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tinkerbellandeeyor
08-11-2012, 08:21 PM
I was hoping if we gave DCL another chance can we get first seating even if we are childless I thought I was going to die of hunger last time waiting for dinner

AAshleySEG
08-11-2012, 08:23 PM
I know lots of childless cruisers who have had early seating, but I am curious as to why you were starving? There are places all over the boat that you could get a snack, even ordering room service if you wanted??

kcashner
08-11-2012, 08:24 PM
I guess I don't understand. First, request main seating. If unavailable, waitlist for it and keep calling and "bugging" DCL to ask if the request has been granted (remember the squeaky wheel). Finally, if you still don't have it, go to "Dining changes" after boarding and ask if you can be moved.

And ultimately....if all else fails....a late afternoon "healthy snack" will ward off hunger. We can't go from noon lunch till 8 pm dinner without one.

JoiseyMom
08-11-2012, 08:30 PM
When we had late dining and it was just DH and I, would we order room service, or pop down to diversions or grab something by the pool. Plenty to eat. Goofy's has salads!

tinkerbellandeeyor
08-11-2012, 08:31 PM
I know lots of childless cruisers who have had early seating, but I am curious as to why you were starving? There are places all over the boat that you could get a snack, even ordering room service if you wanted??

It was my first cruise I was not totally aware of all the places to eat I was thinking for my 35 bday I will give them another chance and be better informed

AAshleySEG
08-11-2012, 08:42 PM
It was my first cruise I was not totally aware of all the places to eat I was thinking for my 35 bday I will give them another chance and be better informed

Ahhh, now it makes more sense. My DH and I really love late dining, and once you know where all of the places to eat are, a lot of the lounges and cove cafe etc have snacks served throughout the day as well as all of the quick service places. I would hope that you definitely give DCL another go! Whenever you do go again, look at the navigators, they will tell you all of the places you can get food and the hours that they are open, I definitely would recommend the room service cheese plate, very yummy!! ;)

PrincessShmoo
08-11-2012, 08:42 PM
5 cruises and only one we had late dining, and we requested that one. Just DH & me.

:cutie:

tlcoke
08-11-2012, 09:05 PM
Just tell your TA you want early dining and they will get that added to your reservation. I had mine moved to late dining as I was initially assigned early dining.

kerstfan1
08-11-2012, 11:33 PM
im going on my first cruise in 4 weeks and im on first seatign i cant eat that late so im glad i got first

jdb in AZ
08-12-2012, 12:32 AM
If you book a cruise when it's first available, you can specify which dinner seating you want. Those who wait til most of the rooms are booked have to take what's left.

We're sailing in October and booked just a few weeks ago so we were assigned late dining, but that's o.k. because 8:30 in Florida is really 5:30 in Arizona.

tinkerbellandeeyor
08-12-2012, 12:42 AM
I know if I don't take the advice given on the board we will be dinning with kids nothing ageist them it is there cruise I will be hanging with them during the day while dh hides

sissy_ib
08-12-2012, 12:52 AM
I know if I don't take the advice given on the board we will be dinning with kids nothing ageist them it is there cruise I will be hanging with them during the day while dh hides

There are kids at early and late dining. I doubt you would be seated with a family with children. DCL works to pair people with similar groups. You could also request a table to yourselves. They do try to fulfill every request.
There are plenty of options for diner. The dining rooms, room service, fast food on the pool deck, the buffet is sit down for dinner and Palo and Remy.

disneydreamer82
08-12-2012, 12:04 PM
I know lots of childless cruisers who have had early seating, but I am curious as to why you were starving? There are places all over the boat that you could get a snack, even ordering room service if you wanted??

That's what I was thinking:confused3 The last thing I am on a cruise is starving!:lmao:

mmouse37
08-12-2012, 12:30 PM
There are still plenty of kids on late seating....maybe not quite as much as early seating but don't expect adult only at late dining.

