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Old April 30th, 2006, 05:04 PM
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If we are seated with strangers in the dining room and decide to eat somewhere OTHER than the dining room on certain evenings, do we need to let the maitre d or anyone know we will not be dining? I wouldn't want the whole table to be waiting for us to show up before the meal is started. Also, when dining in an alternative restaurant (i.e. Pinnacle Grill on HAL), does one take whatever size table is available or can a table for two be requested? Thank you.
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If we are seated with strangers in the dining room and decide to eat somewhere OTHER than the dining room on certain evenings, do we need to let the maitre d or anyone know we will not be dining? I wouldn't want the whole table to be waiting for us to show up before the meal is started. Also, when dining in an alternative restaurant (i.e. Pinnacle Grill on HAL), does one take whatever size table is available or can a table for two be requested? Thank you.
As a courtesy if you know the evening prior to eating else where just mention it to the waiter. Sometimes a waiter, if you do not show up, feels the service may not be to your liking.

Alternative dining can be requested for a table that suits you, being for two if this is your preference.
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Thank you for your advice.
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It would be nice to let your tablemates and dining room staff know that the following evening you'll be dining elsewhere.
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out of courtesy to your wait team you should inform the Maitre D - either earlier in that day or a day in advance that you will not be dining in the main dining room- give him your name & table number so that he will tell your wait team. You don't want your tablemates and your wait team waiting for you to show-up for dinner and you don't.
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Thanks for all your replies. It just made sense to me that I should let someone know, just didn't know the proper way to go about it. Now I know!! This is only our 2nd cruise so I still have a lot to learn.
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