When I was on the Costa Atlantica in 2009, I kept expecting our headwaiter to come out with a huge 8x11 note book to take our tables order. That being my first cruise, I didn't know initially you could do this, so I ordered one of each course. Then my friend ordered almost everything. The next night I got adventurous, as did most of my table (All cruise sales agents or family/friends of). So yeah, our table would have "won" that wait-staff pool by the end of the cruise.
CCL Imagination last year in November it was pretty similar on the 3 of 4 nights that we dined in the MDR.
One thing I did notice on the Atlantica, some entrées were combined onto the same plate. Don't know who was doing this, but it did make it easier at the table.
Disney Dream - Dec 2012 4n Bahamas
Carnival Imagination - Dec 2011 4n Western
Carnival Imagination - Nov 2010 4n Western
Costa Atlantica - Dec 2009 7n Eastern
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