Late seating is usually 8:15 or 8:30pm. I'm not sure of the age of your children, but all four of my grandchildren would be in bed by then. (never mind first sitting down to eat) . I would do early seating with kids. I've seen way too many children asleep on their parents lap by 9pm at a second seating.
depends on which time zone you live in and your family's body clock is use to..if you live on the west coast coming east then early sitting may be too early then whay your body is use to and late seating would work better, maybe
We always request the early sitting for dinner. This way we are hungry for the late
night buffet or room service picnic in our cabin. We do not travel with children,
but I believe eating early would work better for them as well.
I don't travel with children, but I would think that an early seating would be best. Something else to consider is whether or not you will do excursions either arranged by the cruise line or independently. You may come back to ship feeling tired and then rushed to get to dinner at an early seating. Does your ship have alternative dining?
You don't see too many kids at second seating, teens yes, young ones not really. All depends upon your kids. We like second seating better, no rushing around trying to get ready for dinner on shore days.
I have two children..current ages 12 and 10. We have done both, and found the LATE seating to be better for us. We often went up to the Windjammer around 6:30 pm for a snack off the dinner buffet to hold us, and then went to the before dinner shows. once dinner was over, around 9:30-9:45, the kids and quite often ourselves, went to sleep.
For the early seating, we felt very rushed getting ready for dinner so early, and then there was a 90 minute or so gap from the time we finished eating and the show, so we retired to our cabin, always with the intention of going to the shows, but we actually only made it out once. We ended up feeling very cheated out of the entertainment experience.
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