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Old September 24th, 2007, 10:35 AM
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I have cruised 6 times and only wanted to change my dinner seating once. A person at that table made me feel very uncomfortable. To the point that I had my hubby sit bewteen me and this person. I feel now that I should have requested a change of table. Has anyone done this? If so for what reason? It is difficult?
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Old September 24th, 2007, 11:21 AM
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We just changed our table on the Conquest. One couple never came, and the other 4 came only on formal night.

It was very easy to change tables, we asked the dr hostess, who spoke to the maitre'd. The table we went to was part of our CM group, and honestly, the best table I ever had...we loved them all!

But Kat, change as soon, as the hairs on the back of your neck go up, and don't give it a 2nd thought!
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Old September 24th, 2007, 11:45 AM
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We only had to change once.
We were seated early and our family were on the late seating.
They made it very easy. another couple at the late seating wanted early so we both switched,via the maitre'd
Our last cruise on the Freedon of the Seas was the best table.
There were 14 at a long table. we all agreed to switch seats each night to talk to everyone. Of course that confused poor waiters/bus boys.
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My wife and I were on the Ocean Princess and were seated with probably the most unhappy couple we've ever met on a cruise. The wife said nothing and the only thing the husband said was a complaint. They both looked like they hated each other and everyone else. About the second course of the meal the husband complained he didn't like the location of the table. I immediately took the opportunity to tell him about the new and wonderful "ANYTIME DINING OPTION" that he could take advantage of. I also had the Maitre 'D come over and explain how he could change.

At the end of the meal I told the Maitre 'D that if our tablemates hadn't taken advantage of the option we would have requested a move. The next night we had four WONDERFUL people sitting with us. These people were about the best tablemates you could ask for. A husband and wife from New Jersey. At first you would swear he was a "made" man but he was an exec for IBM. Two sisters who were fantastic. One of the sisters had a spa makeover one day and when she came to the table both myself and the "made" man's jaws dropped. (It was quite remarkable and my jaw doesn't easily drop.) As a result both of our wives kicked us under the table. Everyone had a great laugh and the woman was quite happy with her new look. As a celebration all of us partied until disco closed.

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Old September 24th, 2007, 12:14 PM
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No, but once we came very close.

Nowadays we either get a table for two (or the size of our party if we're sailing with others), or preferably use the anytime option which works really well for dining with new friends that we meet on board.

But eight or nine years ago we took an X cruise between San Francisco and San Juan through the Canal. There were some flight delays outbound and we got to the ship just before dinner (we didn't sail until about midnight).

We arrived at our table for six tired but hungry. The others there were an older, well-dressed couple, and a middle-aged couple. We tried striking up conversations with all of them, but all we got were grunts. The middle-aged couple looked very uncomfortable, not only with us, but with each other.

It was a fairly long cruise--16 days I think--and after that first dinner, we decided that we'd give it one more night, in case everybody was just as tired as we were. Long story short, on the second night we discovered that the older couple was Dutch, and they were afraid that their English was not up to par. Of course, in truth it was absolutely fine and they turned out to be wonderful people.

And the younger couple. . .wasn't a couple! They were both singles and had never seen each other before dinner the night before. He was a banker from Puerto Rico; she was the mother of one of the casino dealers, and had gotten a swell deal on a room just days before the cruise. They had both been uncomfortable--he was also worried about his English; she because it was her first cruise, she'd gotten a cheap room on an employee's family deal, and she was afraid she wouldn't be accepted.

By the end of the second night we were all laughing like hell about what a boring group we had been the night before, and we passed the two weeks-plus as one of the happiest tables in the dining room.

So sometimes it's worth a second look before pulling the trigger. But on a 7-day, or even a 10-day run, I think I'd get out of Dodge pretty fast.
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We did because we wanted to sit alone as a family.

I had no problem at all switching.

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I did it once because the woman sitting next to me was getting very irritating, and picking on me all the time. So I asked Mrs. Kuki if it was OK if I ate in the den
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Once, on the Carnival Paradise, we were seated at a table with two very large Sheriffs and their wives (from North Carolina, if memory serves me right) who were most put off, to put it delicately, by the fact that I had married the woman I had. They made their displeasure most evident, by frowning, grunting, not answering conversation and the like.... clearly we were not welcome in their presence.

$20 to the maitre D' got us switched the very next night, with not so much as a blink.
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Yes, I did once on the Norway. There was this real obnoxious guy who tried to pigeon hole everyone (you know - the 20 question type person) ... the table happened to be all singles (not something I requested but he had). And the first night 2 people left ... the 2nd night I did, too and ended up with a fine table. Every time I saw him in one of the ports, I went out of my way to avoid him.
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My wife and I were on the Ocean Princess and were seated with probably the most unhappy couple we've ever met on a cruise. The wife said nothing and the only thing the husband said was a complaint. They both looked like they hated each other and everyone else. About the second course of the meal the husband complained he didn't like the location of the table. I immediately took the opportunity to tell him about the new and wonderful "ANYTIME DINING OPTION" that he could take advantage of. I also had the Maitre 'D come over and explain how he could change.

At the end of the meal I told the Maitre 'D that if our tablemates hadn't taken advantage of the option we would have requested a move. The next night we had four WONDERFUL people sitting with us. These people were about the best tablemates you could ask for. A husband and wife from New Jersey. At first you would swear he was a "made" man but he was an exec for IBM. Two sisters who were fantastic. One of the sisters had a spa makeover one day and when she came to the table both myself and the "made" man's jaws dropped. (It was quite remarkable and my jaw doesn't easily drop.) As a result both of our wives kicked us under the table. Everyone had a great laugh and the woman was quite happy with her new look. As a celebration all of us partied until disco closed.

Take care,
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Ha ha, sounds like my x and his new wife (they cruise Princess)! Yep, 4 years married and I hear it's already going down the tubes.....(gosh, how I love small, town gossip).....
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On the cruise we should have switch tables that first night. We were seated at a table for 6 and it was only my hubby and me and two ladies traveling together. They were 60ish. The one lady was really nice and interesting. The other lady was not. She put down my hubby for his USA tie and try to exchange me in political conversation about the decline of the dollar. The thing she didn't know is that I'm a finance major. 8) So I explained the impact of the USA dollar decline on the trade deficit and was just going into the Yuan(chinese currency) being tied to the USA dollar and how our weak dollar was affecting the chinese ecomony by increased growth. Nothing I said was political, but it was very technical. She switched the subject go figure. I was just getting started.
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Old September 25th, 2007, 10:52 AM
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Never have, but I should have. My DH just commented yesterday that a couple of empty chairs are sometimes better than some people are as dinner partners.

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