I think the midnight buffet seems like a horrible waste of food. There is so much of it, and I'm sure it doesn't all get eaten at that time. And especially after people stick their fingers in the food and cough on it, they probably don't recycle it in the next day's meals. Which means the leftovers probably just get thrown out.
I know it is a "grand tradition of cruising," but I'd rather see a 24-hour cooked-to-order restaurant than the midnight buffet. They could still do the food and ice sculptures, just showcase them in the Lido deck buffet restaurant at lunchtime.
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I agree - we always have the late dinner seating and therefore never make the midnight buffet. It would be nice to have a 24-hour restaurant where we could get good food whenever we get hungry again. The pizzaria on the Carnival Victory was a hotspot at 4 am!!
Some lines, such as Orient, appear to be doing away with the midnight buffet in response to low demand. On a recent Marco Polo voyage they started out with full buffets, but by the third week were down to a rolling tea cart to serve the few late-night passengers. I have to admit, though, on the few nights when I missed dinner it was a welcome sight.
I saw people sticking their fingers in things, coughing on food, taking bites of stuff then tossing it back onto the buffet table.... eew- I couldn't eat after seeing that.
They really do a gorgeous presentation, and it does seem like a monumental waste of food. The only one I've ever seen really was quite visually amazing. The work involved to put out a display like that, I can't even imagine!
Bottom line though- the food looked great but really wasn't that good at all. Kind of disappointing all the way around.
I like what Princess does. 24 hour Horizon Court. No midnight buffet.
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I agree with you, it is a waste of food. I just came back from Bermuda on the Horizon and was quite upset when I saw the midnight buffet I wish I had not seen it. I can't imagine all that food is eaten.
A place to get 24-hour good quality tidbits is much better.
On the Vision of the Seas to Alaska, they had waiters that came around to the bars with platters of snacks and served the people that were still awake in the discos and bars.I thought this was a much better idea than putting on a huge midnight buffet.. We were on Princess when the y
did the buffet and found huge line ups of people to see the buffet
I don't know about any of you but I cannot imagine any food I would lineup for. The RCCL solution was a great idea.