This question is specifically for anyone who has been on the ship recently. I tried to scrounge up the answer and it seems that it changes as CARNY "experiments"...We cruise NCL...a lot..but we decided for an assortment of reasons to give CARNY a shot...haven't been on one of theirs in years. (mebbe 8?+) ..

We prefer "anytime dining" or "your time dining" or whatever its called lately. We generally eat very early, so we can catch the early show and then head for a bar or late snack. On NCL, and given our status, getting a table, even a window table, is normal. No wait, no line, no fuss. And yes, we always get a table for two.... I understand that on VISTA, one dining room is used for "your time dining". True? (not that I care, all the MDRS serve the same food..) But I read somewhere that theres a "process", involving some kind of "pink slip"....or not..which you have to get in another location??....its a short enough cruise, and some nites we'll do specialties, but man I hate bureaucratic nonsense, especially when I don't expect it or understand it.

So if some kind soul who has sailed her recently, AND I guess actually done "YOUR TIME DINING" (preferably with a table for two)...would explain it, I would be more than happy to buy all kinds of refreshments next time around!!!

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I am surprised no one has answered yet! My answer will a bit off as I didn't have to get a "slip" to go in. Like you on NCL, we have enough sea days we bypass that line. Since you like to eat early go to the designated spot as soon as it opens. There will be several tables for two by the window open, after getting your "ticket" you will be in a nice area to sit, drink (if you want) and people watch. The Vista had one level of on of the dining rooms set aside for YTD as most of Carnival ships do. I'm sure after the first day, you'll find it easy and know how to get in quickly. It has been a while since we sailed the Vista, but that was our observation. Wish we were going with you.

Thanks for the reply..I felt sure you would...I don't mind getting there a little early to avoid lines and confusion, but it seems theres another "there" before you go "there"...something about "registering" for dinner on deck 5 near some restaurant JAVA something...which apparently has its own lines...THEN go to the MDR for your BTW, the reason we're forgoing our exalted status on NCL (that and .50 y'know) is because we got one of those HAVANA SUITES...the thing looks almost as sexy as where we spend our days on BREAKAWAY CLASS on only live once...

The Java is the coffee bar and on the way to the dining room where YTD is held (if I remember correctly). We like eating early as well. Enjoy your Havana Suite. Looking forward to your "stories".Wink By the way, don't be put off by the auditorium, unless they have done something, it is horrible and not like most of the Carnival fleet. Rumor has it they plan to continue this way on the new builds, but with all the passenger complaints I hope not.

Remind me when you are sailing on the Vista????

THanks muchly for the info...I thought it was on a different deck. So apparently there is another "stop" for YTD...I keep an open mind. And as for the auditorium...these ships get bigger and bigger, and theres no way they can accommodate even half the passengers on any given show time. I can remember when reservations weren't even needed, but not anymore. and THIS is why we work so hard BEFORE the cruise "scheduling" stuff and making reservations. Id be willing to guess there are relatively way fewer people who do that, judging by the number of lost souls wandering around at all hours. Not to mention how quickly some venues fill up, even right after a new schedule of sailings is announced. savvy cruisers do their homework.

VISTA comes after the two each on GETAWAY AND BREAKAWAY. its FEB 2021.

No reservations on Carnival. It's first come first served, but they had chairs like in a high school auditorium and no place to set a drink and... I just didn't like it. Hoping the fixed it.

wow….I understand completely..we didn't like the seating on BREAKAWAY to see Cirque in the "SPIEGELS TENT" the first time so we looked more like an Army mess hall and not at all comfortable. second time we bit the bullet and said ok, lets see the show luck would have it, we got "premium seating" practically free...we wound up in a lil horseshoe "booth" for two!! smack dab in the center...VERRRRY nice...and believe me it was just dumb luck.

But I'd love to have a lil tete a tete with the beancounters who figure these venues out...


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