Online Reservations

Noticed a new "tab" on Cruise Personalizer for Star Princess cruise for Specialty Restaurants ... You can now evidently make reservations ahead of time. Not that I did, but never saw that before ...

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I did it on Carnival for the steakhouse.

It's probably a good thing for those that use the specialty restaurants (or shows on other lines), but I really hate binding myself to a reservation made months in advance. Who knows what the situation will be at the time -- an outstanding menu in the MDR, a one-of-a-kind show at the same time, or just rather lay by the pool for another hour.

When I'm on vacation, I prefer to play it as it comes rather than plan it out in advance.

That's good news, if indeed Princess is going to make it a fleet wide practice. On one other line, we sailed on, they allowed you to do that but only one reservation at a time per-specialty, that was an all inclusive line where there wasn't an extra charge for the specialties though so they were packed every evening. Heretofore Princess has made us wait until we were on board before making reservations. Sort of nice to get specialty reservations assured in advance for special days like anniversaries, sea days or formal nights. However, on our last six cruises with Princess we haven't had any problems getting reservations for their specialties, we even have been able to walk in at any time without. We just got off our last cruise three days ago from a 29 dayer where we ate in the specialties three times and there were hardly any guests at all. You could have fired a cannon through the place and not hit anyone, wonder if that is due to their jacking the extra charge rate?

I agree. I usually wait until I am on board to book these but some do fill up quickly.

I've noticed the same thing recently on Princess ...very sparse crowd...maybe they're trying the pre-reservation thing because people were turned off by not being able to get in back in the day. OR the food has improved so much in the MDR that no one feels the need to go elsewhere.


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