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Dining Room Seating Options - Dinner

Published 01/28/2016 11:17 AM   |    Updated 12/15/2022 04:34 PM

Guests may choose from three different dinner seating options. In addition to Early and Late assigned seating, 'Your Time Dining' open seating is available to accommodate individual guest preferences. By popular request, all dining rooms are smoke-free.

Guests may choose Early dining at 6:00pm (5:30pm for Alaska cruises), Late dining at 8:15pm (7:45pm for Alaska cruises) or 'Your Time Dining' open seating, between 5:45pm and 9:30pm (between 5:15pm and 9:00pm for Alaska cruises).  

At time of booking, guests will be able to confirm their preferred dining choice. If their preference is not available, they may confirm an alternate time and be waitlisted for their preferred choice - there is no guarantee a waitlist will clear. When possible, waitlists will be cleared prior to the sailing and guests will be notified by email. Parties traveling together who are waitlisted together will be cleared on the same dining time.

Cross-referencing bookings does not guarantee parties will be eating together. They must be confirmed on the same dining time to ensure they will be able to eat together.

For those guests who choose Early or Late dining, the assigned dining room and table number will be printed on the Guest's Sail & Sign card which they will receive when they check-in on embarkation day.

Dining times are subject to change due to conflict of time with port stays or other scheduled actitivies. Accurate times are listed in Carnival's HUB App.

In addition, guests may opt for casual bistro dining in the Lido Deck Restaurant, a slice of pizza from our Pizzeria or a sandwich at the Carnival Deli. Other dining options include the elegant Steakhouse Restaurants serving fine quality prime steaks and other dishes in an intimate, upscale atmosphere as well as The Chef's Table, Cucina del Capitano, Ji Ji Asian Kitchen, Bonsai Sushi, Bonsai Teppanyaki, Guy’s Pig & Anchor Bar-B-Que Smokehouse|Brewhouse, Emeril’s Bistro 1396, Emeril's Bistro 1397and Rudi’s Seagrill. Please note, most of these additional dining options do have a nominal fee. To see if your ship features these options, please click here.

Assigned Seating - Early Dining and Late Dining
This dining option offers guests a pre-set dining time for the duration of the cruise as well as the same table assignment each evening in the Main Dining Room. Guests who choose this option will not be able to reserve 'Your Time Dining' open seating once on board.

'Your Time Dining' Open Seating
'Your Time Dining' open seating is offered fleetwide. Guests on 'Your Time Dining' may dine any time in the Main Dining Room between 5:45pm and 9:30pm (between 5:15pm and 9:00pm for Alaska cruises) and are able to request any table size or wait staff. Guests are seated on a first come, first served basis depending on party size - in most cases, guests are accommodated within 20 minutes.
Guests using Carnival's HUB App can check-in for 'Your Time Dining' ahead of time or check-in when they are ready to go. The App will alert the guest when their table is ready as well as the table number in the dining room displayed on the App screen. All guests must be present in order for the party to be seated. The table will be held for 10 minutes 

Since most tables are configured for parties up to 6 guests and many cannot be moved together to make larger tables, parties greater than 8 guests may need to be accommodated at several tables and the wait can sometimes be more than one hour. We highly suggest that parties of 8 or more guests choose the traditional assigned seating (6:00pm or 8:15pm) to assure sitting together at one table or several tables close together.

Dinner Time Options


Early Dining
Assigned Seating

Late Dining
Assigned Seating

'Your Time Dining'
Open Seating

Domestic Cruises



5:45pm - 9:30pm

Alaska Cruises



5:15pm - 9:00pm

Europe Cruises



5:45pm - 9:30pm

Australia Cruises



5:15pm – 9:00pm

To see breakfast and lunch options available, please click here.

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