Personally prefer a large table. With one son now out of the house, and the other on the go alot, we know have many dinners for two at home. And there's generally lots of other time on a cruise to be together, just the two of us.
So for dinners onboard Mrs Kuki and I enjoy the larger tables for the socializing. Tables for 6 or 8 are probably best for actually being able to share and hear all the conversation, but larger tables are OK to. We just move around, rather than sitting in the same spot, so you each night you get to visit more directly with someone else.
Actually we prefer a large table, but if it just going to be me, John and the kids, then I would prefer a table for 4. Some kids are just not as well behaved as others and they tend to put families with kids together with other families with kids. I would hate to be stuck with a table full of rowdy kids for an entire cruise.
We always ask for a table of 6 or 8, any larger and it seems there can be to many conversations going on and if anyone has any hearing problems that causes problems for them to participate in the conversation.
Location: Greater Tampa Bay area (south of the BIG BRIDGE!)
Re: POLL.. TABLE for 2,4,6,8,10,12?
......didn't see anyone at the above mentioned nearby table for 11 trying to 'wear' spoons on THEIR cheeks! <VBEG>
Now....that said.....on the Summit we had a table for 11...but stretched it comfortably to 13 on 2 of the nights....the table staff were most accomodating. We moved around nightly.....most just to try to seperate CA and SeaFan <G> CA....food goes in the mouth....NOT down the cleavage! Normally we travel with a ready made group of 6-8....love the round tables best....but we did make great use the large long table on this particular occassion....but moving around is a must.
Good poll question Kuki. We also prefer a large table. 6-8 top is great, and like you said, just change seating positions when sitting at a 10-12 top. We usually make it a few times to the dining room for breakfast and lunch during a cruise, and enjoy the open seating arrangement there. Meeting more fellow cruisers. People are really quite interesting.
One lunch on the Summit, we were seated with a young couple from Ukraine (currently living in California), and an older couple from Germany. Between my poor German and the German's limited English, we all enjoyed a wonderful conversation! I saw the German couple occasionally throughout the cruise, and had further opportunities to practice my German. And yet at another lunch, we enjoyed dining with just the two of us.
Before our third cruise, we realized we enjoyed the company a large table at dinner provides. We requested late seating as usual, and a large table. We were assigned a nice, large table by a window, but during main seating. We were able to switch to late seating, but went to early dinner that night. Table for 10, and we were the only two that showed up. No problem, we'll be at a different table tomorrow I thought. Upon checking out our 2nd table assignment, I was a little disappointed that it was a table for four. Oh well, that will be okay. Do our surprise, no one else showed up. It was only the 2nd night of the cruise...what had we done? After the third, fourth, and fifth nights of eating with each other, we decided that we were the only two that had been assigned to our table. That theory was blown, when on the sixth night, finally, a couple appears! About our age, from Vegas. She looks over the menu, says she doesn't want any of that, and leaves. He politely orders, eats, and makes small talk before he makes his exit. And you guessed it, we ate alone the last night. And I didn't even spill my drink, or order three desserts.
But we have solved the problem. Now, we cruise with family or friends, that feel obligated to eat with us!
Now now Mgram CA and I were the perfect example of following Miss Mannerís rules on fine dinning. Until we started channeling the sprit of others around us. <VBG> Somebody had to keep the table awake and I think CA and I did a great job. <G>
Since my daughter is off to college Timberhead and I get the pleasure of dinning together alone every night at home. We prefer a large table so we can socialize with other passengers. But of course whom you dine with makes a big impact on your enjoyment level.
The reason that persons at that large table did not wear spoons is because it is an exceedingly difficult operation requiring a great deal of native intelligence and natural athletic ability. To say nothing of years of practice.
Location: Wisconsin....about 100 miles south of the Frozen Tundra and 70 miles east of Camp Randall
Re: POLL.. TABLE for 2,4,6,8,10,12?
OK - I like a large table, especially if traveling with friends. Now, about that large table of 11, it was not CA and SeaFan channeling the others at the table, no they did that all on their own....but they did it to try and keep Divetex awake! <vbg> And, i sem to recall a table of 8 close by us who were just as rowdy........they even took a phlamingo to the Captain's table one night!
Carnival Breeze with Ray B and Aerogirl 5/4/14!
I prefer a table for two. Me and Bo Derek. Sorry, dreaming again................ouch, hey Mrs. Thomas I was only kidding.........really honey I was just kidding......now please put down the baseball bat.
In the past we've have a table just for 4, 7 day max cruise, but since we'll be going on an 11 day this time, we decided to try a table for 6, JUST in case we don't want to be 'trapped" with the other 2 for all of that time....
...but as I've heard someone say previously, ANY cruise is a GOOD cruise!!
We like the large table too. On our last cruise we had asked for a large table, but ended up with one for four. The other couple were real nice people so we didn't ask for a change. We got to meet other folks at the open seating at breakfast so that worked out pretty nice. Phyll
We prefer a large table (6 or 8) because we enjoy meeting and conversing with others. On one cruise, we just had a table for 2 and found it very romantic, but it was a little TOO MUCH "togetherness" - 24 hrs. a day for 7 or more days. Other times we've ended up with just another couple at the table, but our most interesting cruises have been where we've sat with a group of people from various places.