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Old April 15th, 2006, 06:33 PM
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We booked late for our upcoming April 19th 9 night cruise on the Constellation. All they had left was late seating. What are the chances of getting it switched to early seating? We plan to see the Maitre d first thing when we board. Would a tip help our cause? Is so, how much would be appropriate? Thanks!
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Hi popsec,

Are y'all on the waiting list for early seating?

Personally, I'd never tip the Maitre D for doing his job at the beginning of a cruise (JMO), but I've seen other posts from people who tipped $20.00. I don't know if it helps or not.

I'd suggest that you take Mom with you to see him. Seeing an "old" lady (from what you've said elsewhere, she's only "old" in years!) who wants early seating might help!

Good luck!
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Hi Fern

No, my Mom and I have early seating on the Zenith. It's this cruise starting Wed. on the Constellation that we're stuck with late seating..... maybe I could borrow an old person when I approach the Maitre D'
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popsec,

We booked late for our upcoming April 19th 9 night cruise on the Constellation. All they had left was late seating. What are the chances of getting it switched to early seating? We plan to see the Maitre d first thing when we board. Would a tip help our cause? Is so, how much would be appropriate? Thanks!

Your chances may be slim, but it won't hurt to ask the Maitre d' or Assistant Maitre d' who is handling seating complaints.

There probably will be some people who find that their tablemates are not working on the first couple nights of the cruise, and will ask to switch. The Maitre d' may well explain to some of them that first seating is full, but that he would be able to assign them to a different table at second seating. That may free up some tables at first seating. If you ask very, very politely, you just might get moved if -- and when -- there's an opening.

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Thanks Norm...and we will probably give it a shot.
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