Hi there, we were on Ventura maiden cruise in April this year. We did have a nice table for six but after a week you have all told each other what you do for a living - how many children/grandchildren you have etc, etc. It does get a bit boring and when you are trying to eat a nice piece of meat and someone fires another question at you it gets a bit tiring.
Why not have the best of both worlds and explain that you may eat on your own some evenings. We went into Marco Polo Whites Restaurant one night - you pay a little extra but nice if you want to be on your own.
You are paying for your cruise - no-one else - so basically do what YOU want to do. Eat ocasionally with a set table and then do your own thing. The waiters etc. on Ventura are fab. and I am sure they will accommodate a table for two if you maybe give them advance warning at breakfast.
Have a great cruise and remember it is all about you two - no-one else.
Good Luck and let me know how you get on !!
Wendy and John from Torquay.
Again thank you for your kind answer. We have some onboard credit awarded seeing as this is an anniversary cruise and will seriously consider the White restaurant. There has been some good reports about it. We are looking forward to our cruise and can understand what you have said about table companions. Will definately report on our return. Thanks!
Hve you told them it is a special occasion, they may allocate you this time. I too find it difficult when sat at a table for eight who are mainly in couples. I am a friendly person, however hubby and self have 2 teens and have only started holidaying alone for about the last 3 years, so do like to have time to ourselves. We were once sat at a table with the loudest person I had met and no one dared to disagree with their comments, it took the edge off the trip, we used to dine informally (in the cafe type thingy) to avoid the person.
Thank you for your reply! Yes we did tell them on booking that this was a very SPECIAL cruise. It was our 40th. Anniversary and this year also was my 60th. It really was. Because my birthday is the 29th. February. Leap Year. That happenened this year. I only get one every 4 years as you know. So I did think this year was very very special. We have had lots of cruises with great people we have shared tables with, also some as you say you have to avoid. Would just LOVE to share with Hubby (Grumpy as he so often is) We are self employed and spend all day every day together. We often argue (I know we shouldnt) But I DO LOVE HIM TO BITS! Thats why I would love to spend quality time together. Thank you for answering.
When you find out your dining table details when you get on board, via the card in your cabin, if it is not a table for 2 go and see the restaurant manager , the times they are available are in the newspaper. We have done this a couple of times and they have managed to accommodate our requests. Its surprising how many people change their preferred dining arrangements after booking so you may be lucky. Happy Anniversary.
Thank you for your comment. Although we have cruised many times, there is always something that others can help with. We have always prefered club dining and have steered clear of freedom, maybe we are wrong and could get a table for two. Too late this time but the answers we are getting are proving invaluable. Thanks for taking the time to answer!