Princess Cruises will finally bring its two long-serving Australian-based ships Sun Princess and Sea Princess in line with the remainder of the fleet, with Cruise Advice exclusively able to reveal that change is in the air for 2017, with Anytime Dining will be rolled out to both ships effective from April 25 and September 19 respectively.
Already available across the rest of the Princess fleet, the move will see the two ships – which following the departure of Dawn Princess in May will be the line’s two oldest – offer the same flexible dining as a second option for guests alongside the existing traditional set times of 5:30pm and 7:45pm.
Guests opting for Anytime Dining can access the dining room at their leisure between 5:30pm and 10pm daily to be seated when a table becomes available. One of the two main dining rooms on both ships will be converted to solely service guests choosing the new flexible dining option. Once the new format takes effect, table bookings can also be made for guests eager to outside the set seating times or for those dining with a larger group.
Travellers with existing bookings on either Sea Princess or Sun Princess due to sail after these changeover dates can ask their travel agent to change their dining preference to Anytime or alternatively, can log into Cruise Personaliser to change their preference.
Simply log into your booking and select “Guest Check In” where you can scroll down to “Onboard Preferences” and tick the “Anytime Dining” option.
Until this point, dining on Sea Princess and Sun Princess has remained on a traditional set seating time for the entire ship, with guests dining at the same time, on the same table, with the same people and the same wait staff each evening in the main dining room.
Moving forward to the 2017/18 Australian season, Princess’ two other locally-based vessels Golden Princess and Diamond Princess – which returns in place of Emerald Princess – both already offer Anytime Dining. As previously mentioned, Dawn Princess is leaving the Princess fleet in May 2017 where it will be transferred to P&O Cruises Australia as Pacific Explorer.