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Old 03-03-2008, 04:30 PM
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I am giving an opinion on the First Seating. I have always been in the first seating and it's nice because you eat at "a normal time" at least for myself but after you eat dinner and have had a drink or two i tend to get a little sleepy i have fallen asleep in the theatre before. We are leaving this May and we switched to 2nd seating and hope it will be better for us!! We we on Voyager in 2001 and we were at a show call Dream Scape I believe and we all fell asleep during the show and now it's a little inside joke in my family.

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Old 03-03-2008, 05:08 PM
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Originally posted by chilipop:
I want to try to have everything flow smoothly.
The more you try to make it flow smoothly the less it will - nothing is perfect and things happen. Your bride will be happy that the wedding is over and she has time to be alone with you. Sometimes it is the little faux pas that make things more memorable. Just make the best of it as things come.

I am going on my first cruise in May. Although I want to know about everything right now, the main things I really have to worry about are getting to the ship on time and making my plane home. And believe me I have padded that schedule well!
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Old 03-03-2008, 05:34 PM
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Originally posted by chilipop:
Oh boy... so, with all this said... if I wanted to change to the first seating for dinner, how would I go about doing this? It's going to be our Honeymoon cruise, and I want to try to have everything flow smoothly. Thanks everyone for all of your input on this.
If you want to change your dinner seating, go to the dining room where you will be eating and ask if it is possible to be changed from the second seating to the first if you really want to do it. I actually had the first seating and sat with an older guy and a younger guy (similar to a father-son team, but don't think that was the relation), and said that they actually preferred the second seating, but it was full.
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Old 03-04-2008, 04:56 AM
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My husband and I prefer first seating (I'm 27; he's 29), but from past convos on this board, I think we're in the minority!

On our last cruise, our cabin steward, Sandra, smiled at us as we left for dinner one night and said, "You are young - why do you eat during first seating?" LOL

We eat at 6 at home, so that's why we do first seating.

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Old 03-04-2008, 05:48 AM
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We are actually the same way - we eat early so that we don't have to go to bed on a "full stomach." I have to say something about my wonderful travel agent - he and his wife were able to get us into first seating last night! I'm happy that there are people out there still who will bend over backwards to help others... this husband and wife team have made things so non-chaotic for us. We were originally planning a week trip to Moscow, but what a mess that was, trying to find an agent who would help us! But here, for the cruise... it couldn't have gone better. Well, it could have, I guess, if everything would have been free and we would have been upgraded to the presidental suite, but for what we have... it's been great so far! If the whole trip is like this, we'll definitely cruise again after this!
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Old 03-04-2008, 06:21 AM
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That's good news chilipop. Like I said, they have 2 shows an evening. We normally cruise with Princess and use the Personal Choice dining, so we don't have to worry about it. We go down around 7 for dinner. No rush to get back to the ship, no rush to get ready, a cocktail or two before and then a wonderful dinner. You'll be on your honeymoon, on a beautiful ship, in fantastic ports, and hopefully the weather cooperates totally. If you get a little rain, don't worry, it won't last long-usually. Anyway, I'm sure you'll be joining the rest of us addicts on this board , cruising is wonderful!
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Old 03-04-2008, 06:28 AM
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Trust me-if you are like most of us here, you will be addicted to crusing after this!
If I'd have known then (1975) when I got married what I know now about crusing, my honeymoon would have been just that much better!
Mariner OTS is like the best vacation/honeymoon location you'll find.
Bet you're gonna be hooked!!!!

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Old 03-04-2008, 12:59 PM
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You are going to LOVE the Mariner!!!!!!!!!!!

We also sailed on the Mariner for our honeymoon last August and we enjoyed it that much we go again 6th April......Its a long journey for us as were from the UK but even that wouldn't stop us going back.

On our honeymoon we had second seating but this time we have booked first seating. A couple of reasons....Bear in mind that i'm only 23 and my husband 35 so we tend to stay up a littler later into the night.

1.We found we were still in the Dining room at 10:30pm and we would at that time rather be in the bar

2.Eating so late means we didnt want anything to eat at the midnight buffets and even going to bed at 1am we were still full from Dinner.

3.We found ourselves going back to the ship slightly earlier than it was due to leave the ports each day so we would have plenty of time to get ready for dinner and possibly even enjoy a quick drink beforehand.

4. Eating a 3 course meal always makes me feel sleepy especially when its late in the evening so even though we didnt go straight to bed after dinner we certainly felt ready for it lol

As much as we enjoyed the company of our tablemates and waiters we only went to the dining room 3 times during our cruise and decided it was much simpler to eat elswhere which was a shame as the food is delicious in the dining room!!

They arent good enough reasons to make it spoil the cruise but for us we wouldnt choose second seating again.

We did the western cruise and it really is a perfect honeymoon!! you are spoiled all week long.

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Old 03-17-2008, 08:39 PM
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We like the second seating. On many occasions, you do not leave your day's stop until about 5 or 6 sometimes. On those days especially, it was nice to not have to rush back to the ship to get ready in time for dinner. We often had ample time to enjoy a quick dip in the pool or what have you before getting ready and the evening entertainment was scheduled in a way that both seatings would have a turn to watch. By the time we finish with dinner, its a bit later, but usually just perfect for heading to the casino or bar for a drink, or catching some of the late night entertainment!

I also noticed that the crowd at the later seating was generally more "adult", naturally. Though we do have an (extremely well behaved) 8-year old in our group, it was SO nice to not have to deal with alot of children in the dining room at that time too. Made for a nice, peaceful meal!
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Old 03-18-2008, 11:39 AM
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Have to weigh in on this. We always get first seating, and never feel rushed. I believe going west Cozumel was the only port that we stayed late enough to overlap dinner, and on all the cruises we went to this port the dinner was pushed back 1/2 hour to give more leaway. I like to be able to have a midnight snack or buffet after shows, dancing, etc., and late dinner would cut into this. Also eating lunch, or skipping lunch when on an excursion would mean having to eat something in the way of a meal before late seating, while early seating affords us satisfaction when we are most ready to eat.

I have not heard good things about so-called anytime dining. I realize people are more likely to vocalize a negative than a positive--but comments seem to center around less service, less relationship with the servers (this is a big part of our cruise, we leave with new friends and insight into living in their countries of origin), waits during "popular" dining times, etc. I will be slow to give this a try. If it isn't broken . . .
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