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#81
Hampshire, England
1,625 Posts
Joined Mar 2008
Cunard is now the only cruise line that I enjoy sharing a table at all meals.

It might be something to do with the quality of our fellow passengers and their ability to hold a good conversation.

When we cruise with other lines, if there isn't 'open' seating I will request 'My Time/Freedom dining.

On my recent Carnival Dream cruise it works a treat. When we turned up and asked for a table for two that is what you got, even if it meant the waiter removing two sets of cutlery from a table for 4.
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#82
Copenhagen, Denmark
167 Posts
Joined Nov 2014
Originally posted by Langoustine
Forty years ago, when I lived in Germany, it was very common to be seated at a table with others. The interesting thing was that the custom was to eat with no interaction or conversation with the people you were seated with. Don't know if it's still the same.
If I were seated with another family this might happen. Speaking your second language for hours in a row can be hard work. I might prefer to just speak with my SO in our own language, Danish.
#83
Dorset, england
635 Posts
Joined May 2011
We are happy to share a table on land if we are out for coffee, tea or lunch. I would want to know in advance if I were expected to share with strangers at dinner (although I have certainly done this, a place in Paris springs to mind).

Someone mention the 'Canadian' train upthread. We had a very happy journey on this train (some years ago now), the tables were '4 tops' and people were seated in turn. As on cruises, we had some interesting conversations.
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#84
North-West England
462 Posts
Joined May 2007
Originally posted by Slugsta
We are happy to share a table on land if we are out for coffee, tea or lunch. I would want to know in advance if I were expected to share with strangers at dinner (although I have certainly done this, a place in Paris springs to mind).

Someone mention the 'Canadian' train upthread. We had a very happy journey on this train (some years ago now), the tables were '4 tops' and people were seated in turn. As on cruises, we had some interesting conversations.
We went from the East coast tothe West coast of the USA on Amtrak and the steward in the dining car tells you where to sit and who with. We met some very nice paople
#85
Muscat/Oman, Abu Dhabi/UAE and Sydney/Australia
914 Posts
Joined May 2011
Some mention Parisian (or any French) restaurants. Apart from the most upmarket restaurants, they will cram in as many tables as possible. Go to a bistro, and the waiters will need to move tables in order for you being able to sit down. Usually there is no more than a cigarette's length between tables side by side along bench seats.
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