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Old August 30th, 2006, 10:43 PM
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OK, I've got your ideals on Aft -vs- Forward and Inside -vs- Balcony, so now let me ask... Do you prefer early or late seating for the dining room? Do you find it difficult to get ready for Formal nights if choosing early seating? How about excursions and port time? Do you go to early shows and opt for late seating?

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Old August 31st, 2006, 08:19 AM
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I chose late seating so that I didn't have to worry about rushing through my meal and I got to watch us pulling away from port and seeing the sunset.
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We prefer early seating even tho it is oftentimes a challenge on a shore day returning to get ready for dinner. If we are running late, we just might choose to eat at the buffet that evening but it doesn't happen often. When we have chosen the late seating, we found that we missed a lot that was happening on the ship and a few members of our family have health issues that precludes them from eating late, therefore, early seating works out better for everyone.
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Late seating allows us to relax a bit before dinner and stay late to enjoy coffee after. the staff seems more relaxed and has time to chat after the last seating, and there is just enough time to take a deep breath before the late show.
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Always Early seating, plenty of time to get ready for the first show & we always felt we were not rushed.... You can go get a pizza for a late snack...
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Old August 31st, 2006, 01:48 PM
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Late so that you aren't all rushed to get ready for dinner after getting back from port.
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I like late seating so you don't have to rush back from shore and can relax a bit before eating. Usually shows start at about 10, so you have time after dinner too, to just chill..
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EMG....Happy to see you back man!!....oh we prefer early dining.
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I like late seating for all the reasons already stated, however, hubby wants to try early seating this next time because he felt he missed too much of the nightclub stuff (piano bar, band, karaoke). I reminded him of the challenge of formal night after being in a port and he still wants to give it a try. So, I will soon be able to actually compare the two first hand.
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Definately early for me, I tried second on my first cruise bacause everyone told me to do that, and it was tuff staying awake, for the shows
We enjoy the early morning on the lido deck to yourself,at 5:00 a.m. instead of the nightlife with everone else., so people need to think about their home life before challenging the old body on a new routine. If you are in a rutine of having dinner at 5-6, and go to bed by 10.00 its tuff to change for us even on vacation.
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Great advice Gail F. Assess whether you are a night owl or morning person. You might be able to take on the characteristics of what you are not normally for a couple days, but it will catch up with you.
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It's early for the lovely Mrs. Jones (Vita) and me. We too are accustomed to eating at about that time, and we like to catch all the shows, and entertainment aboard every night, and the early seating makes that happen more easily.

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it depends on your body clock at home..if your body clock is on east coast time and you are cruising on the west coast, then early seating, and vice versa

not a problem with early seating on port days since I always plan on being back on board 1-2 hours before sailing. Early seating is really only a problem the first night of the cruise because after the life boat drill, if you have early seating you usually miss the sail away

If you are on a Holland American ship, the first night at the supper club is 1/2 price so go then plus it's less crowded and a nice way to start your cruise off
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We have always opted for early seating, but then again we've always gone with other people and last year our kids that are younger. But, for our next cruise we're gonna try the late seating. This will be our first cruise with JUST THE TWO OF US so we're gonna do what we really want this time.
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We prefer early. We like to walk around or go to the casino after dinner that way we are not sleepy in the show and then we can still catch the late show. Plus there seems to be less people in the casino because they are either at dinner or the show.
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Thanks for the response everyone. Almost 50/50. I would prefer the early seating. Being a man, I of course can shower, shave, dress and be ready in about 15 minutes. We choose the late seating for Karen. You know it... Over an hour and counting to get her ready. This trip our 21 and 22 year old daughters are going so Lord help me getting the three of them ready. At least we have two staterooms which doubles the amount of showers and makeup mirrors.
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We eat early at home, so I try to keep us to as close to normal as possible. That way our stomachs are not as likely to be upset, which does happen.

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I prefer the early (main) seating. Yeah, it may be a bit pressing sometimes, but it left us plenty of time for the shows and nighttime activities. Also, we could sleep easier; we had enough time to "digest" the food...so at least weren't sleeping on bloated stomachs
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I'm a late seating person. I'm a night owl and generally eat later at home. Plus I don't like to have to rush back
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I was asked this when I booked my cruise, and I chose late seating for similar reasons. Mostly do what you can in the day and finish off the day with a meal and maybe move on to a bar for a few drinks.

My questions is this...

Does this seating only apply to the formal dinners? Because we have decided not to do any of the formal dinners. Neither of us is much for dressing up, and we're not really into that scene. Did we choose a late seating when we should have specified we're not doing the formal nights?

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Seating times refer to the dining room seating. It doesn't matter if its formal night or not. If you don't want to dress up at all then the buffett is always available for anytime dining.
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Thanx yet again! I'm starting to think I could save a lot of typing if you just gave me your phone number

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HAHAHA Everyone has these exact same questions when your a first time cruiser.
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I prefer to eat early, that way I can have room for the midnight buffet.
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I have too much "Room" to start with I don't need to keep "Room" for extra food.

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Hi Krunch,

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Does this seating only apply to the formal dinners? Because we have decided not to do any of the formal dinners. Neither of us is much for dressing up, and we're not really into that scene. Did we choose a late seating when we should have specified we're not doing the formal nights?
The seating you choose (early or late) will be for every night. If you aren't going to the dining room on any night it's nice to either tell your waiter the night before or call the Matre' Di and let them know you won't be there so that your tablemates aren't waiting for you.

I HAVE to say (even though you didn't ask ) that you'll be missing one of the great parts of cruising if you don't go the "formal" dinners! You really don't have to be that dressed up! A suit and tie or a sports coat and tie will do for a man, a "church" dress will be fine for a woman.

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Well thanx for your opinion, but the most dressy cloths I own are khakis and golf shirts, so I guess that won't fly. However, you mention the dining room, is that a formal night or something different again? I'm kinda understanding 3 food options now at night, buffet, dining room, and Formal? If that's correct, do you have to get all dressed up for the dining room too?

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Does this seating only apply to the formal dinners? Because we have decided not to do any of the formal dinners. Neither of us is much for dressing up, and we're not really into that scene. Did we choose a late seating when we should have specified we're not doing the formal nights?
The seating you choose (early or late) will be for every night. If you aren't going to the dining room on any night it's nice to either tell your waiter the night before or call the Matre' Di and let them know you won't be there so that your tablemates aren't waiting for you.

I HAVE to say (even though you didn't ask ) that you'll be missing one of the great parts of cruising if you don't go the "formal" dinners! You really don't have to be that dressed up! A suit and tie or a sports coat and tie will do for a man, a "church" dress will be fine for a woman.

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The dining room is both. Two of the nights are Formal. The other nights are resort casual (khakis and golf shirts). Alternate dining or buffet is casual. No swim suits.
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We have cruised 8 times and always chose the early seating. It has sometimes been a bit rushed getting ready for dinner, particularly on port days. On our last cruise there were 11 of us and we decided to choose the late dinner. We will not do that again. We missed so much stuff that was happening between 8 and 9 p.m. and were really disappointed.

The good thing about eating late was that we could eat a snack mid-afternoon and still have an appetite at dinner. We could also take a little more time to start dressing and enjoy sunset on the deck and take a few more photos before dinner.
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If our kids are going on the cruise with us, I book the main seating.
If we are going without them, I book the late seating.

This has been the trend for us so far. If we are without the children, we stay out later gambling, dancing, catching the late shows....so we still get to enjoy pizza or room service at 2am.

If we are with the children, we eat early, and turn in earlier.
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