Don't we go to the buffet for breakfast or lunch because we are hungry and want something to eat in a hurry? Then, why do some people stand there, holding up the line while they decide if they want the pear fruit bowl or the peach fruit bowl? C'mon, does it make that much difference? Get something and go.
I've wanted to say something to these slow pokes but have resisted to avoid a conflict which might ruin my day. But one of these days............one of these days.............WHAMMO!
I agree with most gripes, but can't fully agree with this one. On most of my recent cruises, there have more than one line in the cafe and several places to obtain various food items.
If the people ahead of me are too slow, I go somewhere else. Again, I am am generally not in a hurry on a ship.
I once recently heard a low class young women yell at a senior lady, "Do you know there are people ahead of you"? The lady had gone up to the buffet line where you get your food tray. The low class woman's husband was at a different food station waiting for an order. The old lady walked away with hurt feelings. I went and put my arm around her and told her not to give up that we could go some place else around that ughly screeming woman. But the old lady was sooo hurt she just gave up and walked away from the mid-night buffet. I found it hard to believe that the low class woman was sooo hungrey that she had to get ugly with the old lady. I hate seeing low class people like that on a classy ship like the Mercury.
Please don't make the cruise ughly for others, we are all there to have fun and if someone is too slow, just go around them. Sometimes I pass 6 persons and then go back when the area I wanted is vacant of people. I think if someone ever yells at me that way, I will just say,"I'm sorry, let me get out of your way." I don't need to get ughly like that low class screeming born hungry woman.
We never got to the Midnight Buffets, must have been too much Casino time.
But I'm just curious... how in the WORLD can you be too hungry on a cruise to let people choose what they want? Hungry was an alien concept on my cruise.
There were never long lines on the Spirit for the La Playa Grille (cafeteria style dining), so I guess I can't comment, but I don't think I would have minded if there were. We were in relaaaaaaaaax mode and adored our fellow passengers.
Going around them is an alternative when you're next in line or maybe two back. But what I'm referring to is when you are 10 people back and going around them means you bypass the entire line up of food. Unfortunately, sometimes going around them is not an alternative unless you merely grab a bagel or something at the end of the line, which I've done before.
If the lines are too long or too slow, just have another umbrella drink and kick back.
I have a buffet secret that allows me to be a speed demon. I "walk the line", politely peering over other folks' shoulders so I KNOW what I want when I get there. Of course, that doesn't help the slowpoke situation. I just try not to be one.
Also, a little recon helps. For example, on Summit there were four regular buffet lines, two on each side, going in opposite directions, toward the middle. Take a stroll and figure out where the heavy traffic is and avoid it. One lunchtime I counted over 20 people lined up for the buffet closest to the pool deck. There was nobody waiting at one of the aft buffet lines.
It's also a good idea not to try to be the first person when the doors open. That guarantees heavy traffic.
Every notice how people pile up in the foyer outside the dining room, waiting for the doors to open? They're not going to get fed any faster and all it does is create aggravation for the wait.
Sometimes I wonder if there is not a subliminal announcement system (possibly emplanted in the sail & spend card) that repeats, endlessly, "This will be your LAST meal."
I like your idea of having another umbrella drink, maybe I should load up a tray of those.
You're right, though, about how the other buffet lines are less busy. But for me it's just like going to the checkout at the grocery store. You get in the shortest line but it is the line which moves the slowest. It must be some kind of voodoo curse.
Have you ever stood behind somebody at the grocery checkout and watch them have to write a check for a $2.35 purchase? It drives me nuts. And then the clerk has to write down the license number, phone number, home address, e-mail address, first born's name, mother's maiden name, etc. as though somebody is going to write a bad check for $2.35!!!!!!
That's good advice........just calm down Thomas! My blood pressure is off the chart!!!
I kind of like the way Princess does it on their ocean, sea, dawn ships - no line, just several stations with different types of food - you just wander from station to station, taking what you want. The only place it slows down is if there's a special carving station for meat. But it is funny when some people see it for the first time - you can hear them asking, "Well, where's the line? I can't get my food with out a line." Baaa baaaa
I think it must be human nature to que up in lines (except at European ski areas).
I avoid lines by just eating on "off times", meaning I wait to eat lunch around 2 or 3 and have never had a line more than 5 or 6 people long. I have seen some people get nasty about it, but I choose to just ignore it. One thing I do think that would help during breakfast on the CCL ships is to have a separate "egg" station for those who want eggs done a certain way, I have seen the lines take forever by this being at the end of the buffet line.
Good point Jodi. I too have noticed on CCL how the egg station, i.e. omelets w/extras tends to hold up the entire line. Me, I'm a scrambled egg person. Spoon some on my plate and I'll toss a few mushrooms on top and I'm good to go.
I bet I can get through the entire line faster than you can say "Omelet with cheese, onion, and tomato"
I also like the scrambled eggs with the veggies on top. I like it better than cooked inside. But I've had the omelet cook give me dirty looks when I ask for them on top. That's happened several times, why is that? Did I insult him?
Just got off the Majesty of the Seas yesterday and only had one somewhat irritating issue in the buffet line. I was behind two adults with an approximately 10-12 year old girl. The young girl was being a little snot.....with an attitude. Because she was upset with her (I think) grandmother, she was slopping the food from the serving trays to her plate. Then when she was done, she'd throw the tongs back into the serving tray instead of laying them so they rested on the edge of the tray. I almost said something to her but knew it'd do no good since she openly showed disrespect to the grandmother.
There was also the grandmother to blame because she was a "talker"....only threatened with words and you could tell she wasn't going to take any action. I won't even go there!
I have the opposite complaint. I hate it when some L.O.L. (little old lady) rams her tray up my arm or cuts in front of me, usually with an overly rude "HUMPH!" to be sure she gets plenty of the greasy limp bacon. Slow down people, that is why we go on vacation, or so it seems to me.
P.S. I doubt they will run out of those sloppy wet scrambled eggs either, especially when I'm in line.
Chuck, I've had that happen to me a lot (with ) and also European people were really pushy with the line, skipping etc. I have nothing against Europe for foreigner but that just seemed to be who was always rude on NCL...15 year ago and still erks me, HA
Maybe I'm crude, rude or indifferent but when I see a fifty foot gap in a line that I'm in and there is nothing I'm waiting for just in front of me, I will go around the people that are trying to decide between Rice Crispies and Coco Puffs.
I think you're terribly rude, Cruiseguy, for going around somebody purposefully taking their own sweet time to make sure everyone behind them is enjoying their vacation. Just kidding.
I don't think anybody has a problem with the situation you're talking about. It's people who will hold up the line without consideration of anyone behind them while contemplating wheat or white toast. Especially when there is no way to go around them unless you want to skip something your interested in getting.
While I'm waiting for my toasted English muffin, I step to the side so people can go around ... or I continue down the line and pick up my OJ, etc. and then go back because they're located close together.
I cruise the Emerald Princess, Eastern Caribbean on April 16, 2012