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    #16
    I like a table for 6, we don't need to move seats then. Although on our last couple of cruises we have got on very well with one of the couples and chatted non stop all evening. We have tried to include the other couple but they have been very quiet. So perhaps some people just like to listen.

    I haven't done a big table yet (except when you get put on one at lunch time) so am looking forward to trying it, and swapping seats on the forum cruise next September......................................... .....................Carol

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      #17
      On one occasion we were on a round table for eight which was in a corner. On the first night we arrived while people were just entering. We found two couples (friends) already at the table and , obviously, they were sitting facing out so we and the other couple sat facing the wall. It's pretty awkward for those in a bad position to suggest 'table roulette' so the next night , even though we arrived very early, we were in the same position. The other man finally suggested moving round but to no use as the four friends just replied 'first come choose their place so we arrive early to make sure we get the places we want'.
      As we didn't want to make a battle place out of dinner time, we asked for a change of tables and ,luckily, were given places on tables in the centre of the MDR. Ironically, the people on this table moved round every night and couldn't believe it when we explained the reason we had asked for a change.

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        #18
        Rude, selfish people Hat, thankfully we have never encountered anyone like this.Discussing table roulette with my husband last night , he confessed to me that he actually prefers tables for two (he is an old romantic).He is a very sociable chap, so after years and years of cruising and countless dinner tables of all sizes, this came as quite a surprise. He said dinner for two followed by drinks in a cocktail bar with new found friends is preferable to him..Must get back to Cunard and change our request from a large table to a two for our upcoming cruise ,probably too late though...

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          #19
          My wife reminded me about a table we had on Millennium a few years ago .The problem was an american Lady who had both a drink and attitude problem,she was sharing a room with another woman who was lovely .
          We had meet up with 3 Ladies we had sailed with before and one suggested we just all move tables and leave this pair on there own,we decided to move seats each night so a different person sat near her.
          On Captains night we had the ships Doctor on our table and he sat next to her (poor Man) instead of me having my second turn.
          The woman was just totally wrapped up in herself she had no consideration at all for others ,it was a shame really in some ways I felt sorry for her...Taffy
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            #20
            To those who say it's no problem to converse on a large table, lucky them. As one who has hearing difficulties, it is almost impossible to talk to / hear anyone more than a seat away. My poor husband is forever having to 'interpret'. It's awkward, time consuming and can be embarrassing. As you say, allowances are sometimes made for those with mobility problems - and on our last cruise we had a lovely lady confined to a wheelchair at our table, who 'stayed put' for logistic reasons. I find it better to move around a table to enjoy everyones' comany because of my own disability. Sometimes this has happened, sometimes not. I also find that things can be easier or more difficult according to table position because of the overall background and serving noise. We have been known to change tables for that reason alone. In any case, I always now explain my difficulty at the first meal so that people do not think me rude if I don't join in or appear to ignore what they have said. Remember, a disability is not always the one you see.

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              #21
              No problem rotating , we have always done most of the cruisers I have sailed with do the same[ it's not a new idea] this on large tables, you get the chance to get acquainted with everyone and speak without raising your voice if on a large table a table for two doesn't appeal to me I like to socialise. CG
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                #22
                Apart from socialising , changing seats means that you won't have the same people sitting in 'a bad position'( like happened to us) . In fact I think that on each table there should be a card saying it would be appreciated if people did change places regularly.

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                  #23
                  Many thanks for your perspective Mags Cardiff.

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                    #24
                    cornish girl, falmouth

                    No problem rotating , we have always done most of the cruisers I have sailed with do the same[ it's not a new idea] this on large tables, you get the chance to get acquainted with everyone and speak without raising your voice if on a large table a table for two doesn't appeal to me I like to socialise. CG
                    We tto like to socialise and a table for two is really not for us, even before we became "empty nesters"!
                    Lancashire Cunarder

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                      #25
                      hat776, malta

                      Apart from socialising , changing seats means that you won't have the same people sitting in 'a bad position'( like happened to us) . In fact I think that on each table there should be a card saying it would be appreciated if people did change places regularly.
                      We never impose the change, normally it happens naturally, when it crops up in conversation we comment that is why we also ensure we get to sit in the "bad position" especially if it involves facing a wall, over the course of the cruise all table companions ought to then enjoy the view from the "prime" or a better position.

                      As indicated never received a negative comment to that response yet.
                      Lancashire Cunarder

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                        #26
                        annie, Glasgow

                        I'll sit anywhere - not fussed. Sharing wine - no thanks - tastes can vary so much.

                        Annie
                        Annie agree on that note too!
                        Lancashire Cunarder

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