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Old June 10th, 2006, 12:52 PM
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Past cruises it seemed to be problem to invite someone to dine with you at your table and vice-versa. Sometimes,I enjoy the company of others rather than the ones assigned my table. I had to endure utter-chitchat onthe Princess and was bored out of my mind. I chose to dine at the buffet the rest of the cruise. I guess that's my gripe. They shouldn't give u a hard time because u would like to dine with other people.
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Its a good point San007 especially when you meet nice people onboard and would like to dine with them.

Its been a long time since I was last on Princess Cruises, but going next week, I look forward to the dinning options they offer.

One dining room has traditional two seating service. Plus two other dining rooms named Bernini and Donatello that are open 5:30 - 10:30 for sit down and waiter served ANYTIME dining. So it's pick your table with your friends, and waiters serve you.

Plus there is also a bufffet dining area for those that dont want served. I took the liberty of copying this from their site, as they can put it better so hopefully not infringing copyright

Dining Options per Ship
In addition to the Fixed Traditional Seating, Princess has cooked up a revolution in cruising called Anytime Dining. This means that you no longer have to appear at a fixed time in the dining room. Instead, the choice of when and where you wish to enjoy our award-winning cuisine is up to you.

Canaletto Dining Room - Traditional Smart Casual 7:30AM - 9:30AM 12:00PM - 2:00PM 5:30-6:15PM or 8:00-8:30PM

Bernini Dining Room - Anytime Dining Smart Casual 5:30PM - 10:00PM

Donatello Dining Room - Anytime Dining Smart Casual 5:30PM - 10:00PM

Horizon Court Casual 24 Hour (evening bistro) Buffet area.

Plus you have the usual pizza, burger joints going 24x7 and two surcharge specialist dinning rooms over and above that.

But back to dinning, given my experience of cruising that is all a bit alien, it was either sit down to dinner at this time, or use the buffet. I really look forward to this experience and hopefully it works out.

Plus I have two fomal nights in at least one of those dinning rooms, but it looks like they have that covered. People can still get waiter service dinning, without feeling banished to the buffet for not taking part.
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I sailed the Carib Princess last sept. I didnt enjoy hardly any of the food in both dining room and buffet. The food was stale and bland. not much variety. The pizza was disgusting. The burgers and dogs weren't that great either. The conversation at dinner was forced. There a few times I felt like jumping off and boarding other ships port.
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The food topics are usually the longest and controversial as everybody has different tastes. I found Princess food to be one of the best among mass market cruise lines. The dining room assigned sitting is not easy to change when the ship is sold out and should not be a gripe subject. The Princess restaurant directors I know work hard to accommodate every request.
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Hi san007,

I can see how you'd be bored with a bunch of "old people" at your table. I'd suggest you ask your parents to book on Princess (Anytime Dining) or NCL (Freestyle Dining). On either of these you can eat when you want and with whom you want! On Princess, if your parents book Traditional Dining, you can go with your friends to Anytime Dining if the Anytime Dining room isn't full.

I've also found the food on every cruise line we've been on to be bland (and too salty!) for my taste. I still enjoy it because I didn't have to cook it or clean up !

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There a few times I felt like boarding other ships a port. This ship was so boring.
Did you go to the Teen Center on your September cruise? Looks like lots of fun to me !
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Anytime dining. Grab your new friends, head over to the anytime dining.

If the food is that bad, stop at MacDonalds on the way to the ship, buy about 40 Big Macs, get onboard, ask to have them frozen and then microwave them every evening for dinner!
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In Traditional Dining it is simply a logistic nightmare for the Maitre D to try to move people around from table to table. That's the chance you take if you request to be seated at a large table, The vast majority of cruisers do get along with their tablemates and make the best of it. Request a small table. If you have a VALID gripe - " our tablemates use foul language all the time around my childeren" (for example) then you would need to seek out the Maitre D right away, and he would do his best to accomodate your needs.
You would be better off choosing a line like Princess or NCL that offer flexible dining options.
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Is no problem at all on Carnival.

If there is room at the table they will move you, if not will get a new table for the new group.
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Past cruises it seemed to be problem to invite someone to dine with you at your table and vice-versa. Sometimes,I enjoy the company of others rather than the ones assigned my table. I had to endure utter-chitchat onthe Princess and was bored out of my mind. I chose to dine at the buffet the rest of the cruise. I guess that's my gripe. They shouldn't give u a hard time because u would like to dine with other people.
maybe you should go for personal choice dining.
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I sailed the Carib Princess last sept. I didnt enjoy hardly any of the food in both dining room and buffet. The food was stale and bland. not much variety. The pizza was disgusting. The burgers and dogs weren't that great either. The conversation at dinner was forced. There a few times I felt like jumping off and boarding other ships port.
aren't you a happy camper!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Something tells me you would be miserable on any crusieship.
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I think many peoples food expectations are going to be relative to their daily lifestyle. If they dine at 5 star restaurants on land every weekend they are going to expect equal or higher quality food on cruises.

Like most bachelors my dining habits leave a lot to be desired and I'm practically on a first name basis with every drive through window in the city, so I felt like I died and went to heaven on my cruise.
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Seattleguy37,,,laughing my butt off, I just love honesty especially when combined with humor.

See folks, even with the stupid hat, that would make some of you think "what the hell" when he arrived in the dinning room

Some folks do appreciate dinning and here is you thinking all he would want to order was a Big Mac with double fries on his vacation.

Good on you bud,,,,,,ps where can I get one of those hats, a real one and not the tourist crap?

Your a good person,
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I sailed the Carib Princess last sept. I didnt enjoy hardly any of the food in both dining room and buffet. The food was stale and bland. not much variety. The pizza was disgusting. The burgers and dogs weren't that great either. The conversation at dinner was forced. There a few times I felt like jumping off and boarding other ships port.
Sorry about that, but obviously you were not on the same Caribbean Princess that I was on. If you were on anytime dining you would have been free to dine with friends, as we did, every night. It appears from this and other posts that you are very hard, if not impossible, to please and not very social. Perhaps cruising is not for you.
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"Big Macs"--please don't tell me that is your idea of good food :-? It appears once again, that some people are "dinning" while the rest of us are dining. (I saw that gripe on another thread...incorrect spelling does indeed bug some of us.) Back to the burgers. I think that sometimes people who are used to burgers, fries, mac and cheese and weenies, have more complaints about cruise ship food than others. It is a very subjective thing and I have often seen diametrically opposd views of food on the very same ship and date. I agree, that if I don't have to cook it or clean it up, and it is 'pretty good'--that's fine with me. We have had very few bad meals on board and many that were fantastic.
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OOps! Back to the topic. Last January on the Mercury, we solved this problem of dining with new friends by joining them for lunch in the dining room, or using the alternative evening dining in the revamped buffet area. (Linen set tables with a waiter, but casual).
When we were on the Millenium, we had a poor table location and even poorer dinner mates. Actually, most of the time we dined alone. Don't get me wrong. We are still mad about each other after 31 years, but we're empty nesters, and if we want to be alone we can do that at home. We enjoy meeting new people. I would be game to ask for new seating, but I'm sure my hubby would insist that we not rock the boat...so to speak. Also, he would not want to insult the people at the table that we left.
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