Should Cruise Lines Bring Back the Midnight Buffet?

I am not sure how many of you remember the Midnight Buffet.  Years ago we had hugely popular midnight buffets and chocolate extravaganzas.  Recently I hear many passengers lament the lack of food available after the dinner hour. Should cruise lines bring back these events or provide more food options other than just pizza?  What do you think...

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47 Answers

I guess my post got lost in the miasma.

Anyway, I've suggested in the past that the Grand Buffet be brought back as a paid event. Have a required minimum to avoid waste, and give wristbands to those that have paid to attend. Have the photo hour prior to the feast the way we used to. I'll have to take some time to go through a bunch of boxes to find some old buffet photos. Now that my boxes are out of storage and in our new apartment.

I'm not so much for the grand buffet. However, I'm all for the chocolate extravaganza! Yuummm chocolate!

I miss the midnight buffet, I had heard that they stopped them because of all the wasted food. More people came to take photo's then to actually eat. Back in the day I could eat everything in sight and not gain an ounce, then the late 30's hit and I can no longer eat like that :-(

One of the things liked on NCL was the cafe where you could stop by for breakfast, lunch, dinner or late evening snacks..... not just pizza and sandwiches like other lines.

I think the 24 hour cafe is better then the buffet as it does not have the food waste of the old grand buffets.

I have to to admit that I was one of those passengers who basically came to take the photos. My husband would have a little dessert, though.

I just keep reading so many reviews that state there was nothing available but pizza to eat later in the evening. N

Some people were greedy pigs. One gentleman in front of me wanted, let's say, more than his fair share of lobster. So, he tried to put one on his sons plate. The kid panicked at the sight of the giant sea roach and started screaming. Now, everyone is looking and sees what this guy is up to. I mean c'mon, two whole lobsters ?????? Can't you leave some for someone else ?

I kinda like the idea of a small all-night café.... I guess there is something romantic about quiet talk over a drink in the wee hours.

They have also done away with the Chocolate Buffet which was always a treat and a wonder to see. Instead NCL now does a "chocolate dessert night" (meh). That is a bit disappointing but all of the lines are pinching the nickel these days so I would not expect to see the return any time soon of the chocolate buffet or the midnight buffet. What I do expect are some additional venues offering "premium" after hour food choices ... at an extra cost of course.

My husband and I were both really disappointed that there was No chocolate buffet this time around (8/14/15). We really loved the chocolate buffet on our honeymoon cruise with NCL in 2011. The chocolate lovers night was not that fantastic in my opinion. I understand the main reason being waste at these buffets, but maybe they could do a scaled down version? Make less of everything. We were actually looking forward to it this time and it never came.

Mixed feelings on this but like BAK1061's approach.

I agree that the food options are barely acceptable after the buffet shuts down. I see this as purely an accounting decision based on expense to maintain the food and staff required to operate a decent buffet service. While there are options (e.g., sandwich, pizza, pastry) on most ships we've cruised, the lack of a robust buffet experience is a casualty of the number-crunchers.

It would be nice to have a more crowd-controlled chocolate buffet. The way that some people went at the buffets I have been to, you would think they were savages who had been starved for a month before being let loose. Honestly, the condition of the buffet resulted in us walking away without trying anything. It was just plain gross.

I think either the midnight buffet should be brought back or some other alternative to just having pizza available. I personally would not mind having a café that offer a variety of foods already included in the price of the cruise and possibly another menu of variety where you will have to pay the cost of said foods. I totally understand not wanting to deal with the waste of food but at the same time, give passengers options after hours just as people would have if they were on land...meaning if I were to get up at 2:00 in the morning and I didn't see anything in my frig that I wanted, I would be able to go out somewhere and pick up something.


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