Table For 3 People

Old Apr 30th, 2008, 04:38 PM
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Table For 3 People

We would like to take our 17 yr old son, but because of his autisim, it would be hard to sit at a table with other people. When booking can we say that we have to have a table by ourselves, and would we get one? Has anyone requested this and got it? Thanks
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Old Apr 30th, 2008, 05:16 PM
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You could pick a cruiseline like NCL that does "freestyle" dining - works like a restaurant - you walk in, request table - rather than showing up at appointed hour to dine with assigned strangers. Another advantage of this is that you have several choices of dining rooms (like buffet, casual, regular dining room) and can eat at whatever time you want (although there might be a wait at peak hours). That aspect might also work well for him.

I would also speak to maitre'd the first night and explain situation to him. There may be other dining aspects that you know of that would make your son more comfortable like corner away from noise, close or far from windows, etc.
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Old Apr 30th, 2008, 05:31 PM
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Other option is to order room service and dine in fine style in your own cabin.

Most cruise line also casual dining with pizza & burgers places where you can eat anywhere you want.

Princess also offers "anytime" dining where you can walk in and ask for a table for whatever number of people you want in your group. They will take reservations. If not, my suggestion is to be there as soon as the dining room opens and get an early table, eat, get out before it gets too crowded.

I have met a couple who cruises on a regular basis with their autisim daughter. They sat on a table next to us for a couple nights (two tables side by side) and we had very friendly conversation with them. You might be surprised how receptive fellow passesngers are to your son and how your son react to people who respect him as he is.
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Old Apr 30th, 2008, 05:43 PM
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I have never had to share a table with anyone unless I wanted to.

They ask you if you would like to share a table... but the final decision is yours.

I have not ever had any problems.

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Old Apr 30th, 2008, 06:53 PM
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When you book, tell whoever you book with about your son special needs, and request table that sits 4 for 3 of you. Cruise lines always take notes of medical conditions and do their best to accommodate.
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To add to what Spurs said, make your request early.
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I was on a cruise last month and a family (M+D, 3 chd., 1 autistic) was also cruising. They happened to be on the same catamaran tour we were on, and while the autistic child did a bit of racing around and jumping and making loud noises, it was not a bother and it was great that their family could experience the tour together. As for dinner, as soon as you board, call the dining room and make a standing reservation for the same table every night, and speak with the headwaiter before seating. I'm certain he would be happy to accomodate you!
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