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I'm going on the Carnival Holiday, just my parents and I. I know people share dinner tables with strangers, anyone know how many per table?

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Most ships have tables for two up to 10 or more. If you are not satisfied with your seating assignment, one the first day see the Matra D and he will change you.


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If you are satisfied, do you eat with the same people every night?
(assuming they are satisfied as well)
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That's the general rule, but I have seen people change more than once.
The earlier you request, the better your chances. FYI...Breakfast and dinner is open seating.

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I totally never even thought about breakfast and lunch. I guess the first people just try to find a table to themselves, and then it gets filled in, like HS lunchroom?
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we had table of eight people they were great people and we had lot of fun
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They seat you for breakfast and lunch but seat you as you arrive...i.e. fill up the tables as people arrive. At least that's what they did on my first and only (so far) cruise. They didn't just let you seat yourself. Versus the supper seating arrangement which is assigned...same time, same table each night.
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They seat you for breakfast and lunch but seat you as you arrive...i.e. fill up the tables as people arrive. At least that's what they did on my first and only (so far) cruise. They didn't just let you seat yourself. Versus the supper seating arrangement which is assigned...same time, same table each night.
That is the way they did it on the Conquest as well. We went to the dining room for breakfast for the first 2 days and then discovered the breakfast on the Lido deck and ate there the rest of the cruise. It was great - make an omelet any way you want it! The lines may look long, but they move really quick. I actually think it is faster than the dining room.

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We also understood ahead of time that we'd most likely be sharing a Dinner table. Since there were 4 of us we expected a larger group seating but that was not the case. All week long we had a 4 person booth assigned to us for dinner ever night. It was rather nice.
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Well, I can say this for sure, cruises do not lack in options.... 8)
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I'm going on the Carnival Holiday, just my parents and I. I know people share dinner tables with strangers, anyone know how many per table?

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It can all depend on the size of your party. We've sat at a table of 8, a table of 4, and a table of 2. You can try to make a request at time of booking. That's what we did when we cruised with another couple and had a 4-person booth. If you prefer, you can go to the dining room before leaving port and change tables/seating time (given availability). The Maitre'D is usually very helpful with this.
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I'll be travelling with a decent sized group on the Conquest in Jan '09. If we are able to get seated at a table for 10 or 12, is it going to take up most of our evening at the dining room? What is the usual amount of time spent at dinner?
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My question about the seating.. Do they try and seat with with people around your age??
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I'll be travelling with a decent sized group on the Conquest in Jan '09. If we are able to get seated at a table for 10 or 12, is it going to take up most of our evening at the dining room? What is the usual amount of time spent at dinner?
I just returned from a family reunion cruise aboard "Inspiration". There were 20 of us, and they seated us at two tables for 10 each, right next to each other. EXCELLENT!
Yes, they do try to seat you with people you will have something in common with. ie: they wouldn't normally seat a young family with two couples in their 60's, or young single people with a couple of married couples. (of course, it does happen, but it's easy to ask the maitre d' for a change of tables, and you can usually be accomidated.

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