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Old April 16th, 2008, 10:27 AM
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When we get onboard and IF we are not happy with our dining table, should we tip the Maitre'D to make the change? I have requested a table for four since there are four of us but just in case I'd like to know 'the rule' for getting a dining table change. And when is the best time to do this?

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Definitely find him as soon as you know you need to change. AND tip him well.

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If you asked for a table for 4 and receive one then all is fine. If you find yourself at a table for 6 or 8 and still want only a table for 4, just tell him that was your request and see if he can accomodate you. There is no need to tip, in my opinion, because that is part of his job. We have only had to change our seating 3 times and have never felt nor made to feel we needed to tip for this service. We did tip once at the end of the cruise because he made a point of coming to our table nightly to see if we were still happy with the location.
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Definitely find him as soon as you know you need to change. AND tip him well.

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When you say tip him well... how much would that be anyway?
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The Maitre D' will be available in one of the dining rooms at 1:00 or 1:30 p.m. Get in line and make your request a.s.a.p. We have NEVER tipped the Maitre D' if requesting a table change. We have had Maitre D's that were invisible the entire length of the cruise and others have visited all the tables, spoken to the guests, and handled any problems in a timely, congenial manner, these are the ones you should think about tipping, BUT, it is entirely at your discretion.
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Sometimes $20.00 will make things happen when they otherwise wouldn't. Just food for thought. I've seen people ask for changes and were told nothing could be done. I've also seen things change for those with a discreet slip of the hand.

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Last cruise my sister and I wanted a small table I gave the maitre' D only $10 and he set us up at an awesome table for two where the waiters come and go by the kitchen so we were entertained by all of them all night long and waited on by more than the usual 2. It was a fun experience to sit where we did.
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I read about changing tables, but what about changing the times?

We all requested the early dining and we are a group of 26.

Will tipping make this any easier if we don't have this or can it be changed only if it is available?

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I have never tipped for this service. For my way of thinking, this IS their job. The position, is one, that for the most part, passengers see him the least, in the dining room, and suddenly is quite friendly at the end of the cruise.
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We've had to change dining times a number of times, and have always been taken care of, without the tip. As a matter of fact, I'm sure that the lovely Mrs. Jones (Vita) and I were assigned the same table for two that Ro was talking about, and really, really enjoyed it, without the tiip. I do, however, tip the Maitre 'D at the end of the cruise, IF he was attentive, entertaining, and made our voyage more enjoyable.

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Thank you,
We always tip after also.

We have only had to change our time once and we were not with this big group before.

I think we may not have a problem this time either. All of us have cabins together and we are listed as a group (not with the groups department).

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We've had to change our seating twice before, out of three cruises.
The first time we requested early and got late. We spoke to the maitre d' and were immediately switched to the early seating.
The second time we were a group of 8, given two neighboring tables for four. We asked for a new seating and were also told nothing could be done. We sat at the two tables that night, but early the next morning new dining assignment cards were left in the boxes outside our doors.
Sometimes it just takes a bit of patience while the staff gets it all figured out so everyone's happy.
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We've had to change our seating twice before, out of three cruises.
The first time we requested early and got late. We spoke to the maitre d' and were immediately switched to the early seating.
The second time we were a group of 8, given two neighboring tables for four. We asked for a new seating and were also told nothing could be done. We sat at the two tables that night, but early the next morning new dining assignment cards were left in the boxes outside our doors.
Sometimes it just takes a bit of patience while the staff gets it all figured out so everyone's happy.
I know what you mean by patience. We would like to have tables close together for all 26 of us. We will settle for the same dining room, the same early seating and close enough to at least see each other.
We are hoping for so close that we can change tables and get a chance to sit with all during the cruise.

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Darlene, I know exactly what you're talking about. We do a family reunion cruise at least once a year, and on our last one aboard "Inspiration", we had 30 people. We were seated at three tables for ten, all right next to each other. The thirty of us, switched seats, and tables the entire week, with no problems at all from the wait staff. It worked out GREAT, and as a matter of fact, every reunion cruise we've taken has worked out very well. Don't worry, be happy.

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Ken:
If I was any happier I would explode

Thank you so much for the good report of when you went with a large group.

I am not going to worry about it at all. I am sure all will be just fine.

We only have 23 days left and I guess my mind in going in 300 different directions right now....

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There is no need to tip the Maitre'D on the first day when you go to have a table changed. It's his or her job. If later in the cruise you would like to tip them for other service (birthday, ect) or if they visit your table from time to time then that would be OK. OM
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We tip everyone. The maitre'd too. Sometimes I have a special request for a table for two. We tip at the end of the cruise. We have a son in the restaurant world and know how they appreciate the tips.
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Out of all the cruises i have been on, we have seen the Matre D once during the nights of the cruise EXCEPT for the Fantasy where we saw him EVERY NIGHT. I have never asked for a change in tables - just enjoyed the company they put us with. :-) It thought it was nice to see the Matre D every night of the Fantasy however!
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On my last cruise with good friends We asked for a change We had been assigned to a booth. We are all very BBW's and it would not have worked. We went to one of the dining rooms where we were able to change our assignment. I would recommend that you make your desires known when you book or at least shortly after. We forgot about doing that ... my fault because I'm the one who had cruised before and I totally for got. But if you want a table for 2 or 4 or if you want to meet new people let them know you want to be at a large round table. But I also never tip the Maitr'd it is the table staff that work so hard for me. To me the Maitr'd is like an MC for the evening.
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I have never tipped when requesting the change, but do make sure to tip afterwards for a job well done.
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