Posted July 15th, 2013, 12:14 AM
Last edited by MarkBearSF; July 15th, 2013 at 12:15 AM
I think it varies by line and ship. On our cruise on the AMACello, there were 7-8 tables for 2. Most days (2-3 meals/day) we found one. Perhaps 2 meals total, we shared a table. I would expect this is true for most AMA ships (perhaps not for those cases where they charter another provider's ship due to local restrictions). I think that reviews of the newest Viking ships notes that they did not have them.
I should clarify a bit, if you truly want a private experience...
I assume most ships will have closely-spaced tables. Our favorite aspect of the dueces aboard was that they were against the wall and next to a table of 4. We would start by ourselves, but inevitably start chatting with the table next to us. The advantage was we had the choice. However, even if we didn't visit, our table wasn't really private.
Some lines (Tauck?) might allow you to take meals in your cabin, if this is essential. I know you didn't ask, but i would think that isolating yourselves might compromise the interaction with fellow cruisers and the "we're all in the same boat" camaraderie which I personally enjoy about river cruising.
Hope this helps.
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