We did early dining. I liked the sit down atmosphere of formal dining...although i would have been just as happy with something off of a buffet. We chose early dining b/c it was our first cruise and we didn't know what the evening shows were timed like and didn't want to miss anything. Early dining gave us plenty of time to eat, change and we went ot the 8:00-10:00 shows then went back to the room ..let the teens run around a little while i got our 5 yr old to bed..then they came back and "babysat' her sleeping while we went to the 12;00 shows. Worked out great for us.
Carnival Fantasy 6/05
RCCL Sovereign of the Seas 4/07
RCCL Navigator 12/07
RCCL Navigator 11/08
RCCL Liberty 7/4/09
We too love the early dining and was surprised to find out that on our next cruise there was no more available tables for that time. We are only a party of two so found that kind of funny. They told us to check with the head waiter the first night and ask to be switched. I just like to eat early when there is that much food available. They say the average weight gain is a pound a day......Yikes
Steve and Karen~
No more Huggies and Hamburger Helper...The Boys are in college.... So lets go have some fun!!
I really liked the early dining option. Even without kids, I would still do this. I liked having dinner over by 7ish and having the whole evening ahead of me for shows, entertainment, wandering, coffee drinks, etc.
I seem to remember that late dinner seating gave me a feeling of rushing out to catch the last show. I don't remember doing a whole lot after the last show other than the midnight buffets which are mostly a thing of the past.
One of my favorite cruise pleasures is lingering over a late dinner. From there I take a wonderful stroll on the deck and then maybe on to some late night entertainment - but more ofen than not, return to my cabin.
Ruth and Raoul,
I, too, love to end the evening with a stroll around the deck. Actually late seating is a relatively new treat for me, since I had to wait for my children to be old enough to appreciate eating dinner later.