Originally Posted by cruise planner
Nope, not correct. If you walk up and simply tell them you will accept the first available table, you'll normally get seated right away and usually won't have to wait. You could end up getting seated by yourself or you could be seated with someone else, but we've never had to wait when telling them we'll take 'whatever'.
If you walk up and request a specific size of table or request not to be seated with others, you could end up waiting because it may or may not be immediately available.
They try to seat first come first served just like any restaurant does, which is the whole idea behind 'anytime dining'.
I guess we'll have to agree to disagree. Have cruised with NCL 4 times now and talk regularly with the NCL community. The majority of folks who cruise with NCL do it because they like the Freestyle dining concept and want to dine with their spouse only or their family of 4 or 6. If there are two of you dining and you REALLY want to dine with others, then ask to be seated with others and hope for the best. What is generally going to happen is they will ask the next in line, and the next in line, and the answer they'll get will likely be a polite "no thanks". In the meantime, you are waiting, when you could have already been seated at your table for two!
The scenario you are talking about is much more likely to happen on say, Royal, where when you ask for a table for two, they beg you to join a table for 4 or 6 and if you refuse, you have a long wait in store. Most of the NCL dining rooms are set up with many two tops. It really is mostly fast and efficient.