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There is 28 of us. How do we go about making dining reservations in the main dining room? I assume there are no tables for 28 lol whats the largest table size that can accommodate us? Sailing on Oasis. 

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If you are in traditional (fixed) dining, contact rcldining@rccl.com about 3 weeks before the cruise.

 

If you have My Time dining, you must arrange this onboard.

 

The largest table I've seen is for 12, and there are not many,  For ease of conversation, I'd try to get 2  tables of 8  and 2 tables of 6 near each other.

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Tables would seat 10 to 12.  I’d recommend two tables of 10 and one for 8.  Switch people around on different nights.

 

is everyone on the same dining time? Have they all been linked together?

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I feel your pain. We travel in packs as well and we do MTD. It’s never easy.   I am in charge of planning it. I usually try to get tables of 10 (didn’t realize they had tables of 12. That was not offered in cruise planner last time I tried to organize). Sometimes I can’t get all the tables at the same time so try to get them as close in time as I can. Either way one of the first things I do when I get onboard is go to MTD with list of room numbers and explain our situation. Sometimes we can be accommodated for the times I reserved in cruise planner. Sometimes they tell me we have to do 5:30 or 8:30 or otherwise inconvenient times for us and not what I had reserved in cruise planner.   If they say this I typically just say we will stick with our times I reserved in cruise planner because it’s usually just 15 minutes apart. Then after a night or two it calms down and they let us arrive together. 

 

Good luck. 

 

 

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We had a group of twenty and ended up with three tables which was great.  If you get a table much bigger then 10 it is hard to have any conversations.  We did late sitting which is normally less crowded then early sitting.  I would think it would be almost impossible to do My Time Dining.  You can either call like others suggested or link your cruise reservations together.  I would also have everyone make sure the first day to confirm their assigned tables.

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9 hours ago, ksmommy5 said:

There is 28 of us. How do we go about making dining reservations in the main dining room? I assume there are no tables for 28 lol whats the largest table size that can accommodate us? Sailing on Oasis. 

 you need to have ALL the reservations linked.     it would be  easiest to have traditional dining and probably late seating at that.

 

usually a 12 top is the largest.  as for getting 2-3 tables that large in close proximity, that might be problematic just due to space considerations.  

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If you have 28 people I suggest getting 4 or 5 tables near each other. We cruise quite often with friends and our group has been as large as 12 at one table. Never again. With that many people at a table, it's hard to have a conversation. Get 4 or 5 tables and switch people up every night so you have the opportunity to dine and chat with different people each night.

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On the Navigator our waiter told us they have a table that will sit 16, it’s just not advertised. 

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2 hours ago, spookwife said:

 you need to have ALL the reservations linked.     it would be  easiest to have traditional dining and probably late seating at that.

 

usually a 12 top is the largest.  as for getting 2-3 tables that large in close proximity, that might be problematic just due to space considerations.  

 

And if it IS a problem and they can't be near each other, don't worry about it.  You'll likely just talk to the people at your own table anyway so just divide up and switch table mates each night.

 

20 minutes ago, belmontcrew said:

On the Navigator our waiter told us they have a table that will sit 16, it’s just not advertised. 

 

I wouldn't even worry about that, as you'd still need multiple tables.  At a table of 16 it's virtually impossible to converse with everyone anyway.

 

As someone said already, I'd just try to get two tables for 8 and two tables for 6.  That's about the largest table where you can converse easily with everyone, so don't worry about getting tables for 10, 12 or 16.

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