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Old April 29th, 2009, 01:27 AM
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My travel agent gave us the option of doing this vs. late or early. Who has done this and how did you like it compared to the traditional dining times?
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In my searches I found:

You have to pre-pay your gratuities in order to do My Time Dining (MTD).
If you wait until you board the ship to book MTD, then you can use your OBC (OnBoard Credits) to pay the gratuities.

But it has gotten good reviews so far.

Some people get different waitstaff each night, some get the same ones every night.

Some like having a table to themselves w/ MTD, others prefer to meet new people through traditional dining.

It's perfect for those who find the early seating too early and the late seating too late.
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I have a personal aversion to paying gratuities before they are earned so we have never tried MTD. You can't remove them once you have signed up so if you get bad service anywhere you are stuck rewarding it.

This is my opinion only.
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We did the Anytime dining on the Jewel in Nov. and loved it. It gave us the flexibility to eat when WE wanted to go eat. The service was great. I didn't have a problem with paying the gratuities up front.

For our Mariner cruise, we have signed up for early dining, but will change it once we get on, if we can, to my time dining. I much prefer to be able to go to dinner when I want to. I don't want to pay my tips up front though, so will wait until we board.
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With my time dining, can you opt for a table for two? Also, where do you go to sign up for this? Thanks for the info.
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We did My Time dining and it worked out very well. Never had to wait for a table and always got a table for 2 with the same waiters each nite.

You can sign up for My Time when you board the ship at the dining room. We had originally booked 1st seating then changed it to My Time when we got on the ship.

Got to the dining room at 6:45pm each nite. Kind of in between the first seating and second seating.

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We chose the late seating on Freedom of the Seas for our family. It worked out well for us. When we went on excursions, it gave us plenty of time to shower and arrive for dinner. If my boys (19 & 21) were hungry earlier, they'd wander down to Sorrentos and grab a free slice of pizza. It was great always knowing where we would sit and having our same waiters. Sometimes we'd all be doing different things and just plan to meet at our table. We always had great seats for all the shows and there are less small children in the later time periods. Don't get me wrong...we love children...it's the parents who ignore their screaming children that make us cringe
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This is my first time with RC and I don't really understand the seating you are all talking about. When I booked they only asked if I wanted the first or second seating. I have never heard of "my time dinning." Can you just go whenever you want?

By picking a time before boarding did I agree to pre pay my gratuity? Because no one told me that and I too believe tips should be earned... please advise.
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We only had the option of early or late. We did the anytime on Princess and loved it. You can go when you want.
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Just returned from Freedom on Sunday and chose to do the My Time Dining after boarding the ship and finding out we were seated w. 2 other people at our "late" seating. I didn't know that Freedom offered My Time until after the lifevest drill and we stumbled upon it on the way back to our room. The lady informed me that, yes, there was a section of tables for MTD and once you agree, you are committing to the whole week, and prepaying the tips. All I had to do was fill out the form and sign - then she gave us a sticker to put over the original dining info on our cards.

We definitely liked that we could go when we wanted between 6-930p.m. to eat. We never waited for a table and we guaranteed to have just a table for 2 at each dinner. The tables were kind of close, in my opinion, but not in an uncomfortable way.

We did not have the same waiter each night. We requested the same one after night, having had a great experience. We only had him again on the last night. It almost seemed that whoever got to you first after you sat, was your waiter that night. Some nights took longer than others, and sometimes it seemed like the service was different compared to their traditional dining. But we will definitely do it again because of the flexibility.

The tips are paid upfront, but you won't see the actual charge to your SeaPass charge until the 2nd last day of the trip. They actually print out these coupon things to put in the Gratuity envelopes. And at your discretion, you can add more in cash if you like.

*** on another note- major differences we noticed on RCCL this cruise- our last was in OCT on Sovereign - RCCL is definitely cutting back in certain areas, and it was obvious. More on that later.
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This is my first time with RC and I don't really understand the seating you are all talking about. When I booked they only asked if I wanted the first or second seating. I have never heard of "my time dinning." Can you just go whenever you want?

