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Old April 1st, 2012, 07:36 PM
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Wonder if there is going to be a connection made that getting rid of the buffet will eliminate noro?
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I don't expect to see the breakfast or lunch buffets go away anytime soon. I think most ships would have problems feeding their full passenger load without them.
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I'm glad it's just a point of view. I like the DR if I have time, but the buffet is by far a less stressful situation as it's casual, walk in and food is there. At first, the DR was a thrill, but now I like the option of instant dining and using my time for other things.
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What a strange article. It is pretty good material about cruise ship dining and has a lot of truth in it. But it barely touches on the buffets. Essentially one sentence deals with the title question, and the answer given is a resounding NO. Why in the world did someone (not necessarily the author) choose that single sentence to use for the title?

A much better title for the whole article would be

CRUISE SHIP DINING GOES UPSCALE

or even

FOODIES TAKING OVER CRUISE SHIPS

On those multiple choice tests that are so ubiquitous in schools today there are many questions that ask, "What is the main idea of this paragraph?" The title of this article gets a failing score on that one.
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I'm glad it's just a point of view. I like the DR if I have time, but the buffet is by far a less stressful situation as it's casual, walk in and food is there. At first, the DR was a thrill, but now I like the option of instant dining and using my time for other things.
I suppose it depends on your point of view, is dinner a high spot or just something to eat.
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I went to the buffet on my last cruise for a few early breakfasts and for afternoon snacks.
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I suppose it depends on your point of view, is dinner a high spot or just something to eat.
Thinking of it, not necessarily a high spot for me anymore, most of the time now I go solo. It was more of an experience when I was married, shared the excitement of dressing up etc.
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Did not read the article.

I'm not a fan of the buffet. Too many germs for my liking, and I much prefer food from the MDR.

I've typically not been happy with the food in the buffet. Just coming of Disney, I can say that the food in Cabanas beats all of the maintstream cruising buffet I've ever had.

My favourite is HAL on noro-watch. They have servers serving you from the buffet.
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I suppose it depends on your point of view, is dinner a high spot or just something to eat.
Dinner is definitely a high spot for me; probably the best three hours of the day. On sea days, I probably also spend an hour plus at lunch, a couple of hours at cocktails, and a good amount of time around the coffee bar. Socializing with friends is one of the best parts of cruising.
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My favourite is HAL on noro-watch. They have servers serving you from the buffet.
We've been there. I remember well waiting in line 25 minutes to get a sandwich.
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We've been there. I remember well waiting in line 25 minutes to get a sandwich.
Noro watch on HAL has reduced cases of noro on HAL by over 50%. It works. Sure it slows things down a bit.

Here's a solution -- while Noro watch is in effect choose those stations that are moving faster. Use the custom sandwich station on day 3 ...
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