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Old 04-20-2005, 11:04 PM
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My husband and I have booked with RCI and are not sure about the dinner seating...we're a couple with no children and plan to take some daytime excursions...we were leaning towards a late dinner thinking we'd have more time to get
showered/dressed etc...then again...we've seen comments that the late diners are "rushed" Is it better to go early on most ships?? any opinions on this?? Thanks! kelly
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Old 04-21-2005, 12:49 AM
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Hey Keljoromo

we prefer the early dinner, to have more time for the rest of the evening or go to bed early.
Normally early seatings are more rushed.
When you´re making shore excursions, you have to be back early enough, because ships are leaving most of the ports early.
If you will take second seating, you are ready about 9.30 pm with your dinner and then you can see the late show, or you have to take the pre-dinner-show.
Don`t forget, days at sea and shore excursions can be verey exhausting and you might go to bed not too late.
But you have to decide, how much time you need. Take a look at the schedule of the port times and than decide, first or second seating.

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Old 04-21-2005, 01:20 AM
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Hi Kelly,

welcome to Cruise-Chat.com.

It really is a matter of personal taste. However, in contrast to what you've heard, it's usually the early dinners that are "rushed" - mostly because passengers must be out of the dining room within a certain time frame, as the late diners would like to sit down at their tables, as well.

Personally, I prefer late seating for a number of reasons. Often it gives you the opportunity to enjoy the sailaway from a port of call from one of the open decks and you can head for dinner afterwards. If you're on the early seating, you might watch most sailaways from the dining room.

Oppis' advice to have a close look at the schedule and decide then is what I would also suggest.
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Old 04-21-2005, 04:57 AM
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Like Raoul I prefer late seating. One of the primary reasons is because I DON'T feel rushed -either to get ready for dinner or while lingering over coffee and dessert. Also, I have found that when I dine early there is a lull in shipboard activity after dinner and the pace does not pick up again until the late seating diners are finished with dinner. Thus I end up retiring early (which isn't all bad; I just like to work off the extra calories dancing rather than sleeping).
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I prefer late dining only because I seem to always be one of the last aboard the ship at port stops and would never make it to early dining.
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Old 04-22-2005, 12:52 PM
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Thanks all...very helpful comments...it's great to have a vacation planned where my biggest worry is...eat early? eat late? eat early AND late? eat without ceasing...
thanks again!
kelly
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Old 04-23-2005, 04:23 AM
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Ah! Such are the hardships of cruising - so many decisions.........
Enjoy!
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