pilgrim - Answered a Question by evans (24 Jul 08 19:19)

Do you mean the Anytime Dining? If so yes we did this on the Sea Princess and preferred although reading the boards on that other cruise forum it looks like they are taking reservations on some ships which kind of defeats the object, we are doing it again on the Coral in November.

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Grant - Answered a Question by evans (24 Jul 08 20:56)

Freedom or anytime cruising spoils the whole point of a cruising holiday. I like the idea of having to dress for dinner, though Cunard my be a bit ott, and the service on set dinner times is a million times better than freestyle, If people dont want to dress up or eat at other times most ships have restuarants, albeit self service, which they can use. I have heard that Princess is also going this way and why? because it#s cheaper for them. Wake up everybody they are demoting your huliday to a Hi Di Hi camp on the sea.

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Davis - replied to Grant (24 Jul 08 22:17)

I don't quite understand this comment. Are you confusing freedom dining on some other cruise lines with Princess cruises, which this question was specifically about? The dress code in the Princess Anytime dining rooms is identical to that in the fixed sitting dining rooms, as are the menus.

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browne - replied to Davis (25 Jul 08 07:58)

Hi i have just read all above with some trepidation and amusement.my sister and i have booked anytime dining on the grand princess in sept.this is our first cruise and were hoping that you would still dress up for dinner.please tell me people on this option do not dress in jeans or normal relaxed day wear.have i made a bad mistake many thanks.

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Davis - replied to browne (25 Jul 08 09:09)

I don't think you have made a mistake, I'm sure you'll have a great time. People certainly dress up in the Anytime dining rooms on formal nights and I don't recall that people emerging from the fixed sitting dining rooms looked any differently dressed from those in Anytime. As I've said above, the dress code and menus are the same. People don't necessarily chose Anytime dining thinking it might be less formal. We enjoy dressing up, and choose Anytime dining because we meet more people during the cruise that way and if we want to dine on our own for the odd night, we can do so.

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Grant - replied to Davis (27 Jul 08 10:50)

Iwas actually talking about any cruise line with this type of dining and if you had read the answer properly I stated that I hae HEARD Princess was this way. My point is this is cheaper for the cruise lines as they dont need so many waiters and that's why there are queues at peak times but they wont put the price down.

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Neil Down - Answered a Question by evans (24 Jul 08 21:18)

I just had to comment on the beautifully apt spelling mistake ..... feedom dining.. That one has to go in my book of special comments. .... Neil.

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evans - replied to Neil Down (24 Jul 08 21:34)

Sarcasm is the lowest form of wit you must be sooooo clever that you have never made a mistake or left a letter out when typing.

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Neil Down - replied to evans (25 Jul 08 00:16)

That wasn’t sarcasm that was irony. Oh dear, I’ve annoyed someone else, I wonder if I will sleeep. Neil .

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Edwards - replied to Neil Down (25 Jul 08 20:39)

It would have been irony if they charged a 'fee'for this type of dining but they don't.Now thats pedantry for you ,I think. Happy Cruising.

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