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I have heard or read on one of the threads hear that the Sensation no longer has trays in the buffet area. Could someone who might have recently been on her be able to tell me do they have trays in the buffet. Haven't been on Carnival in 13 years and I walk with a can. Any help would be appreciated.

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Most, if not all, cruise lines have gotten rid of the trays. I've heard it saves the cruise lines a bundle on waste.

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I believe they removed the trays fleetwide. I agree, so much wasted food. It's not that hard to get up for a second helping

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Don't worry, the staff is happy to assist those who need it. They will carry your plates, drinks, etc.

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If you really want a tray, you can order room service the first night, and then take that tray with you. On the other hand, the plates are so large, and the crew so willing to help, that it probably isn't necessary.

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if do you really really need a tray, they are cheap on amazon like around 5 bucks or so or you might get lucky and find something similar in the 99 cent store

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Long gone. it is a pain to bring tray to table and than go off to get drinks.

 

Wish the crew would serve drinks like they do on Princess.

 

On our last several cruises there were crew walking around with a cart offering drinks, at least during breakfast and lunch, can't say for sure about dinner.

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On our last several cruises there were crew walking around with a cart offering drinks, at least during breakfast and lunch, can't say for sure about dinner.

 

Yes, I've seen this as well. It is becoming much more frequent.

 

I also leave a space on my plate where I can put my cup and then just carry the plate of food (with the cup on it) to the table. Either that, or one person in our group gets drinks for everyone (using one of the plates as a tray).

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On our last several cruises there were crew walking around with a cart offering drinks, at least during breakfast and lunch, can't say for sure about dinner.

 

they do that but come around rather infrequently. Very often they engage in conversations amongst themselves more than serving drinks.

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Yes, I've seen this as well. It is becoming much more frequent.

When I've seen this done they are offering refills only and did not have ice or cups on the cart to offer first beverage service. Do you know if this has changed? That would be an improvement.

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Off topic, but once on the Miracle a group of young blind cruisers meet each night in the MDR for dinner. A free of them were in line behind me and I offered to describe each item in the buffet. Those kids were do excited to hear the description of all the food. They sure did load up their plates.

 

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Off topic, but once on the Miracle a group of young blind cruisers meet each night in the MDR for dinner. A free of them were in line behind me and I offered to describe each item in the buffet. Those kids were do excited to hear the description of all the food. They sure did load up their plates.

 

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once on the Miracle a group of young blind cruisers met each night in the MDR for dinner. A few of them were in line behind me and I offered to describe each item in the buffet. Those kids were so excited to hear the description of all the food. They sure did load up their plates.

 

People on here have been speculating that due to the decline of food quality in the MDR the table service would be replaced with a buffet. I'm sorry to read this is what it has come to.

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Long gone. it is a pain to bring tray to table and than go off to get drinks.

 

 

 

Wish the crew would serve drinks like they do on Princess.

 

 

 

It's done in the mornings

 

The platter is huge. I'll get my drink first, then get in line, putting the cup on the platter. Utensil roll goes in pocket or under my arm.

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It's done in the mornings

 

The platter is huge. I'll get my drink first, then get in line, putting the cup on the platter. Utensil roll goes in pocket or under my arm.

 

Utensils for both of us go in my pocket. Like very hot coffee so prefer getting coffee last.

 

Princess has utensils already out on tables, always wonder why Carnival didnt go this route.

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Just order room service and then keep the tray to use daily if you want...a small order of food like an order of cookies will bring a smaller tray and a bigger order of food bring a bigger tray...if you order the carafe of coffee you can use the carafe to refill at the coffee station later for refills as well.

 

We use the trays and the carafe to mainly bring food back to our cabin but you could probably use it at the buffet for your table I guess.

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People on here have been speculating that due to the decline of food quality in the MDR the table service would be replaced with a buffet. I'm sorry to read this is what it has come to.

 

 

I am not reading the same thread as you. Who said anything about a decline in food quality. 14 cruises, we never once ate dinner in the buffet.

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I am not reading the same thread as you. Who said anything about a decline in food quality. 14 cruises, we never once ate dinner in the buffet.

Did you read what I quoted? and when I say "on here" I am referring to Cruise Critic in general and not to this particular thread.

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We take a tray to use for breakfast. My husband eats at the buffet while I am still sleeping. Then he brings my breakfast which includes hot chocolate and OJ back on it. He also brings coffee for himself. He could not do this without a tray.

