Well then it sounds like we have a pretty good chance of being seated by ourselves. I don't mind sitting with strangers, but my DD doesn't like it at all. She is really shy and if strangers are at the table, she won't say a word all night. Also, DH deals with people all day every day with his job, and he said that he was looking forward to going somewhere that no one knows him and he didn't have to talk to anyone if he didn't want to! When I told him about the seating arrangements on the cruise, he just said, "You're kidding, right?" So I decided to put the private seating request on our reservation and hope we would get it. I'll be fine either way, but I can see his point. Vacation is supposed to be an escape from everything and everyone!