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Old May 29th, 2011, 11:29 PM
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Who from the cruise ship's staff determines the seating arrangement in the MDR ? How is it done ? I've been told that people are seated as they are because of something they share in common such as residence location but I've never been at a table with anyone that I shared a location with .
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I have to agree Henry, sometimes it feels like they just pick names out of a hat, no rhyme or reason to the seating. Even when we cruised with the kids, we were never at a table with other kids. I felt the other cruisers may have not wanted a table with kids, since they didn't have any with them, just didn't make sense.
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I did notice a large table of single cruisers together on our last cruise. But we have not noticed any particular pattern with our dinner companions.
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The maitre 'd does try to match similar people. However, I don't think they put as much effort into it as they used to.

On my last Carnival cruise with my Son-in-law. We were seated with two families, with small children, at a table for eight. We asked to be moved because one of the families (the father and mother) were quite abrasive. We were then moved to a table for two. Oh well.

Over the years we've been seated with great people and the good seatings are far far more numerous than the bad ones.

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On our first two cruises with Royal Caribbean they seemed to go by Passport. First cruise, they apparently used my husbands as we were seated with a bunch of Canadians the second cruise they used mine and we were seated with 8 brits. Princess it seems like they put them in a hat and just start pulling.
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we always travel in a group so i have no idea, but that is a really good question
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On my first solo cruise on Carnival Sensation, I was placed at a table of solos, not all singles, and all much younger. They could have been sons in age.
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I have to agree Henry, sometimes it feels like they just pick names out of a hat, no rhyme or reason to the seating. Even when we cruised with the kids, we were never at a table with other kids. I felt the other cruisers may have not wanted a table with kids, since they didn't have any with them, just didn't make sense.
Donna, my experience has been different. When traveling with the 3 boys we were always seated with couples with similar aged kids. Our cruises without the boys, we've been seated with other couples without kids. My wife went on a 'girls only' cruise with her sister, and they were seated at a 4-top with a couple of ladies traveling together. RCL, CC and Princess were in this mix. Ours were always booked well in advance with no wait-listing, if that makes any difference...
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We've met some wonderful people on our cruises but none that we had anything in common with.
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We always ask for a large table, and 99% of the time, Carnival seats us with other couples, near our age. Once in a while, we'll get an "odd man out" at our large table, but that's certainly been the exception, rather than the rule. I personally, think Carnival does an excellent job of matching up folks at the large tables.

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