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Old June 22nd, 2002, 10:58 PM
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Default Early OR Late?

We've asked for early seating, but if for some reason our shore tours go late, and we show up at the late seating, would they still seat us if a table was available?

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Old June 23rd, 2002, 12:55 AM
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Default Re: Early OR Late?

Hi, Denise ...

Once, a long time ago, a lovely couple overslept their main seating dinner. The Maitre d' came to our table (for two) and asked if we'd mind company. Of course not.

Chairs were quickly moved, places laid, and we had a heck of a good time with these folks and ended up in the disco with them. (I am NOT a disco person.)

Later, the Maitre d' sought us out and thanked us for being so accomodating.

Why was this a deal? The couple was African-American and the Maitre d' was beside himself about whom to ask. He figured that we would be cool with it ... and we were.

It's one of my best cruise memories.

Thank you for reminding me of it.

Keep in mind that the ship doesn't sail (and dinner isn't served) until everyone is back on board ... you may have to hustle to hit early seating, but it CAN be done.

And there is always room service.

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Old June 23rd, 2002, 02:40 PM
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In most cases no, you are expected to make your assigned dining times and cannot just walk in and take an empty seat. That said, I am sure that if you showed up and told the Maitre d' that you would like to dine in the main dining room and had missed your seating he would do whatever he could to accomodate you.

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