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Old 07-29-2013, 02:03 PM   #1
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How many can dine together?

We are planning on taking our kids and grand kids on a cruise. There are 15 of us total. Will we all be able to dine at the same table or will we need to decide how to split up?
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We are planning on taking our kids and grand kids on a cruise. There are 15 of us total. Will we all be able to dine at the same table or will we need to decide how to split up?
Each dining serving team serves a 4 top, a 6 top, and an 8 top table. It's my understanding that the newer ships also have one large (seating 12, I think) table.

They can place tables together to make larger ones. I would suggest that sitting at a table larger than an 8 top is very difficult to talk to everyone. The MDRs are pretty noisy, and shouting is the only way to be heard more than 3 or 4 people away from where you are sitting.

Personally, I'd suggest asking for 2 tables next to each other. You can switch out who sits with who each night. You are not required to always sit in the same seat at the table each night. In fact, on our first cruise (8 top - 4 adult couples) we switched out how we sat every night: couples together side by side; couples across the table from each other (women on one side, men on the other); couples across from each other (alternating men and women on each side); men on one end, women on the other; and many others I can't remember.
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Old 07-29-2013, 02:38 PM   #3
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We had 13 at our table last year on the Dream for my Dad's 75th birthday. It worked out great. Our servers were great and didn't seem phased by the table size (and, we were easy going, not high maintenance). Our group included a 3yo, 5yo, 3 teens and 8 adults.

As far as being able to talk to everyone, we pretty much rotated around each night! I thought perhaps the table would be too big, but it wasn't! In one dining room we were off to the side, in the main dining room we were right in the middle, and in AP we were to the side, closer to the entrance. All locations were comfortable and accommodating.

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One cruise we were at a table for 14 - and none of the families knew each other beforehand. Was a lot of fun!! Had to make sure we sat next to different people each night.
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The right answer will be from Disney, of course. Doesn't matter what the teams normally serve...the past experience of the other posters seems to indicate it may work!

I'd call DCL, ask them, ask them to note it on your reservation, then check with the dining manager when you get on board. I've seen a lot of people sitting together, so at least you have a chance. Never hurts to ask, and never hurts to be prepared to split up.

My advice is that it may be possible, go to the people who know for sure on your boat and your cruise - Disney.
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