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Old 09-15-2006, 08:05 PM
SMG SMG is offline
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Is there a certain time for guests to arrive for dinner on the ship? Can you eat in any resturant at any time? Im confused on how this works????
Plus, do you have to dress up for all meals on the ship? How do you know which ones are formal, which are semi-formal, and which are casual.
Are these things explained in a book when you get there? leaving monday need advice.
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Old 09-15-2006, 08:38 PM
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SMG, on most cruise ships, you can request, and are then assigned to, "main" or "second" seating in the dining room for dinner. If you're in main seating, dinner usually starts at 6PM. Second seating for dinner starts at 8:30pm. They request that you be at your table no more than 15 minutes after those times.

Breakfast and lunch in the dining room are usually "open seating," which means you go to the dining room whenever you want within the times the dining room is open. The waiter will seat you and your party at a table that is likely to have other people at it as well.

Dressing for breakfast and lunch is casual. Depending on the length of your cruise, there will likely be one or two "formal" nights. Each night you'll get a program of the next day's events and activities, which will also list suggestions for dinner dress.

Most ships also have alternative eating places including a buffet that is available for all three meals. If there are other restaurants onboard, you usually have to make a reservation for the night you want to eat there.

Your travel agent can give you more information, including what time you've been placed for dinner. You can get a lot of general information on the cruise line's web site, whichever line it is.

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Old 09-15-2006, 09:50 PM
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SMG, I don't know what cruise line you are sailing. So I am only speaking about Carnival.

Most sailings have 4 dinner times for the main dining rooms. Usually Main 6,6:30, Late 8,8:30.

Not to dispute Sandy, but to my knowledge the Formal dining room for breakfast and lunch as it says Open Seating refers to it not being assigned seating, not what time you are expected.

The casual Buffet's are come when you want, sit where you want etc. during their service hours.

I no longer discuss dress for the Main/Formal dining room

As Sandy said there is a wealth of info on the cruise lines sites. And I am only referring to Carnival.

Best to you for a wonderful cruise,
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