Contributor Level: Captain

DO you Choose Traditional or Anytime Dining?

I usually choose anytime because I don't necessarily eat at the same time every day ...what do you do?


33 Answers

Contributor Level: Captain

We chose Your Time Dining on Carnival's ships. We asked for a table for 2 and have met some really nice people, and also enjoy having different wait staff . Having said that, one couple we met on our 2nd cruise while at dinner, became really good friends and we know plan our cruises together, get a table for 4 and have a great time. Our waiter Henry was so much fun last spring that we asked to be in his section each night we were on the Miracle. YTD works best for us because we can decide when we want to head to the MDR each evening, and not be forced to hurry or dine when we really aren't hungry. 

Contributor Level: Staff Captain

We have only sailed with NCL and they do not have assigned seating or times. Which is one of the things we love about NCL.

Contributor Level: Captain

If it is just the 2 of us (or another couple) we have YTD, if we have a group of 6 or more we prefer assigned dining. Getting a large table can be difficult at YTD and we like to eliminated all the hassle we can.

Contributor Level: Captain

I always do Assigned dining.   I like the social aspect of getting to know table mates and the table staff.  I tried NCL's free style and did not like it.

Contributor Level: Captain

We go with anytime timing. We like the flexibility.

Contributor Level: Captain

I think I chose the set time this time around. Having the same time is a routine and will help keep my BF in line lol. It is also what I am used to from my first crises with assign dinning. 

Contributor Level: Third Mate

To us it depends on the port times. On cruises that we will pull out port by 6 pm we will usually opt for early set time dining. If hungry later a quick stop at the buffet, promenade cafe/pub, or a call room service usually fills the need. For cruises when we are scheduled with an evening in port we will choose Any or My Time Dining just to have the option of enjoying a sit down service meal, regardless of what time we get back to the ship.

We usually choose anytime dining because we never know what time we will be hungry on any given day. And on port days, we don't want to have to rush to make it to the mdr at a certain time.

Contributor Level: Cruise Director

I choose anytime drinking....I mean after all, if a fella is thirsty....  Oh wait, you said dining?  Big Smile

Contributor Level: Captain

My husband and I always choose your time dining but since we will be traveling with a toddler and maybe grandparents, I'm thinking we should select a set time...what do you guys suggest?


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