Late seating is currently at 8:15....in 27 DCL cruises we have only had early seating once...for our first cruise and after than I always wanted late seating.

As mentioned you most likely won't be seated with a family with kids.

MJ

DMMarla07860
08-12-2012, 12:31 PM
My dad and I are both adults and we use to do first seating, after doing second seating on the Fantasy we started to like that again. There are adults that do early dinner. I can't understand how anyone could be starving on the cruise though, but next cruise you'll be more prepared

tajz90
08-12-2012, 12:39 PM
Our kids are almost adults and we still always request early. :) We always think if we eat early, we can enjoy a drink in the adult clubs that night.... But we are always still toooooo full ;)

kdeans1010
08-12-2012, 01:23 PM
That's what I was thinking:confused3 The last thing I am on a cruise is starving!:lmao:
I was confused as well. We did 2nd seating and normally I was too full from lunch to finish my dinner, and if I was hungry I ordered room service and got something or went to the "Cars" food places on the Fantasy. Room service is awesome.

tinkerbellandeeyor
08-12-2012, 01:32 PM
Yeah but you guys are forgetting that room service is not free my DH and I tired ordering a reg coke because they ran out in the beginning

Gigi22
08-12-2012, 01:36 PM
Agreed with the PPs--I would suggest going to the Cove Cafe and picking up some dessert from their dessert case (free), or getting a pizza or sandwich from one of the counter service restaurants near the pool (also free). Alternately, you could order a snack from Room Service (most items are free, just give the server a tip).

Since you have already been on a cruise with DCL, you will receive the in-room Castaway Club gift for Silver level members. As of May this year, the gift included a package of cheese-flavored goldfish crackers and a package of pretzels--both in shareable sizes (free snacks).

MTmomma
08-12-2012, 01:36 PM
Yeah but you guys are forgetting that room service is not free my DH and I tired ordering a reg coke because they ran out in the beginning

Room service is free for the most part, the only thing is, tip the delivery person. Cans of sodas, alcoholic beverages, packaged items like candy, and popcorn are additional charges. Everything else is free.
I would suggest a travel agent who has actually been on DCL, (at least one classic, and one new ship) that can walk you through everything.

tinkerbellandeeyor
08-12-2012, 01:38 PM
Room service is free for the most part, the only thing is, tip the delivery person. Cans of sodas, alcoholic beverages, packaged items like candy, and popcorn are additional charges. Everything else is free.
I would suggest a travel agent who has actually been on DCL, (at least one classic, and one new ship) that can walk you through everything.

Okay i am glad I am picking up tips for next time thanks everyone

kcashner
08-12-2012, 02:14 PM
Yeah but you guys are forgetting that room service is not free my DH and I tired ordering a reg coke because they ran out in the beginning

??? What??? Room service IS free. A tip to the person who brings it is a nice touch. The only items with a charge are the same items that are charged elsewhere on the ship--packaged candy, canned sodas, specialty coffees, smoothies, alcohol.

They ran out of reg coke "in the beginning?" They restock the ship at the beginning and regular coke is free at the beverage stations. I've got to be missing something here. Ordering a coke in a can costs almost $3 per can with the mandatory tip included, but unless you opt to not go to the beverage station, I don't know why you'd order a can.

Places for snacks--Cove Cafe/Vista Cafe will have dessert type munchies in the afternoon. On the pool deck you can get pizza, hamburgers, tacos, etc. as well as healthier offerings like salads, paninis, roll ups, fruit, etc. There is ice cream. About 5, nachos, wings, and hot dogs are put out in the Promenade lounge and Diversions. You can also plan ahead and take a container of yogurt at breakfast to your refrigerator for later.

MaleficentRN
08-12-2012, 02:44 PM
It sounds like your last cruise was miserable. Apparently you sat starving in your cabin, waiting for dinner and someone "charged" you for your room service food. :confused3
You poor thing! It's all taken care of! You only pay for drinks from the bar, drinks from room service, fancy coffe beverages and boxes of candy. Go again and stuff yourself silly! :thumbsup2

kdeans1010
08-12-2012, 03:09 PM
Yeah but you guys are forgetting that room service is not free my DH and I tired ordering a reg coke because they ran out in the beginning

Room service is free. There are only a few things not free on room service.

