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Old 08-13-2012, 07:32 PM   #76
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we took an Alaska cruise on Disney last year with our 2 adult children and my mother in law. Our table mates were another family that had 2 adult children with them and one of the parents mom. It was GREAT.
we all had someone to talk to. I dont know how Disney does it, but we have
never been disappointed with our table mates. Dec 8 will be our 5th Disney cruise and I am so excited.
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Old 08-13-2012, 08:22 PM   #77
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Our first cruise we (50 something couple,traveling without kids) were seated at a table with a family of 5. Parents, a teen, and 2 younger children. We do not drink, they did. They were usually rushing off, we were not in a hurry. Only thing we found in common was that his place of employment did some business with our son's place of employment. Not bad tablemates, by any stretch. Nice people, just not a match. Since then, we always ask for, and have received, our own table. May try again with table mates sometime.
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Old 08-13-2012, 09:17 PM   #78
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Wonderful!

On our first three cruises, we traveled with another family of four...we were good friends with the parents and the kids were friends as well. It was a good time!
The fourth cruise, we were seated at a 6-top for the five of us (myself, husband, two daughters and my mother). It was nice to have that time as a family and we really treasure those memories!
Our fifth cruise found us traveling as five again and seated with a family of five from Canada. The parents were the same age as myself and husband, and they had two college-aged (like our eldest) and a high schooler (like our youngest). Perfect...absolutely PERFECT! From the moment that we sat down at the table, it felt as though we had known this family forever...we laughed and talked-sharing everything from great stories to music. We found ourselves and the kids spending most of our time hanging out and feel so lucky to have made such great friends. We enjoyed them so much that January 2013 we will be cruising with them again...we booked the cruises before we got off the ship!
Disney does an amazing...or should I say MAGICAL!...job of matching!
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Old 08-14-2012, 08:36 AM   #79
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We just came home from a 5 night cruise on the Magic. Our tablemates were fantastic. We both have only children, both 10 year old girls, who hit it off wonderfully. They were together most of the cruise...out at the kids clubs, meeting characters, swimming. They were anxious to get done with dinner most nights to go and hang out together. As parents we hit it off too! The other mom and I enjoyed adult time after dinner...catching a movie or one of the ships activities. The four adults found that we would often meet up at the Quiet Cove pool in the day.
I think meeting new people is always fascinating. We have cruised before, and have enjoyed our tablemates, but never found ourselves hanging out with them beyond dinner. We were lucky that this family was such a great match in personality for us...because we really come from very different walks of life. I do think it is part of the Disney "magic" and that it "is a small world after all!" (yeah...cheesy I know)
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Old 08-14-2012, 06:33 PM   #80
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We are sailing next week by ourselves celebrating my DBF's 50th and my 52nd. His first cruise, my first without kids. We asked for a table for two. We have always had great table mates, but this time I just want to be alone. It's also my first verandah, so I'm super excited.
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Old 08-15-2012, 12:52 AM   #81
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On our first cruise we were a family of four cruising for four nights on the Wonder seated at an eight top and our tablemates never showed for any of the meals ever...

On our second cruise we were a couple cruising for three nights on the Wonder (we left the kids in WDW) and had linked our ressies to our friends (they were a family of 3) who were also on the same cruise. Again we were seated at an eight top, and if we were to have other tablemates, they never showed up....
I would suspect we should have because they could have put the 5 of us at a table for 6. So I can't imagine we shouldn't have had tablemates and it was first seating which is usually booked solid.

