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    #16
    Dining in silence is quite acceptable for a lone traveller camped in the desert. Belching is quite acceptable/expected in some cultures, would that be accepted in the NY restaurant?

    One of the really enjoyable parts of a cruise is dinner in the MDR with good company, good food and good wine so we always select a large table on fixed dining. Some people consider meal times as simply a time to refuel and want to get in and out of the restaurant/cafeteria as quickly as possible. I am perfectly happy to spend 2 to 3 hours at dinner if the company is right.

    Similarly, what could be more enjoyable than Sunday Lunch with the family seated around the table chatting, eating and drinking. Mediterranean family lunches often go on all afternoon.

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      #17
      I must suggest this as a new initiative at the inaugural on-board forum cruise dinner next September.

      Should go down a bomb!

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        #18
        Not a bomb Mrs M - too noisy. Shush

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          #19
          Originally posted by Hampshire Thorn, Fareham View Post
          Not a bomb Mrs M - too noisy. Shush
          OK...a very quite bomb!

          I don't think I could manage it, even for a bet or dare!

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            #20
            No, the mixing with other at mealtimes on cruises is not for us, these days. Been there, done that many, many times, and the attraction has faded. We're not on board to form friendships, have discussions and even dissensions....we're on board to get away from all that. In fact, we often find it tedious, and I sometimes miss a course or two to escape.
            Our lives are full of people, enquiries, arguments and phone calls. Our pleasure now is either to dress formally and have a meal for two in the speciality. or to sit facing the sea in the buffet- and then we can slip away whenever we want.
            Cruising is about choices, and meals are one of the minor choices for us.
            Jo.

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              #21
              Hi Jocap

              Very well said.

              I think there may be a significant silent minority who shares your views.

              Annie

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                #22
                cornish girl, falmouth
                It wouldn't do for me either, I love to chat and socialise good dining companions make all the difference.CG
                Me too CG. Can't understand people not liking company over dinner. Nowt as strange as folks! cheers Harvey

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                  #23
                  Hampshire Thorn: One of the really enjoyable parts of a cruise is dinner in the MDR with good company, good food and good wine so we always select a large table on fixed dining. Some people consider meal times as simply a time to refuel and want to get in and out of the restaurant/cafeteria as quickly as possible. I am perfectly happy to spend 2 to 3 hours at dinner if the company is right.
                  Spot on HT. cheers Harvey

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                    #24
                    annie, Glasgow
                    Hi Jocap

                    Very well said.

                    I think there may be a significant silent minority who shares your views.

                    Annie
                    I doubt very much there is a 'significant' silent minority with such views but certainly a minority trait. cheers Harvey

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                      #25
                      "No, the mixing with other at mealtimes on cruises is not for us, these days. Been there, done that many, many times, and the attraction has faded. We're not on board to form friendships, have discussions and even dissensions....we're on board to get away from all that. In fact, we often find it tedious, and I sometimes miss a course or two to escape.
                      Our lives are full of people, enquiries, arguments and phone calls. Our pleasure now is either to dress formally and have a meal for two in the speciality. or to sit facing the sea in the buffet- and then we can slip away whenever we want.
                      Cruising is about choices, and meals are one of the minor choices for us."

                      Hi Jo,

                      I can quite understand! Most of my working life was spent in Human Resources or Management Development Training, sometimes trying to train the 'untrainable', often on residential courses!!

                      I longed for home at the weekends & holidays were just him and me, tranquility, so a table for two every time!

                      We have always socialised before and after diner and at the casino, we have met lovely people and keep in touch & see them from time to time, especially a lovely couple who live in Winchester.

                      I often think it odd to sit on a large table? I cannot imagine going into one of our favourite restaurants around here and asking for a table for eight, they would think we were bonkers!

                      Don't worry Mrs M I hope to join the forum cruise and will make an exception and be sociable!
                      Lizzie sigpic

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