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Old March 21st, 2007, 12:06 PM
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Default Do you prefer early or late dinner seating and why?

I was leaning more to late, because I would think that more of the kids would be in early seating and I would have more time to get ready for the evening from shore excursions. I am just not sure if i want to do 10:30 shows. I am a early riser, so I tend to go to sleep by 11:00 or so.
What do you guys prefer, and why???
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I don't like either one. We usually eat at about 1900 -1930. I like the lines that have the "anytime dining".

On our next RCI cruise, I picked early since it was the least of the two evils.
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Old March 21st, 2007, 01:06 PM
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I too prefer the anytime dining. Early seating is too early and late seating it way too late. With anytime I am free to go when I want. If we are in port late I may dine late. The best part is you get to meet new people each night and the conversation never gets stale.
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Love the late sitting since the kids are NOT there so enjoy early sitting!

OK, so I can be sarcastic, seriously, I only do early when travelling with my 70-something Mom and there a more families there too since late is 8:30 P.M. If you were to opt for the late sitting on "RCI," the buffet is open in the afternoon (usually 3-5) for both hot & cold munchies. Any follow-up questions, glad to answer, Robbie
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I prefer the late sitting because when you come back from that looooong day out it gives you time to sit and relax.Unless you want to make the show for the late sitting which is usually at seven.
If you are on the cruise line that has free style(NCL)cruising and go to dinner when you want you may never make it to the shows.
Then like some one said there is always the windjammer.
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Early seating if you have kids under the age of 12 - late seating otherwise.
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Thanks for all your advise..... I appreciate it. I will go with late seating!
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Late afternoon. pool area empties out....
Take a nap
Never hurry back from a port
Catch the show Before dinner
Have an adult beverage before dinner
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Hi Cowgirl,
From what you are saying, I'd re-think doing the early dinner and then catching the show after. This way still gives you time after dinner to do some onboard activities and still get to bed early enough to get up when you usually do. The late dinner is getting finished at around 10:00, just too late for me too.

I've found that on most port days, you are generally leaving around 5:00, so its not too difficult to get dressed for at 6:00 or 6:30 dinner.
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Old March 24th, 2007, 01:15 AM
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I dont have nearly as many cruises under my belt as some of these others, BUT on my one cruise I went on last year ....
I did early. I didnt notice kids AT ALL. Maybe they dont do the dinning room - and if they did, they were really well mannered. Its not like they would be running around anyway (right? I hope not.
That way you have all night to do whatever (shows etc) And your not going to bed with a full stomach
Excursion days, Donna said it right - I dont think that even on those days you would be running to the ship as it sails away - You would be on board with plenty of time to regroup and still enough time to rest and get ready.
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I always take the early seating. I would pick another ship if only 2nd seating was left and 1st was on a wait list. I eat dinner at home at 5pm so to me the 1st seating is really the 2nd seating. I would not want to be eating a full dinner at 8pm. 1st works for me. Both seatings have their advantages and disadvantages.

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Early is our preference, although I see why some would like a late dinner. For us early gives you the time to walk-off all the food you ate to much of , and see a show afterward...then do whatever it is we like that evening.

Also, we've never felt that we needed more time in a port to warrant a late dinner like some here felt, that's just personal choice. But a late dinner also means I'd be snacking at our normal dinner time, then I wouldn't enjoy the real meal later. Have a great trip.
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On most of our cruises it's just me and DW. We get back early from the excursions and we take a moment to rest and then we do the early seating. When we cruise with our adult kids and their kids we do the early seating.
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Since we are talking about dinners. Does anyone know if kids age 17 are allowed to go to the speciality restaurant on their own?
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Late when I don't have the kids, early with the kids.
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I prefer the early seating and going to the show after that. Most cruises I have been on if you have the second seating, the show is usually before dinner. Go to show and then go to dinner. Eat early and the go to show
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We like early seating as well. We get back on the ship in time to lounge by the pool with a tropical drink and them up to get a shower about 5:00.
After dinner hubby stops by the casino while I try to get a good seat at the theater. After the show, we go check out the night life. I would think waiting until 8:00 to get started with dinner would make me want to snack or have way too many drinks
When we were on the last cruise with our adult kids, they had their kids at Adventure Ocean during dinner. We only had dinner with them the first night!
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I'm gonna try this again, maybe it got lost in this thread....
Since we are talking about dinner...........Does anyone know if teenagers 17 and 18 are allowed to go to the speciality restaurants without an adult.....what is the age limit........
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