Posted March 3rd, 2011, 01:22 PM
We are getting ready to book our first cruise on RC - we have cruised twice before on Disney. I was wondering if anyone could tell me what the pros/cons are to MTD vs. traditional dining. I'm sorry if this has been asked a thousand times before, but this is my first post! It will be my husband and I cruising for my 40th birthday and we are leaving the kids at home We are going on the Freedom of the Seas in September.
Traditional dining offers two seatings each evening (early and late). If you choose it and enjoy the opportunity to meet and dine with others, you will be assigned to a specific table with the same tablemates every evening. Your wait staff will be the same and will come to know any special dining requirements or preferences you have (for example, tea vs. coffee, decaf vs regular coffee; more than one appetizer, entree or dessert
If you choose My Time Dining you will be able to choose the same or a different dining time every evening. You can request, and they will try to accommodate you if possible, to have the same servers each evening or you can choose to be served by different waiters and assistant waiters each evening. You can make reservations in advance or just show up when you want to eat and most times you will have little or no wait to be seated, and you can request a table for two or to be seated with others. You don't have to miss any shows if you take the time to check out the show schedules and arrange your dining time to fit those times. If you choose MTD, you will have to prepay your gratuities for your dining room staff and your room steward. If you choose traditional dining you can prepay your gratuities, fill out a form to have them automatically added to your onboard account, or simply wait until you get your envelopes and put the appropriate tip amounts in them to be distributed on the last night of your cruise.
It is pretty much your choice, but sometimes there are wait lists for early or late and sometimes for MTD, so make your decision as early in the booking process as possible. Then sit back and enjoy your cruise.