So you are a first time cruiser and you are planning your trip to the Caribbean for a cruise vacation. You are looking at whatever cruise line you are choosing and thinking to yourself which dining option is going to be the best for me?
Depending on the cruise line you will have many options but one that seems to be on the way out is the traditional cruise dining where you are placed at a table at an assigned time. Usually early seating, around 6pm or late seating which is around 8pm.
Many experienced cruises have their own opinions about which is better or why you shouldn’t do the traditional dining at all. Some will like the early seating because they prefer to eat early. It makes sense, but other reasons for choosing the earlier seating like you like to go to bed early, you want more time out on the promenade for nightlife, etc. Late seating will mean you don’t have to come back from the ports as early to get ready for dinner. You’ll find that everyone will have their pluses and minuses about each one.
On the negative side, many people will tell you not to choose the traditional because they don’t want to be forced to eat at a certain time every night with people they don’t know. If you are a first time cruiser, I would recommend to you not to allow yourself to be influenced by this and make your own opinion. I, like many, actually do enjoy the structure of eating at the same time each night and when you are introduced to your tablemates on the first day of the cruise, you never know who you will meet and the friendships you will make.
Many people who have met as tablemates on a cruise will keep in touch and stay friends for years to come. Some even find a way to cruise together again on future cruises. This is part of what the cruise experience. All though some cruise lines have done away with the traditional dining, other cruise lines still hold onto it while offering you other choices as well.
So if you are trying to decide which dining experience to choose, I would recommend that you at least try the traditional dining. If you find it’s not for you, well you can always go with one of the alternatives. One thing is for sure, you’ll never go hungry when you take a cruise.
Hi my name is Frederick, I love to cruise. The Caribbean is my favorite place to cruise as well as a destination trip. I have over 39 years of travel experience