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Old June 13th, 2010, 04:19 AM
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I took a cruise in Fantasy Apr 20th 2010 out of Mobile. I had late seating. I noticed about 15 minutes or more before dinner a "very long" line forms out side the door and goes down over 1/2 side of ship. Yes. I stood in it the first night like all the other "suckers" but after that, I left my cabin for dinner a few minutes after the door opened and I just walked right in..We all have reserved tables..Why waste your time in line waiting?
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Old June 13th, 2010, 09:09 AM
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I agree, don't care to wait in line ether, just leave your cabin at the dinner time and by the time you get there, you walk right in.
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Old June 13th, 2010, 11:28 AM
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On one ship they had the dinner bell system & wee were one deck below the dining room so if we tried to go to dinner you could not get up the stairs it was lined up
We would give them 5 minute then just walk in
After that when we hear the bell system we would just laugh "call of the wildebeest"
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Old June 13th, 2010, 01:24 PM
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Great question (and one that never ocurred to me). Although I did figure out the first night on my first cruise that 5 minutes procrastination saved 15 minutes of time.
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Old June 13th, 2010, 03:40 PM
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I agree that it's hard to understand why some folks want to line up 10-15 minutes prior to the door opening. Maybe it's just to socialize with others, etc. and maybe it's to be the first to the table--who can figure.
But on the other side of the coin, if everyone waited 5-10 minutes,then went, you'd have the same problem--there would still be a line so it's good in a way that they do line up--at least when the door opens it clears out the crowd for those of us who wait a few minutes.
There's always plenty of food available so we don't worry about not being fed.
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Old June 13th, 2010, 08:04 PM
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Let me give you my opinion, in a positive vein....first of all, I don' think that many people are in their cabins, right before dinner..they are out and about, in the casino, shopping, or maybe a lounge or bar, and they saunter down to the dining room, and waiting there, is another reason to shmooze, and meet more people. Meet up possibly with your tablemates, and begin table chat before you get there.

I will admit, that sometimes, with some ships configurations in front of the dr, and can get congested, but for the most part, it's another cruise tradition...for those who wait it out elsewhere, well that's why Heinz makes 57..it's all good!
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Old June 13th, 2010, 11:52 PM
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At least these people know why they are waiting in line.
When the "herd mentality" gets started, people do many crazy things.

Every time I walk through my ship, I find many people waiting in many lines - often needlessly.
It never fails that someone waiting in a line will stop me and ask me what the line they are in is for.

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another point to ponder, i think that like Trip said a lot of its about socializing and to see what everyone else is wearing, especially on formal nights
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If you are in a wheelchair it might take you 20 or more minutes to catch an slevator so you learn to start early.before i was paralyzed we would use the stairs but now that isnt an option
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Old June 14th, 2010, 09:23 PM
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Frankly I've had all the same thoughts as has been posted here - to the point where I would purposely sit around in the cabin until the dining time arrived just so I wouldn't be in the herd. But then, why do that to myself? So now if I am out and about on the ship and it is close to dinner time I'll sit in a nearby lounge and wait. Sometimes I'll see someone I know in the line and walk up and chat. But I no longer think any less of those standing at the door. They are having a good time and enjoying their cruise. Why criticize them?
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Old June 15th, 2010, 08:55 PM
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When I see the dinner line I usually tour the ship for a while until the line clears. The best part of a reserved table is that you need not arrive early to queue up.

The exception is if you prefer a particular seat at your reserved table--a view of the sea instead of the prep area, next to the babe instead of the baby, etc.
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Old July 1st, 2010, 04:16 PM
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"We all have reserved tables..Why waste your time in line waiting? "

Because it is natural,,actually it is on a few counts for some. Some folks will think it is bad manners to be late to the table to both the waiting staff and other table mates, but others will just want to be in there first to make sure they dont miss anything going, for others they have nothing else to do!!

Those ones kill me, they already have their table, but they will be standing outside that dining room door 30 mins before they are due to go in,,,WHY? Why not just go to a bar or lounge and chill and go in when the dining room doors open, easy, chilled, and your seat is still there.

Your not gonna get fed any quicker,,,so why do they do it? I can only think its a controlling, habit, that comes with age and a thing for some "folks".

Same as the ones that start a Q on the gangplank to disembark in port at least an hour before the ship opens to disembark. Okay you got off the ship 10 mins before anyone else,,,,but you stood there for an hour???? How does that tie up?

We are your fellow passengers, not your competition on everything that hapens on ship,,chill. You dont have to beat us to everything!!! Sadly some think they do
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Old July 1st, 2010, 04:45 PM
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ON P&O Arcadia we used to go for a drink before dinner, usually we would get down about 8/8-15 for 8-30 dinner & sit & watch the queue grow & grow & disappear down the ship....then it starts to move & they shuffle towards the dining room, eventually it disappears & we wander in, even THEN people are still being seated. We used to marvel at why...
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I think this may happen more often for the second seating because people have time on their hands and decide to go ahead to the dining room early, not realizing the doors don't open until they open.
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I usually see the long lines before the first seating. The second seating does get somewhat of a Que but people don't start lining up outside the doors a half hour early like they do for first seating.

The worst I ever saw was on NCL Jade. The entrance to the main dining room was right at the end of the stairwell and people blocked the stairs and lined up into the Pub long before the doors opened.

I just grab a seat at a lounge, have a drink and wait until the initial rush is over.

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Let me share our experience we just had on the Liberty. We were assigned 8:15 PM dining and most nights we arrived at the doors at our designated time (not early, not late). Our table was well within our view and we would watch the previous diners sit there, enjoying their coffee, talking away, oblivious to diners waiting for their turn to eat.

Even our waiters would look over at us and roll their eyes.
It was hilarious watching them snatch the soiled tablecloths off and start removing the used dishes, before they were even half-way out of their chairs when they finally decided to leave.

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Old July 2nd, 2010, 06:52 AM
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it's either you get there early or late to avoid the hassle

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Old July 2nd, 2010, 09:26 AM
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Let me share our experience we just had on the Liberty. We were assigned 8:15 PM dining and most nights we arrived at the doors at our designated time (not early, not late). Our table was well within our view and we would watch the previous diners sit there, enjoying their coffee, talking away, oblivious to diners waiting for their turn to eat.

Even our waiters would look over at us and roll their eyes.
It was hilarious watching them snatch the soiled tablecloths off and start removing the used dishes, before they were even half-way out of their chairs when they finally decided to leave.

This is another reason why we don't do 1st sitting, within reason you can take as long as you like on 2nd. There are those too who are determined not to spend a penny while on the ship so won't go to a bar.
I also get the impression that lovers of 1st are those that are creatures of habit & have their main meal at home at a fixed time..eg-UK tea time.
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Conquest's Alfred's bar an hour before dinner. Drink and talk with the bartenders (they were great!) until the line starts to move. Saves all that time wasted drinking while eating. I watched the people in line and they were having a great time too. It's all good if it ain't work!
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If I read the original note right , you were probably being rude by cutting in front of the line for traditional seating.

The line normally starts because some folks like being early and find the doors closed. Once the doors are open then the line starts to move and it is polite to follow the original people who were waiting for the doors to open.

Some cruise ships have been known to close the doors after 15 minutes which probably explains the early lineup or pictures were that evening.
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