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Early vs. Late vs. None

By Brian Dean

The Top 10 Reasons you may want Early Seating:

  1. More children for your children to make friends with.
  2. Quicker service, as dining room must be cleared in time for next seating.
  3. Two chances to see Vegas Style shows (you can make both seatings)
  4. Less chance of a menu item being depleted.
  5. Early breakfast allows sit-down breakfast before going into port/pool.
  6. Earlier lunch allows sit-down lunch before going into port/pool.
  7. Better chance of being hungry for Midnight buffet.
  8. Usually less demand for this seating. So if you request it when booking you'll have a better chance of getting it. Also, a better chance of changing tables if requested.
  9. The obvious: You get to eat at 8pm instead of 10pm for dinner.
  10. Less honeymoon couples (TAs seem always to suggest late seating to them).

The Top 10 Reasons you might want Late Seating

  1. Less children at late seating (i.e., no crying or food fights).
  2. More relaxed/slower service (they don't have people waiting to eat after you).
  3. The opportunity to watch sunset nightly from deck.
  4. More time to get ready for dinner (or take a nap).
  5. More time for a pre-dinner drink.
  6. Too full for Midnight buffet (only good if dieting).
  7. Better chance of making breakfast if you stay up late at night.
  8. You can make sit down lunch after going into port/pool.
  9. More honeymoon couples to mingle with or share war stories.
  10. You read in rec.travel.cruises this is the one for you. Not sure why?

The Top 10 Reasons you might want NO Seating

  1. On a diet (i.e., you wanted to be the 1st person to lose weight on a cruise).
  2. Prefer having all of your food via room service (honeymooners?).
  3. Ice cream bar is open through early seating, making you too full for dinner.
  4. The bar is open, why do I need food? Besides the bar has munchies.
  5. You brought C-rations or like eating in port.
  6. You are a stow-away and afraid you'll be noticed sneaking a dining room seat.
  7. You came with a group whom you'd rather not associate with (e.g., a gift from and with the in-laws; (been there, done that).
  8. You forgot your false teeth.
  9. You are planning on falling overboard while urinating and don't want to eat within a half hour of swimming to shore (see Celebration story).
  10. You want to stay in your cabin and make sure your clothes don't end up being twisted into cute animal shapes.

Brian Dean is an avid cruiser and frequent visitor and contributor to the Usenet newsgroup rec.travel.cruises. Brian entertains us with these little snippets all the time. If you' like to hear more, send him an email at: briand@lexis-nexis.com!

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