Can you tell me if when you choose the "Anytime Dining" option on a Princess cruise, is the food the same as in the dining room? I have taken 2 Princess cruises, but have always done the traditional dining. If you choose the "Anytime Dining" does that mean you cannot go in the main dining room for dinner if you decide you want to for one night or so?
The menu is the same for Anytime dining and traditional dining.
If you choose anytime dining, you can't go to the traditional dining room as they only usually have 1 dining room for traditional and it is usually full. You can make a reservation with Anytime dining so if you are looking for a specific table, table size, or time, you call the DINE line from the ship to make your reservation and they will do their best to accomdate you.
Yes, during the Italian night or French night etc... they will serve the same in all dining rooms. Its much easier for Princess this way. All they do is keep plates of each menu item for the waiters to come and just take whatever they need as they need it.
We love Anytime Dining ! On all the Princess ships we've sailed there was one Traditional (fixed seating) dining room and there were two Anytime dining rooms. The menu's are exactly the same and the rooms look alike, too .
The best thing is that you can eat when you want and with whoever you want. If you decide not to go to the dining room you don't have to let anyone know. You may have to wait a short time for a table, but it's no different than a restaurant at home. If you're willing to share a table you're usually seated right away.
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The anytime dinning is actually just aother of the "main" dinning rooms, same as the traditional, same menu, etc. You will just get a different table and table mates each evening and different wait staff depending on where they seat you. Everything else is the same as traditional, just the time you want to show up.
I did notice quite a few people like to eat around 6:00 when they open up, seemed the whole dinner took a longer time, we were missing getting a seat for the show, so we tried the buffet and that was much quicker and good food too.
Anytime is great provided that you don't plan on eating at around 6:30. On the Ruby people were being told that there was a 45 minute wait at that time for a table for 2 and people we talked to on the way out of the DR said they were waiting longer than that.
If you do get seated at 6:45 PM it's also doubtful you ever get a seat in the main show lounge for the early performance unless you skip dessert & coffee.
If you can plan on eating at times other than when the main rush is on, it does work but don't think you can eat between 6:30 & 7:30 and not hit the main crowd. I can't imagine how long it would actually take to eat if you did get seated at 7 PM. Another thing is that they don't take reservations for that time.