I specifically request a table (at late seating) with no children. Before you flame me, realize that I'm a teacher and need a break from adolescence and youth during my vacation. Anyway, I always double-check with the maitre d' before dinner so that if my request wasn't honored (about 50/50 chance) I can change rather than run. The one time I practically broke the record for the 100-meter-to-the-maitre'd dash was when Carnival assigned me - a single twentysomething - to a table for eight with a mom, dad and five kids ranging in age from two to twelve. As soon as a dinner roll flew, I did too!