We have always done late dining but I'm pretty sure it is the same as early.
We all enter the dining room at approximately the same time, you sit at the same table with the same servers and have the same menu. Probably have the same "entertainment".
On our cruise in February there did seem to be more empty tables than we were used to seeing.
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