Go Back   CruiseMates Cruise Community and Forums > Practical Advice > Cruise Dress / Packing
Register Forgot Password?

Cruise Dress / Packing Recommendations for the best clothes for traveling on ships

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
  #1 (permalink)  
Old April 9th, 2006, 10:43 AM
Member
Passenger
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Connecticut
Posts: 65
Send a message via MSN to Aussie
Default Dinner assignments

Can anyone help with the following:

1. What is the first seating time for Liberty's Mediterranean cruise? I have been told three different first seating times.

2. How do you get a table with a view? Is it just luck?

Love to read all the postings, I have learnt so much from reading them. I keep a pen and notepad beside the computer and jot down all the great advice.


88 days till we leave on Liberty's 12 day Mediterranean cruise
Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
  #2 (permalink)  
Old April 9th, 2006, 12:00 PM
Kuki's Avatar
Moderator
Admiral
 
Join Date: Aug 2000
Location: Right here :)
Posts: 22,384
Send a message via AIM to Kuki
Default

First seating, when we did the Liberty transaltantic crossing last Nov, was 5:45.

Seating is rather the luck of the draw, but if you're not pleased with it, see the dining room Maitre D. If possible, they'll try and move you to make you happy.
__________________
C U @ C,
Kuki
CruiseMates' Staff Writer
- The Kuki Side of Cruising-
A new Blog post every Wednesday
http://www.cruisemates.com/blog/author/kuki/
Reply With Quote
  #3 (permalink)  
Old April 9th, 2006, 12:25 PM
mehawk's Avatar
Senior Member
Admiral
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Houston aka Space City, Texas, USA
Posts: 9,687
Default

The worst seating assignment I ever had ws on the Grand Princess. My group was placed against the window but it was dark each time and the drapes were drawn.
__________________
Michael

Cruised more times than I can remember.

Good people sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.

Courage and perserverance have a magical talisman; before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish into the air.

Pick your company wisely! Hang around people who are going to help you become all God created you to be.
Reply With Quote
  #4 (permalink)  
Old April 10th, 2006, 12:05 AM
Senior Member
Admiral
 
Join Date: May 2003
Location: Massachusetts
Posts: 4,771
Default

Aussie,

2. How do you get a table with a view? Is it just luck?

Yes, but don't worry too much about the view. It will mostly be dark when you are at dinner, anyway.

Norm.
Reply With Quote
  #5 (permalink)  
Old April 10th, 2006, 08:07 PM
Member
Passenger
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Connecticut
Posts: 65
Send a message via MSN to Aussie
Default thanks

Thanks for the information. We'll just go with the flow
Reply With Quote
  #6 (permalink)  
Old April 10th, 2006, 09:32 PM
richstacy's Avatar
Senior Member
Admiral
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Denver Colorado, USA
Posts: 1,413
Default

Aussie, do you really want the first seating? On a nice cruise in the Med like yours, you may well have a long excursion that makes it very difficult to get back to the ship, get showered, dressed and to the dining room in time. That's one reason we always request late seating. Gives us lots of time to clean up, have a drink and relax before dinner! Obviously it's a matter of individual preference but an awful lot of people feel the same way we do. Just food for thought.
__________________
RichStacy
Landlocked in Denver, but cruisin every chance we get.

Polynesia, Carib. '86
Cr. Odyssey, Scandinavia, '91, 30 Day S Pac. 2002
Crystal Harm, Aust., N.Z., '94
Royal Odyssey, AK,'96
Old Cr. Pr. Canal, '97
RCCL, Carib, 1998
Volendam, Car, 2000
Ryndam, 35 day S. Am., Antarctica, '03
Is. Pr., Canal, 2004
Statendam, 34 day China, Japan, AK '06
Cr.Pr., Carib. 08
Eurodam, Atlantic, Med. '10
Golden Princess
Reply With Quote
  #7 (permalink)  
Old April 11th, 2006, 09:16 AM
Senior Member
Cruise Maniac
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Oklahoma City, OK
Posts: 126
Default

I'm with you RICHSTACY! Late seating give you an opprotunity to relax. When we have had early seating as soon as we were finished with lunch we only had about 2 hours before getting ready for dinner. We felt very rush and always on a time crunch! We always request late seating.
__________________
okiemom
Reply With Quote
  #8 (permalink)  
Old May 13th, 2006, 10:18 AM
Member
Passenger
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Connecticut
Posts: 65
Send a message via MSN to Aussie
Default

Thanks for the input. I think we will change our seating time to a later one. This board is great .........you get good advice and suggestions that perhaps you didn't think of. We have booked a shore excusion that doesn't get back until 5.15 pm which really doesn't give us much time to get ready for dinner.
Thanks again for the advice.
Reply With Quote
  #9 (permalink)  
Old August 14th, 2006, 02:13 PM
Junior Member
Passenger
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Marshall, MO 65340
Posts: 7
Send a message via AIM to fgrandma7 Send a message via MSN to fgrandma7 Send a message via Yahoo to fgrandma7
Default

