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What about meal times?


Again, there are choices and more choices.  During the day, there are many different places to eat - in the formal dining room, on deck in a casual setting, in a pizzeria, at an espresso bar, to name a few.  At night, most ships offer several venues. Some ships' dining rooms can accommodate all guests at one time, called a "seating."  Many ships offer you a choice of several eating times, and others encourage you to come to dinner whenever you like.  More traditional ships have two seatings in their formal dining rooms, which differ only by time: typically 6:00 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.  To choose, just decide whether you prefer to dine early or late--then have your CLIA-affiliated travel agent request your preference when you book your cruise.  Frequently, you can chose to dine at night someplace other than the formal dining room, such as in an intimate restaurant that features, for example, Italian, Chinese, Japanese or Southwestern cuisine.  More and more cruise lines also are opening up their informal lido areas to evening dining, where the dress and dishes always are casual, and sometimes, you can even eat out under the stars.  And a large number of ships also offer romantic in-cabin dinners.



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