MyTime now offered on 7 or 8 ships I believe. Part of main dining room sectioned off - eat betwen 6 and 9.30pm. You can phone and prebook your table for specific time, you can do this for every night of the cruise if you wish and therefore get the same staff, or just turn up when you want. Have to prepay the 't' word first, as you normally get different staff every night. Either sign up before you board, or you can sign up when on board, if there is still room left. No doubt they will extend it to whole cruise line - it has been a winner so far.
A of N thanks for that. I've been trying to read up the in's & out's but nothing comes up on RCI website. If anyone out there has first hand on this I'd appreciate your feedback & any reference to this in print by RCI. Is My Time an either OR option? Do you have to phone to book everyday like some lines? Does it actually work if your looking for a large table every night (8)? My experience with the NCL Freestyle is flawed & doesn't work well if your need is for a table for a large group. Finally any negatives on the system would be appreciated. Regards Wilba.
I've just found this on the 'other' site after a long trawl through it (their search option rarely works) so here's a run down of MY Time Dining:...........Dinner is served in the Main Dining Room
Same menu as traditional seating
Same impeccable service as traditional seating
Must pre-pay gratuities to participate - this includes tips for your waiter, assistant waiter, head waiter and stateroom attendant
Guests will not receive a table assignment or permanent table mates
You will have the ability to request a certain waiter (subject to availability)
My Time Dining waiters share their gratuities amongst the other My Time Dining waiters; feel free to reward your waiter with an extra tip for providing excellent service
You will be seated with the party you arrive with; you can request to be seated with other guests or alone
To provide you with a smooth, non-disruptive meal, once dinner service begins for your table, no additional guests will be seated
Reservations are recommended in order to avoid a delay in seating (reservations will be taken once onboard)
When reserving your cruise, you will need to provide your reservation number and the number of guests participating in the My Time DiningSM option
Offer is subject to availability
+Available on the following ships and dates:
Oasis of the Seas
December 12, 2009 - November 27, 2010
Brilliance of the Seas
now - December 23, 2009
Freedom of the Seas
now - December 27, 2009
Serenade of the Seas
now - December 26, 2009
Jewel of the Seas
now - December 21, 2009
Radiance of the Seas
now - December 20, 2009
Independence of the Seas
now - December 26, 2009.
..and also on Legend and Enchantment.....If you do a search The Other Site you will find many comments on how it works. You pick either MT or Traditional - cannot swap between the two. Yes, you can book same table evey night for your whole 2 week cruise - so I guess that would be the best option for the larger groups. We did it on Brilliance - booked a table for 2 at 8:15 and were seated at a table for 2 at 8:15 - so for us it is a winner.
This is an option we are looking at - can you please remind me (because I have forgotton or I might be getting confused with Carnival) Late sitting on RCI do they have early late and late late? Ie I know carnival do something like 8.30 and 9pm. Late sittings seem to be getting later and later, ideally this is why I am also looking at the my time option as we prefer like you somewhere around 8.15 time slot.
RCI have early and late dining, but it really depends on the itinerary as to the exact time. Rule of thumb is 6.15 and 8.30 but I have read of early being at 5.30 on the Panama Canal itineraries and late being 9.30 on some of the Voyager sailings out of Barcelona due to the Spanish liking to eat late! On my recent cruise it was 8.45 but you could arrive up to 15mins after that time (which still didn't stop the British family on the next table turning up at 9.15 every night!).
Thanks again ........Regards Wilba