Anytime dining

has anyone tried anytime dining? We usually have a set time and are thinking of anytime this cruise

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Looking good!

The only time I've had anytime dining was when I was forced to, on our Norwegian cruise and our Viking cruise because they don't have set times. But we ended up making reservations every night on NCL so we had our own "set time" anyway. I love a set seating because you know there won't be a wait, you already know where your table is after the first night, and everything feels quick and easy.

I prefer the traditional dining with no wait, guaranteed table and same servers.

The any-time dining is great if your schedule is topsy-turvy and you can't have dinner at the set time.

We have always had anytime dining and love it. Would not want it any other way. We prefer to eat when it is convenient for us. This allows us to stay late in port if the ship is there or eat early if we book a show or just want an earlier meal 1 night.

There seems to be a few misconceptions about Anytime Dining. If you make your reservations, there is no waiting, any more than with traditional. You can almost always reserve your same table and you can definitely keep your same servers. The advantage is, if you don't want to do any of that, you don't need to.

That is true, but making reservations is one step more than I care to make!Big Smile

I have been eating dinner at the same time for the past 20 years, so it is not bad for me to continue it on the ship.

In the rare case that I am ashore during that time, I would probably have already planned to experience the local cuisine anyway.

Not all cruise lines have the mechanisms in place for making reservations in the main Dining room. It is true on NCL but not on Carnival nor, do I think, on Princess.

Hmm. We have not cruised on either of those in a few years, but we have never had a problem with it. (Except for HAL, which was truly disorganized.) Happy

RCCL (at least on Anthem) has 4 MDR all serving the same menu. The 2 on deck 3 are set seating and the 2 on deck 4 are my time dining. We reserved on one night and just walked up on the other 5 nights we ate in the MDR and had no wait on any of the nights regardless of the time. We were always asked if we had a dining room, table or server preference and if the my time rooms were full the fixed time tables that were not taken for that night were offered. Also the fixed time dining was mostly tables for 2 or 4 unless a larger one was requested.

Used it on our first cruise. Since then our cruising style has changed and we prefer early seating.

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