Most ships have done away with regular midnight buffets, in favor of some areas of the ships being open late for snacks and pizza. Many ships have one midnight buffet during the course of a cruise, but not every night any more. The outcry from the public regarding wasted food finally registered with cruise line execs.
My God ! What time do you people go to bed????
Then again, What time do you get up ???
If I finish eating at 10pm (2nd sitting) I then spend at least an hour at the show. (11:30 pm) then I'll hit some of the bars, do some casino action, walk around and look at the stars etc...
I'm not in bed until at least 1 or 2 am and then I'm up around 6:30 am to take on the next day.
So, I'm certainly not going to bed full if I finish at 10pm and take 4 more hours before nodding off.
Don't get overwrought about it Tom, it's just that I can't sleep if I eat late (acid reflux) and 4 hours of sleep is not enough for me. I usually go to bed before midnight (usually 11pm) on a cruise and get up around 5 or 6am.
But I can always sleep when I get home. I wait for a whole year to go on a cruise and heck if I'm spending it in bed unless it's for something other than sleeping. But that's a discussion for a different web site.
We do early seating for dinner - - we usually eat at 6:30 at home, and at home, bedtime is usually 9:00... On board, we usually are in bed by 11:00. Besides, if you eat earlier, you can justify the last trip to the ice cream bar before bed.. . .
Wow guys and gals, thanks so much for the replies, i think it is about 50/50 at the moment. I have to come clean and add alittle bit more information. I nearly feel embarrassed calling our trip a cruise. It is a Friday 6pm to Monday 8am weekend at sea. We are leaving from Adelaide (South Australia), travelling to Kangaroo Island, which is a small Island off of the South Australian coast line. The ship will dock there for a day, then turn around and come back. Keeping this in mind, the shore excursions dont really come into the equation. This is all happening in Feb 09, and even though this is such a small time away we are very excited about being on a cruise ship for the first time, hopefully if we enjoy, it will be a fore runner of bigger and better cruises. The ship we are going on is The Athena, with CIC. If anyone can shed any light on what she is like, we would really appreciate it. Look forward to reading any responses, hope you are all haveing a great day/night
All I know is I get to go on a cruise once a year so far. So I make the most of every minute of it. I get up early and go to bed late. It usually catches up with me by the last day though, and I sleep late if it is a sea day.
The second sitting gives me time for a power nap between the Lido Happy Hour and Dinner. I am one of the first people at Breakfast, and I am always in the Casino when they close it.