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Princess Cruises alters main dining seating options across the entire fleet

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Following a successful test on Sun Princess, Princess Cruises will revise its approach to the main dining options found across its fleet. For cruises departing September 14, 2024 and beyond, every Princess Cruise ship will have separate dining rooms designated for one of the three table service options – Traditional, Reservable, or Walk-in Anytime. In addition, Princess Cruises continues to offer diners their OceanNow location-based service.

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This fall, Princess Cruises will designate separate dining rooms (or spaces) aboard every ship in the fleet to the three table service options – one dedicated to traditional dining offering an early and a late seating every evening; one offering reservable dining times; and a third with open seating to support walk-ins anytime. The three table service options integrate with the line’s unparalleled OceanNow, which provides guests the convenience of ordering anything, anytime, and receiving it anywhere onboard.

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Princess Cruises received positive feedback from the test of this approach aboard the new Sun Princess. On the “next level” Love Boat came the debut of a three-story dining room with one floor dedicated to traditional dining, another serving guests with a flexible reservation, and a third for anytime walk-ins.

“Our guests have been delighted with the dining flexibility aboard Sun Princess and we’re pleased to extend the concept to all the other ships in our fleet,” said Sami Kohen, Princess Cruises vice president of food and beverage. “Now whether guests prefer an early seating every evening, or change things up every night, or even change their mind, these flexible dining options ensure that their dining preference is effortlessly accommodated.”

We recently sailed on Sky Princess and the food everywhere on board was delicious. You can find photos and video from our Sky Princess cruise here, and a trip report on our sister site, Attractions Magazine.

This new approach to dining will launch on Princess voyages departing September 14, 2024 and beyond. To support these changes and the transition to the new system, main dining reservations that already have been made for voyages sailing September 14 and beyond for any ship except Sun Princess will be canceled. Main dining reservations for guests sailing now through September 13 will not be affected.

Guests will be able to utilize the Princess Cruises app starting June 17, 2024 to select their dining style – traditional seating in a dedicated dining room with the same waiter, same table and same time each night, or flexible dining, allowing them to enjoy dinner at any available time and table size of their choosing in either the Reservable or Open Seating dining rooms.

This change does not affect guests booked in specialty dining restaurants or suite or reserve collection accommodations, who enjoy a dedicated dining room on Princess ships, where no reservations are required.

If you’re interested in dining on board Princess Cruises, we recommend MEI Travel for a free, no obligation quote and free help throughout your trip.

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