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Buffet tips everyone should avoid

Buffet dining on a cruise ship offers convenience and a variety of food options, but navigating it effectively can enhance your overall experience. Here are some key do’s and don’ts to ensure you make the most of your cruise buffet experience.

The Buffet is open from 06h30 to late at night. Never rush it!

  1. Avoid the Buffet Rush on Embarkation Day

Embarkation day can make the buffet extremely crowded as everyone is eager to start their vacation with a meal. Instead of heading straight to the buffet, explore other dining venues like the main dining room or poolside grills, which often have shorter lines. Use this time to familiarize yourself with the ship’s layout and amenities.

  1. Practice Portion Control

It’s easy to overfill your plate with the abundance of choices available. Start with smaller portions and go back for seconds if you’re still hungry. This helps prevent food waste and allows you to sample a wider variety of dishes without feeling overly full or guilty.
Far too many passengers seem to think that the food will dry up! Don’t be that person!

  1. Prioritize Hygiene

With many guests sharing the same food area, maintaining hygiene is crucial:

  • Wash your hands before and after visiting the buffet.
  • Use the provided serving utensils and avoid touching food with your hands.
  • Don’t double-dip or reuse utensils that have touched your mouth.
  1. Explore All Food Options

Take a walk around the entire buffet before making your selections. This helps you discover all the available options, including regional and international cuisines you might not typically try. Don’t limit yourself to familiar foods—experimenting can lead to new favourite dishes.

  1. Be Mindful of Food Allergies

If you have food allergies, inform the cruise line before your trip and notify the buffet staff. Many cruise lines offer allergen-free menus and can provide safe options. Always carry your emergency medication, such as an EpiPen, just in case.

  1. Consider Healthy Choices

While indulgent foods are plentiful, many buffets also offer healthy options like fresh fruits, vegetables, grilled meats, and whole grains. Balance your meals with these healthier choices to maintain your well-being during the cruise.

  1. Practice Good Buffet Etiquette

Be considerate of others by:

  • Using utensils to serve yourself and avoiding cross-contamination.
  • Keeping the line moving and not lingering too long at the buffet stations.
  • Clearing your table promptly during busy times to make space for other diners.


  1. Time Your Visits Wisely

Buffet areas can become very crowded during peak meal times. To avoid long lines and crowded spaces, visit during off-peak hours or explore alternative dining venues on the ship.

  1. Take Your Time Eating

Avoid rushing through your meal to get back to other activities. Enjoy each bite and savour the flavours. Taking your time can prevent overeating and enhance your dining experience.

  1. Dress Appropriately

While the buffet is generally casual, there are still dress guidelines:

  • Always wear shoes for safety and hygiene.
  • If coming from the pool, cover up with appropriate clothing before entering the dining area.

By following these tips, you can enjoy a more pleasant and stress-free buffet experience on your cruise. Enjoy the variety and convenience of buffet dining while being mindful of these do’s and don’ts to enhance your overall cruise experience.

Final Thoughts on Cruise Buffet Dining Buffet dining is a highlight for many cruise passengers, offering a range of delicious options. By avoiding common mistakes such as poor hygiene, food waste, and rushing, you can maximize your enjoyment and ensure a healthy and delightful dining experience on your cruise vacation.


SEE more of the story below…

Buffet dining has a lot of options!

Title: “Musica Feast”

The sun dips below the horizon, casting a warm glow over the deck of the luxurious cruise ship MSC Musica. Passengers gather in the ship’s elegant restaurant, their laughter and clinking glasses filling the air. Let’s focus on a couple seated at a cozy table by the window:

  • The Couple:
    • Sarah, with her sun-kissed hair and a flowing sundress, leans in to share a secret with her partner, James. His eyes crinkle at the corners as he listens, captivated by her words sipping his virgin daquiri cocktail.
    • James wears a crisp white shirt, sleeves rolled up, revealing a hint of a sunburn from their day at the pool. His hand rests on the back of Sarah’s chair, a silent promise of protection.
  • The Restaurant:
    • The restaurant is adorned with nautical accents—ropes, polished brass, and porthole-shaped windows. Soft jazz music plays in the background.
    • Other diners are scattered around: an elderly couple celebrating their anniversary, a group of friends clinking glasses, and a solo traveler engrossed in a novel.
    • The waitstaff, dressed in crisp navy uniforms, glide between tables, delivering plates with practiced grace.
  • The Feast:
    • On their table, three plates await:
      1. Appetizer: A tower of chilled shrimp cocktail, garnished with lemon wedges and fresh dill.
      2. Main Course: Grilled salmon fillet, perfectly seared, accompanied by a medley of roasted vegetables and a side of creamy mashed potatoes.
      3. Dessert: A decadent chocolate lava cake, oozing warm ganache, served with a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream.
    • Each plate is a work of art, arranged with care by the chef.
  • Cocktails:
    • Sarah sips a fruity piña colada, a tiny umbrella perched on the rim. James opts for a classic mojito, the mint leaves bruised just right.
    • The glasses clink, and they toast to adventure, love, and the open sea.

Beyond the window, the ocean sparkles—a canvas of blues and golds. Seagulls wheel overhead, their cries blending with the soft murmur of conversation. The couple’s laughter mingles with the gentle sway of the ship, creating a memory that will linger long after the voyage ends.

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