Carnival Cruise Line confirmed this morning that they are not planning on getting rid of traditional dining onboard their 26 cruise ships.
The confirmation was made by the cruise line’s Brand Ambassador John Heald. Heald posted a Facebook Live video to address the rumor of Carnival ditching traditional dining.
The rumor was that Carnival was switching 100% over to Your Time Dining at the beginning of November 2018. The cruise line currently offers their passengers the choice of Traditional Dining or Your Time Dining for dinner. Carnival will continue to offer both and Heald said that the cruise line has no plans to change that.
Traditional dining offers cruisers the choice of either early (6:oo pm) or late (8:15 pm) seating. Passengers sit at the same table each night and have the same waitstaff throughout their cruise.
Your Time Dining allows passengers to eat whenever they want to each night from 5:45 pm to 9:30 pm in the main dining room. Pagers are provided if a modest wait time is required so guests may relax elsewhere on the ship until their table is ready; in most cases, guests are accommodated within 20 minutes.
On Carnival Cruise Line’s newest cruise ship, Carnival Horizon, guests who have Your Time Dining can reserve a table directly through the cruise line’s Hub App. The app notifies them when their table is ready and they can proceed directly to the dining room.
Carnival is planning on rolling out this handy feature to other cruise ships in the near future. They have not yet released a timeline for when each cruise ship will receive this update.