It's hard to know what you are going to get until you get to the pier. Even early or late dining is not guaranteed - BUT - if you don't get the seating you want then check the Caper for times when dining assignments can be changed. If it's important enough to you - you can try and see the Maitre'd in the dining room as soon as you get on. Your dining assignment and table number will be on your S&S card. Go to your diining room as soon as you get on and see what you have. If you don't like it ask for it to be changed - a few extra green backs always helps.