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Old September 8th, 2005, 11:44 PM
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I was just curious to survey your thoughts on your ideal table size.

Let's just say you had the Maitre D' in your back pocket, so to speak....
Would you choose a table for two, or a table for ten, with as many new faces as possible? Or something in between, where strangers are a minority to your party?

From my personal experiences, I would choose a table as big as my own sailing party, because I have met so many forgettable "duds" on my particular sailings (and I'm sure the feeling was mutual...). I am not a gregarious person, the Mrs. even less so, but when I feel obliged to steer (even force) the conversation, there is something wrong indeed. There seems to be a certain religious group from Utah that seems to land at my table, and prefer to either keep to themselves, or among themselves. (not a criticism, just an observation mind you, but I wonder if they requested a table only made up of their denomination, and didn't get it) I've cruised nine times, and had two tables of the nine where conversation flowed freely. Why is this? Sometimes (sadly) it is the waiter who keeps things interesting.

Are there so many clueless people out there booking cruises and not knowing you will be put into a social situation, with up to 10 others at your table? It makes me wonder.

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Old September 9th, 2005, 06:02 AM
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It all depends on the mood we are in that day. Sometimes when we've had a long day, a quiet table for two makes it little easier. But normally, when given the choice, we dine with others, just to have a little conversation. I feel it's fun to meet others. You never know where a friendship will bloom. If you don't really care for your tablemates ... tomorrow is another day. <G> You'll never see those people the next week anyway!

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Old September 9th, 2005, 07:00 AM
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I booked my next one for a table of two with my sister. I can deal with the odd balls but she is not a very social person and doesn't enjoy sitting with strangers. My first cruise I had a great diningroom experience but have found most others similar to your experience.
I don't think drinking wine with dinner is wrong and if they are religious than they shouldn't be judging you.
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Old September 9th, 2005, 07:00 AM
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We've done all the dining options, including late traditional and early. After a couple of tries at PC, eating at any time, anywhere, we decided to try the early traditional again on our upcoming cruise.It will force us to "interact" with others, get out of the casino, change clothes and get ready for the evening's entertainment.
The first year we sat with our hosts-table of 4. In 2003, we were at a table of 6, and only on the first night were we all together. The other "couple" that ate there all week was a father and adult daughter. They either ate alone, we did, or none did. The last night out it was the 3 of us--father, daughter and a late me.The 3rd couple were newlyweds, married the day of the cruise. We figured they had their own schedule!
We found that even with a table for 2 we had to wait sometimes because those tables had been occupied early-the ones near the front, with their own area. If lucky to get a two top, it was in the back near a wait station. A couple of times we just opted to join a table of 8--which wasn't too bad in the long run.
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Old September 9th, 2005, 07:02 AM
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We have always been fortunate enough to be seated with nice people, some more intereting than others, but it's always nice to meet new people and I love to hear about their cruising experience or their shore excursions that we might not have taken. Believe it or not, I am a shy person and am no so good at keeping up conversation, but my husbasnd more than makes up for that by his "interview" approach. He maintains that people like to talk about themselves, so he just asks them questions and off they go! Only on our honeymoom on HAL did we have a private table for 2, and it was nice, but I missed meeting others!

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Old September 9th, 2005, 07:12 AM
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We like to switch around. Sometimes for two; sometimes more. A lot of times we will see who we meet during the day and invite them to join us for dinner. Last cruise we actually had the same eight people at dinner most nights; one night a table for 10.

I do not sit at tables with people I do not know or wish to get to know although we have asked the Maitre'D to match us up with others and have greatly enjoyed their company.

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Old September 9th, 2005, 07:54 AM
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both my DH and I like having a large table, prefer the round for being able to talk with everyone instead of having to shout down to the other end of a large rectangle. For the most part we have had great table mates, of course there is sometimes the one person or couple who we don't "click" with, but that never has stopped us from getting a large table. Donna we are like your husband, get people to talk about themselves or their children, grandchildren, there is always something that they like to talk about! We have met so many nice people. And who is to say we (Ellis and Jeanne) are perfect table partners. <<<<grin>>>>> We figure they must have asked for a large table so they could mingle and meet others too. As for changing seats during a cruise, we do. First we ask the table, but find that by changing seats each night we can get to know the others more. Always makes for an enjoyable dinner.

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Old September 9th, 2005, 08:38 AM
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I forgot to mention that on most of Carnival cruises (except for once stuck in a booth for 3), we have been seated with another family who we felt "matched" ours. ie: 2 parents with teens or a teen, as opposed to elderly people or a young couple with very young children. I presume Carnival purposely matched us that way to make dining more pleasant and easy to converse. Doesn't always work though; once, when my son brought a friend (male) we were seated with a lovely family with 2 stunning teen girls. the boys and the girls avoided looking at each other, and never said one word!

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Old September 9th, 2005, 09:25 AM
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i can honestly say that we've never had an unpleasant experience at dinner on any of our 15 cruises to date. We've sat at tables for four, six, eight and (I think) ten one time. We've met some fascinating people and some who were not so fascinating , but never anyone I would call obnoxious.

In fact, once on the Paradise we were seated with six other folks including two old retired schoolteachers from Oklahoma. Those ladies were the life of the party, believe me. But when we arrived at Cozumel, they expressed fear at leaving the ship to go into town. So we invited them to come along with us. We had a blast, shopping until we dropped. They were so grateful!

We're now getting used to NCL's Freestyle a bit, and we like it just as much as we liked the traditional dining experience. I guess it all depends on you and how you look at others. As Will Rogers said, "..." [what was it he said?] <BG>

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We prefer a table for 6 or 8. We find that gives us enough different people to talk with. For the most part we have always had a nice time getting to know our tablemates. So far we have only had one person we really did not care for at our table but the others at the table kept things enjoyable.

We did have one cruise that we were at a table for 4 and the other people were very nice but they only showed up on formal nights.
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Old September 9th, 2005, 10:49 AM
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Mostly we've sat at a table for eight, and mostly we haven't had good luck with dinner partners. I finally decided to try a table for two. That was great. But the next cruise, I hope we find some great table mates among the CM's also going on the cruise.

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Old September 9th, 2005, 01:48 PM
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i like a big table i like to meet new people i'm a friendly person and i like to enjoy my self
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Old September 9th, 2005, 07:07 PM
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I will mention here, that the father and daughter couple and we got along fine. We even exchanged emails, but-you know how that goes--no replies after the first move. But, we did have a good time. We got to know another couple through a table of 8 on a different cruise and agreed to sit together again. The next time there was a mix-up on time, we were either too late or they were too early, and by the time we got into the Dining Room they had just given our seats away at the table- (we had been waiting for them outside the DR), so we sat with some other people who were really nice.
I am really shy, too, but through my work and organizations have learned to keep conversations going. Sometimes I think I talk TOO much. But, I can be as quiet as the next person, if necessary. About the only kind of uncomfortable experience is sitting at a table that already has an established group of 4 or 5 who are travelling together or have gotten to know each other. At times they stay within their group for conversation after the polite hellos. Lynne

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