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Old 01-21-2013, 01:50 PM   #1
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I am still gathering onfo before booking. There is an early and late dinner right? That means same for breakfast too?

Are there quick places for breakfast we could get on the go instead? Lunch is not a planned time though right?

How long is dinner generally? I am trying to decide between early and late- my boys will be almost 5 and 7.5 but able to easily be flexible with meal times. I think we would rather more time to enjoy our day before returning to shower for dinner. How long can I expect for a late dinner?

I see the schedule for which dinners which day(formal, pirate...) on DCL website but cant find the 5 night dinner itinerary- could someone direct me please. I appreciate the help.
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Old 01-21-2013, 02:03 PM   #2
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Early and late dining refer to dinner only. Breakfast (except for the last morning) and lunch you are free to dine at your own schedule; hours for the MDRs and the buffets are listed in the navigators.

How long dinner lasts can vary quite a bit based on you and your servers. Can last 1 1/2 hours or over 2. I know they can get the items from the kids menu served quickly (in late seating they have the kids club come pick up in the dining rooms about an hour into dinner). So it's possible for dinner to last a shorter period for your kids and then you enjoy an adults dinner.
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Old 01-21-2013, 02:10 PM   #3
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Thanks, I hadnt planned to use kids club for dinner. 2 hours for the full meal is lengthy so not sure if 8 pm is pushing it. Ill have to think about it. 6 pm is a bit early, we would have rush I think to be back, cleaned up and sitting by 6.
great to find out we dont have to have assigned breakfast- super helpful.
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Old 01-21-2013, 02:13 PM   #4
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is it common for parents to send kids off to kids club then during dinner?
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Old 01-21-2013, 02:18 PM   #5
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is it common for parents to send kids off to kids club then during dinner?
We didn't do it on nights that there were parades or such in the dining rooms: AP show night, pirate night, etc. The rest of the time DD was stir crazy so she'd eat and then one of us would go check her in (early dining, so no Dine and Play option).
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Old 01-21-2013, 02:26 PM   #6
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is it common for parents to send kids off to kids club then during dinner?
Yes, but....

If you want them to EAT in the programming, the meal time in the programming may not be the same as your assigned dining time--check your Navigator for meal times in programming.

Another thing that happens at main dining is to ask the server to "expedite" your kids food. They can have the kids thru dinner in 45 minutes. Then YOU excuse yourself for 3 minutes and run them to the Club/Lab...and return to the dining room to enjoy your next course. Parents used to do this at both dining times, but now on late seating, the CMs actually come to the dining room and pick up the kids--again, tell your server that you are doing Dine and Play. They will both expedite the meal and keep an eye out for the youth activities gang.
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If you plan to see the shows then the dining times don't effect the time you have to start getting ready for your evening. Either you see the show and then go to dinner or go to dinner and then see the show. The kids club does their dinner at the early seating time, so there is no programming for the kids at that time if they aren't eating. I also hear that some people that take the late seating with kids regret it because they end up having to eat two meals because the kids are too hungry after being busy all day to wait until 8:30 to get their food. The early seating always fills up first, but some people do love the late seating since the clubs come and take your kids right at your table.
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Yes, but....

If you want them to EAT in the programming, the meal time in the programming may not be the same as your assigned dining time--check your Navigator for meal times in programming.

Another thing that happens at main dining is to ask the server to "expedite" your kids food. They can have the kids thru dinner in 45 minutes. Then YOU excuse yourself for 3 minutes and run them to the Club/Lab...and return to the dining room to enjoy your next course. Parents used to do this at both dining times, but now on late seating, the CMs actually come to the dining room and pick up the kids--again, tell your server that you are doing Dine and Play. They will both expedite the meal and keep an eye out for the youth activities gang.
What is "EAT in the programming"
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I am still gathering onfo before booking. There is an early and late dinner right? That means same for breakfast too?

Are there quick places for breakfast we could get on the go instead? Lunch is not a planned time though right?

How long is dinner generally? I am trying to decide between early and late- my boys will be almost 5 and 7.5 but able to easily be flexible with meal times. I think we would rather more time to enjoy our day before returning to shower for dinner. How long can I expect for a late dinner?

I see the schedule for which dinners which day(formal, pirate...) on DCL website but cant find the 5 night dinner itinerary- could someone direct me please. I appreciate the help.
The only assigned dining times are for dinner: main - usually 5:45, and late - usually about 8:15.

For breakfast & lunch the buffet is open. As well as one of the MDRs (buffet style) and a different MDR (sit down service). These are open specified hours, check your Navigator daily for these hours, and you can go anytime during those hours. Breakfast is also available from room service.

Dinner is generally in 1 1/2 hour-2 hour range. It varies depending on how quickly you get served. You can ask your server to make it quicker (but it won't be a whole lot quicker). Late dining has the dine N play option for the kids, the servers will bring the kids entree out with the adult appitizers. And then the kids club CMs will sweep the room picking up those kids to take to the club.

I think the 5 night itineraries are pretty new, so people haven't posted that info yet.
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I am still gathering onfo before booking. There is an early and late dinner right? That means same for breakfast too?

Are there quick places for breakfast we could get on the go instead? Lunch is not a planned time though right?
The only day you will have an assigned breakfast time is disembarkation day. Otherwise breakfast can be through room service, the buffet at Parrot Cay, or sit down at Triton's (Wonder)/ Lumiere's (Magic) whenever you like during listed breakfast hours in the daily navigator.

No, lunch is not "planned" although certain places like Topsider's (Magic)/Beach Blanket Buffet (Wonder) will have an opening and closing time for lunch.
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Old 01-21-2013, 05:07 PM   #11
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Thanks for all the info!

Yet does it mean there is no character breakfast on the 7-night med cruise with 2 at sea days? I thought I finally got to experience that this August...
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Thanks for all the info!

Yet does it mean there is no character breakfast on the 7-night med cruise with 2 at sea days? I thought I finally got to experience that this August...
They also have it on 7 night cruises with 2 sea days and 1 late arrival port day (after 10:30, I think).
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Depending on the date you are looking into, early dining may not be an option that is still open. Those early seating a go pretty fast on ships w so many kids.
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Depending on the date you are looking into, early dining may not be an option that is still open. Those early seating a go pretty fast on ships w so many kids.
Just booked 4/27 and was able to get early but thanks.
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Old 01-21-2013, 06:08 PM   #15
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Wow 106. I'd say you are very fortunate.
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