We have found the main or early seating the best as our food seems to go down better than waiting till late. Most of the cruises allow you to eat late if you are on a tour. bonnie : -P
Quote:
Originally Posted by Aussie
Thanks for the input. I think we will change our seating time to a later one. This board is great .........you get good advice and suggestions that perhaps you didn't think of. We have booked a shore excusion that doesn't get back until 5.15 pm which really doesn't give us much time to get ready for dinner.
Thanks again for the advice.
Reply With Quote
  #10 (permalink)  
Old August 14th, 2006, 03:59 PM
Fieldmouse's Avatar
Senior Member
Admiral
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: California
Posts: 1,109
Default

When we went to Alaska...we had the early sitting and hated it because we had to rush to get back to the ship...dress etc. AND we missed taking all those great pictures as we were leaving Port.

But on a cruise to Mexico...which we have done several times...the early dinner sitting was fine..

SOooooo...for us, I guess it depends on our cruise itineary which is better.
Reply With Quote
  #11 (permalink)  
Old October 9th, 2006, 03:05 PM
colorcrazie's Avatar
Senior Member
Admiral
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Tampa Bay area
Posts: 2,706
Default

Fieldmouse,
I have always loved your name, but the pic you just added is priceless! I LOVE it!
Marty
Reply With Quote
  #12 (permalink)  
Old October 9th, 2006, 04:28 PM
Mike M's Avatar
Administrator
Admiral
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: You're Looking At Me
Posts: 23,769
Default

The bad part of having a table by window is that it's almost always dark outside and you end up seeing your own reflection. Unless you're a narcissist it isn't that big of a deal.

Take care,
Mike
__________________
Cruisemates Community Leader/Moderator

"There is a great difference between being well traveled and just having been to many places." ~Me

"Fear is the assassin of dreams." ~Me
Reply With Quote
  #13 (permalink)  
Old October 10th, 2006, 01:39 PM
Fieldmouse's Avatar
Senior Member
Admiral
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: California
Posts: 1,109
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by colorcrazie
Fieldmouse,
I have always loved your name, but the pic you just added is priceless! I LOVE it!
Marty
THANK YOU! Mike from CM helped put it up....I couldn't figure out how to do it! Thanks again Mike!

Which brings up the window seating. We had a lovely lovely table by the window...beautiful view...BUT the sun would shine on the other tables blinding that tables guests...so the waiters would ALWAYS close the shades. NO VIEW!

So Mike is right...it's either always dark outside OR they close the shades because the sun is shinning in another persons face...so we just don't make it a big deal anymore...(as long as we're not right next to the dirty dishes )
Reply With Quote
  #14 (permalink)  
Old November 19th, 2006, 07:15 PM
Member
Familiar Face
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: San Jose, CA
Posts: 55
Default

When we sailed last summer to Alaska, we requested early seating and were assigned late seating. We tried to change it but there was no availability.

When we got on the ship, we went to see our seating assignment in the Dining Room, it was all the way in the back right in the middle by the kitchen. We asked if they could change us and they were so nice, said "No Problem" and proceeded to move us all the way to the front by the waiters station next to a wall. Not better seating, but I wasn't about to complain. Neither table was desirable.

We ended up eating in the buffet on 3 of the 7 nights on the ship. The dining room and the buffet had basically the same food, but in the buffet we could eat when we wanted and sit by a window. It was just as nice, nicer in fact.

On my next cruise, I don't think I'll worry about the dining room much at all. We'll eat in the restaurants, (Like Chops or Portofino's) and the buffet. Probably skipping the dining room all together!

BTW, in Alaska, the sun was still up for late dining and the view in from the buffet was wonderful! I loved watching the water go by, even on our sea days when we weren't in the Inside Passage.
__________________
Alaska SB - HA Zaandam - August 2012


Alaska NB - RCI Radiance of the Seas - August 06
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
CAbin assignments? NewCruiserUser8686 Carnival Cruise Lines 2 March 19th, 2008 01:01 PM
How are dinner seating assignments established? 71Corvette All Things Cruising 10 September 15th, 2007 03:16 PM
Cabin Assignments cinderelli Carnival Cruise Lines 5 October 24th, 2004 01:58 PM
Dinner assignments libby Royal Caribbean International 4 November 8th, 2003 10:54 PM
dinner seating assignments richard L Ask CruiseMates Staff 5 April 2nd, 2003 10:59 AM


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


 

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 07:32 AM.
design by: Themes by Design

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.1