Zandy595
08-12-2012, 03:44 PM
OP, what do you mean by your thread title? I know I can't make this happen What can't you make happen? :confused3

Octoberbride03
08-12-2012, 03:50 PM
Yeah but you guys are forgetting that room service is not free my DH and I tired ordering a reg coke because they ran out in the beginning


I NEVER order coke from Room service. Go up to the drink station and pour it for FREE. Do this after you've placed your order and save the drink for when the order arrives. That way you haven't paid extra just for the coke. I've never seen them run out of coke at the drink station. :thumbsup2

bumbershoot
08-12-2012, 04:46 PM
Maybe someone could list out all the ways the OP (and other newbies) can get food throughout the day. All the *included in the fare* places, I mean.

It would probably be really helpful to have a nice list, rather than a more scattered post?

I would do it, but I haven't yet been on DCL, and don't totally know. But it seems like it would be super-helpful.

tinkerbellandeeyor
08-12-2012, 06:13 PM
I know I could request early seating but it is not guaranteed and coke fountain did not have coke in the beginning it was water downed

kcashner
08-12-2012, 08:53 PM
Breakfast--pool deck restaurant, sit down restaurant (names vary by ship). Goofy's Galley or equivalent will have yogurt parfaits and healthier options. Cove Cafe has pastries

Lunch--pool deck restaurant and sit down restaurant. On longer cruises, often a restaurant buffet as well (themed). Cove Cafe desserts. Fast food outlets hamburgers, etc. will be open all afternoon. Goofy's galley or similar will have healthier choices all afternoon (fruits, paninis, roll ups, etc.) Ice cream place will have soft serve.

early evening--snacks at Promenade Lounge/Diversions (or equivalents on other ships) + fast food outlets, Cove Cafe, Vista Cafe, ice cream

Dinner--pool deck restauant, fast food, scheduled dining
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late night--snacks in nightclub area + ice cream

Hours vary--check navigator. Room service is basically 24/7 except last night and during safety drill. If you can't find free food on a DCL ship, you aren't trying. When in doubt, call Guest Services and ask.

jdb in AZ
08-12-2012, 08:59 PM
duplication of previous info.

Octoberbride03
08-12-2012, 09:02 PM
I know I could request early seating but it is not guaranteed and coke fountain did not have coke in the beginning it was water downed

If you book early enough, your choice of early dining is pretty much guaranteed. Book a GTY special at the last minute and you are likely stuck. As for the coke fountain, I'm sure they replaced the bag of soda syrup. It needs to be done periodically as 1 bag won't last the entire cruise of course, but if the crew knows about it its a quick 5 minute change and there's your coke back

You want to be POSITIVE:cool1: about your next cruise:hyper:

jdb in AZ
08-12-2012, 09:11 PM
If they run out of coke, tell a crew member! I learned that when I was ten years old.

sissy_ib
08-12-2012, 09:56 PM
I know I could request early seating but it is not guaranteed and coke fountain did not have coke in the beginning it was water downed
It is not guaranteed but you will know before you cruise if you have early or late. If you have late dinning they have an area set up for people who want to change their dinning. Just ask the CM who greats you when you board where to go for dinning changes. They should be able to switch it for you. If they cant you can go to one of the places kcashner mentioned.

