Good report Kuki:
I found the same thing last week. I did seem to hear more of what's going on around me when I'm alone.
The tiny plates would be a pain in the rear at the busy times. I don't mind not having a tray but give me a big enough plate to allow one trip. I don't need to carry my weight in food.
Bermuda sounds interesting but I don't know if I really want to do it at this time.