How does dinner seating work? we will have six in our party. Is it still possible that we will be eating with another family or group? Also, are the kids allowed to dine during the formal dinner?
Breakfast and lunch are usually open seating, meaning you get seated at a table when you go to the dining room. If all 6 of you go together, you may or may not be at a table that holds 6. You can also eat breakfast and lunch at the very extensive buffet near the pool.
For dinner, you tell your travel agent when you book the cruise if you prefer main seating (around 6pm) or late seating (around 8:30pm). When you check in for your cruise at the pier, you are given your table number, and you eat at that table each night. Many or most tables hold 6 or 8 people, so you could have a table to yourselves, or with two more people. There are some tables that hold 10, and if you request a large table, it's possible that you'll be at one of those.
The children are very welcome in the dining room every night, including formal night(s). As at breakfast and lunch times, there is also a dinner buffet up near the pool. If there are some nights you prefer not to change clothes or if you want a more casual atmosphere, you can eat dinner at the buffet as often as you want. And, having teenagers in your group, it's possible that they may want to eat in the dining room *and* at the buffet!