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Old May 11th, 2011, 11:07 AM
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Default First Cruise-- Conquest in July

My wife and I have finally decided to take the plunge, and have booked our first ever cruise.

I have many friends who have taken cruises, and have been encouraged to do so for many years, so here we go.

Unfortunately, nobody knows the answer to the biggest question that I have so far.

My question is this:

When booking, we were asked if we wanted the Early Seating, Late Seating, or "Anytime Seating" for dinner.

I picked "Anytime Seating" as this seemed to be much more convenient, but now after consulting with my local knuckleheads who assured me that they know everything, I find out they have never heard of this.

Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated.
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Old May 11th, 2011, 03:12 PM
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Anytime dining means you usually go in and your family will sit by themselves and you will change waiters every night. The advantage is you can eat when you want.

Many of us prefer traditional dining, so we have the same dining companions and the same waiter every night.

Some people pick anytime and find a waiter they want and then request the same time and waiter every night.

I just came back from a cruise Saturday and man it was hot. I did Ecstasy out of Galveston last July and thought too hot for me. Pick cool things, like beaches maybe, in the ports?
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You will love the Conquest!!! Beautiful ship
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Old May 11th, 2011, 03:32 PM
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Thanks for the information and for the quick response.

I appreciate that those of you with experience in this will give a little time to help a newbie.

We are already planning on the cooler activities that we will undertake on the trip. I have lived in Texas all my life, so I know the heat and what it's like, but if we didn't take this cruise in July, it would have had to wait until Spring 2012, and we decided we would rather be on Cruise 2.0 then, instead of waiting until then for our first one.
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Old May 11th, 2011, 03:43 PM
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You will love the Conquest!!! Beautiful ship
I have seen pictures of it, and it looks like it is going to be great.

The only cruises I have ever taken were 25 years ago when I was in the Navy, but I don't think they count, since I was operating #1 Main Engine to push us through the water at the time.

I am also thinking the dining will be better on the Conquest.
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Old May 11th, 2011, 08:41 PM
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I have seen pictures of it, and it looks like it is going to be great.

The only cruises I have ever taken were 25 years ago when I was in the Navy, but I don't think they count, since I was operating #1 Main Engine to push us through the water at the time.

I am also thinking the dining will be better on the Conquest.
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We have enjoyed Anytime Dining ever since it was introduced. We don't eat in the main dining room every night so we don't have to notify anyone (or have them wait) if we're not coming. We're usually not ready to eat at the early dining time and the late time is too late. We almost always ask to be seated at a large table and have no problem being seated immediately with nice people (and if they're not, you know you're not stuck with them for the whole cruise ).

With Traditional Dining you get to know your tablemates and your servers. That's important to some people, but we treat the MDR like a restaurant.

Disclaimer: We had some really bad dining companions on two cruise's before Anytime Dining became available (abusive husband's).

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