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Old 06-03-2013, 02:12 PM   #16
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I was unable to switch to early on two occasions with three kids under the age of 6. We did fine with late dining for he must part. It was great in that we got to all of the shows ( which was actually more impt to me bc I felt the kids would enjoy those more than long meals). They fell asleep a few times at dinner (under two crew) and we did the buffet a night or two. Wouldn't be a deal breaker for me. Trying earliy this time but will probably miss at least one dinner in mdr due to a late excursion so the birth have pros and cons
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Old 06-03-2013, 02:16 PM   #17
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Call DCL and tell them you are switching to Carnival if they don't move you.

I bet you get moved...
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Old 06-03-2013, 02:20 PM   #18
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Keep in mind the time zone as well. We are from Colorado so the late seating at 8pm is like eating at 6 at home. We generally try and keep our kids on the same schedule which in this case hopefully means sleeping and staying out later.
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Old 06-03-2013, 04:22 PM   #19
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We did the 4 night Dream in January with our 3 DDs, ages 10, 8 and almost 5. We had Main Seating. However, I really wish we would have done the second seating. Getting ready for dinner around 4:30 seemed so early. We always had a later breakfast and lunch, so we could have easily waited longer to eat dinner. I really think my girls would have been completely fine and not too tired at the later seating.

Although price would definitely be a factor, I would not let the late seating dissuade you from a DCL cruise! And like many PPs said, there is the chance it can be changed onboard if you asked at GS. Good luck
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Old 06-03-2013, 04:40 PM   #20
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Just off the Dream with children ages 5, 7, 9. At home we have usually finished dinner before 6:30 and kids in bed between 7:30-8:00. We had first seating. I will give serious consideration to booking second seating for our next cruise. Not sure when that will be, but that would be my plan even if "next time" was tomorrow.
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Old 06-03-2013, 04:43 PM   #21
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Don't let this be the deciding factor for you. You can always wait-list or try to get it switched on the first day. If it's not working out, then take the kids to Cabana's for an early dinner.You can then let them go to the clubs, while you go have a nice quiet dinner alone.
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Old 06-03-2013, 08:39 PM   #22
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We had second seating when DD was 3 years old. It worked out fine! We typically had her take a little nap while we were getting showered/cleaned up for the evening...no problems. (She only fell asleep at dinner on the first night...it was quite an exciting day!) And now that they have the option of kids eating their meals during the appetizer course and then leaving for the clubs with the Youth Counselors, it's even easier to pull off second seating with kids.
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We just did late dining last month with DS who is 5 last and actually liked it better than early dining. We are the same type of family who eats early at home and son goes to bed around 8. Late dining was better for us because we didn't have to rush back from excursions or whatever we were doing to get ready for dinner so early. DS fell asleep in all of the shows when we had early dinner and never got to see any. With late dining, he got to see all the shows and got to eat too. Dinner is served faster on 2nd seating and kids meals come out quicker because of the dine and play option with the kids club. He only had to sit through 45 min of dinner vs. 90 min of dinner. We are going to do late dining from now on.
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Old 06-03-2013, 09:31 PM   #24
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We did the late dinner seating when we only had one boy and he was around 7 years old. He LOVED the shows and seeing them early meant that he wasn't tired and had a GREAT time. As others have said, at that age they want hamburgers and hot dogs and those can be picked up at the other areas of the ship.

We've sailed almost every cruise line and there is a WORLD of difference between the Carnival and Disney cruises ESPECIALLY for kids. Neither of our kids was even REMOTELY interested in seeing most of the shows on the Carnival ship but the Disney "productions" will hold ANY kid's interest (as long as they aren't beat from being dragged through a port shopping spree all day long...LOL).

While a Disney vs. Carnival comparison is a bit like deciding between Washington Apples and ...., well TOFU (respectively), certain Carnival ships are "just fine" whereas others I "wouldn't touch with a ten foot pole". There is a reason some of their cabins are dirt cheap... Generally, the newer, the better with ANY cruise line but that is not so much a suggestion as it is a MANDATE with regards to Carnival.
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Old 06-04-2013, 11:12 AM   #25
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One our first cruise we were assigned Second Seating and were not very excited about it, but it ended up working out very nice. On our second cruise we requested the late dinning.
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Old 06-04-2013, 11:48 AM   #26
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Thank you for all the responses! We booked the Disney cruise last night. We are over the worry of second seating and actually looking forward to it now!
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