- Jul 5, 2011
We usually request a private table when we cruise but I was wondering if the days of sharing tables with strangers is over? Can the ships even accommodate everyone without shared tables?
I hope that's true. I know for some, eating with other cruisers is part of the experience, but for us it's not something we prefer.We're on the 8/6 3 night on the Dream. When restrictions eased, I called to request a private table and the cast member told me that all tables will be dedicated to the sailing party - there will be no mixed party tables. For now, that is
Hmm, I stand corrected. Although the wish is physically larger than the Dream class it seems it has the same max number of guests.Doesn't the Wish have about the same amount of state rooms and passenger count as tbe Dream class?
Yes, I wouldn't be surprised if they switched to this permanently. Eating at a shared table with another party does involve a lot of germs. Facing one another in close proximity for an hour+ with no masks, sharing a bread basket, etc. It will be hard to see DCL going back to shared tables anytime in the foreseeable future (and by that I mean years out, not just after the initial reopening period). So many people just won't want to do it, and DCL themselves won't want the germs to spread more than necessary. Switching out large tables for small ones is a relatively easy answer to this, although it will probably require more servers. Space between tables won't be huge, but it will be better than sitting right next to or across from the other party.If this is a trend going forward, I could see them removing the round tables and making all the tables rectangular 2 and 4 tops. This would allow them to rearrange the dining more easily.
Past tense. It made more sense. Pre-Covid. I think the importance of not dining elbow to elbow with strangers is going to override convenience of table placement going forward. Which is fine as so many people preferred private tables anyway- now DCL won't have to keep trying to accommodate that as a special request. It will just be the expectation going forward.it makes more sense for them to have tables of 8 and seat smaller parties together than to have tables of 4 and 2 and split up families.
Well, I guess disney is planning for 2022 attitudes rather than 2020 because on the images released, all the tables look to be for parties of 4, 6 or 8, not 2 and 4.Past tense. It made more sense. Pre-Covid. I think the importance of not dining elbow to elbow with strangers is going to override convenience of table placement going forward. Which is fine as so many people preferred private tables anyway- now DCL won't have to keep trying to accommodate that as a special request. It will just be the expectation going forward.
Moving small tables around as needed is probably just going to have to be the way they do things in the future.
RIght? I'm one of them. I'm not particularly a social person, but I don't mind spending a couple of hours a night with strangers. In fact, sometimes, when we get lucky and have nice table mates, we actually enjoy it.I can’t see that lasting. Large tables will be back. There are plenty of people still not afraid of others and who enjoy that as a part of cruising.