We will be on Celebrity Galaxy 2-20-04. Our stops are ST. Kitts and Margarita Island the ship departs at 3:00 p.m. from these ports. Barbados and St. Thomas the ship departs at 6:00 and Aruba we are docked until 11:00P.M. . We chose late dinner seating at 8:30. This is only our second cruise, our first was NCL with freestyle dining. Alot of people are now telling us we should switch to the 6:15 early dinner seating, they are saying if you want to enjoy the shows and to take full opportunity of all the evenings ship activities you need to book early dinner, because we may not get out of the dining room until after 10:00p.m. Just wondering do you book early or late seating and why???
we sail on hal and always have the late dinner -- this gives us the most time ashore as we dont have to rush back for the early dinner-- on hal the show shedule is such that the early diners watch the first show after their dinner and then the late diners watch the second one which is scheduled accordingly -- then ifs off to dancing - casino- bars etc etc and no one misses out on any activity unless they choose to do so
We always choose late seating because we don't want to feel rushed off the islands to have enough time to get ready for dinner and relax a little. We have never missed out on any shows etc., all the ships we've been on have had two showtimes. Sometimes the show for late seating is before dinner and other nights it's been after dinner. If you are more of an early bird, early dinner may be better for you if you think you will have trouble staying awake after a late dinner.
As in answer to another thread on this subject. We really enjoyed the late seating. Didn't feel rushed to get out of the dining room so they could get ready for late dining, had plenty of time @ ports as we didn't have to be back on board until 7:30p some nites, had plenty of time for snack, drinks, relaxation, etc before dinner.
Good question....! We're on the Triumph in March, and will have a late seating. Quite frankly with all the available choices on board, we like the late dining just from the fact that we don't have to rush back from a tour, etc. in order to eat. There's a late show that the late diners can go to, but if you're dead set on the ol' midnight buffet and are STILL hungry at that lte hour.....go for it!.
I have yet to find a cruiser who came home and s aid." I didn't eat enough!!" Enjoy!!
We, too, had our second cruise on the Galaxy with the same exact ports as you. Also, our first cruise had been NCL Sky with Freestyle dining, so I can totally relate to your question.
We chose late seating on our Galaxy cruise for these reasons:
- don't have to rush back from port
- don't feel rushed during dinner to get out for the next group
We had no problem making it to the shows and also enjoyed the time to dress for dinner after returning from port. Being seated at a table for 8, we enjoyed recapping the day's events with our new tablemates. The only day they didn't make it to dinner was in Aruba - they all loved to gamble and had spent time in Aruba before.
We finally tried early seating on our fourth cruise (Holland America). On the days that we had a longer time in port, we just didn't make it to dinner and ate at the alternative buffet restaurant instead. However, the purpose of our Holland America cruise was sheer relaxation, so we were normally in bed asleep by 10 or 11... hence making early seating for dinner beneficial for us. But... we did feel a little rushed so the waiters could get ready for the late seating.
Just my two cents... hope it helps!! Oh - and the Galaxy had a WONDERFUL AquaSpa. My husband had his first experiences with a spa on that cruise, and now he MUST have a spa treatment on each cruise! (They also had great treatments for couples). I think we spend more on spa treatments than anything else when on a cruise (except on our last cruise - the spa facilities were lacking).
We are never ashore late in the afternoon, so don't have to worry about rushing back for dinner. I can't sleep if I eat more than a very light snack late. We always do the early seating. We like to have the whole evening ahead of us to do what we want. Eating at that time is our usual schedule anyway. We are both diabetic and have to eat at regular times.
Bottom line--it just depends on your preference and needs. To each his/her own.
You won't miss any shows,no matter when you eat. The late diners go to the early show and the early diners go to the later show.
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