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KeithnRita

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We prefer the early sitting because we like to see the evening show at a decent time and it leaves some digestion time before the midnight buffets.

We have found that the early sitting leaves ample time even after a long day of activities.

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Just coming back from my first cruise and having chosen the early seating, We now know we should have chosen the late seating. Even though early is closer to our real dinner time, It is too rushed when coming back from excursions. We missed alot of dinners in the dining room because of this.

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Had late seating one time and hated it. I ate more than I normally would because I was always starving by my normal dinner time and had to snack to hold me over till dinner. Plus, I'm an early riser, so I would always do breakfast and lunch in the Cafes at my usual (early seating) times.

I always had enough time to get my excursions in and get back for dinner. I'm the type that doesn't like to stay on shore till the last minute, just in case the ship leaves w/o me. More often than not, the ship sails long before dinner starts. Since I nearly always sail in the winter months, it's dark by 6:00 anyway.

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Well, being new and not having any idea, I signed up for early dinner. I was about to think I made the wrong choice but Cathy, (caitlyn20), just convinced me maybe I got it right...*lol* I too am an early riser so I think I will like the early dinner better. I'll know for sure in a month... :wink:

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I'm not sure why Joey dragged up this very old thread, but for what it's worth ....

I agree with the poster who say that early is generally too early, and late too late. For 6 of our 12 cruises, that wasn't a problem: five of them were on samll ships with open seating (Windstar 3, Radisson/Regent 2), and one (Avalon Poetry) was on a river cruiser with fixed seatingat 7 or 7:30. For the other six cruises, we had to choose a seating.

On our first cruise, we chose early seating but were assigned late. It nearly ruined our cruise. We are extreme early birds, and ended up needing to eat snacks in the bar or from room service just to hold us until dinner. When we finished dinner, we were too tired to go to the shows, and too bloated to get to sleep. We felt out of sorts the entire trip.

At this point, meal setting is a deal breaker. We'll always choose early, and will try to cancel a cruise if we're assigned to late seating.

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I'm not sure why Joey dragged up this very old thread, but for what it's worth ....

LOL~ I brought it up because K&R started this thread before i joined (2003)and just saw it...

plus it gave you a chance to comment!! :tongue:

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I think next time, we'll make our decision based on which port we leave from. Being on Mountain Time, I would prefer late seating if sailing from the East Coast again; probably early seating of sailing the West Coast.

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I think next time, we'll make our decision based on which port we leave from. Being on Mountain Time, I would prefer late seating if sailing from the East Coast again; probably early seating of sailing the West Coast.

Plus the Itinerary.. when you sail in Europe everyone tends to eat late..

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