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Well I'm booked on NCL Gem will be my first freestyle cruise. I was told if you plan on having dinner first thing at 5:30pm when the dining room opens there should be no wait. However I don't like having different waiters each nite. :evil:
But if the cruise lines down the road are switching to anytime dining I guess I will have to learn to like it. :evil:

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But if the cruise lines down the road are switching to anytime dining I guess I will have to learn to like it.
Does that not depend on which cruise line you have down the road
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Does that not depend on which cruise line you have down the road

Well if RCCL is already testing out anytime dining there could be a possibility in the future to see anytime dining on RCCL.

I was told that Princess has anytime and traditional however last year when I was thinking about booking Princess instead of Freedom my agent said that traditional dining on Princess for that week is not available so I would have to do anytime. Do you have to book a Princess cruise way in advance to be able to get the traditional dining?

It will be interesting to see what RCCL plans are for future dining. :o

I would think the waiters would not be pleased with anytime. I think they would make more in tips on the traditional then anytime. 8)
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Well if RCCL is already testing out anytime dining there could be a possibility in the future to see anytime dining on RCCL.
It will be interesting to see what RCCL plans are for future dining.

As long as we guests say no, there will not be only anytime dining on RCCL and as Adam Goldstein wrote to me in July:


"Thanks Roland. We don't have any plans to eliminate traditional dining seatings from our culinary offerings.

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As long as we guests say no, there will not be only anytime dining on RCCL and as Adam Goldstein wrote to me in July:[/b][/color]

"Thanks Roland. We don't have any plans to eliminate traditional dining seatings from our culinary offerings.

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Oh ok Roland since you are tight with Adam I trust you. 8) 8)
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Oh ok Roland since you are tight with Adam I trust you. 8) 8)
Tight or not, but I will give Adam hell if he breakes his promise 8)
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Tight or not, but I will give Adam hell if he breakes his promise 8)
No matter what Roland, keep his feet to the fire and don't let Adam change RCI from traditional dining!
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You could never trust those folks running a major corporation. The big guys on top say one thing then turn around and do something else. Who knows what Adam and his entourage have in mind.

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No matter what Roland, keep his feet to the fire and don't let Adam change RCI from traditional dining!
Yes blueliner, I will do what I can do.
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You could never trust those folks running a major corporation. The big guys on top say one thing then turn around and do something else. Who knows what Adam and his entourage have in mind.
Do you really want me to quote you next time I talk to Adam???
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Hi Roland. I'm in Cincinnati (actually just outside) right now but am originally from the Chicago area. I thought maybe they had been advertising because it would have been a big coincidence to all of a sudden see that many people from one place on one ship. Of course, i don't actually speak Swedish, I just recognize it as my grandparents on my father's side were both from Sweden and I heard it spoken a lot. Plus they and my parents were memebers in a Swedish club that had a beautiful large building, like a country club and we went to dinners and parties there frequently.

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quote whatever you like.

Bottom line is I like my set waiters however anytime or traditional dining will not determine what cruise I take. If RCCL does go anytime I would still enjoy the cruise. I'm an easy going cruiser not much bothers me. 8) 8)
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Hi Roland. I'm in Cincinnati (actually just outside) right now but am originally from the Chicago area. I thought maybe they had been advertising because it would have been a big coincidence to all of a sudden see that many people from one place on one ship. Of course, i don't actually speak Swedish, I just recognize it as my grandparents on my father's side were both from Sweden and I heard it spoken a lot. Plus they and my parents were memebers in a Swedish club that had a beautiful large building, like a country club and we went to dinners and parties there frequently.
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As you write, it is not only a coincidence that you met all those Swedes onboard and I am very happy that more and more of my fellow countrypeople have realized what RCI stands for. (I have been working very hard on the issue.) Men litet svenska förstår Du kanske, om Du har farföräldrar från Sverige
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Then I will need your name and address.
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We should have Adam read all the threads on the RCCL postings. He would see what a bunch of great rccl cruisers we all are.

Adam can always pm me if he would like!

But back to the anytime dining issues whatever rccl decides to do is fine with me I like my set waiters but I'll get used to anytime if that is even the route they will take.
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First I must say that I think it´s good that people are different and like different things, I have no problem with that some people prefer fixed seatings instead of anytime dining. With that said, noone has to attack me for having a different opinion!!!


I just want to mention some of the reasons why I prefer NCLs Freestyle concept.

When I´m going to a restaurant in my hometown, I never share my table with people I don´t know. I see no reason to do that just because I´m on a cruise. If I want to share my table with other people I can do that on NCL too if I ask for it=the decision is mine.

It´s true that sometimes there isn´t a table available right away, I think we have been waiting for about 20 minutes sometimes on NCL cruises, but it´s still better than sixed seatings for me. If I want to eat by 7 and have to wait until 7.20 it´s still better than getting a time at 8.30.

