If I had it to do over, we would of did the later dining because we were always up later than we intended. We choose 5:45pm and one night our excursion overlapped our dinning time and we seemed to not be as hungry, due to food being available 24/7. The down side to later seating is you would have to attend the later shows, the first show for the evening started at 8:00pm the second at 10:00pm. That was on Valor. Hope that helps.
We had the 6:15 seating. We have a son, that must eat or he gets to feeling bad. I knew there was food on the ship, but i didn't know how much, so felt silly, when we got on. I really don't think it much matters, unless you are an early to bed person, or like someone said, it runs into other activities.
its a totally personal choice, if you have young kids i would opt for the 6:15 seating.
We like the later seating, seems to be much more relaxed. We always get a small meal from either room service or the buffet(salad, sandwich, piece of pizza, burger) to tide us over.
it depends on the time zone you live in and the time zone you are cruising in..i.e. if you live in the central time zone and cruise the eastern caribbean a late seating would most likely fit in your normal body clock...if you cruise in the pacific (mexican) ports, a later seating would fit your body clock
then take into consideration all of the other posters factors
I am going on the Glory in Feb. and have been on four other cruises. We like the first late seating around 8. It is good because you can get the most out of your day. You also don't have to rush for dinner...a week seems so short and it extends the day.
There seem to be more families at the earlier dining times. If you are looking for romance or are bothered by children then you may want the later times. Later times also seem a bit more formal on the cruises we have taken so that might be something to take into consideration.
We don't have young children and are night owls, but prefer the earlier seating. We like to eat dinner, go to the shows and still have plenty of time left for the bars and clubs.
If you dine late and go the late shows, there is not as much time left for the casino, bars and clubs.
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we totally like doing the latest dinner time, usually 8:15pm or so. This way there is no need to rush back from excursions and such. As we all know, food is available 24/7 on ships so there's no need to worry of any hunger.
"it depends on the time zone you live in and the time zone you are cruising in..i.e. if you live in the central time zone and cruise the eastern caribbean a late seating would most likely fit in your normal body clock...if you cruise in the pacific (mexican) ports, a later seating would fit your body clock
then take into consideration all of the other posters factors"
Venice: This makes so much sense! When we go to Las Vegas we eat around 5:00 PM, until we can get with it!, timewise! Good advice.
It's been a long time since I've been on a Carnival cruise, but it used to be that the early diners had a choice of attending the early or late show. The late diners did not since late seating dinner coincided with the early show. Sometimes it was difficult to find seats together at the late show without leaving dinner early because people who had early seating got there first. It was kind of nice to have early seating and a choice of which show to see and not having to rush through dinner to get a seat was a definite plus.
Like I said, it has been many years since I cruised Carnival, so things may have changed.
We had the 6:15 seating on the Conquest, we missed the departure (Sun. at 6:00 PM) because we were dining that first night......After dinner we had time to take part in the Bingo & then see the first show, A lot of folks would do the Bingo to save good seats for the first show.... I believe they had the horse racing right before the Bingo.... Hope this helps...
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