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New at this 03-04-2008 05:29 AM

Does Freedom of the Seas going to the Caribbean still have the midnight buffets and how many nights? I have read many things contradicting each other on this subject.

spoheat 03-04-2008 01:06 PM

We just got off the Liberty (sister ship to the Freedom of the Seas) and the activities staff told us that they are going to one midnight buffet combined with the deck party mid cruise or so (in other words not in the dining room) and while they didn't specifically say ALL RCCL ships are going to this I guess I came away with the idea that this is what I should expect for this season, at least, on RCCL.

Jim C. 03-04-2008 02:37 PM

I think that as the ships get larger and carry more passengers, its becoming increasingly difficult for the galley crew to do a midnight buffet that is large enough AND to have enough time to get everyone through the buffet lines in a reasonable time.

Maybe they are cutting back because of the efforts involved?

grizz 03-05-2008 11:11 AM

I have also heard that on some of the cruises where there is a lot of elderly people, sometimes the buffet is like at 9 0r 9:30. Have any of you run into this?

f-mattox 03-05-2008 12:01 PM

Methinks someone is pulling your leg, grizz; with second seating dinner abround 8:00 it's not likely you would see a buffet at 9-9:30.

grizz 03-05-2008 12:21 PM

I've been told I'm a little gullible sometimes. That's why I ask the experts!

RichC 03-05-2008 01:23 PM

It's was about time the cruise lines cancelled the "midnight buffets". They were a total waste of money just there for the people to gawk at with most of the food being thrown out. Having a buffet which offers food most of the evening is the bet & logical solution.

Sandy 03-05-2008 01:55 PM

Most cruise lines stopped doing their midnight buffets several years ago, around the time the food courts came into fashion, some with 24 hour pizza or other food. As was mentioned, many lines do a "gala buffet" once a week now, and/or a buffet under the stars, but on a 7-night cruise, I haven't seen more than that being offered in years.


cruisingUK 03-10-2008 10:19 AM

HI returned from Legend this morning. We had a midnight buffet on the deck mid week and this was combined with pool party. We were told that RCI have stopped having the midnight buffet in the dining rooms and replacing this with the pool buffet. It still includes all of the ice sculptures etc but more of a party feel to it. It was very good and everyone seemed to enjoy it

RichC 03-10-2008 11:54 AM

This happened a long long time ago.

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