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When I´m going to a restaurant in my hometown, I never share my table with people I don´t know. I see no reason to do that just because I´m on a cruise.
I agree with you on that. I'm the same way I perfer a table for my party only.

That would be funny to one day walk into my local resaurant and say to the hostess "I'll sit with those people over there" walk over to the table and say "Hi I'm Thecruisequeen nice to meet you" and have a seat.
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When I first heard of the freestyle dining..I thought it would be
good, but after reading the posts...help...who wants to wait for 20-30
min. for a table? Then have a different waiter, fellow passengers, etc.?

We meet many different people at lunch in the dining room, also
different staff. We do appreciate the familiarity of our own table,
staff, and fellow passengers.

I feel that if RCI does implement freestyle dining, the novice cruisers
may think it cool and opt for it, with the "old timers" going for
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How does tipping the Dining Room waiter and asst work for free-style dining? Thanks.
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I don´t understand why some people need the same waiters every night, they are there to serve you your food! They are not there to be your best friends!

I prefer to find a "friend" in one of the ships bars, someone who knows what I want, take the time to talk for a while and serve cookies when I order just coffee!

Some people say that they like to dine with the same people every night (and then I don´t mean those whey are are travelling with!) but what if you don´t like them? With NCLs Freestyle dining you can choose if you want to share your table with other people, isn´t that better?
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You just tip appox. $10.00 per day, per person, then all the staff pool the tips and each get their share.
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You just tip appox. $10.00 per day, per person, then all the staff pool the tips and each get their share.
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I don´t understand why some people need the same waiters every night, they are there to serve you your food! They are not there to be your best friends!

I prefer to find a "friend" in one of the ships bars, someone who knows what I want, take the time to talk for a while and serve cookies when I order just coffee!

Some people say that they like to dine with the same people every night (and then I don´t mean those whey are are travelling with!) but what if you don´t like them? With NCLs Freestyle dining you can choose if you want to share your table with other people, isn´t that better?
I think you miss the point. It has to do with better service. For example...after the first night, my waiter and asst know I want ice tea and a cup of coffee with my meal. They know I like the bread and will bring extra.

If you don't like the people you are sitting with, simply ask to be moved. I would think that under the open seating style of dining, your chances of sitting with people you might not like are greatly increased due to constantly being seated with new people.

At Dinner, I want to be pampered and I like for my waiter to anticipate my needs. Also, nothing wrong at all with thinking of some wait staff as friends. During our cruises, it is not at all unusal to meet waiters (dining room, Cova, bar) who we met on previous cruises and they remember us and always greet us warmly as we do them.
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I don´t understand why some people need the same waiters every night, they are there to serve you your food! They are not there to be your best friends
My waiters and bartenders and cabin attendant do become my best friends for the week.




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Talk about service! This is how one of my friends brings me my Mojito!


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I expect the waiters to do their job! If I´m their friend shouldn´t matter!

I also think that if the waiters get to many friends in the diningroom they spend more time talking to the guests and that give them less time to serve food! I don´t mind that other guests see the waiters as their friends but I don´t want to wait for my food because of that!

What I want to drink to my food depends on what food I eat and what I´m in the mood for so even if the waiters are my friends, thay can´t know what I want to drink!

As for being seated with new people constantly, that´s the choice of the guests on NCL. If I want to share my table with strange people, I ask for it. If I want to, I ask for a table for two and I get it. Is it always possible to be moved to another table, even when the ship is full?

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It may wind up being a crap shoot as to how long you might have to wait to be seated.
Also, you don't get to "bond" with your waiters, which often is the best part of the dinners, IMO.[/b]
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In my experience, there are four basic problems with the "Anytime Dining" or "Freestyle" arrangement.

1. Practically, the advertised "anytime" is an illusion due to the schedule of evening activities. The times of the scheduled seatings of "Traditional Dining" mesh with the shows and other evening activities so those who wish to participate in the shows and other evening activities end up dining within a few minutes of the scheduled seatings, anyway.

2. Service suffers because you don't have the same waitstaff every evening. In "Traditional Dining," your assigned waitstaff get to know your preferences during the first evening or two and begin to anticipate your requests thereafter, so you don't have to ask for the same things over again each evening. With "Anytime Dining," they generally don't bother because they don't expect to serve you again.

3. The relationships that you develop with your tablemates don't get the opportunity to move past the "superficial acquaintance" stage. With "Traditional Dining," tablemates often develop real friendships that endure beyond the end of a cruise.

4. The "Have-it-YOUR-way" line of advertising that has accompanied the introduction of the "Anytime Dining" or "Freestyle" arrangement on other major lines has drawn a cadre of self-centered passengers who spoil everybody else's vacation through abject disregard of the adverse impact of their arrogance on other passengers.

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