Sitting at the Captain's Table

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#1
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In the past six months, has anyone here been invited to sit at the Captain's table? If so, do you have any idea why you were chosen and what was the experience like?
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Arent diamonds now getting invites?

The "captains table" is a table in the room that he never sits at.. there is actually a extra large table that I have sat at named the captains table. I think it sits 14.
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Originally posted by picklebongo
In the past six months, has anyone here been invited to sit at the Captain's table? If so, do you have any idea why you were chosen and what was the experience like?
Nov on Freedom I was invited we were all Milestones
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Originally posted by firefly333
Arent diamonds now getting invites?

The "captains table" is a table in the room that he never sits at.. there is actually a extra large table that I have sat at named the captains table. I think it sits 14.
I thought sitting at the Captain's Table involved receiving a special invite hand delivered to ones cabin. I also thought it meant actually dining WITH the captain and perhaps being served special tidbits other diners don't receive. Is this not true or perhaps there have been changes?

It's obvious I have not done this before, but are you telling me sitting at the Captain's Table simply means it's a long table with just the name but no Captain there? That's a tadbit strange wouldn't you say?
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We've been assigned to the Captain's table before and been situated near it in several dining rooms and I've never seen the Captain dine in there. I have seen the Captain at his table in the Cucina on the Magic.
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Its actually round, not a long table. Its so big we couldnt talk across the table.

I have not had the invite.. though I think LHP got invited, but she is diamond.

I see the above poster got invited as milestone last fall .. before diamond was started.

Id say it has to do with who has the most cruises from posts I have read.
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I had dinner with the Captain but it was back in 2006~ my sister knew a big wig at Carnival who arranged it for us~
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Originally posted by firefly333
Its actually round, not a long table. Its so big we couldnt talk across the table.

I have not had the invite.. though I think LHP got invited, but she is diamond.

I see the above poster got invited as milestone last fall .. before diamond was started.

Id say it has to do with who has the most cruises from posts I have read.
on Freedom it is behind the podium where they sit you for Bfast it sits 12 on the first Formal nite the Cd recognized me as a Milestone then introduced me to the Capt i was on late sitting at dinner that night an Asst Maitre d came to the table and asked me if i would like to sit with the captain i said yes next day i got a formal invite at the dinner we were given free bottled water and wine the wine i liked was 13 bux a glass on the menu
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on RCCL we have but not on Carnival........ yet
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#11
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Originally posted by firefly333
Arent diamonds now getting invites?

The "captains table" is a table in the room that he never sits at.. there is actually a extra large table that I have sat at named the captains table. I think it sits 14.
Not true, we were 2 tables from the captain's table on the last Spirit cruise and he was there twice during the 9-day cruise, one time with a bunch of folks that weren't introduced, but once with all the 'employees of the month', and they were introduced, boy did they look nervous!
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Originally posted by cathyz
Not true, we were 2 tables from the captain's table on the last Spirit cruise and he was there twice during the 9-day cruise, one time with a bunch of folks that weren't introduced, but once with all the 'employees of the month', and they were introduced, boy did they look nervous!
well the time I sat there, they assigned all the seats to pax, so there would be no where for the captain to sit at the table named the captains table.

We had taken all the seats.
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Originally posted by firefly333
well the time I sat there, they assigned all the seats to pax, so there would be no where for the captain to sit at the table named the captains table.

We had taken all the seats.
Did the topic of conversation ever center around, "Where is the captain?"
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Originally posted by firefly333
The "captains table" is a table in the room that he never sits at.. there is actually a extra large table that I have sat at named the captains table. I think it sits 14.
Originally posted by picklebongo
. . .It's obvious I have not done this before, but are you telling me sitting at the Captain's Table simply means it's a long table with just the name but no Captain there? That's a tadbit strange wouldn't you say?
Picklebongo: What Firefly might be describing to is a particular table on the Fantasy-class vessels. It's table #300 in the aft dining room, and is often referred to as The Captain's Table (as it is the largest in the dining room, and was, at one time regularly used for that purpose). It was explained to me by multiple staff that when these particular ships went from week-long itineraries to shorter ones, the Captain/officers rarely used it for their evening dining with select passengers.

I've been assigned to this table on three separate occasions (once with my pals Tom-n-Cheryl) and never once was a ship officer present. I've also been assigned to a neighboring table, and also have never seen an officers at #300 during those times as well.



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Originally posted by firefly333
well the time I sat there, they assigned all the seats to pax, so there would be no where for the captain to sit at the table named the captains table.

We had taken all the seats.
The table I'm talking about on the Spirit was empty when the captain wasn't there.
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DW and I have not been invited to sit at the Captains table, nor have we ever seen the captain or any officer sitting at dinner. Frankly, doesn't interest us one iota.
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I was invited to dine with the captain on Celebrity last December. My DH and I had a great time. The captain was there, and was very entertaining. We met for drinks in one of the lounges, and then were escorted as a group to our table. Complimentary drinks, great conversation and complimentary 8 x 10 table photo as well. It is a wonderful experience to do once in a lifetime. Have never been invited on Carnival, though.
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I remember the last time I ate with the Captain. Merrill Stubing was the Captain of the Pacific Princess at the time and he dined with us at the Captain's Table. He was very distracted though cause he had his eye on a passenger that looked amazingly like Susan St. James, but she was a librarian from Dubuque. What a similarity though.

Julie McCoy was the cruise director and she was her perky self, setting up some shuffleboard matches for the next day. The bartender, Isaac, made us some great Pina Coladas and the head pursuer, Gopher was up to his old hi jinks. The Ship's doctor was frisky and made a pass at my wife which I did not appreciate.

There were some other passengers there as well, one who looked remarkably like Betty White and another who was a dead ringer for Buddy Hackett and he was a real cut up. We had a great time....