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I used to say late dining until I got stuck on a ship that love to put game shows etc during late dining. From now on, I think we will do early so that we won't miss any activities. Plus, we don't mind a quick dinner.
We prefer late seating, hate to rush back from port and have to get ready for dinner. Besides it gives us time for ice cream!
No late seating available on our upcoming cruise so we will experience any time for the first time.
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Since we do only early am excursions, when we do them, for us, there is no rushing back to the ship to rest, shower and dine...It's all leisurely. We always do early, but, I found out in Europe, early is not good...some tours are 10 hrs long! I did hate eating that late but our tablemates were just fabulous!
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If it's just the two of us sailing, then we choose late dining. We love to wander our way back to the ship after a day in port, maybe take a nap, then leisurely get ready for dinner. We like to meet strangers at dinner, and get quite a kick out of that.
As another poster said, if a game show (or other must-see entertainment) conflicts with late dinner, then we'll skip dinner in the dining room and just eat in the buffet so we can make it to the event.
When we're with a group, we typically opt for anytime dining OR we'll choose a table size just for the 4 or 6 of us and link our reservations so we can dine together (late dinner).
I can't imagine rushing back to the ship to get ready for dinner at 6pm ish, missing the sailaway, then being possibly hurried out of the MDR as the next lot were due in, I don't see what people miss by doing late sitting ( or as I call it normal as opposed to early)Most if not all ships I have been on have two shows to coincide with dinner sittings & just because you don't sit down to dinner until 8-30 it doesn't mean you can't go out before. We don't think we would ever do early dinner, if that was all there was we would just miss the MDR. We are going to try "freedom/anytime" next year though.
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My first couple of cruises we did the early dining; but it's really a little too early for me. Besides, I really like the afternoon tea. Now I opt for the late seating, and always ask for a large table. That way, chances are very good that at least one other couple will be interesting. In fact, however, we've never had table companions who turned out to be duds.
Besides, even if you choose a fixed seating, you can still go to the "anytime" if for some reason you want/need to. It's kind to warn your table companions that you'll be missing, though.
Dining became really easy when I learned that you can substitute food for sleep!