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When I've seen this done they are offering refills only and did not have ice or cups on the cart to offer first beverage service. Do you know if this has changed? That would be an improvement.

 

I will speak to my last Carnival cruise on the Sunshine this past May - they always had cups and each of the pitchers had ice in the beverages (I don't think they had separate ice - it was already in the pitchers of drinks). We had them with the cart not only in the buffet area but also down in the ocean view where they were serving BBQ the first day, breakfast everyday and lunch on sea days.

 

We were up in the buffet and a mother sat her two kids at the table behind us with their food (2 kids probably between 9-12) and told them when she got back with her food, they could go and get drinks. I saw the person with the cart so I sent her over to them to ask them about drinks - so I know she had cups available (they didn't have a drink already).

 

I think in the past I've seen them go around to do refills (thinking of my past cruises on the Pride) but now I think they've switched to a full cart with cups and all types of free beverages (water, lemonade, tea, coffee, hot tea).

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I will speak to my last Carnival cruise on the Sunshine this past May - they always had cups and each of the pitchers had ice in the beverages (I don't think they had separate ice - it was already in the pitchers of drinks). We had them with the cart not only in the buffet area but also down in the ocean view where they were serving BBQ the first day, breakfast everyday and lunch on sea days.

 

We were up in the buffet and a mother sat her two kids at the table behind us with their food (2 kids probably between 9-12) and told them when she got back with her food, they could go and get drinks. I saw the person with the cart so I sent her over to them to ask them about drinks - so I know she had cups available (they didn't have a drink already).

 

I think in the past I've seen them go around to do refills (thinking of my past cruises on the Pride) but now I think they've switched to a full cart with cups and all types of free beverages (water, lemonade, tea, coffee, hot tea).

Thank you for this helpful personal observation/experience. Pitchers of beverages with ice in them is a good idea and would work for the majority of people I would think. (You probably know how Americans are known around the globe for our love affair with ice.) :)

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People on here have been speculating that due to the decline of food quality in the MDR the table service would be replaced with a buffet. I'm sorry to read this is what it has come to.

omg...I didn't mean MDR, I meant buffet! lol I've been working 16 hour days and it's come to this. :o

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Thank you for this helpful personal observation/experience. Pitchers of beverages with ice in them is a good idea and would work for the majority of people I would think. (You probably know how Americans are known around the globe for our love affair with ice.) :)

 

So very true about ice.

 

Just back from England and when you ask for ice water you are lucky to get two cubes. Same with soft drinks as they are concerned about dilution of the drink.:)

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After they removed the trays my wife and I would just go through the line and after we got to the table I would get our drinks. I almost always wear carpenter shorts so plenty of pockets for utensils.

 

Now, since we have a toddler who cruises with us, I just carry 2 plates. No problems at all. And the crew are usually falling over themselves to help if we need it.

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omg...I didn't mean MDR, I meant buffet! lol I've been working 16 hour days and it's come to this. :o

I'm so glad you came back! No one picked up on what I was saying and one member accused me of not being on the same thread as them! Ha..thanks for the laugh and for sharing in on the fun. :) I liked your post and that was very kind of you to assist the group.

 

The Lighthouse of the Blind does (or had) a course to educate the sighted and how you described the buffet to the group is part of that tutorial. Also, when a plated meal is being served to an non-sighted person it is helpful to verbalize the hands of the clock to indicate the location of foods, i.e. chicken at 6 o'clock, peas at 9 and potatoes at 3. Yes, the blind do know the hands of the clock, their watches have raised hands.

 

I like what you did there with "it's come to this" too. Clever, but don't work yourself so hard you can't let go and relax on your next cruise ;)

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It's come to this

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I'm so glad you came back! No one picked up on what I was saying and one member accused me of not being on the same thread as them! Ha..thanks for the laugh and for sharing in on the fun. :) I liked your post and that was very kind of you to assist the group.

 

The Lighthouse of the Blind does (or had) a course to educate the sighted and how you described the buffet to the group is part of that tutorial. Also, when a plated meal is being served to an non-sighted person it is helpful to verbalize the hands of the clock to indicate the location of foods, i.e. chicken at 6 o'clock, peas at 9 and potatoes at 3. Yes, the blind do know the hands of the clock, their watches have raised hands.

 

excellent post

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I am not reading the same thread as you. Who said anything about a decline in food quality. 14 cruises, we never once ate dinner in the buffet.

It seems this is about MDR versus buffet and the food in the MDR, at least that's what I got from that comment.

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