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Old 03-13-2013, 01:12 PM   #16
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I am always surprised by this as we have taken eight cruises and never shared our table with anyone. Is this something you ask for or do they just do it? We also onlt take second seating so maybe there are fewer people at that time.
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Old 03-13-2013, 01:22 PM   #18
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My 7 year old daughters best friend is a little boy in her class. When two kids have Angry Birds and Star Wars in common gender doesn't seem to matter much.

After our cruise I became a believer in Disney's ability to match up table mates. Our family of four was seated with another family of four. Their kids were slightly older than mine and they never really got to talking all that much. Our first night together was a little awkward but by the last night we were among the last people to leave the restaurant because we were talking and having such a great time together. We even became facebook friends. I'm glad I didn't go through with my initial idea of requesting our own table.
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My 7 year old daughters best friend is a little boy in her class. When two kids have Angry Birds and Star Wars in common gender doesn't seem to matter much.
Completely agree with this! My 9 yo son's best friend for the last couple years is a little girl in his class. But with them, it's Minecraft, Pokemon and baseball/softball!
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Old 03-13-2013, 01:48 PM   #20
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I am always surprised by this as we have taken eight cruises and never shared our table with anyone. Is this something you ask for or do they just do it? We also onlt take second seating so maybe there are fewer people at that time.
It may have to do with size of your party. Or if you sail Concierge. Concierge always gets their own table, unless they request otherwise.

Our first 3 cruises (just DH & I) we were seated at an 8 top, an 8 top, and a 6 top, all with other couples within 5-6 years of our age range.

Our next cruise (5 of us) we had our own 6 top.

Next, (3 of us - DH, me, DS19), we were seated at an 8 top with a mom, her DD15, DS16, DD 20, and DGS3.

And our last cruise (6 of us, all adult couples) had our own table.
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Old 03-13-2013, 02:24 PM   #21
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On our last cruise, there were 5 of us on a low-occupancy November cruise. I requested through my TA that we have a private table. To my initial dismay, there was couple with a DS11 (same age as our DS) at our table too. Before I even met them, I told the head server that we had requested a private table. I was promised that we'd have one by our next seating.

Well, we got along well with the other couple, and their son and our son got along well too, so they liked to chum around, so right after that dinner, I told the head waiter to scuttle that request. That family skipped one dinner so they could go to Palo, and they accidentally missed their character breakfast with us, but otherwise we had a great time together!

We'll still likely request a private table on our next cruise, but we're pretty easy going. Our kids are pretty well behaved, but I do get upset if another child is spoiled and unruly, therefore impacting another family's vacation.
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I am always surprised by this as we have taken eight cruises and never shared our table with anyone. Is this something you ask for or do they just do it? We also onlt take second seating so maybe there are fewer people at that time.
I think Disney is moving away from the shared table concept. My DH and I just cruised on the Magic and were noticing how many 4-top tables there are now compared to the mainly 6- and 8-tops that were around 10 years ago. On the survey they sent me last week, it specifically asked if we had been seated with people we didn't know. My guess is that its been an issue one too many times so they're making changes to accommodate guest feedback.
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Old 03-13-2013, 02:47 PM   #23
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It may have to do with size of your party. Or if you sail Concierge. Concierge always gets their own table, unless they request otherwise.

Our first 3 cruises (just DH & I) we were seated at an 8 top, an 8 top, and a 6 top, all with other couples within 5-6 years of our age range.

Our next cruise (5 of us) we had our own 6 top.

Next, (3 of us - DH, me, DS19), we were seated at an 8 top with a mom, her DD15, DS16, DD 20, and DGS3.

And our last cruise (6 of us, all adult couples) had our own table.
We have always travelled as 4 people with no requests in place and never been concierge.
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We always travel as just a couple (BF and me) and have had a 6-top, an 8-top where only one other party turned up (so only four of us), a full 8-top and once a 4-top to ourselves! We didn't request it, it just happened. However we like sitting with others - it makes it more interesting t dinner!
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Old 03-13-2013, 04:02 PM   #25
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Not many girls are into spiderman, cars and cowboys like my son is into.
Holy stereotype, batman! Maybe you were into princesses and Barbie, but a LOT of little girls like cars, pirates, superheroes, cowboys, aliens, etc.
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Holy stereotype, batman! Maybe you were into princesses and Barbie, but a LOT of little girls like cars, pirates, superheroes, cowboys, aliens, etc.
I agree my DDs love Ironman, Spider-Man etc., with Batman as their favorite
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I would be really disappointed in my 8 year old son if he wouldn't make friends with a girl tablemate (or vice versa). (and disappointed in myself as well) He's in a ton of classes at the Y with girls (two years he's the only boy in his ballet class), and while there tends to be a mob "ew icky" mentality when it's a bunch of girls and just him (and vice versa with a group of boys and one girl), especially before they know him better, one-on-one girls and boys tend, in his experience, to be about the same.

It's always nice when kids take an interest in what other kids are doing; he would probably introduce Captain America to a child (girl or boy) who doesn't know about the Marvel heroes, and would be happy to play what she wanted to play (he just said "just in case I would bring my Merida doll"...Merida is one of his heroes and he now has TWO Meridas that has great adventures along with Buzz and Zurg) or talk about what she wanted to talk about.


But because of this thread I now understand why it was just the 3 of us at our table on the Dream, since we were in a 00V room.
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Holy stereotype, batman! Maybe you were into princesses and Barbie, but a LOT of little girls like cars, pirates, superheroes, cowboys, aliens, etc.
You just described my girls! Princesses, Barbies, cars, superheroes (The Avengers is their current favorite movie and the Percy Jackson series are their favorite books), and aliens (Doctor Who is their favorite TV show). My girls are eight. They play with boys and girls but will pick girls over boys all other things being equal. But they have lots of friends who are boys.
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LOL! This thread made me remember how DD didn't have a doll until she was almost 2. DS shared a couple of his Rescue Heros with her and she loved them. They lasted through her teething pretty well too. Today it seems that every single child we know is into Minecraft. It's the new universal kid language since Pokemon.
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It may have to do with size of your party. Or if you sail Concierge. Concierge always gets their own table, unless they request otherwise.

When did they change this??

We've almost always cruised concierge level, and unless we arranged to be seated with friends, we weren't put at a table by ourselves. Ever.

And according to your signature, your last DCL cruise was the same year as mine.
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