Breakfast--pool deck restaurant, sit down restaurant (names vary by ship). Goofy's Galley or equivalent will have yogurt parfaits and healthier options. Cove Cafe has pastries

Lunch--pool deck restaurant and sit down restaurant. On longer cruises, often a restaurant buffet as well (themed). Cove Cafe desserts. Fast food outlets hamburgers, etc. will be open all afternoon. Goofy's galley or similar will have healthier choices all afternoon (fruits, paninis, roll ups, etc.) Ice cream place will have soft serve.

early evening--snacks at Promenade Lounge/Diversions (or equivalents on other ships) + fast food outlets, Cove Cafe, Vista Cafe, ice cream

Dinner--pool deck restauant, fast food, scheduled dining
j
late night--snacks in nightclub area + ice cream

Hours vary--check navigator. Room service is basically 24/7 except last night and during safety drill. If you can't find free food on a DCL ship, you aren't trying. When in doubt, call Guest Services and ask.

kdeans1010
08-12-2012, 10:04 PM
Push comes to shove regarding soda, you can bring your own. I did that with wine. Stuck it in the fridge... It was kinda' awesome. Call room service at like 0early o'clock (0300 for example), have a Mickey Bar, and some soda.... it's a real vacation. No offense, you're making things super complicated when they're not. You'll have a ton of food, you won't starve, you will eat, you will have soda, you will have fun. Disney's all about the customer service.

Ladyshopper
08-13-2012, 05:08 AM
If they run out of coke, tell a crew member! I learned that when I was ten years old.

Have you read the op's signature? May explain why things which seem obvious to the majority are not so obvious to them.

MTmomma
08-13-2012, 05:28 AM
Have you read the op's signature? May explain why things which seem obvious to the majority are not so obvious to them.

Glad you said this. Was getting ready to post it.
OP, I am still reccomending a Disney Cruise Line specialist TA (I love mine) who can walk you through everything, as I would hate for you to have a lousy experience (again) because nothing was explained to you.

Laila Bryce
08-13-2012, 06:45 AM
I was hoping if we gave DCL another chance can we get first seating even if we are childless I thought I was going to die of hunger last time waiting for dinner

We have always been first seating, four adults no children.

TDC Nala
08-13-2012, 07:52 AM
Main seating may be preferred by cruisers with children, but it is not LIMITED to cruisers with children. If you haven't booked your cruise yet, request first seating. If it's not available for your cruise, get on the waiting list, and try to switch onboard.

I know first seating is not guaranteed, but if you don't request it then you are guaranteed NOT to get it.

Soda is one of the things that is charged through room service. Food items are not, with the exception of packaged snacks.

I agree, I think the OP needs a good travel agent.

jdb in AZ
08-13-2012, 08:07 AM
Have you read the op's signature? May explain why things which seem obvious to the majority are not so obvious to them.

I usually keep the siggies disabled to save space, so no, I hadn't read OP's siggy. Sorry, OP.

Disney cast members love to help passengers. If you have any problems on a Disney cruise, they'll do everything they can to help you. That's a big reason why we love Disney more than any other cruise line.

RedSox68
08-13-2012, 08:16 AM
We always request late dining (we are 3 adults). Gives us more time in the ports and more time to enjoy the afternoons onboard. We order room service around 3 p.m. and get a salad and a couple of cheese platters, or go up on deck and get a slice of pizza or a salad.

When we order room service, we tip a $2-$3 depending on how much we order. And one of us runs up to the beverage station for our drinks. Don't order them through room service because they are one of the few food items that is not free.

Disneyholic
08-13-2012, 08:50 AM
I can understand where OP is coming from. Our first cruise I went to the hotdog place by the pool. After I got the hotdog I asked how much I owed and was told it was included. I saw chips hanging on a rack and asked about those and was told, "Those, too." I was in my glory.:cool1: FREE potato chips the whole cruise (well not actually free, but included) I am a chipaholic. It still seemed stange to just walk up to the venues and not pay anything. Cove Cafe was another thing I didn't understand. I went in there, but didn't want to pay the price for special coffees so I walked out. Wasn't till our second cruise that I found out you don't have to buy coffee or drinks to get the snacks, although the way the CM acted :confused3 when I did this you would have thought otherwise since they are in a case & they have to serve it to you. Of coures I got over how he acted & went back for more.:rotfl: