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Old May 31st, 2011, 12:20 PM
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Default Prebooking your dining and entertainment

So, you've booked your cruise on the new mega ship,and, you wait patiently for the day, when you are allowed to book your entertainment and dining. Your mind is saying...I just know everyone wants to eat in the ____ dining room, just when I want to..Will I get it?????

How do you feel about booking where to eat, and, when to watch shows, while you are at home in your bathrobe filling out your wishes on the computer?

So, those Cruisemates, who have done this...were you happy with your selections? Did you have any issues if you wanted to change.

In general, did you like the process, or you would prefer to just punt?

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Old May 31st, 2011, 10:12 PM
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Hi Trip, we would never pre-book a show ! We don't know what we'll want to do until it's almost time to do it!

We might pre-book the Steakhouse, but have found that it's easily booked once on board.

So I guess we prefer to Punt !
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Old June 1st, 2011, 12:02 AM
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Never had to book entertainment from home but I do book excursions and dining as soon as bookings are open. We like to arrange dinners with friends so you do have coordinate nights and restaurants in advance.

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Don't some of the NCL ships have entertainment that must be pre-booked?

We pre-book excursions that we really want to do. Others we play by ear.

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So far, I've never pre-booked a dinner reso or a show, but it looks like on my upcomming Allure of the Seas cruise that is may be a good idea. I've read lots of suggestions on our boards to do so, so I will.. Better to be safe than sorry.

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Old June 1st, 2011, 10:37 AM
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we always pre-book our excursions and our dining time.
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Old June 1st, 2011, 10:58 AM
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I will "pre-book" an extended excursion or tour. However, I usually book it with an independent and not through the cruise line.

One thing that "sort" of bothered me was when I sailed on Norwegian Epic the buzz was that you had to pre-book all of your dining and entertainment or you would be out of luck. This went completely against the whole "Freestyle" concept for me. Because of pre-booking it made the cruise more "traditional" and held me to a schedule I didn't want to be held to.

The reality was that there were plenty of spaces in the specialty restaurants and none of the shows, except Cirque, were sold out.

I really dislike having to put together a schedule of when I'm going to eat and then coordinate my entertainment times long before I ever step foot on the ship.

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On the Epic, we were trying to coordinate some dinners with pals, the entertainment not so much. We als had the ability to move times around before the cruise too. I do remember for our time, for Second City, which by the way, is in a terrible venue, this seating was sold out,and there was a long line trying to get in. I don't think that was the norm though.

When we were at the theater, for the Blue Man, it's so big, there were no issues.

Given my druthers,I prefer not to do it this way again.

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I have booked our specialty dining reservations in advance to ensure that we get the dates and times we enjoy. As for excursions, I usually wing it until on board. For our next cruise, I am looking at independent tours which may need to be booked in advance of sailing.
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We just returned from our Oasis cruise having pre-booked our our dining and shows. It worked out great for us. The first shows were at 8:30p, 9p or 9:30p. We had MTD and usually booked between 6 and 6:30p. You could show up any time after your scheduled time and get the size table you wanted. When you go to the show they would scan your SeaPass to let you in and we had choice seats. If you didn't have reservations you had to wait till 10 minutes before the show started and get the remaining seats. You did not see anyone saving seats except at the open venues. We knew our port plans and planned accordingly and we never felt rushed. The one drawback was if you meet people during the day or at dinner then not being able to go to the show with them if they reserved it for another night. Everyone we talked to liked the idea and knew their schedule.
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