Have You ever Left A Dining Table Before the Meal was Over?

Yes, once. There was a man at the table who was beyond rude and ignorant and before the entree was served, I stood up, said "Excuse me, the rest of you people are lovely but I can't take him for one more minute" Then told the maitre d' to re-seat me and inform the waiter to bring my food to the new table.

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Yes only once, similar circumstances. Really obnoxious individual who wanted to talk politics and tell me everything wrong with my country.

Not us, yet. But I have seen a few arguments in the MDR, usually of the second night.

I excuse myself after the meal and before desert. I dont eat sweets.

I guess I have been lucky and I have never done that. I have been at a table where table mates left because of the loud drunk people swearing at the next table. One delightful young lady was dropping F-bombs every other word ( I could rell she had a good up bringing, true class) The young religious couple changed tables. I can deal with swearing so we stayed at the table. I think there were other complaints of the loud drunks as the next evening that table was empty. Yes that was a 3 day party cruise.

Yes, we had to leave right after the food was delivered one night on the Fantasy, Danyl developed a UTI while on the cruise and worse at supper. The poor waitstaff thought we did not like the service or the food, but I explained the situation to them. They even offered to send our food with us. Again, Carnival came through for us.


Yes, a few times actually. One the service was very slow and we had a commitment after dinner, but it ended up being before dinner was finished. We excused ourselves and apologized to the rest of the table. We have also had a few of those rude table mates. Which is why we now do YTD and have a table for 2 (or 4) or have a full table of cruising buddys. We have also eaten at the buffet rather than go to the MDR and put up with some table-mates (we matched nicely on paper...but in reality not so much).

Wow, guess I have been fortunate to date. This has never happened on a cruise....On land, yes, many times but never on a cruise. I can handle people swearing and going on but when my children are with us, that is completely different and I soon let the offender know how much of an idiot that they are and to tone it down out of respect to my children.

On one voyage, we had three (yes 3) table changes in the MDR.

- The first was because no one else at the table spoke English so there were always at least two conversations going on at the table on any given night so it was rather loud and uncomfortable.

- The second was because other people at the table were keeping Kosher. I give them props for their devotion but as a non-kosherians, the trail of trash it required was mind-boggling. Every food item came specially wrapped, paper plates, plastic utensils, etc. The table ended up full of used aluminum foil and paper containers. There was barely enough room for us to have a place for our dinner rolls.

- The third was because of a couple who came to dinner stone drunk and disruptive two nights in a row.
We left the dining room early on each of those evenings and took it as our cue to make reservations in the smaller venues for the remainder of our voyage. We laugh about it now but for all of that to happen on one cruise was the most improbable comedy of errors we ever had to live through.

I will ask for and do get a table for just me when I cruise solo or a table for 2 when someone is with me.



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