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Old 02-05-2013, 09:22 AM   #1
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Is it difficult to make early dining on port days? Did you have to miss a lot of time that you could have been in port? I saw somewhere that they sometimes push dining times back in at least one Alaskan port. Is that true?
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In Ketchikan we arrived late morning so they did push back dining that night. we had late dining so not sure if early diners felt rushed or not.
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Old 02-05-2013, 12:05 PM   #3
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We had early dining and never felt rushed for dinner. We did an early excursion in each port and were back in plenty of time.
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We had main dining time, too, but honestly I don't remember there being an issue with dining times as we didn't always go to the dining room for dinner. I think the only time it was a little bit of a problem was actually the day we went to Tracy Arm - I didn't want to go in!
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We were by a porthole in the MDR that day and spent much of the time looking out the window as we headed out of Endicot Arm that day. DH went out on deck to get some pictures now and then.
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We had an excursion in Ketchikan that came back too late for early seating. So, we asked the Head Waiter if they had room in the late seating. It was no problem. We did not get our servers that night, but we were able to eat in the main dining room.
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Good to know, thank you!
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We have late dining for our July cruise, and are already planning on eating at Beach Blanket Buffet on some nights for a more casual and informal dining atmosphere. This was actually a request from DH before we booked!
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We had late seating on our Alaskan, and I wish we had switched to early. We were so fatigued from the 4 hour time difference that we were falling asleep at dinner! Something to think about if you are from the East Coast... I never imagined I'd not be able to get used to the time difference and would be sleeping in my dessert.
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