You do not need to make reservations for formal nights unless you want to eat in the "alternative" dining restaurant which is by reservation only.
I dont think they look at age or any other factor besides how many are in your party when they are assigning tablemates.
Victory, here I come!! - October 2, 2004
I think they may look at age and other factors. My husband and I just returned from the Celebration and we were sitting with 4 other young couples. It seemed that lots of tables had groups of people that were placed together based on different factors.
Don't know for sure. On my first cruise, just my daughter an I, were grouped with another mother an daughter. On my second cruise, honeymoon, we sat with two other honeymoon couples. On third cruise, The four of us, husband and children, had a table of our own. Go figure......
On Glory - 05-06-06
Sensation,Jubilee ,Maj.of the Seas,Conquest, Victory.
I think they definitely take ages into consideration when arranging seating for dinner. Also circumstances. When we cruised on our honeymoon, we were seated with two other couples who were also on their honeymoon. AND close to us in age.
On our second cruise we were sailing with our three teens and we were seated with another family with two teens.
I was told that age is considered. I am sure things like families w/children together with families w/children , and newlyweds w/newlyweds, is considered, too.
But what I'd love to see is a questionaire of real interests. Not everyone in a certain age group thinks the same or likes the same things. I don't think it would be that difficult to sort by age group and then by interest (Excel, anyone? *L*)....I would include these choices on the form:
I am a senior citizen and do not want to be around noise or acitivity, seat me far away from children!
I am a senior citizen, but don't feel like one, please do not put me with fuddy-duddies!
I am in the 30-40 age range, but am a fuddy-duddy already.
I have just turned of drinking age, where's the bar?
All these theories. Just like conspirency theories.
Based on a name (or names) of persons in a cabin only how in the world can anyone say that carnival MATCHES dinner mates????
I'll bet you that even Carnival doesn't have a clue.
All they're doing is mathicng couples with couples and singles with singles on a first come first serve basis. After that it's who ever fills the table. If you are a party of 6 you will get a side table for yourselves. If it's a couple you'll be place with other couples.
Don't wast too much time reading into the philisophical decisions Carnival makes over this most simplictic decision.
After all, because you are on a vacation and are determined to enjoy yourself and have a good time - It is only natural that you will make every effort to accomodate and enjoy the company of those at your dining table so as to not come across as an ass. It's just human nature.
Rand- no one has answered your question. A fuddy-duddy is someone who is no fun,a stick-in-the-mud,someone who would never think about bending any rules;could be old or could be young-usually older does spring to mind though. You could say to a friend(any age):"You are such an old fuddy-duddy!!" Hope this helps!!
NCL Jewel March 14/08(Southern Caribb.)VALOR Jan. 7 /07(Western Caribb. again!)
VALOR Jan/05-our first family cruise was great!