8pm sitting is good - the staff are in less of a rush and they take their time serving you. The earlier sittings always seem so rushed because they have to get ready for the later sittings. The dining room you wind up in depends (usually) on what end of the ship your stateroom is at (fore or aft). Someone correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe people in staterooms in the aft part of the ship would be assigned the Washington Dining room - can't remember the name of the dining room in the fore of the ship, but you get the picture.
If your dinner time is 8:00. you will be in the Washington dining room (aft). If your dinner time is 8:30, you will be in the Lincoln dining room (midships). You won't know exactly what your dinner time is until you arrive on the ship, but I don't think it matters where your stateroom is in relation to your dinner time.
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Unfortunately, if you have the 8 PM seating, you'll be in the aft dining room. In order to maintain the four dining times, they stagger the use of the dining rooms. 5:45 and 8 PM are seated in the aft Washington Dining Room. 6:15 and 8:30 are in the midship Lincoln dining room.
I only ate in the Washington room at breakfast, but it was beautiful watching the morning outside the big windows that are aft.
If you do end up in the Lincoln room, see if they will seat you in Natali's section. She's a peach.
thanks every one i called and changed the time to 830 i also found our old sail and sign cards that we had from victory and triumph we ate 830 and it was midship dining room so im good now thanks everone and happy cruising
We just got off of the Valor and ate in the Lincoln dining room. We had the early seating, but were always the last ones in the room and never felt rushed. They were feeding alot of hungry growing boys who wanted to try everything on the menu it seemed. We had Ronald as a Head Waiter, and if you get in his section you will enjoy all of your meals. He was wonderful as well as his waitress working with him however she was much more low key. I can't even begin to put into words the wonderful time we all had and the meals!!!! RONALD WHERE ARE YOU????? Enjoy your trip!!!