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Delaying of Dynamic Dining on Oasis and Allure


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Just in from RCI news:

The scheduled introduction of Dynamic Dining to the Oasis and the Allure of the Seas

has been postponed until later in the year.  Oasis and Allure guests will continue to

enjoy the cruise line's world renowned GOLD Anchor service and an expansive menu

of delicious dinner options in early and late seating dining - as well as the flexible

My Time Dining program - in the Ship's Main Dining rooms, among up to 20 Dining

options aboard the world's largest and most innovative cruise ships.

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I still think Dynamic Dining is coming to both ships.

 

As I've expressed elsewhere I'm no fan of the notion of Dynamic Dining for my vacations, but I agree with management postponing it's rollout for the time being.  Once they work out the kinks on Quantum and Anthem, they'll have a model to work off of.  I'm one of the worst "crowd adverse" people I know (I don't go to concerts and shows due to the amount of people there, etc.) but after sailing on Oasis I noted that RC really mastered how to move large numbers of people onboard the ship, and keep people scatted around the ship doing different activities, without making one feel crowded.  With the exception of the last day (a day at sea) with a crowded pool deck, I never felt as I was with several thousand people onboard at one time.  I'm sure they'll figure do the same when implementing Dynamic Dining on the non-Quantum class ships once the logistics are worked out. 

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As I've expressed elsewhere I'm no fan of the notion of Dynamic Dining for my vacations, but I agree with management postponing it's rollout for the time being.  Once they work out the kinks on Quantum and Anthem, they'll have a model to work off of.  I'm one of the worst "crowd adverse" people I know (I don't go to concerts and shows due to the amount of people there, etc.) but after sailing on Oasis I noted that RC really mastered how to move large numbers of people onboard the ship, and keep people scatted around the ship doing different activities, without making one feel crowded.  With the exception of the last day (a day at sea) with a crowded pool deck, I never felt as I was with several thousand people onboard at one time.  I'm sure they'll figure do the same when implementing Dynamic Dining on the non-Quantum class ships once the logistics are worked out. 

I agree, I think they saw they need further refinement of the process and delayed a self-imposed deadline on the Oasis class. Makes sense.

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I have a theory about the reports about the long lines.  I believe in first hour, restaurants get overwhelmed with demand.  But if you make your reservations or try to show up after 7:30/8pm, far lesser lines.

 

I experienced this on my 2-nighter.  I went on first night by the restaurant around 6 or 6:30 and it was a zoo so I went to the bar (a sensible decision LOL).  I came back around 8 and walked in.  Others that have had later ressies havent reported the craziness.  

 

Just a theory and one I can put to the test in March but just thought I'd toss it out.

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I can see both sides of this, however even being a milenial/gen x member I can appreciate the MDR. Yes DD has 'the grande', but that's formal every night. While our generation does indeed demand variety and is likely what is causing Royal to push DD, I believe you'll see as more of us get past the 20's and into mid to late 30's that more want the traditional sit down family dinner. Royal is smart to delay DD and take its time with this. If it turns out to be even a partial dud, the fix certainly wouldn't be cheap. I think the better move would be to perhaps cut the MDR down one level and put in one more free option. This would leave 2/3 of MDR capacity while giving a bit more choice which some would possibly choose. This may seem like an odd solution , but I think a big part of the problem with DD is the severe reduction/utter removal of the MDR. Leave a decent size MDR in and I forsee DD becoming ALOT more popular.

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Mike, think you are pretty close.

 

I love the idea of DD options if I wanted to eat at a particular style place on a given night (basically additional fee restaurants ala Chops, etc.)

 

I hate the idea of having to get the group of people I am with to pick a restaurant and a time every night, especially as none of the menus really appeal to me all that much.

 

On balance I don't want DD but I could see a middle ground working out ....

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well wait as people start reviewing that they do not like it and you may really see a delay all together

or them not doing it is what I am thinking now - people really are not liking it

I agree Michelle. I won't be surprised to see the idea fade away. We love specialty dining but 2 or 3 a trip is it. Think they may ne headed for Delta premium pay for everything? MDR comp dining is what makes cruising unique from land based venues. They really need to be careful about messing with it!
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If DD means you you lose having the same waiter for the whole trip then I am staunchly opposed!  I just got off a cruise on NCL.  It was terrible compared to RCCL.  One of the major problems was the service at dinners.  I think the connection to you waiter that you get to know - and he/she gets to know you - is one of the special things on a cruise.

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It looks like Dynamic Dining will be replaced by rotational dining: http://www.royalcaribbeanblog.com/2015/01/31/royal-caribbean-will-adopt-new-rotational-dining-program-anthem-of-the-seas

 

Intriguing development.  I can see it both ways.  DD has been around for exactly 2 months, hardly a good sample size.  On the other hand, I can't recall seeing so many complaints for anything RC has ever rolled out, 2 months or not. 

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This, IMHO, is a happy compomise. Rotational for those that want the same wait staff/time each night, and My Time/My Place dining for those that prefer that flexibility. A win - win for all as far as I'm concerned. Anthem/Quantum is now officially back on my To-Do list! :)

Aye, it seems they have found a good compromise. Now to wait for them reviews in a few months to see how it pans out :) .
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Aye, it seems they have found a good compromise. Now to wait for them reviews in a few months to see how it pans out :) .

Essentially, Classic (rotational) dining is the new traditional dining and Dynamic Dining is the new My Time Dining

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To me this was a classic example of "it it aint broke, don't fix it."  I think NCL was the tail wagging the dog for a while as they grew in market share.  They really do attract a different style of cruiser than RCCL and other than providing the option of My Time Dining, it was a mistake to chase those customers.

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So will they still have the windjammer and the main dining hall and formal nights?

There is no main dining room on Quantum-class ships.  On Oasis (and soon Allure), they have done work on the MDR and split it up into separate restaurants

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