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  1. We always do early traditional dining. On our cruises on the Allure there will be MTD guests frequently seated in our area. This is primary due to tables letting their waiters know the night before that they will be eating elsewhere the next night.
  2. Dining habits on a Transatlantic Independence cruise and an Oasis class cruise to the Caribbean are totally different. Different crowd dynamics and entertainment concerns.
  3. IMO I would give priority to Dinner reservations over an ice show. To see almost any of the ice shows you can get in by using the standby method. Which will allow you to be seated 15 minutes before the show. The only downside is that you will not find 19 seats together.
  4. We have only been cruising on Oasis class ships the last several years. We prefer traditional early seating. Almost always put on a wait list even though we book a year out. I don't know if it is because we are Diamond C&A but we have always gotten traditional early seating. IMHO I think the seating assignments are held back to have room for large groups and Suite guests that book later. On these big ships MTD is popular due to trying to schedule dining time around show reservation times.. My experience the last couple of years has been that MTD dinners have been being seated on Deck 4 & 5. Another popular thing is specialty dining. As a result if a table on Decks 4 & 5 notify their waiter that they are dining somewhere else the next evening the staff will seat MTD dinners at the open table. Also if there are open tables not assigned for the week those tables will be made available to MTD. This information comes from our waiters that served us and their MTD guests.
  5. I am pretty sure traditional MDR early seating is at 5:30 and 2nd seating is at 8:00. Not sure where you received the 5:15 time because that is when MTD begins. Traditional early/late seating and MTD are for the most part in different dining rooms. BTW jamon we would be happy to have you join us on our on our 9/22 thread.
  6. I can't think of any location other than a table at the entrance of the MDR to be avoided if possible.. One of the first things we do after boarding is check our SeaPass card for our table number and go to the MDR to see where we are seated. On a rare occasion we have asked for a change. Since we are a party of two it usually is not a problem. Your group of seven could have some difficulty making a change. But by all means asked if you are unhappy and they will accommodate your group if possible. Boarding will begin by 11:30. The first to board will be Suite Guest and than by Crown & Anchor status. There is no one checking to tell you that you are to early and refuse to check you in. (check-in is first come first check-in) So arrive as early as your group wants to. Just remember your staterooms will not be available until 1:00 PM and you have to drag all your carry-on with you until then..
  7. Thank you. This is exactly the helpful response I had hope for. Reminds me of the good old days.
  8. I have seen information that said RCI was dropping Dream Works in April 2019. Does this information have any truth to it or is it a hoax? I have seen nothing on these forums to support or suggest there is going to be separation. I am not trying to start a panic. It's that I don't like being hoodwink and I am trying to get clarity.
  9. There is only 1 Broadway production show. It is put on at different times about 3 days a week. See planner 90 days prior to your sail date . When on board your daily planner will give times of shows. Reservations are strongly suggested to get the best seats. Ten minutes prior to all shows the standby line is released to enter the theater. What other types of entertainment is offered during a 7 night cruise? In the Main Theater there is 1 other production show and a Headliner show. Again offered different times several days a week. There are 2 production shows in the Aqua Theater and 2 production shows in the Ice Skating Studio B. There are multiple dance lounges, On-Air for karaoke and a Piano Bar for sing a long. There is the Love and Marriage, Battle of the Sexes and the Quest. There is live music in Central Park, by the Pool and at the Pub on Promenade. Other sport and game activities. A Merry go round, Zip Line and Flow riding and golf . There is a street party and parades in the Promenade. Also a Comedy Club with 2 comedians. Because of limited seating in this lounge it is a must to have reservations. Their show is basically the same every night all week.
  10. Breakfast and lunch are free. Dinner is a charge. See daily compass for times.
  11. I don't think RCI will build any future ships smaller than the Anthem, Freedom and Oasis class ships. Their Celebrity and Azamara class will be marketed to cruisers that prefer a smaller ship.
  12. Thanks for asking for feedback IMHO Marion_MOM's Post #27 covers the best ideas. 10 to 10:30 AM on a sea day is best but there needs to be at least 1 hr difference before the top tier event. Some suggestions for additional prizes: Ben & Jerry coupons Johnny Rockets coupons Popcorn coupons Voucher for a free picture Many have mention name tags with screen names. I like the idea but honestly in the pass when they were made available many people chose to ignore them and not put them on. The host needs to provide some insider information about our cruise, ship and/or cruise line. Ex. entertainment staff current changes. Any kind of breaking news. Who has traveled the farthest to be on the cruise? Who started the CC thread for this cruise? Who is on the ship for the first time? Love it when members are asked to introduced themselves. Screen name, real name, where you are from, how many cruises have you been on.
  13. OP needs to go to their RCI account and look under Crown & Anchor information which will have a drop down menu to check cruise history.
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