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Was just reading the messages and (correct me if I am wrong) there is no such thing as anytime seating. We really enjoyed that option on the Princess.
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Right now in the dining room there are still formal seating times. However, you can dine anytime in the Windjammer.
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what is the Windjammer (new to Royal) is it another diningroom set up the same? Or is it casual? - Same Menu?
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The Windjammer is a buffet. It's nice, it's just not the dining room. I love the diningroom for dinner because the meals are presented so nicely and the waiters are wonderful!! I love being caterted to! Plus at the buffet, I think that we tend to overload our plates, but in the dining room the portions are perfect. I never have left there hungry, but I guess if you do, you can always hit the buffet!!
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Was just reading the messages and (correct me if I am wrong) there is no such thing as anytime seating. We really enjoyed that option on the Princess.
You are correct. The only "mass market" cruise lines that offer an "open seating" option are Princess ("Anytime Dining") and Norwegian Cruise Line ("Freestyle Dining"). In fact, Norwegian Cruise Line has dropped traditional dining, and the concept of a "main dining room," completely.

That said, my experience is that traditional dining is the better option for several reasons.

>> 1. The seatings of traditional dining are synchronized to the shows and other evening entertainment and events. As a result, many passengers end up dining within a few minutes of the scheduled seatings anyway.

>> 2. With traditional dining, your waitstaff get to know your preferences on the first night or two of the cruise and anticipate your requests thereafter, thus providing more responsive service for the duration of the cruise. With open seating, this simply is not possible because you don't have the same waitstaff every evening.

There's also something very wonderful about dining with the same tablemates every evening, which provides an opportunity to develop real friendships that often persist beyond the end of the cruise. With open seating, you'll have different tablemates each night so the relationship seldom goes beyond superficial conversation.

Of course, YMMV, but I would encourage you to try the traditional arrangement.

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I love the traditional dining and will not do it any other way.

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