We too like a table for 8 or 10, but have been given those 4's in a booth or 6 with only 2 others the last few cruises. On our next cruise, we travel with family totalling 7, so maybe it will just be us at the table. If we travel as a couple and we get a large table, I play musical chairs. Every night we sit somewhere different. That way we get to talk to someone new on our immediate right or left. Unless the table-mates are in a group, most people actually enjoy this interaction.