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Old 04-08-2013, 11:11 AM   #1
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How does DCL choose your table mates?

Was just curious if Disney takes into account the ages of people when they assign their table mates?

My sister and I are 50ish in age (though we are decades younger maturity-wise ) and would like to know our chances of being placed at a table with others our own age or within a decade either younger or older? We are booked with late dining so perhaps more adults book this time? We love kids of all ages and enjoy watching them having fun, but thought we might prefer a quiet meal to end our day.

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Old 04-08-2013, 11:25 AM   #2
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Was just curious if Disney takes into account the ages of people when they assign their table mates?

My sister and I are 50ish in age (though we are decades younger maturity-wise ) and would like to know our chances of being placed at a table with others our own age or within a decade either younger or older? We are booked with late dining so perhaps more adults book this time? We love kids of all ages and enjoy watching them having fun, but thought we might prefer a quiet meal to end our day.

Thank you for your answers!
It's really unknown how DCL matches up tablemates, but they do a very good job of it.

You will most likely be seating with other adult (couples) for dinner. Our first cruise (DH & I - late 50s) we were seated with 3 other couples in the same age range. 3 of the husbands were in the same job field, and 2 of the wives were teachers with a 3 one in a child care situation.

On another cruise we were seated with 2 other couples (a little younger than us) as well as a mother and (adult) daughter.

Who knows? But it works.
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Old 04-08-2013, 11:40 AM   #3
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When DH and I went alone in 2004, we were 23 years old and were sat with a couple about 65 years old. They were nice but we had nothing in common and all they wanted to talk about was religion. I hated going to dinner each night.
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Old 04-08-2013, 11:44 AM   #4
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When DH and I went alone in 2004, we were 23 years old and were sat with a couple about 65 years old. They were nice but we had nothing in common and all they wanted to talk about was religion. I hated going to dinner each night.
Wow! I'm surprised that it worked out this way. We are in pur mid twenties (no kids) and on all of our dcl cruises (8) we've been seated with people our age or close. I'm sorry you had such a rough experience!
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Old 04-08-2013, 11:44 AM   #5
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So on most of my previous cruises I had cruised with family and had specific tablemates.

When I traveled in 2011 I was with my oldest DS and his wife and my youngest DS and his girlfriend. I never thought to note that we wanted to sit alone and when we got to the MDR's we were placed with another family of three - an adult couple and their daughter who was just a few years younger then my youngest. It worked out nice.

I was more worried this past fall when I traveled with just my mom. However when we got to the MDR's they had placed us at an 8-table with two other mother-daughter groups. One mother daughter was similar in age to me and my mom and the other the daughter was younger and the mother was about my age. Twice during our 7-night cruise we actually dined as four since each of the other mother/daughter groups did a night in Palo. we had a great time. I was really surprised how well they matched us up.
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Old 04-08-2013, 12:02 PM   #6
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When DH and I went alone in 2004, we were 23 years old and were sat with a couple about 65 years old. They were nice but we had nothing in common and all they wanted to talk about was religion. I hated going to dinner each night.
For future reference - that's what the head waiter is there for. If you find yourself with tablemates that just don't work, your head waiter will move you to a new table for subsequent nights. It's better than hating to go to dinner.
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Old 04-08-2013, 12:03 PM   #7
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On our last cruise, we were at a table for 8, the 5 of us and room for 3 more. We got there first and settled in at the table. The other family walked up and I saw a couple about our age and a boy about my sons' ages. They took one look at us and grabbed the waiter. They spoke with great animation and the waiter sent them over to the front of the restaurant. We never saw them again. But we laughed and laughed over how they didn't want to sit with us. It was a great ice breaker with our servers bc they joked with us about how we got dissed We sure enjoyed our table for 8 the entire cruise
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It's been hit and miss with us. One cruise, we were seated with a very nice couple with a son about the same age as DD. We really enjoyed it. Another cruise, they put us with another couple with 3 teens, close to DD's age. The dad was nice, but the mom was annoying and the children very whiny. The only good thing was they were always late to dinner, so we would order and eat quickly so we could leave.
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Old 04-08-2013, 12:12 PM   #9
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My husband and I are possibly doing a cruise in August and this is the thing I dread the most about cruising! We cruised a few years ago as a family of 5 and we got a table to ourselves. This time it will just be the 2 of us and I look forward to having a nice dinner with my husband, not trying to have awkward conversations with strangers. I wish we could request to dine alone.
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Old 04-08-2013, 12:26 PM   #10
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Our experience has generally been good. We are a 50ish couple who traveled with no children on our past cruises (4). The first cruise was the rockiest of all as far as our experiences with our table mates. We were at a 6 or eight top with only one other couple, about our age, who were strange. We spent all week with them eating and they never let a hint of their private life slip. My husband and I joked that either they were from organized crime or in the witness protection program. We are from a Midwest state and they were from NJ, but my husband travels there regularly for business and we are familiar with the area and NYC so we should have had some sort of common ground for conversation. It was strange. Our other table mates have all been interesting, perfectly compatible for dinner and our age, but really not anyone we have or would keep in contact with after the cruise. We seem to end up with couples who spend a LOT of time discussing DVC points and acquisitions, or have also had couples who were quite demanding and difficult when ordering their meals, but they really have been entertaining and so we don't care! I find it fun. We are traveling with my brother and his wife this fall, so I am looking forward to seeing who we get paired with this time!
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We are taking our first cruise in July. We are traveling with 2 other families, all on the same reservation. We are 13 total. Any thoughts on how we will be seated?
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Old 04-08-2013, 12:56 PM   #12
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My husband and I are possibly doing a cruise in August and this is the thing I dread the most about cruising! We cruised a few years ago as a family of 5 and we got a table to ourselves. This time it will just be the 2 of us and I look forward to having a nice dinner with my husband, not trying to have awkward conversations with strangers. I wish we could request to dine alone.
You can ask for a table to yourselves, but there is no guarantee that you will get your request. Others here have posted that you should go to whatever location is listed in the embarkation day Navigator for dining changes after boarding to check. DH and I will be celebrating our anniversary on the Dream in September, and I have requested a table for 2. We chose late dining, and that apparently increases your odds!
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Old 04-08-2013, 01:12 PM   #13
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My husband and I are possibly doing a cruise in August and this is the thing I dread the most about cruising! We cruised a few years ago as a family of 5 and we got a table to ourselves. This time it will just be the 2 of us and I look forward to having a nice dinner with my husband, not trying to have awkward conversations with strangers. I wish we could request to dine alone.
I just did this last month for our anniversary cruise. It is a table for 4 but we only had place sittings for the 2 of us. PM me if you want more info. I was very happy that we sat alone this time.
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Old 04-08-2013, 01:20 PM   #14
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I requested a separate table for the 4 of us. The family next to us were exactly like us. Mom, Dad, teenager and 7 year old. I told my family that we were placed next to eachother because of the similarities. We also didn't want to make small talk to strangers. They obviously didn't either, because they never acknowledged us.
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When DH and I went alone in 2004, we were 23 years old and were sat with a couple about 65 years old. They were nice but we had nothing in common and all they wanted to talk about was religion. I hated going to dinner each night.
on our third cruise the three of us (me, wife, 7YO daughter) were paired with two 30-something YO girls who had taken their mom on a cruise for her 65th bday...we had a nice time and they were nice people but it seemed an odd pairing...

then again be careful what you wish for...on our first cruise we were paired with a mother/daughter and the little girl was a few years older than my daughter at the time...girl turned out to be rather mean and acted inappropriately to my daughter...
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