Go Back   Cruise Critic Message Board Forums > Cruise Lines "A - O" > Disney Cruise Line
 
Register here!
Forgot Your Password?


Notices

Disney Cruise Line
Read Disney Cruise Reviews from real cruisers and compare the best Disney Cruise Deals.

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old January 25th, 2013, 08:25 PM
Muushka Muushka is offline
Cool Cruiser
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Posts: 2,567
Default We will have a party of 11

8 adults and 3 children. Anyone have any idea how they seat a party this size?
I just noticed on another thread that the largest table is for 8

Thanks!
Reply With Quote

Ad Sponsored By
  #2  
Old January 25th, 2013, 08:39 PM
Shmoo here's Avatar
Shmoo here Shmoo here is offline
Blue Ribbon Cruiser
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: SoCal
Posts: 4,422
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Muushka View Post
8 adults and 3 children. Anyone have any idea how they seat a party this size?
I just noticed on another thread that the largest table is for 8

Thanks!
Each dining team serves a 4 top, a 6 top, and an 8 top. Larger parties will have their tables pushed together (an 8 & a 6 make a 12 top). In the cases of even larger parties, they could put 2 8 tops together, but it's really awkward doing so.

I will point out that the MDRs are fairly noisy, so talking to others at a table that large can be a challenge. And the servers try to bring a whole tables' course service (all the appitizers, or all the entrees) at one time, and that many all at once can slow down service.

As long as you don't mind not being able to talk to anyone other than the 5 or 6 people in your immediate area and the time it takes to get dinner done, a large table is quite do-able.

__________________
DCLHAL Carnival
10 Cruises, 6 ships, 106 nights

Last edited by Shmoo here; January 25th, 2013 at 08:40 PM.
Reply With Quote

  #3  
Old January 25th, 2013, 08:52 PM
Muushka Muushka is offline
Cool Cruiser
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Posts: 2,567
Default

Do you think it would be better to have a table for 8 and a table for 4, close by (but not together)?

Personally I think that is a good idea. It would allow a nicer experience for both the servers and us. And we could rotate our seating.

Could be fun, good idea?

We have always done DCL sans kids, these are our nieces coming on the family cruise.
We always chose late dining, but we chose early for the kiddos. Should be interesting!
Reply With Quote

  #4  
Old January 25th, 2013, 09:12 PM
Shmoo here's Avatar
Shmoo here Shmoo here is offline
Blue Ribbon Cruiser
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: SoCal
Posts: 4,422
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Muushka View Post
Do you think it would be better to have a table for 8 and a table for 4, close by (but not together)?

Personally I think that is a good idea. It would allow a nicer experience for both the servers and us. And we could rotate our seating.

Could be fun, good idea?

We have always done DCL sans kids, these are our nieces coming on the family cruise.
We always chose late dining, but we chose early for the kiddos. Should be interesting!
Personally, I think that splitting into 2 tables would be a good idea . Splitting into 8 & 4 top could make it possible for you to have the same servers at both tables, so switching out seats each night won't be a problem. The servers are quite good at learning quickly who is who at their station.

Splitting 6 & 5 might actually put you with 2 different serving teams, so could be a problem. Although they might be able to do it by placing 6 of you at an 8 top and the others at the 6 top in your service area. If the ship isn't too full, this might be possible.

I'd suggest that you call DCL (or your TA should, if you used one) and request to be seated at 2 tables with the same serving team. They should be able to do it.

__________________
DCLHAL Carnival
10 Cruises, 6 ships, 106 nights
Reply With Quote

  #5  
Old January 25th, 2013, 10:21 PM
FloridaGram FloridaGram is offline
Cool Cruiser
 
Join Date: May 2004
Posts: 523
Default

We were a party of 14 and we were all seated together. Service did seem a little slow and I did not think about it being because of the size of our party until I read this post. We were his only table though so I am not sure what caused it. I attributed it to the fact that he was not happy on the Fantasy, he had come from the Magic and was not happy because he had to walk so much farther to the kitchen.

