We leave for the trip in not too many weeks now. We spent a good part of a day last week with Zelda and Matteo planning.
We are on the ship for 12 nights. We need to make 12 dinner reservations. There are seven restaurants. Two of the restaurants have upcharges, the other five don’t. On our last cruise, with the same cruise line, there was a “Restaurant” which didn’t take reservations, and was large enough to accomodate enough of the passangers without too much of a wait. On this brand new ship they decided that there doesn’t need to be any no-reservation, open seating restaurant. That means that you need to plan a meal for each night, or risk having to hang around waiting for a seat to open.
Or maybe they have some magic, and they just know that the natural and immutable patterns of passenger dining behavior is such that there will be no conflict, no line, no waiting.
Needless to say, but this would not stand. So Sally and Zelda began strategizing about which nights to eat at which of the seven restaurants. This involved:
- analyzing each restaurant and it’s menu
- checking to see what time we needed to return to the ship each day
- choosing a time to eat each evening
- determining which restaurants were worthy of eating at more than once, despite never having eaten at any of them (1)
- making reservations at the annointed time, using the cruise line’s handy online booking system
Except for a few problems, this worked out okay. The problems included the system not accepting reservations at one restaurant that the ladies deemed especially desirable, and also not accepting reservations for any restaurant on the first night on the ship. So 600 people will board that afternoon and immediately run around trying to get a reservation in the restaurant they like.
Or maybe they’re just not as OCD as we are, and are planning to relax on their vacation and take it as it comes.
(1) Actually, no one has ever eaten at any of these restaurants. It’s a brand new ship, and we are on the first official sailing.