Hello and congrats.
We have done the Western and Eastern. I will try to answer all of your questions.
[I]Just my husband and I are traveling…will we be seated with other couples at dinner?Or have a table for 2? (Prefer to sit and meet others!)[/I]
There are people who request a table for 2 so you are more likely to get seated with others. You are right that this is fun.
[I]Someone suggested the Palo Champagne Brunch…cound’t get…will openings come up? Should I keep trying?[/I] You could keep trying, but it is not too likely something will come up online. Your best bet is to try to be among the first to board and go to Rockin’ D Bar to the dining managers to ask. The do leave some openings.
[I]Is there a night you would suggest for our Palo dinner? I booked it for our first full day aboard (Key West day) at 8pm…now I am worried that we might miss meeting tablemates…first full day and alll…is later in the week better?[/I] You will meet your tablemates the first night. Your only worry is you might get a dining rotation that includes Animators Palate that night and you would miss seeing the color change. Later in the week can be good. I think Thursday is popular. We booked for Friday and that was a bad day as it is the goodbye and tip night with your servers. As an aside Palo was fine, but too long and formal for us. It is nice to try and some people love it. Our first cruise (Eastern) we did not even worry about Palo because I didn’t want to stress about it. We also did the High Tea and I liked that better than the dinner.
[I]What are the dinner options for boarding day? [/I] Topsiders and Parrot Cay will have buffets available at boarding. Very nice selection.
[I]I understand you move from restaurant to restaurant with the same staff, will we miss eating at , say, Animators Palate if we eat elsewhere one night…or will we have another chance to get there?[/I] You get to eat at each place 2 times and one actually 3 times. You only get the colors on Animators once. There are different menus every night.
[I]What are the chances for upgrades??[/I] There is always a chance. What is your catagory? Did you book a specific room number or are you GTY?
[I]Do the onboard shows run multiple nights, so if we don’t make it one night, we can try another night? [/I] The shows only run one night, but they run 2 times in the evening and someomes there is a day show - on sea days I think.
We went last April and you will love it!!! We have April booked for 2010 already.