This year I think we are going to give Cabanas a try for dinner at least one night. And we are going to try room service for the kids and putting them in the club so there will be fewer to serve some nights. I hope we get one of those great servers that we have read about here!
__________________
Bahama Star-1969 (yep, that's not a typo)
Carnival Holiday-1992
NCL Norway-1996
Carnival Ecstasy-1998
Carnival Tropicale-1999
RCCL Voyager of the Seas-2001
RCCL Mariner of the Seas- Spring 2004
HAL Zuiderdam- Summer 2004
HAL Westerdam-February 2007
Disney Magic-April 2007
Carnival Liberty-May 31,2008
Disney Fantasy- May 2012
CCL Freedom-August 2012
Reply With Quote

  #6  
Old January 25th, 2013, 10:40 PM
Shmoo here's Avatar
Shmoo here Shmoo here is offline
Blue Ribbon Cruiser
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: SoCal
Posts: 4,422
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by FloridaGram View Post
We were a party of 14 and we were all seated together. Service did seem a little slow and I did not think about it being because of the size of our party until I read this post. We were his only table though so I am not sure what caused it. I attributed it to the fact that he was not happy on the Fantasy, he had come from the Magic and was not happy because he had to walk so much farther to the kitchen.

This year I think we are going to give Cabanas a try for dinner at least one night. And we are going to try room service for the kids and putting them in the club so there will be fewer to serve some nights. I hope we get one of those great servers that we have read about here!
On the Fantasy the combination of several factors cause a slow service: distance from kitchen (yes, singular) to dining rooms; and making sure he had everyone's appitizer/entree to serve at the same time. When serving 3 different tables it's easier to pick up 4, 6, or even 8 plates for serving the whole table at the same time.

Except for one Asst Server (and I think she was real new, and just hadn't gotten a handle on how things work), we've always had excellent servers (including our head servers).

__________________
DCLHAL Carnival
10 Cruises, 6 ships, 106 nights
Reply With Quote

  #7  
Old January 25th, 2013, 10:56 PM
Scrapnana's Avatar
Scrapnana Scrapnana is offline
5,000+ Club
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Virginia
Posts: 7,445
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by FloridaGram View Post
We were a party of 14 and we were all seated together. Service did seem a little slow and I did not think about it being because of the size of our party until I read this post. We were his only table though so I am not sure what caused it. I attributed it to the fact that he was not happy on the Fantasy, he had come from the Magic and was not happy because he had to walk so much farther to the kitchen.

This year I think we are going to give Cabanas a try for dinner at least one night. And we are going to try room service for the kids and putting them in the club so there will be fewer to serve some nights. I hope we get one of those great servers that we have read about here!
You might want to check the Cabanas menu earlier in the day. I wasn't feeling great one day and did not want to take the time to sit through a dinner in the MDR. There were not many entrees on the menu and the chicken I ordered was very dry (If I had felt better I likely would have asked for something else). The servers were wonderful, however. There were maybe 15 of us eating at that time and I think every server there came to ask me if they could get me something.
__________________
Evangeline - 1960
Johan Van Oldenbarnevelt - 1962
Queen Mary - 1962
Raffaello - 1968
MV Three Gorges - 1988
Atlas - 1995
Olympic - 1996
Constellation - 2005
Disney Fantasy - 2012
Queen Elizabeth - 2014




World Voyage Blog - kathisworldvoyage.blogspot.com
Reply With Quote

  #8  
Old January 25th, 2013, 11:02 PM
Shmoo here's Avatar
Shmoo here Shmoo here is offline
Blue Ribbon Cruiser
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: SoCal
Posts: 4,422
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Scrapnana View Post
You might want to check the Cabanas menu earlier in the day. I wasn't feeling great one day and did not want to take the time to sit through a dinner in the MDR. There were not many entrees on the menu and the chicken I ordered was very dry (If I had felt better I likely would have asked for something else). The servers were wonderful, however. There were maybe 15 of us eating at that time and I think every server there came to ask me if they could get me something.
I agree. The menu at Cabanas is a selection of items from the menus available in the other MDRs that evening as well as a salad bar and carving station. It's probably a good idea to check that one of those items is something you want.

