Posted August 20th, 2008, 04:38 PM
Last edited by dougnewmanatsea; August 20th, 2008 at 04:40 PM
A friend told me of always being seated by himself although he requested to share a table with free-style dining. Not only that but he was always seated facing the wall. If that is how it is, or will be, I can stay home and dine by myself.
What cruise line was he on?
There is no reason open seating should preclude you from sharing a table if that's what you request.
His experience is unacceptable and I hope he brought it up with the management on board and if necessary, the home office as well. IMO that is not an open-seating problem, that's a poor service problem. To be forced to eat alone every night is simply not acceptable whether it is fixed seating or open seating.
Although I'm excited at the prospect of sailing with Orient Lines again, if we can't reserve a table for two for the duration of the voyage, we simply won't book with them.
It sounds like you dislike open seating for the opposite reason to Fran's. She's afraid she won't be able to sit with others; you're afraid you'll have
to sit with others.
Most cruise lines with open seating do allow you to reserve a table every night, so I hope this would not be a problem for you.
If open seating is done properly (and there is certainly enough space on this ship to do it properly - everyone can eat dinner at once and there will still be empty seats!) you should be able to get any kind of seating arrangement you want... With others, alone, whatever you want. It should be about choice, not forcing you to be alone when you want to meet new people, or to be with others when you want to be alone, or to eat early when you want to eat late, or... You get the idea.
I don't think there's anything wrong with the idea of open seating - I just think a lot of cruise lines do a very poor job of executing what is basically a good concept (with the right ship
- some ships are just not suitable for this sort of operation).
I doubt Orient Lines has worked out the details yet - the web site doesn't even say it's open seating - but I look forward to finding out exactly how it intends to arrange things.