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The truth of the matter is that we all got older and our diets changed. Years ago cruising was different. Passengers would gather in one central ball room and dance all night to a live band. By Midnight they would be in the mood for something to eat. They even served sandwich’s, snacks or pizza at 2:00 AM...after the Midnight buffet...and you could dance until dawn. Now most of us are in bed by 11:00 PM and our medical problems prohibit us from eating.:')

Too true, that!

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My first cruise on Carnival had a midnight buffet and yes it was a beautiful layout, lots of fruit carving displays and ice sculptures BUT I would never eat the food because the germs freaked me out. The first thing I noticed was all the people lined up to take pictures of it....leaning over the food and talking and breathing all over it LOL No thank you, turned me right off. I barely eat at the regular buffet while cruising.. 

I haven't seen a midnight buffet since but I also switched to Princess so I have no idea if Carnival still does them. 🙂

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On 5/14/2017 at 6:26 PM, lenquixote66 said:

When I was on my first cruise ,on a Cunard ship it was mandatory dress up every night for dinner .There were no specialty restaurants ,just a MDR . There were midnight buffets every evening .

 

In addition every evening had top name entertainment .

Ah! The good old days of cruising. P&O was exactly the same, no need for formal nights, as every night was a dark suit or tuxedo. Even the cocktail parties had real drinks.

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I remember the last midnight buffet I have seen was on the Breeze in 2014. It was after we left Cozumel and was a Mexican themed midnight buffet. Carnival still does Chocolate buffet on any 7 night cruise on the last sea day in the afternoon. We always look forward to them especially the puff pastry swans filled with ice cream and the kids always love the chocolate fountain.

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1994 MS. Westward 4 night cruise. 1st night hit it hard and it was great. 2nd night still full from dinner but ate some. 3rd night... Sooo much food so late, grabbed a snack. 4th night small dessert bites wrapped in a napkin back to the cabin. It was great though. Where else could you eat pickled herring (nod to my Danish father) at midnight.

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I recall the midnight buffet as a better visual experience more than a eating delight.  The displays of food looked good, but tasted bland; the current late night offerings are far better in selection an quality.  

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On 1/11/2017 at 6:13 PM, COMBOY said:

I too remember midnight buffets; but there is also a lot of waste. I don't think this was an issue when ships were smaller and carried about 1000, but now with 2000-4000 passengers it probably wasn't financial feasible plus it take lot of man hours that go into making those ice & food sculptures. There's still other food options that maybe not as opulent will fill your belly if you are hungry late at night. I agree it was a nice touch of a bygone era.

 

The Midnight buffet every evening was pure madness.   So much food and waste, or used for soup, salads the next day.    There is still lots of opportunity to eat all day.  

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Back in the 70s the Italian line had midnight buffets every night and 2 am Pizza. 1977 on the Rotterdam also had midnight buffets and 2 am snacks . 

Of course i was a teen and could stay up that late! 

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RCCL did too.   And one night on each Cruise a “Death by Chocolate"

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I can remember the endless midnight buffets when we first started cruising.  My absolute favorite was a chocolate buffet held on our first Royal Caribbean cruise.  It was over the top decadent.  Now for the most part, they were just beautiful spectacles to see and take pictures of.  Most of the time the food, IMHO, wasn't anything special, but they were a sight to behold.

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On 8/12/2019 at 10:53 AM, ShawninFL said:

I can remember the endless midnight buffets when we first started cruising.  My absolute favorite was a chocolate buffet held on our first Royal Caribbean cruise.  It was over the top decadent.  Now for the most part, they were just beautiful spectacles to see and take pictures of.  Most of the time the food, IMHO, wasn't anything special, but they were a sight to behold.

 

There were exceptions to the bland buffets.  The Germans (Hapag Lloyd) had a Gala Buffet once a week and it was spectacular.  There was lobster, prime roast beef, smoked pork, crab legs, all forms of German delicatessen and Buluga Caviar.  When Regent Sea first set up business they had Apollo Catering and they put out a weekly Gala Buffet that included a 150 lb roast pig as well as all the best beef, sea food and poultry...a true extravaganza and really good to eat.  They also had themed buffets throughout the week and they were all excellent.  Their deli buffet was stellar.  They had homemade corned beef, roast brisket, pastrami, chopped liver and much more.  Even Chandris Line had super buffets when their Celebrity Line was first started.  They had very fancy offerings that were high quality and delicious.  Our dietary and nocturnal habits changed so the midnight buffets disappeared.  

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Carnival has cruises called Journeys. It has a throwback to the way cruises were complete with midnight buffet. It's more about the elegant displays not eating.

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