There actually is a system for navigating the buffet...don't care what ship or line you're on...First...for breakfast, decide if you're willing to wait around for their infamous custom made omelets, and decide on the way...to us it aint worth it..you want an omelet or something sexy, go to O Sheehans or one or the MDRS, or even one of the specialty restaurants...theyre almost all open, but check the dailies to be sure,,,second, somebody gets to sit at the table you've picked while the other one gets some chow...yes Ive seen peeps leave cameras, purses, and baseball hats on tables to "hold them", one woman left her ID card in a sexy little holder clipped to her purse...fine...not for me....third...walk around the stations, most cruise lines have at least two full lines, sometimes even more, and they mostly duplicate each other, but not 100%...once you figure out where stuff is, have at it. fourth, find out what time theyre open for lunch and dinner (if that's your thing)...and if you can manage it, get there 10-15 minutes prior...amazing how quickly you can get any old seat even the prime ones next to the windows, and get thru the line...and last...my fav...port days! if you don't get off, (or even if you do just to stretch and wander for an hour or two) get back b4 lunch, and...you could almost hear an echo in one of the most crowded places on board...its amazing...and note...the old days are gone...they close...you get the hongries at midnite….almost every line has spots...we're Osheehans regulars...I can taste those wings for hours afterward..heheheheh
Great analogy I like it. We have ventured away from the buffet over the years. I tend to go to the dining room for breakfast and if I want lunch I will do the grill most of the time. I will go to the buffet for a salad. Usually there are no lines for salad!
I usually don't eat breakfast at home but on a cruise hip I will eat something small where there isn't any line.
We eat the same at breakfaston a cruise as at home - cereal and fruit for Moke and cottage cheese plus fruit for me. There’s never a lineup. At lunch we both opt for the salad bar or we wait in a generally short line for so ething from the deli.