Although the direct access from the buffet area to the forward deck doors have now been marked 'for emergency use only' you can still get to the area by carrying your food back out of the self-serve & going up & over via the external stairs. The area aft of the buffet does have tables with ocean views, and you can find spaces anywhere along the Lido deck to look out to the sea. Also as you go up the steps, there are tables, chairs & a bar (Topsail) which is a great place to sit & watch the world go by as you eat. There are also loads of sunbeds along here, both aft of the bar & forward to the splash pool (paddling) area.
Finally having left the Self Serve area and got to the stairs, you will find a open deck grill across the width of the ship which serve burgers, fries, BBQ chicken etc.
Oh to be there right now ;o)
Will you be working on the ship or taking a vacation ?
Alan & Katrina
Last Cruise: Minerva April 2015
Next: Royal Princess August 2015
Then: P&O Oriana October 2015
and : Queen Victoria January 2016