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Old January 19th, 2010, 08:15 PM
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I am a fan of rotating the seats at dinner in the dining room.. you get a different view of the room, and different tablemates, [for the most part] nightly. Our waiters never had a problem with the rotation, and handle it beautifully.

I have yet to have anyone say, get out of my seat, or be upset.....not sure how I would react if they did

So do you change, and have you had anyone say....get up, and what did you do?
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Old January 19th, 2010, 10:47 PM
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no problem..we go with open dining
New table & tablemates each night
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I am a fan of rotating the seats at dinner in the dining room.. you get a different view of the room, and different tablemates, [for the most part] nightly. Our waiters never had a problem with the rotation, and handle it beautifully.

I have yet to have anyone say, get out of my seat, or be upset.....not sure how I would react if they did

So do you change, and have you had anyone say....get up, and what did you do?
Since we normally request a large table we like to rotate and sit next to different people each night..I don't think it's a big deal, do you?
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Old January 20th, 2010, 08:35 AM
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To me, it seems like the easiest way to get to really chat with your neighbor, rather than shouting. I have seen looks of surprise for a second come the faces of people coming to the table, but it passed quickly,and fun was had by all.

Over the years of chatting,I have heard of some unhappy people who vocalized their feelings..oh well...
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TRIP... absolutely agree. We did run into one table where a southern gentleman (and I'l use that term) would get to the dining room earlier and sit at the head of the table... one night we made it before he did and he was upset.. It was the table from "hell".. three sisters who drank themselves silly at night, this gentleman who told his wife (new) what to order, ridiculed Parrot Pop for wearing a tux on formal nights and another couple where the husband hardly showed up..
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Oh, my! We sat with that same group once . That's one reason we now do Anytime Dining.

If we were to go back to Traditional, we wouldn't object to sitting in different seats, but we wouldn't be the first to do so.

We do want to sit together, as DH is hard of hearing and I need to sit to his left. Otherwise we're both saying "huh?" all evening !
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Old January 20th, 2010, 08:06 PM
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Trust me when I say, my husband is always by my side...he would have apoplexy if we split up while dining
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In all seriousness, we have met some wonderful people at our tables.. there was one night we were all the first ones in the dining room and the last out..and when we are having great time, so isn't the wait staff..BTW just heard from one of our tables mates from three years go...she told me that we helped make their trip a fun time.. nice compliment...
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Old January 20th, 2010, 08:40 PM
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In October on the LIberty, we had made reservations for the supper club,later in the week,,we had such a fun time with our tablemates, we canceled..no regrets either..oh, btw, I hate rectangle tables, like we had..another reason to have seat rotation!
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What is it with men...my husband always likes " company"..jezz and yes I'm by his side. I If I take of or he is standing there and I walk away he has apolexy. He wants to take walkie talkie, but I refuse.. I remember the time I got "lost" in Heathrow..he had the papers and the $$ and I just went to the right instead of the left when we went into a shop Oh I know what you mean. Parrot Pop has a hearing problem too and never likes to wear his "aids".. and I'm always repeating he he doesn't hear me..MEN!!!
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Always a nice idea to rotate each evening, get to know your different tablemates, I think almost everyone would happly agree to move.
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It is understood isn't it.. that we move a couple....lol
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Old January 22nd, 2010, 03:33 PM
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Anytime dining is a great idea, but rotating, revolving dining partners every other night is like some sort of dining room speed dating scenario ,,,,and no thanks.

In my opinion itís a crap concept that was dreamed up by an anti social person who had the personal attention span of a newt or for anything else that happened milliseconds outwith any thought that was not THEIR OWN

And in reality THEY donít care if you gave them either 1 person or 100 people to dine with on a ship as they really donít care who they meet or what others have to say or think .

Sadly for them, some others like to meet other people in an area that is the most SOCIAL of all on ship, dining.

But we have from the anti social brigade crap and total crap solutions designed to fill in the social intelligence gap of some people that donít know how to talk outside themselves, that know how to react, or to deal with others that happen to be just there in the same place,,,, but outside their own bubble of thought and acceptance.

But for those normal people that actually want more than that one night or two on the same dining table. Then that appears very frightening, and for a lot of us normal social people it makes our cruiseÖ.. We got to meet and got to know a STRANGER

To the potential speed diners,,,How do you get through life dealing day after day with the same people?


My sorest point is itís a very sad social reflection on some people from ďtodayís societyĒ . They think in their own heads, oh I will be social in the scenario, but make it quick and not serious and then when finished after a pre determined time, then I can move onto the next person that I'm also not interesting in meeting or listening too

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We can only think of a couple of 'fixed time dining' occaisions where moving around caused any surprise from our table companions (most of whom we've gone on to spend the evenings with at shows, in bars etc.)

The first was with a wonderful gentleman called Monroe. We were on a table for 8, 4 of whom were regulars & knew each (albeit only during meal tmes). Well we came down one evening & I sat in "Monroe's Seat". I was chastised by the 2 elderly ladies who were travelling together, but decided that I wasn't going to move. Well Monroe arrived & sat in the seat next to my wife & we had a wonderful evening chatting, he had no problems what-so-ever. As we left I decided to apologise for taking "his seat" he looked at me & laughed "oh I see that Shirley has been organising you then". I turned out that she didn't like change & Monroe just sat in his seat for an easy life. A great guy, we hope he is still entertaining everyone in the ship bars on Karaoke nights.

The only time that we asked if anyone could move around was on the first night when a woman sat in the middle of the 3 remaining seats just as we arrived, meaning that Katrina & I would have to sit apart. Luckily it was the Maitre D' who was escorting us to the table, and it even took him 3 attempts to get her to agree to move.

Still any table on a ship beats having to make our own meals

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Hey DAvid,
Not sure you understood the musical-chair concept that was first asked. You have the same table, same tablemates and wait staff, but instead of sitting in the same exact place at the table, you move around. So the couple across from you one night may be next to you the next, not a big deal and a better way to talk to different people that you just met.
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Donna, glad you said something. I was shaking my head here.....
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Trip,
His reply seemed like he thought you were having different tablemates and table every night, not the case...
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I prefer old school dining with the same tablemates each night. We don't miss a meal in the dining room and we move around the table just to mix it up a bit.

On our last cruise my oldest son was interested in a girl his age at the table so we let him decide where he wanted to sit. He sat accross from her for a few nights then they started sitting next to each other. It was kinda cute.
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Our next cruise will be the same people every meal as were 2 of our 3 previous .I agree with the idea that its nice to meet new people ,however,on my last cruise we got stuck with nasty and unfriendly people almost every meal .
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