We did open seating for 6. Four adults and our two grandchildren. We did this on Carnival Liberty and never had a wait for dinner.
On a family cruise in March of 2012, we had a party of ten and the longest wait was one cocktail at the bar.
When it is my wife and I we rarely have to wait on any line.
I would say, go for it. I know when we did Anytime Dining, on Princess, many years ago we were also unimpressed with the long wait times and lack luster service. I think they have the kinked worked out now. As do the other cruise lines.
It has become so popular that more space is being allocated for open seating.
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Last edited by Mike M; November 8th, 2013 at 08:54 AM.