My 14 year old son and I cruised for the first time back in August. We had late (8:30) seating. We loved it. We had 4 port days on Inspiration.. What we did was after we got back on the ship, we ordered room service (sandwiches and chips or a salad to hold us over until dinner ) and took a nap (we were usually tired). After that, we were able to go to dinner refreshed and rested. I guess it all depends all the person, and your kids are younger than mine, so that schedule may not work for you.