oreo, you've hit on one of the biggest areas of complaint with HAL. There is a fight over early dining with HAL passengers for every sailing. Some book a year in advance to be assured of early seating and it fills early consistantly. Then those who book later and want it desperatley cannot be confirmed for early seating or in some cases even waitlisted for it. Then when those who were denied early seating at the time of booking gte back they write letters and call frequently and say the early dining room was not even close to full on any night they went by. I have no idea why someone who will go to any lengths to get early seating would not even bother to show up in the dining room but it happens a lot.