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Old 02-14-2013, 03:53 PM   #1
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Early vs. late dining for Alaskan cruises

Our family usually does early seating for dinner, and it works well for us. We just booked an Alaskan cruise for 2014, and I was curious if anyone has any advice about early vs. late dining with Alaska. I know that we're going to want to maximize our time in the ports, so maybe late dining makes sense? Any advice from previous Alaskan cruisers is appreciated. Thanks in advance!
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Old 02-14-2013, 04:09 PM   #2
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My DW does not like to dine late at all, so I will always have Main Dining. With that said, if you all eat at various times, I recommend the late dinner. It will not get dark until vary late at night. So, you can easily be strolling the deck at midinight and not realize how late it is. You can't lose either way.
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Old 02-14-2013, 04:34 PM   #3
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We did Main Dining on our Alaska cruise last summer and it worked out great for us.
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Old 02-14-2013, 05:31 PM   #5
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We have small children ages 6 and 8 at the time of the Alaska cruise and we chose late dining. We found it worked out wonderfully for us. We could enjoy the show and then take our time at dinner. We found our servers to be really relaxed and it was a wonderful experience.
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Old 02-14-2013, 09:21 PM   #6
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Basically, coming from Arizona we will not be changing time zones. Alaska Daylight Savings time is the same as our time at home. We are used to eating early, so we got main dining.
Are you sure about this? Mu husband fishes outside of Ketchikan every August and he told me it is an hour behind us. Not saying he is absolutely right- I would be thrilled if we are on the same time!
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Are you sure about this? Mu husband fishes outside of Ketchikan every August and he told me it is an hour behind us. Not saying he is absolutely right- I would be thrilled if we are on the same time!
No, he is right. Alaska will be an hour behind us next summer. Still we prefer to eat early.
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Old 02-15-2013, 07:59 AM   #8
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We did Main Dining on our Alaska cruise last summer and it worked out great for us.
Us too! We had amazing excursions in all the ports and still had plenty of time to wander on our own before needing to be back on the ship for main dining. We never felt rushed...
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Old 02-15-2013, 08:32 AM   #9
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We were always steadfast Main Dining cruisers. Then we got a great deal on an Alaska sailing, booked fairly last-minute, and got stuck with Late Dining. We have booked Late Dining ever since.

I love having a bit more time in the late afternoon/evening and not having to rush to get ready for dinner. Late Dining also allows us to go to the show in our day clothes and then get ready for dinner afterwards. We are fully converted to steadfast Late Dining cruisers.
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No, he is right. Alaska will be an hour behind us next summer. Still we prefer to eat early.
Oh we do too! My kids have a hardline 7:00 bedtime. They have never been put to bed after 7:30 on purpose (bedtime battles have kept them up past that a few times). This includes the 3 Disneyland vacations we have taken. But, obviously, this will not work well on the cruise. I am pretty nervous as to how this will go. Hoping I can get them to bed by 8:00 most nights, but I know if we see the show.... this will never happen.
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Old 02-15-2013, 10:23 AM   #11
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I have to say late dinng for Alaska. We are normally early dining people, but in Alaska we chose late and it was so great. You DO want to maximize your time in port and nice afternoon snack will easily tide you over until late dining. Plus, it's so light for so long that is REALLY doesn't feel that late.
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Old 02-15-2013, 10:32 AM   #12
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We did late dining last year when we cruised to Alaska. It was still daylight at 9:00 PM. Since we do not have any small children, we prefer to eat later.
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Old 02-15-2013, 11:50 AM   #13
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We did main dining last year and loved it! We had plenty of time to get off the ship and sightsee and be back on board for main dining.
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