In the grand old days of cruising, dinner in the main dining room was a highlight of the day. But as ships get bigger and bigger, dinner for some is just a pit-stop on the way from a shore excursion. When the two contrasting attitudes collide, more toes get stepped on than at a beginners’ dance class. We all know that dress codes and screaming kids can rankle at dinner, but we dove into the Cruise Critic message boards for this intriguing mealtime conundrum from clean1owner, who griped about late-comers delaying service for her table at the 6 p.m. seating. The result: They were late for a show.
In addition, “these people came in late every night. I think the earliest they ever arrived was 6:20.” When she complained that “late-arriving people [were] messing things up,” she was told that guests “have to be accommodated” — even, apparently, if they arrive after an alleged cut-off time.
Let’s solve this problem right now: Get to dinner on time in the main dining room, ok? There’s nothing fun about not being able to do what you want because other people’s bad habits are throwing a wrench in your plans. You don’t want to send a hungry person out into the cold, but it’s pretty easy to find food on a cruise, and the lines should adhere to cut-off times.
In this regard, Clean1owner has many fans on the message boards. Kathy/PH8 writes: “I, too, wish there was a cut-off time when they close the doors. I remember them doing that years ago, but now, ‘It’s their vacation and they can do what they want’ mentality. They (staff and crew) don’t want to upset anyone … (never mind those of us who are inconvenienced).” For her part, DonnaK longs for the good ol’ days as well, noting that “I remember … when the dining room doors were closed 15 minutes after dinner starts, and if you were late, too bad.”
Coast2coast concurred, writing, “Unfortunately there seems to be a lot of people out there with an attitude of ‘It’s all about me, especially when I’m on vacation.’ No regard to others.”
CodyC815 had the same trouble, but not the same outcome: “The waiters were good, they quietly asked us if we wanted to go ahead and get out desserts or wait. We opted to leave sooner and they didn’t slow us down at all. I guess it just depends on your waitstaff.”
The less sympathetic suggested that clean1owner should have changed tables or skipped dessert over what may seem like a minor quibble to some. Perhaps, but . . . it’s the principle of the matter, right? Can’t we all get along at mealtime? How hard is it to show up on time? But then again, it all goes back to the fact that life is generally better when everyone treats each other with some modicum of respect.
We’ll give the last word to CA girl in TX, who sounds like the kind of person we want to have at our table: “Rules and guidelines are in place for a reason, and that is because while one issue may seem nothing to one person it may be a very big deal to somebody else. Therefore, as a courtesy to other travelers and the staff everyone should follow the rules and guidelines that are in place.”
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