other(s) for "Anytime Dining." All of the main dining rooms serve exactly the same menu each evening (except aboard MV Diamond Princess and MV Sapphire Princess, which augment the normal menu with theme menus specific to each dining room and make the theme menus available on a rotating basis in the dining room that serves "Traditional Dining"). Passengers assigned to "Traditional Dining" go to their assigned tables in the dining room that serves "Traditional Dining" at the designated times for each seating (usually 6:15 for first seating and 8:30 for second seating, give or take about fifteen minutes). Passengers assigned to "Anytime Dining" can "walk in" at the dining room that serves "Anytime Dining" (or at any of them on ships that have more than one) at any time between 5:30 and 10:00 or, if they prefer, can make reservations for specific times, just as you would at nice restaurants ashore. If the dining rooms that serve "Anytime Dining" are full, they hand out pagers similar to those in use at many of the new "casual dining" restaurants ashore. Those who receive pagers can relax in a lounge in the atrium area while awaiting their tables.

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Thank you for your responces. I understand a little better now how it all works.
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Just to try and clarify(ormuddy) what happens when an eanrly seating(6:30) traditional dinner goes to Sterlings or Sabatinis for dinner. Our TA has told us that we should let the "maitra"D" know of this as soon as possible so that he/she can make our table available for the early seating.
Any other comments on this. Also, our TA has said that if we are on a tour and we know that we will NOT make it back to the ship for our early dinner time, that we should inform also so that our table can be made available.
This makes sense but your opinions are appreciated.
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I don't understand that. If you have traditional dining, the table is yours for the entire cruise. So, if you miss a night, nobody is going to take your seat as they already have one assigned.

If you decide not to go EVERY night, then yes, free up the table for somebody on the waitlist.
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I prefer traditional.
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