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marshmallow April 16th, 2004 10:10 PM

Midnight buffet
 
This will be our very first cruise. I always hear so much about the fabulous "midnight buffets". I see no reference to this in any of the materials I have from Holland America. Do they have such a thing? It isn't that I need to feed my face at that time, it is just something you always hear about when people talk about cruises.

Frank Black April 17th, 2004 10:12 AM

Re: Midnight buffet
 
HAl and most cruise lines have generally eliminated the daily midnight buffet. HAL has a Chocolate Extravaganza buffet one night. Some lines have a fancy midnight buffet one evening.

DeeDee April 17th, 2004 10:31 AM

Re: Midnight buffet
 
I don't know if all the ships it, but last month on the Veendam they had what they called "Late Night Snack" from 11pm-midnight. Each night is a different theme - Chinese, Italian, South Western, French, etc.

No more big buffets, - sometimes a Dessert Buffet and sometimes the Chocolate Extravaganza.

Suki April 17th, 2004 05:42 PM

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Those lavish buffets - a l-o-n-g time ago.

You only get what you pay for.


cruisecrazy April 19th, 2004 04:04 PM

Re: Midnight buffet
 
Yup - all HAL ships have the theme snacks, as DeeDee stated, each eve., generally they are quite good and give u a chance to sample different cuisine. The dessert extravaganza is wonderful even if not as 'large' as the buffets yrs ago...Guess it must be over 'cause most folks didn't eat much or even come to them as most are watching what & how much they eat now and the bonus is that it does keep our fares lower..Happy 'munching' on your cruises...

Jkm7 April 19th, 2004 08:06 PM

Re: Midnight buffet
 
Very few people even show up for the late night buffet in Lido anymore.

We haven't been to one in so many years and so very many cruises that it never even occurs to us to think of eating again after we've had our dinner.

Hopefully, more and more of us eat more sensibly today.

marshmallow April 19th, 2004 09:16 PM

Re: Midnight buffet
 
Thanks for the info. I agree, nobody needs to feast at that time of the evening. Anxious for our first experience cruising.

RDMOREU April 20th, 2004 09:48 AM

Re: Re: Midnight buffet
 
Deeee (or anyone who has the answer),

Do the VISTA class ships also have these nightly buffets highlighting different regional cooking? Thanks!

RDMOREU April 20th, 2004 10:05 AM

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Ooops, sorry 'DeeDee'

Southbound April 20th, 2004 06:38 PM

Re: Midnight buffet
 

We were on the Zuiderdam this past Christmas and the Oosterdam end of Feb. Both sailings had what HAL now refers to as a late "snack" starting at 11 p.m. and each night the food prepared was of a different ethnic origin,included a cooked-to-order section, plus pizza, burgers, desserts, etc. It is a scaled-down version of what was once known as the "Midnight Buffet", but it certainly exceeds the common definition of "snack".


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