We have done both on Princess Cruise Lines we had personal choice dining and we sat just the two of us a lot. I did miss the other cruise mates. They can give you advice on the shows and buffets. Also you have a good chance of being at the table with people who have cruised before and they make the best suggests. I do understand why you would want a table just the two of you. My Hubby is more of a quiet and private person then me.