Most cruise line dining rooms offer a selection of differently sized tables at different locations.
photo courtesy Andy Newman/Carnival Cruises
Tips and Advice About Table Assignments
Tables for two are at a premium, and if this is your preference, good advice is to make sure you make that request early in the booking procedures.
Some passengers prefer to dine alone with their travelling partner, especially on honeymoon or anniversary voyages and if the cruise line is made aware of the circumstances they are usually very accommodating.
For a lot of passengers, however, tables for 4,6 or 8 guests are the preferred choice. Part of the fun of a cruise for these guests is meeting people and making new friends in which case a table of eight offers the ideal situation to get to know a group of people.
The location of your table can also make a difference to your cruise.
Tables by the window are the most preferred, as are tables on the edge of the balcony sections where people watching can be fun.
Whatever the size of table, or location in the cruise ship dining room you are assigned, if there is a problem, make sure you see the maitre d’ as soon as possible after your first meal and request the changes.
Many cruise passengers have told Prow’s Edge horror stories of fellow guests, from the bores to the argumentative, they were stuck with for seven nights.
Be aware that you can do something about it.