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cbw4lsu
02-15-2012, 02:50 PM
Hi,

We are going on our first Disney Cruise on the Fantasy. :banana: We are a family of 5. I was wondering if Disney will put us at a table by ourselves or will they pair us with another family or two? I don't know how big the tables are. Also, one child will be in a wheelchair if that makes any difference as to what size table they may have us at.

Thanks

ctc917
02-15-2012, 03:00 PM
I cruised with my two children(who were 26 and 8) this past November and they put us with a family of 5, it was a Mom and Dad with a 9 yr old, 3 yr old and a baby. So it can happen if you think your dinnertime would go better with just your family I would call and request being put at a table along.

Hope this helps you

ctc917

ducky_love
02-15-2012, 03:03 PM
I sailed with a group of 5 friends and they sat us at a large 12 seat table with a family of 6. When we arrived they were all set up on "their" end of the table and gave up the stink eye when we sat down. They NEVER spoke to us the entire cruise. It was the strangest thing EVER!

So if they seat you at a big table I hope the other family is nice to you!! :rolleyes1

clten
02-15-2012, 03:13 PM
The most of the tables in the restaurants are 4, 6 or 8 tops. There are a couple of 10 and 12 tops (or they combine tables to make them this large) in each restaurant.

Whether DCL will seat you with another family depends on the sailing, which seating you are at and how they have to arrange families. If you are more comfortable sitting with just your family call DCL (or your TA if you used one) and request that you be seated alone. Otherwise, take the gamble and see where DCL puts you -- usually they do a good job matching families up.

EGHopeful
02-15-2012, 03:31 PM
I sailed with a group of 5 friends and they sat us at a large 12 seat table with a family of 6. When we arrived they were all set up on "their" end of the table and gave up the stink eye when we sat down. They NEVER spoke to us the entire cruise. It was the strangest thing EVER!

So if they seat you at a big table I hope the other family is nice to you!! :rolleyes1

Wow! Ducky_love That's sad to hear..... but something I've often thought about. It will be just me and DD(10) during our Christmas cruise. I hope we aren't treated as such. :guilty:

PrincessShmoo
02-15-2012, 08:12 PM
Hi,

We are going on our first Disney Cruise on the Fantasy. :banana: We are a family of 5. I was wondering if Disney will put us at a table by ourselves or will they pair us with another family or two? I don't know how big the tables are. Also, one child will be in a wheelchair if that makes any difference as to what size table they may have us at.

Thanks

On our last 2 cruises:
first cruise we were a party of 5 adults - they seated us at a 6 top.
second cruise we were a party of 3 (2 adults, 1 teen) - they seated us at an 8 top with a family of 5 (mom, 2 teens, 1 20-something, and grandson).

If it's important to you to have a table for just your family, you should call DCL and put the request on your reservation. They will point out that it's just a request, yada, yada, yada. Just tell them you understand, but please make the note in your reservation.

If you don't really care, just wait and see.

:cutie:

cbw4lsu
02-17-2012, 11:55 AM
Thanks for the responses so far. My wife and I have always had pretty good luck with the pairings we've gotten, but this is our first cruise with the kids and first on Disney. I'm hoping we get paired with some good people (not the ones ducky love got :eek:).

PrincessShmoo
02-17-2012, 12:39 PM
Thanks for the responses so far. My wife and I have always had pretty good luck with the pairings we've gotten, but this is our first cruise with the kids and first on Disney. I'm hoping we get paired with some good people (not the ones ducky love got :eek:).

All of our cruises (both DCL and HAL) we have had great tablemates. In fact, our first cruise (just DH & I) we were seated with 3 other couples that we could not have topped if we had had interviews to fill those positions.

We linked dining with one of those same couples on a later cruise.

:cutie:

postalchick71
02-17-2012, 02:07 PM
Our last cruise we were seated with a family of 5. And there were 3 of us. DS who was 18 at the time spent a lot of time with them, even went on an excursion with them. I couldn't have asked for nicer tablemates.

ducky_love
02-17-2012, 02:42 PM
Wow! Ducky_love That's sad to hear..... but something I've often thought about. It will be just me and DD(10) during our Christmas cruise. I hope we aren't treated as such. :guilty:

Don't let it worry you at all. Our servers were wonderful and offered to move us several times. We just shrugged it off. They treated us like completely seperate table taking each parties orders and serving at at different times. It really wasn't that bad - just strange.

One other cruise we were seated with two senior couples. It was the funniest thing! One couple couldn't hear so they yelled at each other the whole time ("could you pass the bread?" "WHAT?!" "COULD YOU PASS THE BREAD??!"). The other couple hadn't been together very long so it was funny watching them get to know each other. They were like teenagers! ("Oh - you like cheese? I like cheese too!!")

