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Old 04-08-2013, 01:44 PM   #16
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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?
Not sure about DCL (4/25 will be my first) but with other cruise lines, if you book together on the same reservation, you are generally seated together.
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Old 04-08-2013, 02:05 PM   #17
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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.
I had a table one trip with an older couple. They happened to have a daughter the same age as ours so it worked out perfect.

I would have had fun with the older couple and swing their conversation in another direction. If you talk about God I talk about aliens. You say GOD I say little green man... it make people CRAZY and I find it truly fun in an evil sorta way.
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Old 04-08-2013, 02:12 PM   #18
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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.
Normally I am a VERY keep to myself kinda person.. when I cruise I go out of my way to meet new people. The first night is the most fun.
I LOVE sharing a table with people I have never met. It makes me put on my friendly and practice being social. My wife like it because I am likely to behave

I have resigned myself to being the wierd guy that talks to people in the elevator
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Old 04-08-2013, 02:13 PM   #19
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in my twelve DCL cruises we have been at a table for 16 all the way down to a table for 4. Frankly, the worst experience was at the table for 4, it was just my family!!! "nothing" to talk about at dinner, because we hung out all day together!!

The table for 16 had 5 different families and none of the families knew each other before the cruise. Let me tell you - WE HAD A BLAST.

In the 12 cruises, we have had one "difficult" situation - we sat with a Japanese family and they didn't speak much English and we didn't speak any Japanese. We had one "not terribly friendly" cruise, but all of the rest of our experiences have been very, very enjoyable.

Our upcoming cruise (14 nights) if I get "stuck" with just my family, we will ask to be placed with another group - it's fun to get to know other people. We don't look at this as "dining" with strangers, we see it as an opportunity to broaden our horizons!! And they are "strangers" for only the first evening.

Just don't come up to me a say "Howdy Stranger!" because I will respond with "Stranger Than What?!!"

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Normally I am a VERY keep to myself kinda person.. when I cruise I go out of my way to meet new people. The first night is the most fun.
I LOVE sharing a table with people I have never met. It makes me put on my friendly and practice being social. My wife like it because I am likely to behave

I have resigned myself to being the wierd guy that talks to people in the elevator
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Old 04-08-2013, 02:14 PM   #20
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Our last cruise I sailed with my husband and 10 yr old, 7 yr old and 5 yr old. We were paired with a couple with a 12 month old. Great couple, cute baby but I was wishing we weren't at a table with a baby since we just got out of the "messy, eating with their hands and whiny moving children at dinner" stage in our family.
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Old 04-08-2013, 03:20 PM   #21
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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?
I assume your reservations are linked (if you have more than 1 room you have more than 1 reservation number). Anyway, if your reservations are linked you will all be seated together.
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Old 04-08-2013, 04:04 PM   #22
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On both of our previous cruises, we were paired with friends or family with whom we were sailing.
This time, it will be just us 3. We're celebrating the first anniversary of our DD's adoption, so we were tempted to request a table for just us. But I think we're just going to wing it and see what happens. I'm excited, but also a little nervous about how we'll be seated!
We're an "odd" family, so hopefully we'll be seated with some fun, "odd" people!
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Old 04-08-2013, 05:12 PM   #23
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I am a bit worried too. We're a gay couple in our 40s and I am worried we'll get seated with someone who is going to ask if we're brothers and then react badly when we tell them we're a couple. On one hand, I really want the fun of meeting new people, and on the other hand, I don't want to hear a saintly, adorable older woman non-chalantly tell me I should marry a woman and change my ways lest I burn in hell.
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Old 04-08-2013, 05:21 PM   #24
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Our first DCL cruise I assumed since we were a family of 5 we would dine alone and I was excited about it since it was a family vacation. We arrived to find a table for 8 and I was not happy. The other family joined us and had a daughter the same age as ours. We hit it off and became friends. We sail again in November with the same family. We live on opposite sides of the US but thanks to a great Disney dining match we have some amazing new friends!
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Old 04-08-2013, 05:27 PM   #25
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On our first cruise, DH and I were seated with a honeymoon couple our age and two single women in their 50s. The husband was quiet, but the wife was very unpleasant and often rude to the servers. Unfortunately they were from the same city as us, and we knew some of the same people. We hated going to dinner but hesitated to request new tablemates since we may run into these people in the future. (we have - they are divorced). The single ladies did change tables, but we ran into them often on the ship and they were a blast. Our next cruise was on the Dream last year with our children. We requested to sit alone and it was granted.
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I am a bit worried too. We're a gay couple in our 40s and I am worried we'll get seated with someone who is going to ask if we're brothers and then react badly when we tell them we're a couple. On one hand, I really want the fun of meeting new people, and on the other hand, I don't want to hear a saintly, adorable older woman non-chalantly tell me I should marry a woman and change my ways lest I burn in hell.
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Old 04-08-2013, 05:37 PM   #28
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I am a bit worried too. We're a gay couple in our 40s and I am worried we'll get seated with someone who is going to ask if we're brothers and then react badly when we tell them we're a couple. On one hand, I really want the fun of meeting new people, and on the other hand, I don't want to hear a saintly, adorable older woman non-chalantly tell me I should marry a woman and change my ways lest I burn in hell.
I went on the 2011 Med cruise solo, my table consisted of Me, another solo two friends, a married couple and another couple who were gay, they never stated they were but the way they acted towards each other told me they were a couple and not related. The subject of their relationship never came and nobody at the table ever asked and it didn't bother anyone, we all got along and we all chatted at night about the days activities. Everyone at the table was mid 30's-40's. I guess to me it is no big deal but I wouldn't worry about it. If the 1st night at dinner doesn't go well you can always ask that your seating be changed.
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I am a bit worried too. We're a gay couple in our 40s and I am worried we'll get seated with someone who is going to ask if we're brothers and then react badly when we tell them we're a couple. On one hand, I really want the fun of meeting new people, and on the other hand, I don't want to hear a saintly, adorable older woman non-chalantly tell me I should marry a woman and change my ways lest I burn in hell.
I know we wouldn't have any problems being seated with you and I'd hope most others feel the same. If you have any problems, just ask to be moved. I'm sorry you have to worry about this.
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I am a bit worried too. We're a gay couple in our 40s and I am worried we'll get seated with someone who is going to ask if we're brothers and then react badly when we tell them we're a couple. On one hand, I really want the fun of meeting new people, and on the other hand, I don't want to hear a saintly, adorable older woman non-chalantly tell me I should marry a woman and change my ways lest I burn in hell.

My previous sarcasm aside, disney really does try to seat folks of similar demographics together. Perhaps if you request being started with all adults you may fair better. Worst case, if you don't hit it off with your table mates just ask your head server and they'll look into getting you seated elsewhere. My wife and I did just that our last cruise. Worked out wonderfully.
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