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Can I choose what time I would like to dine and with whom?

 

Hurtigruten

Hurtigruten

In the low season, there will only be one sitting in the restaurant.  There is not usually a choice of menu, you will normally be served a delicious 3 course set meal.

In high season, extra sittings may be added.

You will dine with the same table companions every evening.

Thomson Cruises

Thomson Cruises

Dining options differ per boat:

Thomson Destiny - 2 sittings normally 18.30 and 20.30.  Request your choice at the time of booking or at the start of your cruise.

Thomson Celebration, Dream and Spirit : no sittings for dinner.  Restaurant normally open between 18.30 and 22.00 and you are shown to a table on arrival.  On gala nights there are 2 sittings.  You will be allocated either an early or a late sitting on arrival at the ship.

Silversea Cruises

Silversea Cruises

Please make your choice at the time of booking.

The main dining room is always referred to as the "The Restaurant" and operates an open seating policy allowing you to arrive at your leisure and dine with the friends that you want to invite to your table.

Le Champagne Restaurant recommends reserving a table.

Voyages Of Discovery

Voyages Of Discovery

In the evenings, there are two sittings for dinner in the Seven Continents Restaurant.  Early sitting is at 6.15pm and the main sitting is at 8.30pm.

Please make your choice at the time of booking.

Swan Hellenic

Swan Hellenic

Meals on board are served in the restaurant. There are no fixed seating plans, meaning that you are free to dine with whom you please at a time that you prefer.

Costa Cruises

Costa Cruises

When you arrive in your cabin, you’ll find a Table Booking Card. On this you will be able to specify when and with how many people you wish to dine. Your request will be confirmed subject to availability in the restaurant.

Your confirmed arrangement will remain the same for the duration of your cruise.

MSC Cruises

MSC Cruises

Choose between the early sitting and the late sitting and specify at time of booking.

Norwegian Cruise Line

Norwegian Cruise Line

Flexibility is the name of the game with NCL.  Take your seat anytime between 5.30pm and 10pm every night.  Restaurants stay open until midnight. 

You choose your table size and who you sit with every night, whether that be with new found friends, with family or just by yourselves.

You can either just turn up at the restaurant of your choice and try to get a table at your preferred time, or check the electronic screens with real time table availability.  Take a pager from the Restaurant Manager, relax in a bar and wait for the beeper to sound to tell you when your table is ready.  Alternatively once onboard, you can make your table reservations in advance.

Island Cruises

Island Cruises

Dining options differ per boat:

Thomson Destiny - 2 sittings normally 18.30 and 20.30.  Request your choice at the time of booking or at the start of your cruise.

Thomson Celebration, Dream and Spirit : no sittings for dinner.  Restaurant normally open between 18.30 and 22.00 and you are shown to a table on arrival.  On gala nights there are 2 sittings.  You will be allocated either an early or a late sitting on arrival at the ship.

Cruise and Maritime

Cruise and Maritime

Two sittings are operated for dinner in the evening. On days at sea, these sittings are normally timed to commence from 17.45hrs and 20.15hrs and these timings may vary during port days.

You need to state any preferences for a particular sitting and/or table size at the time of booking. Please note that requests for specific dining sittings and/or table sizes will be treated strictly on a ‘first come, first served’ basis and will be subject to availability.

Whilst every effort will be made to accommodate preferences, no guarantee or confirmations can be given. Your designated table will be confirmed once you are onboard.

P&O Cruises

P&O Cruises

You have different options available to you onboard a P&O ship; please specify which choice suits you when making your booking.
Select Dining: A flexible choice enabling you to dine with different people every night, either a little earlier or a little later than usual.  A small cover charge applies.
Club Dining: Choose between the sittings of 6.30pm or 8.30pm, and enjoy a silver service 5 course meal.  You sit at the same table with the same dining companions every evening.
Freedom Dining: (Available on board Azura, Oceana and Ventura) This is the same as the Club Dining Option, with the added advantage of allowing you to dine anytime between 1800 and 2130 and with whoever you like.  Included in price.
Balcony Dining: (Ventura only) The most intimate experience. Dine on your own private balcony with your own personal waiter. 

Royal Caribbean

Royal Caribbean

You have many different flexible options available for dining on board Royal Caribbean ships.

My Time Dining - Enjoy fine dining and dine any time between 1800 and 2130.  You can reserve your preferred times as early as possible and for this service a prepaid gratuity is added to your reservation.

My Family Time Dining - enjoy sitting with your children while they eat and then take them to the Adventure Ocean Youth Staff who will take them off your hands for an exciting programme of evening entertainment.   Return to your table to enjoy a relaxed child free dining experience

Traditional Dining - You can preselect your dining time for the length of your cruise holiday.  You will then be assigned a dinner table taking into account your preferred seating area.

