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Old August 29th, 2008, 11:25 PM
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Which seating does everyone prefer? We have always opted for the first seating but are considering the late seating this time.
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Old August 30th, 2008, 01:07 AM
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I always do late. Why rush to get showered and dressed after getting in from the ports. No way am I ready by 6. after dinner you have a show and then one to two hours before the next round of entertainment. If you need a snack at 5 go to the pizza or the buffet. Eat at 8 because if you like the night life on the ship you are better able to enjoy it.
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I always do early. I don't want to be eating dinner at 9pm. I want to be able to digest my food before the dancing starts for the evening.
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I always do late. Why rush to get showered and dressed after getting in from the ports. No way am I ready by 6. after dinner you have a show and then one to two hours before the next round of entertainment. If you need a snack at 5 go to the pizza or the buffet. Eat at 8 because if you like the night life on the ship you are better able to enjoy it.
I'm with you jmel21, 6 comes along way to soon when you are in port or out enjoying the pools and the pool bars. We just can't seem to pry ourselves away to go get a shower and get cleaned up for a 6 o'clock dinner.

On Voyager and Feedom class ships, the pizza and other goodies at the Cafe Promenade (the Fresh Mozzerella and Tomato on a Croissant... mmmmm) will definitely hold you over until dinner at 8 or 8:30. And I'm one that has to eat at 5 to 5:30 when I'm at home. And on our last three cruises , we also seem to meet the nicest people, both passengers and crew in the Cafe. Also you can alway forgo the dinning room for Chops and Portofino or even the buffet. Ohh... the Seafood Skewer in portofinos....
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Late. Gives us more time to just hang around... no rushing to get ready for dinner.
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I always do late seating (8:30p). That way I'm not rushed to get back from port or the pool.

I eat my dinner then go dance it off in the disco
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We're part of the late crowd too. Same reasons as everyone else...we don't want to have to rush back for an early dinner and cut the day short. It's easier to get ready at a slower pace after the day knowing you don't have to be at dinner until 8:30. Besides...when we're home...that's usually around the time we head to dinner anyway so it really doesn't seem that late.
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I like the late seating, more time to get ready, dont have to rush.
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We prefer to eat later, gives us time to unwind after coming in from port, most times there's even enough time to get some "sleep" before dinner!!!

I think eating later also stretches the night for us because it seems like once we hit the bed we fall asleep. I really need to spend money a better mattress.. lol
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Early. We usually get back from the ports in time enough to be at dinner by 6:00. There is time to relax for a little bit then shower and get dressed. We are done with dinner by 8:00 and the party can resume.
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We did late on our last cruise and are booked late on our next. (We don't usually eat until 8:00 or later at home with kids in sports and long commutes). The only downside is that after a long day in the sun and a big meal finishing up at 9:30 or 10:00, there is a temptation to be lulled to an early bedtime and miss the after dinner activities. One night we just stretched out in our clothes after dinner to think what we wanted to do and the next thing we knew we woke up suddenly and it was 2:00 am!
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I like the late dining. There is no rush to get back from port and getting ready is more relaxed.
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We are used to eating early at home and I prefer early seating while cruising. I like the fact that it is still light outside so if we're sitting near a window, there is nothing like looking out to sea while we are dining.
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Late seating is the best, no rush to have to get there early and after excursions it can be pretty tough. Also I know some people who work on the ships and they say witht the first seating the food is generally prepared hours before such as steaks etc. The common food is always prepeared early, however with the late seating most of the steaks etc. are mostly cooked to order due to the supply being deplenished from the first seating.
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