Caribbean Princess buffet

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Hi there. Quick question: Is the buffet on the Caribbean Princess self-serve, or does the crew do the serving as on Holland America? We're on the Sept. 10 British Isles voyage. Thanks!
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Holland America serves you. I loved it.
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Originally posted by Hanaleisuzyg
Just a bit skittish about other people's hands, Keith. Looking forward to the cruise!
Get there early. No problem.
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Originally posted by Cruis-Ann
On recent cc cruise, hot food was served, the rest was self-serve
I would be more skittish of the food rather than people's hands - worst buffet in in the fleet IMO. And hot food on our April TA cruise was NOT served, everything there for the taking.
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Originally posted by Hanaleisuzyg
I was afraid of that. Thanks.
If you're concerned about using your bare hands to touch the serving utensils that others (who may be passing on a "bug" they don't even know they have), bring a handful of disposable gloves and wear then while you're serving your food. After you get to your table, take them off. Clean hands.
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We hardly used the buffet on the Round Britain cruise but it was help yourself except that the staff would bring you drinks.
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Yes, most things in the buffet are "self serve" ... except a few like the carving section, egg station, etc.
Just adding ... At the International Cafe you are served your choices there.
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I have also seen people using a napkin on the serving utensils as they went thru the buffet. I think its also a good idea to use hand sanitizer both before the buffet line, and also at the table before you eat. Just sayin
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Originally posted by cb at sea
We steer clear of buffets almost everyplace! Not a fan!
It's too bad you didn't let Princess know this; to think they wasted all that money on building buffets on all their ships. It's a shame.