We are a family of five and have sailed on DCL 7 times. For our first 5 cruises, we dined by ourselves at our own table. We didn't request that, that's just what we were assigned. On our 6th cruise, we were grouped with another family of 3. They were nice, but we didn't have anything in common. Their kid was older than our kids, so the kids didn't really click either. We made small talk, but they usually arrived to the dining room later than us and our servers would take our order first. We would get our food before them and it was weird to be eating when others at our table were not. It wasn't a terrible experience, just not necessarily comfortable all the time. For our most recent cruise, we decided to request a table to ourselves. On our next cruise, it will just be me and my two younger kids (husband and oldest can't go/don't want to go). Should I give it another try with a shared table, or request to be by ourselves? Since I am traveling solo with kids, it might be nice to be matched with another small family with similarly-aged kids, but I just don't want it to be awkward again. Does DCL usually do a better job of matching families? What would you do?