Various Specialty Restaurants - Everything from murder mystery dinner parties to cup cake making classes. Dine between 6pm - 10pm.  Under 13's must dine before 7pm.

Fred. Olsen

Fred. Olsen

When you make your booking, you will need to specify whether you prefer a first or a second sitting and state your preferred table size which will remain on a request only basis.  When you arrive in your cabin, you will find a Restaurant Seating Card which will advise you of your confirmed table number and dining time.  This will be your allocated table for the duration of your cruise.

Princess Cruises

Princess Cruises

When making your booking you need to choose whether you want to opt for Traditional Fixed Dining (2 sittings; early at 6.30pm and late at 8.30pm) or Anytime Dining (choose your dining time and table companions on a daily basis). 

You also need to make requests for a specific table size, which are confirmed to you when you arrive. This will remain the same for the duration of the cruise.

Azamara Cruises

Azamara Cruises

When you make your booking you need to choose from one of the following dining options : 

Main dining  - dine whenever you choose with the open seating policy
Casual Dining - Dine in a more relaxed, less formal environment at either Window's Cafe, Pool Grill or the Mosaic Cafe.
Specialty Dining - Club Suite guests can dine in Specialty restaurants every night at no extra charge. Club Veranda, Club Oceanview and Club Interior Staterooms have 2 nights guaranteed in these dining rooms.  All staterooms guests are welcome in the specialty restaurants at a charge of $15 per person.



Crystal Cruises

Crystal Cruises

When you make your booking you need to choose between the following dining options:
Classic Main dining - First sitting starting at 6.15pm every evening.
Classic Late dining - Second sitting starting at 8.30pm every evening.
Open dining by reservation - Choose your own personal booking times each evening.  Book in advance online or arrange onboard with the Maitre d'.  For those wanting more flexibility and eating at a different time every night with varying numbers of table companions.

Disney Cruise Line

Disney Cruise Line

When you book your cruise, please request either the Main Sitting (5.45pm) or Second Sitting (8pm). If your seating preference is not available, an alternative sitting will be assigned.  Requests for a specific dining time cannot be guaranteed.

Disney Cruise Line operates a rotational dining scheme which lets you rotate to one of three different restaurants every night.  For your assigned time and restaurant rotation, please check your dining tickets located in your stateroom upon arrival.

Holland America Line

Holland America Line

When you make booking, you need to specify one of the following choices for dining which will remain the same for the duration of the cruise:

Pre-set seating and dining time :
Early seating 5.45pm
Main seating 8pm
You enjoy sitting with the same table companions every evening.

Flexible open schedule:
Anytime between 5.15pm and 9pm.  You can make reservations daily during a cruise up to 4pm or you can just simply walk up during dining hours.
Vary your seating companions every night or just by yourselves.

Star Clippers

Star Clippers

On all three of Star Clippers' ships, you are at liberty to dine when and with whomever you wish. 

Cunard

Cunard

The restaurant that you will be allocated to is determined by the grade of state room that you book. You can vary the restaurant by choosing one of the other dining venues for a small cover charge. The following Restaurants and Grills are open at these times:

Britannia Restaurant - Early sitting 6pm and late sitting 8.30pm
Britannia Club - Single seating dinner between 6.30 and 9pm
Princess Grill - Single seating dinner between 6.30 and 9pm
Queens Grill - single seating dinner between 6.30 and 9pm
 
Tables are allocated at the time of booking by a computerised system. Choose a table for 4, 6 or 8 people.  Tables for 2 and 10 are available on a request only basis.  If you are travelling with family and friends with whom you would like to dine, be sure to contact us to link your bookings together.

Carnival

Carnival

At time of booking, guests have to confirm preferred dining time, which if not available will be waitlisted. This time remains the same every night unless you book 'My time dining'.
Sittings are as follows:
Early sitting 6pm / Late sitting 8.15pm or 'My time dining' which gives you the flexibility to eat whenever you choose between the hours of 5.45pm and 9.30pm.  Allocated a table on a first come, first served basis. If dining room is full, you are given a pager giving you time to relax elsewhere on ship while your table becomes available.
Please inform us as early as possible if  you wish to dine with other friends and family on other bookings so that we can link your bookings.

Celebrity Cruises

Celebrity Cruises

You can choose to dine at the same time every night with the Traditional dining option.  Early sitting at 18.15pm and late sitting at 20.30pm.

Or, if you prefer a little more flexibility, choose the Celebrity Select Dining where you can eat whenever the main restaurant is open.  You can even make online reservations for a different time each night up to 4 days before you sail or onboard with the Maitre d'.

If you opt for the traditional dining, you will sit with the same people every night, whereas if you choose the Select Dining you can change your table and sit on your own or join different tables every night.


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