(Noon EDT) -- Royal Caribbean will roll out its flexible dining program to Oasis of the Seas next year -- and possibly to the rest of its fleet.
The "Dynamic Dining" concept -- which is being launched on its two newest ships Quantum of the Seas and Anthem of the Seas -- marks the end of fixed time seating and main dining rooms and introduces flexible, multichoice dining.
The new program will give passengers a choice of 18 restaurants, of which seven will be fee-free for all guests: four full-service and three casual eateries. A new reservations system also will be used onboard so passengers can decide when, where and with whom they want to eat each night.
A Royal Caribbean spokesperson confirmed: "We have confirmation from head office in Miami that Dynamic Dining will be introduced on Oasis of the Seas in 2015. It was mentioned at the yard visit, however as yet no official announcements have been made."
The move is also widely being discussed on the Cruise Critic Message Boards where the changes have divided opinion:
Jules815 asks: "I'm curious. How do the loyal RC cruisers, Diamond and above, feel about the possible change over to fleet-wide Dynamic Dining? Do you welcome the change, or is it a little upsetting to you, too?"
Clarea responds: " I like traditional, where I make one decision and all my shows and dining are sorted."
Whereas Lokip53 says: "I'm looking forward to it. I like the concept provided that it's well executed."
And katydid said: "I like it. Haven't been to the MDR in years. Cruise solo, eat solo, dine in specialties or WJ."
Quantum of the Seas makes its debut in the U.K. on October 31 this year before repositioning to Bayonne, New Jersey in November. The ship ultimately will be based in Shanghai, beginning spring 2015. Anthem of the Seas launches in April 2015 and will based in Southampton.
--By Adam Coulter, UK Editor