On our third cruise, we were a family of three (DH, myself, and DD who was turning 16 on the cruise) and AGAIN we were seated at an eight top! LOL!
This time we were seated with a family of five...a mom, dad, a 16yo daughter, and two VERY YOUNG children that were 3 and 2!! I must say, I didn't think Disney did such a great job on this match. I know to each his/her own... and I know that this probably going to be perceived as rude but I had no desire to dine with children that young on my vacation. I have health issues that my nervous system is ultra sensitive and I'm not saying that they are bad or whiny kids but if they were (and you don't know until it's a bit too late...) I can't deal with that. And TWO kids that young!! I just had a bad feeling from the get go that this was not going to be a good match. So before I even sat down, I talked to the head server and they moved us. We ended up at our own table. As it turned out we got a server we LOVED!! and are requesting again this November. And DD said she and the other girl didn't really click in Vibe when she tried talking to her. We also noticed that the family tended to arrived about 15 minutes late for dinner each night which is a pet peeve of mine...lol. We did talk to the people at the next table at 2 of the 3 restaurants based on how the tables were set up, and we had lovely conversations with them! They were DVC owners cruising on points. They didn't live far from us. Talked alot about WDW... So we did feel like we got a good bit of conversation outside of just the three of us this time. But I don't regret asking to be moved. I know we would've been unhappy. Don't get me wrong...I don't hate kids, but I don't have an interest in sitting at a dinner table for 1.5 to 2 hours with very young ones that aren't mine (been there, done that already) when I'm on my vacation. Ever since the Dr's damaged my nervous system I can't handle very much crying or whining...and I don't feel I should have to leave the dinner to table to avoid it. Hopefully, we will get matched with age appropriate tablemates this fall.
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Old 08-15-2012, 02:11 AM   #82
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The matching is probably all done by computer but I like to think of someone actually doing this at Disney. Sitting in a cubicle, going over passenger lists....making mock-ups of seating arrangements a'la Monica from Friends. That would be a job that's cool to say you have: "Oh, I do seating arrangements for dinners on Disney ships!"
I was thinking the same thing. Wouldn't that be the best job ever? I would want to be a "fly on the wall" in the dining room so I could see how I did with my match-ups.
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Old 08-15-2012, 01:14 PM   #83
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I was thinking the same thing. Wouldn't that be the best job ever? I would want to be a "fly on the wall" in the dining room so I could see how I did with my match-ups.
I admit, I was like "how do I get this job?!" LOL!
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Old 08-15-2012, 01:16 PM   #84
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Oh the irony, stitch.
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Old 08-15-2012, 02:02 PM   #85
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I know to each his/her own... and I know that this probably going to be perceived as rude but I had no desire to dine with children that young on my vacation. I have health issues that my nervous system is ultra sensitive and I'm not saying that they are bad or whiny kids but if they were (and you don't know until it's a bit too late...) I can't deal with that. And TWO kids that young!! I just had a bad feeling from the get go that this was not going to be a good match. So before I even sat down, I talked to the head server and they moved us. We ended up at our own table.
Not seen as rude at all. We cruise with our toddler and we have no desire to dine with tablemates for this very reason. We request to be by ourselves becasue I don't want the pressure for DD to be on her best behavior. For the 20 minutes she eats with us (before she heads to play in the nursery) she touches all the bread in the basket, gets a little vocal because she's excited, may knock over a drink, and other things you would expect from a toddler. Of course as parents you feel like everyone is watching you and your child is ten times louder than they actually are but we don't want to ruin anyone else's dining experience and they indirectly would ruin ours. My daughter is usually very well behaved and does well when we go out to eat at home (although we don't have 1.5 hour meals) but the excitement of being on DCL kicks in and she's not an angel at the MDRs. We're not anti-social we just don't want to sit with others for this reason.
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Old 08-15-2012, 02:59 PM   #86
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Not seen as rude at all. We cruise with our toddler and we have no desire to dine with tablemates for this very reason. We request to be by ourselves becasue I don't want the pressure for DD to be on her best behavior. For the 20 minutes she eats with us (before she heads to play in the nursery) she touches all the bread in the basket, gets a little vocal because she's excited, may knock over a drink, and other things you would expect from a toddler. Of course as parents you feel like everyone is watching you and your child is ten times louder than they actually are but we don't want to ruin anyone else's dining experience and they indirectly would ruin ours. My daughter is usually very well behaved and does well when we go out to eat at home (although we don't have 1.5 hour meals) but the excitement of being on DCL kicks in and she's not an angel at the MDRs. We're not anti-social we just don't want to sit with others for this reason.
I have always requested and received a table to ourselves.

Our son is on the autism spectrum...he's a great little kid, funny, talkative and a real charmer, but sometimes, he just has his moments especially when he becomes overwhelmed.

Our daughter has selective mutism. Sometimes she just literally cannot speak. Putting her in a pressure situation where she feels like she MUST speak only makes her anxiety worse.

98% of the time, they are perfectly well behaved. Soft spoken and polite. It's that 2% I worry about. I don't want to disturb any one else's vacation in any way, but I also want keep my family as relaxed and as happy as possible.
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Our first cruise we were a family of three and were seated with a family of five. It was the worst experience ever. They totally ignored all attempts at conversation, were constantly late, gave the staff a very hard time about everything they could think of, etc.

Since then, we have become a family of four and ALWAYS request and have recieved a table for four. Its just not worth the 'risk' after our first cruise experience. It really put a damper on our cruise, dreading dinner time.

First thing I do when boarding is go to the restaurant that is serving lunch (Enchanted Garden on Dream and/or Parrot Cay on Wonder) to look for our table and make sure it is a 4 top.
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I can see why you would be uneasy some people can be judgemental and that could ruin a cruise.

On our last cruise this family didnt like us (i am super extrovert) and then never showed up again for a meal. The only part that bothered me was they didnt tell the head server or anyone so we waited two nights to give them time to show up.

I did have great table mates a couple of cruusea ago all couples at a 8 person table it was great everyone was chatty.
That happened to us. We usually request a 4 top, but failed to on the Mexi Riv cruise and were set with another family. We asked to change before they ever got there, but the head waiter talked us out of it. We had such a good time. We were happy we didn't leave. The next night they didn't show. No big deal. The next night we saw them ushered to another table while we sat 4 to an 8 top. The next day we saw them out and about laughing and having fun. That evening, I saw them in the theater and decided to find out what was wrong and the woman pointed to her throat and the husband said she had laryngitis. Yeah right! Too bad we had already heard her laughing it up!

I wish they would have had the decency to tell the truth....
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That happened to us. We usually request a 4 top, but failed to on the Mexi Riv cruise and were set with another family. We asked to change before they ever got there, but the head waiter talked us out of it. We had such a good time. We were happy we didn't leave. The next night they didn't show. No big deal. The next night we saw them ushered to another table while we sat 4 to an 8 top. The next day we saw them out and about laughing and having fun. That evening, I saw them in the theater and decided to find out what was wrong and the woman pointed to her throat and the husband said she had laryngitis. Yeah right! Too bad we had already heard her laughing it up!

I wish they would have had the decency to tell the truth....




Oh, that wouldn't sit well with me if a stranger wanted to know why we weren't at the dinner table. I've requested our own table because we have zero desire to make small talk with strangers. They didn't owe you any explanation.
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Oh, that wouldn't sit well with me if a stranger wanted to know why we weren't at the dinner table. I've requested our own table because we have zero desire to make small talk with strangers. They didn't owe you any explanation.
I didn't want an explanation. I wanted to know if everything was ok. They lied and said the wife couldn't talk at that moment because she has laryngitis I would have liked them to tell the truth like LEAVE US ALONE! Haha.

And we don't normally sit with people and we like it for the same reason.
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