Anytime Dining

Happy Monday all! I have a question about anytime dining. First, let me state I have personally only ever cruised Carnival so that is where my experience lies. Also, my family prefers set dining time. We have done both the early and the late but like the later time the best.

So, with all that being said, how does formal night work with anytime dining? Is it basically the same? What about Carnival's famous "Show Time" does it take place at anytime dining?

What are your pros and cons for anytime dining?

Just doing a little research to answer questions for family for one of my upcoming sailings.

15 Answers

I prefer the late seating. I’ve done anytime dining twice. Once on NCL which has so many dining options it wasn’t a problem. When we eat in the main dining room we were able to request a specific table in advance at a specific time. My second experience was on RCL Jewel of the Sea. It was crazy. First, the anytime diners shared the dining room with the scheduled dining time people. The ship allocated about 1/4 of the dining room for anytime dining which was always crowded and had a wait time. The larger ships generally allocate separate floors or a specific dining room for anytime diners. I’ll stick with the late seating. In my opinion, it offers more flexibility. You don’t have to rush from the island, to the shower, to an early seating. After a day on a hot island I like to chill and relax for awhile before heading out for dinner, shows and the casino. The wait staff also gets familiar with your daily dining requests and are more vested in pleasing you.

Outstanding post!!!!

You are the best type of cruiser. Maybe someday we will sail on the same. If not, may you always find the adventure you seek!

Cons: If you like to have a set dining time or table, the restaurants may not be able to accommodate you. You may have to make reservations in advance, but if you have to change it, you may not be able to once the restaurants open.

Pros: You can try a new restaurant each night.

We will be on the Mardi Gras

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