Tracy Spider says: "Ridiculous. Went on this ship in June. Easy enough to arrange the same table every night on anytime dining and the ship was full. Perhaps attitude was an issue here?"
I don't regard the O.P. post as "ridiculous" at all Tracy. Tracy gets: "the same table every night on anytime dining and the ship was full." Over the last 10 months we have been on two Princess cruises, both booked solid, on the Royal and the Coral. We go the "anytime dining" route as well. What Tracy experienced is very very far from what we experienced, in fact it was impossible for one to receive that sort of seating treatment on the Coral that he did, in summation, our experience was: "There has been a distinct degradation in both service and meal quality on our last two Princess cruises, taken within the last year, particularly the last voyage on the Coral in January."
It might have been slightly better if we went traditional seating, been there done that for years and dislike it for a variety of reasons, one of which is we hate being relegated to eating at either 5:30 PM or 7:45 PM., even if we secure a table for two. We usually try to get there by 6:30 using anytime dining.
Wait times aren't a problem for us, rather, trying to eat dinner in the MDR on the Coral this time was the lack of service and poor quality meals. As a for instance, years ago there used to be a sommelier to take your wine order immediately after being seated, this practice gave way to no sommelier--instead head waiters were given extra training in wine selection, then that gave way to what you experience now on Princess, wine only if you are lucky enough to get someone's attention and if so, forget about ordering a bottle to be carried over for the following evening, they will lose it almost for certain in the maze. After being seated in the MDR, you sit there waiting and watching a harried flurry of activity by the understaffed help, forging a sad and losing battle trying to keep up. My gosh, dressing up in a tux on formal nights, which we love to do, and trying to dine in an atmosphere like that is an absolute joke.
Tracy says, "Perhaps attitude was an issue here?" We have cruised on Princess since 1990 and over the next 2.5 months have two more Princess cruises booked for a total of over 7 weeks including a TA. I assure you, attitude is not a factor in my critical judgements here, as a Captain Circle Elite.
Matter of fact, this post is about the Caribbean Princess, which we will be on in October, stay tuned.