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Old July 8th, 2008, 09:51 PM
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New to cruising here, and I have a specific question as it relates to how RCI does dining. How difficult is it to get a table for four in the main dining room, and what is the process to do that? I'm specifically talking about the Freedom class of ships. My wife and I are planning a cruise with my parents and we'd like to be able to sit with just them. I've searched for the answer on your forums (which are very helpful, and have answered several of my other questions) and haven't been able to find the specific answer. Any info would be appreciated. Thanks!
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Old July 8th, 2008, 10:48 PM
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It has been my experience on cruise ships in general that dining requests are just that, a request. Nothing is ever written in stone until you are on the ship at which point the Matre' D (spelling?) can make adjustments if possible.
I would double check that with your travel agent.

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Old July 9th, 2008, 09:21 AM
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Talk to your TA or whoever you booked your cruise with, you should be able to link your reservations. However Mike-Suz is correct in the previous post you wont know until your are onboard.
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Old July 9th, 2008, 11:40 AM
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When you get on board, you will have an opportunity to speak to the Matre' D. Its a little bit of a wait and hopefully he can help you out. but you need to do this ASAP. Its probably an hour after sail away.

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If your travel agent links your reservations you'll be seated together for dinner on any ships that have specific "assigned" dining.

Do that, and you have nothing to worry about.

Your travel agent can request a table for 4, or larger if you'd like.... though the table size is just a request.
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As usual, Kuki is dead on. The reservation numbers need to be linked by your T/A (and the T/A needs to verify that it was done). After that, we have changed our table size right after boarding if our request wasn't met. They are so used to dealing with all the changes that the hours/location to meet the Matre'D is posted right on your "Day One planner."
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