I've always sat at second seating. I found my waiters to be friendly and efficient. I never expect to be "entertained" just served in a nice manner and the food get to my table hot. The few times that the head waiter did make us laugh was nice but most of the time was spent talking with my tablemates.
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My last cruise was actually 7 months ago on the Glory. We had late seating and Bianca (our waitress) was one of the best we have ever had (this was our 5th cruise). So good, we actually took the time, when we got back home, to write a letter to Carnival praising her great work, friendliness, professionalism and attitude.
I've sat on second and first seating... I never had any problems with the waiters ever. They've been perfect in terms of service and friendliness. The waiters assistants and drink girl are either lazy or incompetent in a couple of cases. But at the end of the day, I've been fed and not poisoned and that's a good day in my books! ha
Adventure Of The Seas 06/06
We had second seating on the Valor Dec 30th. Our waiter and his assistant were very friendly. the assistand did not do a very good job, our water would sit empty and coffee cups too. We got iced tea one night and never again. We tipped the waiter extra and the assistant less.
February 25, 2011
On the conquest last sept we had a great waiter and assistant. Infact our assistant waiter was so "cute" and tried so hard, i believe he endeared himself even more to us. Our waiter was so nice that on our last night, i was sick (so was hubby) and we came down in jeans and capris with tshirts to do our tipping, but werent going to eat. We werent THAT ILL just to much sun and not enough sleep.
Our waiter and assistant bent over backwards to get us to stay and eat our meal at the table. He said we were dressed fine and he actually wanted to wait on us. I felt blessed and because my tablemates also asked, we decided to heck with the jeans and capri's we were staying. It was one of my favorite nights at dinner.
I'd say out of a scale of 1 - 10, i'd give our waiter an 8 and our assistant an 8. I'll let you know how the ecstasy is next week.
On the 2 sailings that I have been on I have had the late seating.
My first cruise, on the Elation, our head waiter was horrible. Our table would be the first one seated out of his 3 or 4 and we would ALWAYS be the last to to waited on and the last to leave. And he wasn't overly nice. He did his job but nothing extra or he would get annoyed. Our assistant waiter Dale was still very new to his job and he wasn't perfect. He had a great personality and I loved him dearly. My friend and I by accident sat in his section at the Lido buffet for breakfast the 1st morning and made sure to be there the rest of the week. In fact we still keep in touch and one of these days we hope to be on the same ship as him again!
My experience in September on the Glory was amazing. Our head waitress Maggie was amazing. For some reason not many of her tables would come to dinner so 4 out of the 7 nights we almost had her to ourselves. We were able to really talk with her and learn her story and how she ended up working on a ship. I celebrated my 29th Birthday on the cruise and she went above and beyond to make my dinner extra special! Our assistant waiter Made (Ma-Day) was adorable and took care of our table.
Looking forward to seeing how the dining service on the Inspiration (in 2 1/2 weeks) will be. Hopefully it will mirror more close to the Glory!
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I'm with most of you! I loved our wait staff and they were quite funny and efficient. We even got up and danced with them on the last dinner.
I have nothing to compare it to as far as cruises since this was our first cruise, however, I know good service when I see it.
No complaints here!
Those "reports" sound pretty good, when it comes to the wait staff.
One of you mentioned about having the table almost to yourself. I know what you mean. Sometimes that is good, sometimes that is bad. The reason I say this, we had some real good wait saff that really worked hard. On the last day most of the people that were originally at our table, were not there. Possibly getting their luggage ready, but the least they could have done was "sho up" , and tip the wait staff, as they were really good, but then maybe they figured they would get their tip through the tipping they put on your bill.
I as well as others, don't do that. We get our envelopes from the Purser's desk, and tip however we want to, NOT what the cruise line says.