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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...

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normally we do late seating but on our last cruise on the Freedom we did early seating because our group had kids sailing with us and i must say that 6pm dinner worked out just great
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This is our second cruise. We dined early on the first one, and late on this one. Last time was a 9-nighter. This time, just three. I'll be able to answer that question after June 10.
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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.
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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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i have alway's done late, but maybe i will try early.
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I like early, leaves enough time to do some things after dinner, show, casino, etc. I've always had enough time to get showered and changed by 6 or 6:30, you normally leave ports around 5:00 anyway.
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I like the early seating. As stated gives you time after dinner to do some things. You can always grab a snack later.
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We opt for the early sitting - husband is on meds and has to eat at certain times.
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I always do Early,,,then I am hungry for the snacks, and pizza, and other stuff at midnight!

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I'm in the 'early with kids, late without' camp.
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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
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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.
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On a relaxation cruise I like late dining. I can take a nap before dinner and stay up late and sleep in.

On a destination-oriented cruise where I really want to see the next port every day I like early. Back from port, have dinner and go to bed for an early start the next day.
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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?

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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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Early!

We were never in a rush to get dressed for dinner. We like to get the dinner out of the way to have the night for fun: dancing, casino, shows, drinking....

We are late sleepers (2 or 3am) and early risers (7am).
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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!
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Early we sometimes sneak into the first show if we finish dinner quickly.
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I like the late, it is nice to to sit on deck while getting under way, and not have to rush to get ready for dinner.
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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
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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.
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I like late seating, cuz it gives you more time to get ready, and this next cruise i'm going on is to alaska, and i plan to be outside mostly looking at the seanery and looking for whales.
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I like eating early, then I can go to Johnny Rockets at midnight and eat burgers and fries. Oh and a milkshake.
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We've always had late dining, but I have a question for the early diners;
is it mostly families with children who eat early?
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When I have eaten at the early seating, yes there are families with their kids; however, it seems as the week progresses you see less and less kids, they end up with mom and dad in the windjammer
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