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  • The day we boarded the ship, before cabins were ready, you went to one of the restaurants onboard for lunch.

    You could go to the buffet place topside, or the sitdown place with the "Island" theme. We chose the island sitdown joint.

    You would be randomly sat with others at a table, and we were sat with this couple from Boston, Steve and Dave. We had a great time talking with them over lunch, then when we were done, we went and found our respective cabins.

    For dinners on the ship, you are assigned to a specific table, where you will have the same servers and dinner companions throughout the cruise, even as you rotate among the 3 different themed restaurants, a different one each night.

    Serendipitously, we found ourselves seated with the very same couple that first night as we had lunched with, and thus will break bread with them each night throughout the 14 day cruise.

    We've been discovering there is no coincidence that we wound up sitting with them. As topics of dinner conversation progressed beyond the surface level patter last evening, we found ourselves sharing real experiences, on a deep and intimate level. There's a lot of common ground, despite the many obvious surface level differences between us.

    Ours was the last table to clear out of there, as we talked well past dessert. Our servers were thrilled!

    (photo of the Rainforest room, site of morning quiet time onboard)
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