Main dining room-what time is best?

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#1
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I know this is a general question but does anyone recommend a time that is best to dine in the main dining room. I'm cruising on the allure of the seas in November.


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Originally posted by duesouth
I know this is a general question but does anyone recommend a time that is best to dine in the main dining room. I'm cruising on the allure of the seas in November.
Well, will you be taking Traditional Dining at one of the two set times (usually 6:00, and 8:00 or 8:30 pm), or My Time Dining, when you pre-pay your tips before you leave home and can dine anytime you want to? The decision is yours, unless the choice you want is full in which case you can try to switch when you board the ship.

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#3
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Hi Langley cruises... I have chosen my time dining...but I would like a set time each night.


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I prefer MTD as 6 is too early and 9:30(Eurocruiser) is too late.


But we don't like prepaying tips either.


We normally end up booking the early sitting but if we can't be bothered leaving the pool deck at 5 to shower and change(this happens more days than not) we go to the windjammer at around 7:30
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Originally posted by duesouth
Hi Langley cruises... I have chosen my time dining...but I would like a set time each night.


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I would look at the show schedules and then make a decision on a night by night basis. It is best to reserve your shows in advance for the Allure so once you are able to do that, then I would book reservations for either MTD or specialty restaurants.
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Originally posted by reallyitsmema
I would look at the show schedules and then make a decision on a night by night basis. It is best to reserve your shows in advance for the Allure so once you are able to do that, then I would book reservations for either MTD or specialty restaurants.
That is probably the best way to go. Gives you maximum flexibility in reserving shows.
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Every person is different but since you asked I will tell you what we do. I look at the itinerary and the sail away times then book My time dining about two to three hours after that. The reason we like to be on the top decks enjoying a drink and the music and scenery at sail away, we can then take our time to get ready and then head to the champagne bar for a pre dinner cocktail. As I said everyone is different but that's our way. We really disliked the structured time dining, Since RCL started my time dining we never looked back.
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Also, please know that you are not required to make a reservation each night. You are encouraged, but it is not necessary. You may simply show up when you are hungry and be seated, with or without a wait. If you are just going to "walk up", I would suggest an off-peak time, such as PLEIKU68 suggested - seriously, a time off the quarter hour might yield you less wait time. 6:18 pm, 6:48, 7:23... see? Not on a quarter hour - it works.
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Just a little confused. I have the 6:00 dining time, but tips are prepaid. How will the wait-staff know that their tips are paid? Is it customary to still provide envelopes with additional money at the end of the week, even though tips were paid? Thanks.
#13
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Originally posted by Langley Cruisers
Well, will you be taking Traditional Dining at one of the two set times (usually 6:00, and 8:00 or 8:30 pm), or My Time Dining, when you pre-pay your tips before you leave home and can dine anytime you want to? The decision is yours, unless the choice you want is full in which case you can try to switch when you board the ship.

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Hi! Thanks for the reply! I have my time dining...my question is do I have to still reserve a time...or do I just show up at the MDR?
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#14
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Originally posted by PLEIKU68
Normally the best time is 6:18.

Really...if you are not doing My Time, there are two set times for dinner. Pick one .
Wow..this comment seems to be a bit cheeky It's my first time cruising...I'm not sure how my time dining works. Thanks for the reply
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#15
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Originally posted by janetz
If your shows are around 8:30 and after, then 6:30 is good.
Thanks janetz for the suggestion!
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#16
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Originally posted by pfm18
I prefer MTD as 6 is too early and 9:30(Eurocruiser) is too late.


But we don't like prepaying tips either.


We normally end up booking the early sitting but if we can't be bothered leaving the pool deck at 5 to shower and change(this happens more days than not) we go to the windjammer at around 7:30
Yes that's what I was afraid of...6 being to early! Thanks for the reply!
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Originally posted by reallyitsmema
I would look at the show schedules and then make a decision on a night by night basis. It is best to reserve your shows in advance for the Allure so once you are able to do that, then I would book reservations for either MTD or specialty restaurants.
Thanks for the suggestion!
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#18
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Originally posted by goneclear
Every person is different but since you asked I will tell you what we do. I look at the itinerary and the sail away times then book My time dining about two to three hours after that. The reason we like to be on the top decks enjoying a drink and the music and scenery at sail away, we can then take our time to get ready and then head to the champagne bar for a pre dinner cocktail. As I said everyone is different but that's our way. We really disliked the structured time dining, Since RCL started my time dining we never looked back.
Thanks for the great suggestion!
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Originally posted by Langley Cruisers
Also, please know that you are not required to make a reservation each night. You are encouraged, but it is not necessary. You may simply show up when you are hungry and be seated, with or without a wait. If you are just going to "walk up", I would suggest an off-peak time, such as PLEIKU68 suggested - seriously, a time off the quarter hour might yield you less wait time. 6:18 pm, 6:48, 7:23... see? Not on a quarter hour - it works.
Hi! That's great information! Thanks for the reply!
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#20
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Originally posted by duesouth
Hi! Thanks for the reply! I have my time dining...my question is do I have to still reserve a time...or do I just show up at the MDR?
No, you don't have to reserve a time, you can just show up. They will encourage you to pick a time, but you don't have to.
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