My husband and I are on the Galaxy 2-20-04 out of San Juan and chose the late dinner seating (8;30) This is only our second cruise and the first was NCL with freestyle dining. Many people have said with late dinner seating we will not get out of the dining room until at least 10:30p.m. and that is to late to take advantage of any of the shows. ST. Kitts and Margarita Island the ship leaves at 3:00Pm. so we could be ready for dinner at any time . ST. Thomas and Barbados are the only days the ship leaves at 6:00P.M., Aruba the ship stays to 11:00P.M. Just wondering how many people like late seating and why????? We are thinking of changing to early seating. Does Celebrity Galaxy have parties around the pool in the evenings? Do they have theme buffets in the evenings? Does early seating allow you to take advantage of alot more evening activities on the ship? Thank you for your advice.
We've always done early seating as we like to have the opportunity to see a show and still get to bed at a decent hour, especially if we have an early shore excursion the next day. OTOH, some folks like late seating so that they don't have to rush to get to dinner if they come back late from a shore excursion. We usually book mornng excursions so we have the afternoon to relax so that's only a concern on full day trips. It just depends on your life style.
You will not miss a show by taking the late seating. The ships plan the nights out perfectly for you to enjoy your dinner and then a show by doing TWO show a night.
I always take late seating and this is why....
While the main seating passengers are getting dressed for dinner you can still be sitting out on the deck enjoying yourself or exploring your port. When the main seating group is done eating they can move on to the theater for the FIRST show. You will then come and eat your dinner. After that you go see the SECOND show around 10:00. By the time it is done, it will be close to midnight and we all know what that means... More food!!!
Got to agree that the Late Seating is best. Allows you time to get back from port visit, relax, have a bottle of wine and some canapes, get showered, dressed and go to the bar for a martini before dinner. They always have entertainment for after dinner. You won't miss a thing. I take that back, you might miss the children hour at dinner.
Always prefer late seating & have it booked for next few cruises. May have to change though as I now have diabetes & this may upset my meal planning! There is also a good point to being able to get to bed earlier & be ready for an early walk & excursions in the am... Too bad you can't switch off!
Everyone is different, I prefer early. Last cruise I chose late because it was port intensive. However I found after a long day in port I couldn't be bothered getting changed for dinner, so ended up going to the casual buffet port nights. With early I find I go to the show (late I didn't) and do more of an evening. I can even manage to eat a little at the midnight buffet (no chance with late seating). It does seem a little strange being in formal dress at the early seating, but overall early suits me better. Dale.
We used to choose late seating and as mentioned you can still see the show, but you will not get out until 10pm at the earliest. This just seems to late for us. it means staying up til 1am or going be sleep on a full tummy. The last few cruises that were not freestyle we have chosen early and like it much better. Even our kids and grandkids prefer it. That is what we love about freestyle, you can get inbetween. Instead of eating at 6pm or 8:30 you can choose about 6:30 or 7pm which is perfect for us. Just our idea, everyone has to decide for themselves and with all good comes some bad, right?
I know on some of the Celebrity Cruises I have been on they sometimes plan the show for the late seating before dinner (possible 2 or 3 nights on a 7 day cruise). The early seating always has the show after dinner. I still prefer the early seating
Late - I can't imagine eating dinner at 6. Way too early for us. I usually take a nap when the early seating is just starting. We usually eat at 8-9 at home as well. We also have lunch at 1+ - not at 12. I love to relax in the afternoon or go to the spa pool. We are looking forward to trying the sushi as a pre-dinner snack this cruise.
It's a good thing that everyone doesn't want first or second seating as it would make it very difficult for the ship to handle us all. (G) It all depends on one's life style, each one has different reasons why they eat early or late. And that's great.
I imagine around Spring break time there are many more children at the early seating--do they usually seat family groups with couples? That would affect changing to early on future cruises esp in March.
I sincerely doubt they will put you with a family if you are a couple sailing. The cruise ships are usually pretty good at matching up tables. If you are concerned, just request a table for two or a table for four. You will be sure not get a family that way.
My wife and I always choose late seating, which gives us time after being ashore to come back, take a nap, shower and dress and have time for a drink in one of the lounges. I couldn't imagine coming back from a day in port, and have to rush to get down to the dining room on time. We usually eat around 8 PM at home too, as we live in the suburbs and the drive home gets us there around 6 or so, and then just relaxing and having a drink on the patio to unwind a bit before starting supper. Everybody is different tho, and you have to figure out what works for you, I guess. We never go to the shows, preferring the casino or other activities, such as dancing, a movie, or just exploring the ship and it's watering holes. Bon Voyage!!