We cruised her twice, 2002 & 2003, and she is still our favorite Princess ship. We just got off the Diamond Princess and we had to be at the show 45 minutes early to get a decent seat. Dave, the CD, explained it to me as follows: the theaters hold all of 1st or 2nd dining plus half but because of the Anytime Dining, they can't predict attendance therefore it can get crowded.
Teresa and Larry
#36-Carnival Splendor 9/16/12
7 night Mexican Riviera
#37-Allure of the Seas 11/11/12
7 night Eastern Caribbean
Hi i was on the star last september and she was great. I always pick anytime dining because 1 can be a rush if you get back late from a tour and not everyone wants 2 because it may be a bit to late. So anytime is the best of both worlds. But you may have to wait sometimes for a table.