By picking a time before boarding did I agree to pre pay my gratuity? Because no one told me that and I too believe tips should be earned... please advise.

Did you use a TA??? if so contact them...MTD is now fleetwide.

if you picked early or late you most likely did NOT pay your gratuities (unless you asked to do this)

you CAN go see the maitre d' when you board and ask to be swtiched to my time dining...your tips for everything (cabin attendant and waitstaff) will be added to your seapss account...you can tip more in cash later if you want.
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With my time dining, can you opt for a table for two? Also, where do you go to sign up for this? Thanks for the info.
yes you can ask...and how did you book?

if you used a TA, call that person....if you used RCCL call them.....
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Did you use a TA??? if so contact them...MTD is now fleetwide.

if you picked early or late you most likely did NOT pay your gratuities (unless you asked to do this)




We dont have a choice in Aust about pre paying gratuities it is included on your price when you get a quote (well so i was told) we also have 1st seating.
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This is the first time that I see royal Caribbean acting against their employee ( for those that say that I work for royal Caribbean , I don’t ). My Time Dining
Will affect their employee because you will have to pay the gratuities
in advance and there is a chance of not having the same waiter every night. Will this stimulate the passenger onboard to give an extra tip? NO. Unless you have the same waiter every night. Writing this , I change my mind. My Time Dining will also affect the quality and service since the waiter know that the passenger paid the gratuities already and it would be less motivated to give an extra tip at the end

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This is the first time that I see royal Caribbean acting against their employee ( for those that say that I work for royal Caribbean , I don’t ). My Time Dining
Will affect their employee because you will have to pay the gratuities
in advance and there is a chance of not having the same waiter every night. Will this stimulate the passenger onboard to give an extra tip? NO. Unless you have the same waiter every night. Writing this , I change my mind. My Time Dining will also affect the quality and service since the waiter know that the passenger paid the gratuities already and it would be less motivated to give an extra tip at the end

Another strategic for failure
You did not read the above posts, and nobody said that you work for RCCCl. Someone said you sound like a sore former employee that was fired.

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This is the first time that I see royal Caribbean acting against their employee ( for those that say that I work for royal Caribbean , I don’t ). My Time Dining
Will affect their employee because you will have to pay the gratuities
in advance and there is a chance of not having the same waiter every night. Will this stimulate the passenger onboard to give an extra tip? NO. Unless you have the same waiter every night. Writing this , I change my mind. My Time Dining will also affect the quality and service since the waiter know that the passenger paid the gratuities already and it would be less motivated to give an extra tip at the end

Another strategic for failure
You did not read the above posts, and nobody said that you work for RCCCl. Someone said you sound like a sore former employee that was fired.

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I re-peat no one said that youre an employee of RCCL.

They that you might be a disgruntled former employer.

I don't believe that you ever cruised on Royal!

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I opted to pre-pay my gratuity so that I could use that extra money on my cruise. I will also tip more if I feel the service I receive is abofe par...and I have no doubts that it will be anything less.
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We had Mytime dining on the Brilliance in June and it worked very well, it seems that the Brilliance is the only ship so far where they actually use it as it is supposed to be ...ie you made a reservation for the following night at a time to suit yourself! ... hence the name Mytime Dining.

Seems many peole have it mixed up with Anytime dining that Princes
have where you can just turn up ....

A word of Warning though to those who leave it until the last minute ... due to its popularity you may well find that you are unable to book it on the ship! .... so Book Early even if it means paying upfront for Gratuities.
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On Liberty they did prefer you make a reservation the day before however we never did and never had a problem with getting a table in the section we wanted and with the waiters we wanted.

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I see that the troll yahootelemondo has arisen from his mid-summer's night dream As usual his comments add nothing to the original poster question.
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We just changed our dining to MTD and so our TA said they'd add the gratuities onto our OBC account. No problem though, I'll probably give our waiters an extra cash tip at the beginning of the cruise to ensure good service. Works well with room stewards too!

I'm really looking forward to trying MTD!
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