__________________
DCLHAL Carnival
10 Cruises, 6 ships, 106 nights
Reply With Quote

  #9  
Old January 26th, 2013, 09:05 AM
Muushka Muushka is offline
Cool Cruiser
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Posts: 2,567
Default

Thanks for the info everyone. I'll present this to the fam for a vote.
Reply With Quote

  #10  
Old February 4th, 2013, 11:54 AM
cruisin deb cruisin deb is offline
Cool Cruiser
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Posts: 43
Smile All eleven together

We were a party of 11 sailed jan 26th on fantasy. We had a table set for 12 every night setting was fine actually had room where that extra chair was if baby fell asleep to put stroller . There was high chair set towards middle since we had a one year old and two four year olds sat in regular seats. They do have boosters though. Our servers. Eder and Oswald were absolutely wonderful. Have never had such a wonderful team. Thought ahead helped with children entertaining and quite efficient. Wish we could have them all the times we travel and if possible will definitely request them I suggest you do the same. With them we had schedule ERAERAE. Don't know if they would always be on that schedule though
__________________
Debbie C.

HOME LINES
COSTA
RENAISSANCE
RCCL
NCL
ORIENT
DISNEY
OCEANIA
Reply With Quote

  #11  
Old February 4th, 2013, 12:02 PM
Shmoo here's Avatar
Shmoo here Shmoo here is offline
Blue Ribbon Cruiser
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: SoCal
Posts: 4,422
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by cruisin deb View Post
We were a party of 11 sailed jan 26th on fantasy. We had a table set for 12 every night setting was fine actually had room where that extra chair was if baby fell asleep to put stroller . There was high chair set towards middle since we had a one year old and two four year olds sat in regular seats. They do have boosters though. Our servers. Eder and Oswald were absolutely wonderful. Have never had such a wonderful team. Thought ahead helped with children entertaining and quite efficient. Wish we could have them all the times we travel and if possible will definitely request them I suggest you do the same. With them we had schedule ERAERAE. Don't know if they would always be on that schedule though
Dining room serving teams are changed cruise to cruise. One of them may be at the end of their contract, while the other still has some time to go. Or they may be separated to work with other partners. Or moved to a different ship.
Or placed on different rotations.

If you want to request a server, it's best to only request one. Requesting a team just confuses DCL, if the team isn't together any longer. DCL won't know which server to assign you to and won't grant the request for either.
__________________
DCLHAL Carnival
10 Cruises, 6 ships, 106 nights
Reply With Quote

  #12  
Old February 4th, 2013, 01:16 PM
xrae xrae is offline
Cool Cruiser
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Posts: 130
Default

We had a party of 11 on the Dream in December and we had a long table that accommodated everyone in each dining room.

They can move and reconfigure the table setup as needed for their guests each cruise.

Sent from my Nexus 7 using Tapatalk 2
__________________
Disney Magic - Jan ’14
Disney Wonder - Jan ’13
Disney Dream - Dec ’12
Disney Magic - Nov ’12
Disney Dream - Sept ’11
Carnival Destiny - long time ago
Reply With Quote

  #13  
Old February 4th, 2013, 01:57 PM
Muushka Muushka is offline
Cool Cruiser
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Posts: 2,567
Default

Thanks all! I think we will request the larger table(s) for all of us.
Reply With Quote

Reply

Bookmarks


Ad Sponsored By
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 05:51 AM.


© 1995 - 2014, The Independent Traveler, Inc. All rights reserved.
"A Community of People Who Love To Cruise"
All of the information contained within Cruise Critic is protected by copyright. You may, however, download a single copy only for your personal use.