All the others I have come home with new friends that I still keep in touch with! :goodvibes

DCLShel
02-17-2012, 11:57 PM
Have you found the "meets" thread for your cruise? You could always find another DisFamily to link your dining reservation to. I've been on 10 cruises. 8 times, we went with the luck of the draw. Some table mates were better than others. The 2 times we linked to other Dis'ers were great!

JCWolf
02-18-2012, 01:20 AM
Thanks for all your insight. Our other one other cruise (not Disney) My DH and I were seated with some "young adult" couples that needed to impress each other. :rolleyes: The second night we were seated with 3 other couples that were a group who believed drinking alcohol is a sin and let us know that having a glass of wine with dinner was very inappropriate :headache: We requested a private table after that.

We really are fun people, easy going, and met some really nice people on the cruise... guess we should have made dinner plans with them :rotfl2:

We are a group of 5 this time and I promise if you get seating with us - we'll have fun, lots and lots of fun :woohoo:

kcashner
02-18-2012, 01:30 AM
20+ cruises. 2 tablemate assignments were duds, others were fine to great. As above some have become friends that we've kept in touch with.

And one...ok, we warded this off. We were in the terminal and there was an elderly couple with an 80ish year old lady reading her KTTW and YELLING at her partner, "WHAT DOES A MEAN?" WHAT DOES T MEAN?" (A = adult T = her muster station) She got to her table number and DD whispered to me, "Mom, that's our number!" We quickly hooked up with some Dis friends we'd met in the lobby and were able to arrange with Dining Changes that we'd be seated together.

As above, DCL does not yet read minds. If you prefer to sit with just your group/family, a quick call to DCL will add this request to your reservation. After boarding, go to "dining changes and ask if you got your request. If not, ask if they can move you. They will tell you that sitting alone is a request and cannot be guaranteed, but we've never had a problem. They did laugh at me on the graduation cruise--I told them that NO ONE wanted to sit with 5 teens that they weren't related to.:rotfl:

SuzPasq
02-18-2012, 06:55 PM
We've had good and table mates, but ever since we started sailing with our daughter, who has multiple food allergies, they put us at a six or eight top alone (we are a family of five).

One year we got what we thought would be a great pairing--children the same ages as ours. And the first two or three nights, it was great. But after that, one by one each person in their family got sick and they would still show up to dinner. Twice the kids threw up at the table. After that we asked to be moved, and spent the rest of our cruise at a table on our own.

Namsupak
02-18-2012, 07:56 PM
We have usually had great tablemates, making some friends as a pp mentioned. The past few times they have placed us at a table by ourselves, I am not sure if since we were traveling concierge they figured that we wanted a table with just the two of us and DD. DH has actually been disappointed that we sat by ourselves cause he gets a kick out of meeting new people. We feel kind of weird requesting that we sit with strangers.

Two quick stories:

First on the WBTA - we were sat by ourselves which really surprised us since we are a family of 3 total. DH actually mentioned to the servers that we could sit with other people if they wanted to merge tables. We saw several tables around us, a 4 top with an older couple at it, another 4 top with 4 people, then a large table with about 10-12 people obviously a family cruising together. We watched everyone the first two nights to see if maybe we wanted to ask for a table merge. Thank goodness we did and great that our server let us wait before combining. The older couple did not speak English and we saw the husband around the ship, he kept trying to cut in character lines. We were in line when he tried to cut and even after they were able to find a CM who could explain to him the line, he tried again somewhere else. The 4 top had some kind of strange adults, nothing particularly weird, they did have lots of food allergies though as the head server spent lots of time going over the menus and writing up tickets for them. The large table also had a foreign family which sporadically came to dinner, a lot of times late also. We felt really bad for our servers.

Second, the Dream MV was the only time where we sat with some "interesting" tablemates. The wife was very nice and intelligent and we had a lot of stuff to talk about, but the husband was pretty much silent for the most part. They had a 5 year old who mostly kept to himself and didn't say much either, usually he would just color during the whole meal. One night we were talking to the wife about her work and all of the sudden the husband who had spent most nights coloring with his son on the tablecloth just picked up the crayon cup and threw the crayons at the three of us, yelling "Why don't you just color something!". There was an awkward silence and then we colored for a bit and just went back to our conversation. A little later she kind of had a discussion with him at the table and told him that maybe their son was bored and he should go back to the room. The next night for dinner the wife came alone. The husband and son never came back nor did we see them at the last breakfast. The wife was very apologetic and told us that maybe he had too much to drink. We actually felt really bad for her but it has been our worst tablemate experience, which is luckily kind of mild. Coincidentally this was also our worst serving team. So that may have compounded the bad times as well.