I always take early. Second seating would be too late for me. I like the extra time in the evening to burn off the dinner calories!
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I always struggle with this one. Early is too early as I like to hang out at the pool all afternoon. Late is too late as I don't like to be full at 10PM. When with kids, I do early, when without, I do late.
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We always take the early seating, I prefer to see the show and have a drink after dinner.
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We always did late till we cruised with Kuki..now early suits us best...I have never spent an entire day in port, so we come back use the pool and maybe a nap, ready for early seating, and ready to rock and roll at night.
To have a full stomach at 10 at night is distressing.......
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I agree with DTW, early is too early and late is too late...... our group for Alaska in June has opted for HAL's new open seating..... I'm really looking forward to seeing how this works out. Maybe DH and I can find a happy medium.
I prefer the late seating as I enjoy the balcony during port departures and watching the sunset with a cocktail I also don't like to rush to get ready for dinner after arriving back on board at the end of the day.
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depends on the time zone you live in and the time zone you are cruising out of
I live in the CDT and usually cruise out of the EST, therefore I choose early to keep my internal clock in sync..if I cruise out of the PST, I choose late..if I cruise in Europe, it doesn't matter because my system is totally out of whack anyway
I like the early sitting, mainly because we have children. Even prior to the kids, we did early seatings though. I think I felt like I had more time to do things in the evening. The only problem with an early seating is formal night when you've been doing shore excursions all day. I always feel a little rushed to get ready.
I've always done late dinner. This time (July 08) I wanted to do early, but stuck with late... I just think it gives you more time to relax and prepare for 8:30 seating... But that's me...
Which do you prefer?
We have always done early sitting. If we eat late we can sleep very well .
We naturally are early risers so early works better for us.
I think it is personal preference.
Some people normally early (5PM) and others eat late (7PM).
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We did early for our first 10 cruises or so and then switched to late. We like both for their own reasons, but I have to say, I'm thinking of switching back to early! I'm getting to old to stay up past midnight and the last couple cruises, we've literally eaten dinner and gone to bed!
I like early. We had late one time and my poor dd was five and asleep after the soup. I just booked she and I a four day on Monarch for the end of July..all they had was late...I hope we can get it done in an hour or so. I guess we will not be ordering room service at one in the morning..oh well..When I booked the man said they would put me on wait list..but I do not see it on my printout. Should I just go to the dining room first night and inquire? thanks..lpt
Something I find interesting. For my upcoming Princess cruise, I requested "early" dinner...Found out today that we're number 400 on the waitlist for early dinner. My thinking is this, why not take a large part of the dining room for the anytime seating and make it early traditional?? Seems there is a want for early traditional dinner, with 400 ahead of me for that, seems like its something for Princess to consider or be ready for a few hundred people coming down to dinner around 6:00PM? Just a thought on my part.