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Old January 15th, 2008, 05:29 PM
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Are there any specific advantages over choosing main vs. late seating? Do you miss any shows on the ship if you choose late seating?
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Old January 15th, 2008, 05:33 PM
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The show schedule favors the late sitting. You go to the shows before dinner rather than after.

Usually - early is 2100 and late 1900.
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I used to only dine late, and one cruise Kuki, switched me to early:)
I think the main advantage is you are not finishing dinner so very late...

Early allows you to see the show, or go to the casino, etc, and feel like your night is still all ahead of you...
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Interesting, I always thought they did two separate shows... One after each seating. Is this not the case?
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Old January 15th, 2008, 07:05 PM
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Interesting, I always thought they did two separate shows... One after each seating. Is this not the case?
I believe they do separate shows the early seating people catch the show that is playing while the main seating people are eating; whereas the main people catch the early show.

I am the reverse of Trip I used to always booked the early seating; but after seeing most of the shows, I don't go to the production shows but would rather go to the late night comedy shows. also with early seating, it may interefere with an excursion etc and I like to hang at the pool until late afternoon, so with main seating there is no rush to get back to room, showerd, dressed etc... I can take a power nap; then get ready for the evening and stay up late enough for the late shows; close the casino or disco, depends on which one I am having more fun in.
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My dining strategy mirrors Ms. Blackjack perfectly.

I usually like to get back on the ship. Take a nap and then have plenty of time to dress for dinner. While I am eating a bit late, it seems to work out perfectly with the late night activities onboard. Just about the time that dinner ends, it is time for either the late show, the piano bar, kayoake or a turn on the slots before hit the dance club.

One bit perk of the late sittings is that there are few children that hour. Don't get me wrong, I don't mind kids but I prefer them to eat while I am not trying to have a semi-formal dining experience. Often times, especially after a port day, the little ones are so over-simulated that dinner can be torture for both the youngster and the parent. I also know that parents are often subconscious about the fact that their offspring is behavior in a perfect understandable manner -- they are being impossible to control, please or even feed. Hence, I relinquish the early seatings to the mommies and daddies on the ship so that they do not feel a need to look over at me, in all of my childlessness, and apologize for the noise, flying food or other short-person created snafu.
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I only do early. I don't want to be eating dinner so late. I also rather eat dinner then see the show versus see the show before dinner.

But the late seating does give you more time in port.
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When I have kids with me, I done early, send them off to Adventure Ocean and enjoy the rest of the evening watching a show and enjoying the piano bar or disco. When not cruising with kids, I dine late and hang at the pool until sundown, take a nap and get ready for a later evening.
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We prefer late as it extends the day. Last April on Serendade the show was after dinner and in August on Liberty before dinner. We prefer the later show as it takes away one of the benefits of the late dinner seating.
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HANDS DOWN the LATE seating!!!

On average you need to be in port by 5pm, Often 6pm. There is NO way I am coming in early from the beach, rushing up into my cabin, showering, squeezing into a dress, drying my hair, make up, etc etc to be at dinner by 6:30!! NO WAY!!!

We stay at the beach ALL DAY, take our time getting onto the ship, go straight up to the pool and have a sail away drink.. often a snack from wind jammer.. relax and sometimes nap along side the pool while we depart from the pier... listen to the horn as it is just as exciting every time! Then about 7:30 head down to the cabin, shower and get ready. We dont rush and stress seeing every show. If their is a particular show, like a comedian, we will se it, if not its sitting at the roulette table waiting for the dinner doors to open! And voila! theres my very unstressfull day!

AND IF i had kids, which i dont... i would get them dinner while at the pool from the wind jammer, have them eat all they can eat there and before i go to dinner at 8:30 I would check them into ocean adventure and enjoy a romantic evening at dinner. No I woldnt make them starve until 9pm for their first course.

I will NEVER have the early seating!
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HANDS DOWN the LATE seating!!!



I will NEVER have the early seating!
Please tell us how you really feel. 8)
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This is easy if you have young children seat early if your children are over 13 eat late. they have shows for both times however keep in mind early seating is 6 or 6:30 and if you get back on the ship from the day out at 5pm you have no time to relax only get ready to go eat your shows are at 10pm. Late sitting you can grab a snack when you return to the ship and shower nap and get ready for dinner and grab a 7:30 show befor 8:30 dinner.. I will say at late seating you will not see small children.
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This is easy if you have young children seat early if your children are over 13 eat late. they have shows for both times however keep in mind early seating is 6 or 6:30 and if you get back on the ship from the day out at 5pm you have no time to relax only get ready to go eat your shows are at 10pm. Late sitting you can grab a snack when you return to the ship and shower nap and get ready for dinner and grab a 7:30 show befor 8:30 dinner.. I will say at late seating you will not see small children.
I was thinking that the early seating would be better even with my fourteen year old daughter because I thought they had some activities in the early evenings for kids that begin after the main seating. I need to look further into this because I know she will not want to miss at least the ice show on the Navigator and will want to see one of the other variety type shows.

We did the late seating when cruised by ourselves and have to say I was starving by dinner, but went to shows after dinner by my recollection. We have two port days that end at 5:00, but thought we would still have time to get ready for dinner or maybe even not eat in the dining room on one of those nights if we feel too rushed.

I need to re-think this and find out if there is any way to check the show schedules and also the kids club (can't remember what RCI calls it) time frames. Don't know what to do! It will also depend on whether DD connects with any of the kids in her age group which will determine how much we will even see her. If she makes a friend, won't see her a lot but if not, she'll do more things with us.
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For me it's ONLY EARLY! (I learned that from Animal Rights) I enjoy eating first, then taking in the big production shows, and still being hungry enough to enjoy a nice snack at the famous midnight buffet. (when they have one) My home schedule doesn't allow eating late, so that's the way we do it aboard ship as well.

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We have sailed the navigator several times ,my 17 year olddaughter said that your daughter is old enough to go to the teen disco 12-17. most evenings she met the other girls at 10pm after the early seating shows (8:30) and after second seating finished there dinner. We always seat second and we always do the thursday 6:30 ice show then went to dinner the adult shows never start before 10:30. Just remember early seating has late shows second seating has early show thats how they accommodate everyone so nicely. You also can call customer service and they will give you the times and if your a member of the crown and anchor club you can email them.
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