Carnival Says Arrive On-Time or Eat Upstairs.


"For many people, one of the best things about assigned-seat dining is getting to meet new people with whom, over the course of a cruise, you can bond. Often, these tablemates can wind up becoming lifelong friends. However, if there’s a downside to this type of arrangement, it would be those situations where you spend a week having to deal with people who are always late for dinner.

Now, Carnival Cruise Line is testing out a rule that will either put a little pep in the step of perpetually-late diners… or have them looking elsewhere for their evening meal.

What Are They Changing?

“We are testing a two-hour window on Carnival Glory and Carnival Conquest, between dinner seatings instead of the regular two hours and fifteen-minute window,” said a spokesperson for the line. But the bigger change involves those who show up late. “We are now turning guests away after 30 minutes.” Those who arrive late are offered the opportunity to check back later to see if seating has opened up or head to the Lido deck.

Senior Cruise Director John Heald explained the reason for the change on his Facebook page. “Some guests have been arriving late,” he said, “sometimes an hour after opening. And honestly, we just cannot operate a huge dining room like this. So now, if a guest comes more than 30 minutes after the dining room has opened, we will politely invite them to enjoy dinner on the Lido Deck.”

Why It Makes Sense

Thinking about the way dining rooms with assigned seating work, it’s easy to see how late arrivals can have a negative impact. If a couple arrives 45 minutes after the rest of a table has been seated, the wait staff — which may be presenting main courses — suddenly has to backtrack in order to bring appetizers and cocktails to the latecomers. An already busy waitstaff suddenly has their entire routine thrown out of whack."


There isn't enough popcorn for this one. Wink