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Old January 26th, 2002, 04:54 PM
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We will be on the Infinity Mar. 9 with our 15-yr-old daughter, our third cruise, her 2nd. We have second dining, but are considering switching to Main, as the "Princess" claims all other teens will be at early dinner and teen activities end by midnight, so they wouldn't have much time to "play" after late dinner. True or false? We (her parents) prefer later dinner so we don't have to rush to get cleaned up after a busy day ashore, maybe have a cocktail and enjoy the sunset, etc., but also want the Princess to have fun...
Thanks for any advice!
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Old January 26th, 2002, 04:56 PM
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Hi Lynda,
I too prefer the "early", sounds like a good plan. We definately have more time for shows, casino, etc. after dinner, think the same would hold for the teen you are cruising with, have fun.

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Old January 26th, 2002, 10:18 PM
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A compromise seems in order.

Here's one that might work: find out how many evenings they will offer informal alternative dining in the upstairs restaurant. Then have your daughter spearhead a movement among her new friends to eat together up there on those nights, as early as they care to. Maybe one night a few of them could have fun by ordering room service, especially if one of them has a balcony or a suite.

That leaves you free to enjoy second seating as you prefer.

Added bonus: you can use one of those nights to eat in the United States restaurant, which she may well find a crashing bore.

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Old January 27th, 2002, 02:09 AM
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Hi, Lynda

Gosh, darn .... that AR is one smart cookie.

We are second seating people for all the reasons you mentioned. I am also the recovering parent of a "Princess".

What came to my mind was to have HER go to first seating ... if she's social at all she'd have a fine time, partocularly at a larger table. Then the 'rents could do as THEY please.

We do have a Teen Hostess, Lauren, around here at CM ... you might want to cruise over to the Teen area and see whazzup ???

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Old January 27th, 2002, 12:57 PM
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My teens love the late seating! It gives them more time in port, etc. When we cruised back to backs in August, more teens had second seating than first. First seating seems to attract older people and families with little kids. The teens had no problems hanging out after dinner, They usually stayed out 'til the wee hours, closing down the ship!
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Old January 27th, 2002, 02:53 PM
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Agree with hockeymom. My teens also prefer second seating for the same reasons. On the nights when there are activities that are time specific (as opposed to 9-11:30) they either eat quickly and bag dessert (our waiters have been very nice about this) or they can choose to eat at the buffet. I;ve offered several times to switch to early for their benefit, even though we prefer late -- and they've said no. So depends on the kids.
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Old January 27th, 2002, 09:03 PM
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Hey - I'm a teenager - I'm 14 - I've been on 3 cruises and on all of them I've had the late dinner seating. I think its better for teens because you have time before dinner to hang out with your friends, then when they go to dinner, your daughter can have all the time she needs to get ready. Also, the teen activities on Princess start around 10 or so, but they go until 1 or 2 AM so being with friends after dinner isnt a problem. Also, if theres an activity that I want to go to that starts before I'm finished with dinner, my sister and I just skip out on the rest of the meal and everything works out pretty well. Last, if you have the later seating, you can spend as much time as you want in each port and not have to worry about making it back in time for dinner. I hope I helped
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Old January 28th, 2002, 09:40 AM
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We have picked the second seating for this upcoming cruise. Last cruise, the Voyager, we were hurrying back from port, rushing through the shower, running to dinner and as a result we didn't see one sunset.
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Old January 28th, 2002, 11:01 AM
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Karyn, you helped a lot -- thanks for writing! :-)
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Old January 28th, 2002, 11:04 AM
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Our experience exactly, which is why we were leaning toward late dining this time. Looks like that's the concensus of opinion too -- I think we about have the Princess convinced...:-)
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Old January 28th, 2002, 08:11 PM
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Thanks to everyone for the great advice -- I think we're going to stay with the late seating, and maybe consider some of AR's compromise suggestions! Looking forward to those sunsets! Less than 6 weeks -- we can hardly wait! Thanks again!
Lynda
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