We enjoy dinner in the MDA and split our breakfast and lunches between the Dining Room and the buffet. Most of the time it is just my DH and I or another adult couple or two. We have been fortunate to take our grandchildren on two cruises - ages ranging from 6 to 18 and they all love the MDA experience as well. They like getting dressed up on Elegant night and wear little sundresses (girls) khakis and sportshirts or golf shirts (boys) the other nights.
Any time we cruise with others, we let them know what our plans are and say that they are welcome to join us at any time, but also tell them to please not feel that they are obligated to spend all their time with. We don't like to feel that we are "joined at the hip" and enjoy our time with just the two of us. We do try to get everyone together for dinner though and this has always worked well for us.
Been there - done that:
2005 Holiday, Sensation, Conquest,
2006 Conquest, Celebration, Holiday,
2007 Freedom Grand Med, Holiday
2008 Fantasy & Sensation,
2009 Fantasy, Holiday & Dream Grand Med
2010 Fantasy and B2B Elation
2011 Monarch of the Seas
2012 Booked - Breeze from Barcelona 12 days