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I would say WJ buffet is comparable to most of the mid-level Vegas casino buffet -  Mirage / Monte Carlo / Flamingo / Paris. Nowhere near are good as Wynn / Venetian / Bellagio but better than the downtown casinos. 

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On 10/7/2019 at 10:26 PM, 2ManyCruises said:

The Windjammer is 👌. But comparing it to Wynn or Cosmopolitan - Really??

The variety of offerings at Wynn & Cosmo make WJ pale in comparison. 

I guess if someone makes the exact same post multiple times in a thread...it must mean they are pretty emphatic about their statement (whether or not it is right or wrong).

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Just thought I'd mention...food quality is subjective, but aside from that, it's always a pain in the a$$ to find a table at breakfast and lunch.  I used to get my food and look for a table, now I have my group do the opposite, because by the time I found an empty table that still actually had chairs with it my stuff is cold.  

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On 9/30/2019 at 7:06 AM, fscool said:

Windjammer buffets are as good as the Main Dining room in terms of quality of food.  Better choices than the MDR.

You must be joking.  I was on Allure in June.  Dining room food was good to very good.  Windjammer buffet was the absolute worst I have experienced in 36 cruises.  Yes there is a choice of 20 items none of which were even close to tasty.  Breakfast bacon inedible, same lunch choices every day disguised to look different.  Compared to Celebrity and even NCL, Windjammer food was about same quality as a school cafeteria   Luckily there are other dining choices in Oasis class ships for breakfast and lunch!

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20 hours ago, Knighton said:

Just thought I'd mention...food quality is subjective, but aside from that, it's always a pain in the a$$ to find a table at breakfast and lunch.  I used to get my food and look for a table, now I have my group do the opposite, because by the time I found an empty table that still actually had chairs with it my stuff is cold.  

 

As much as i hate to admit it but I agree with you.  I really dislike having to "hold" a table while not eating.....but I really dislike cold food even more. When it's just me and my wife, we take turns eating & getting our food.

 

Usually we try to avoid peak hours (12-1:30 pm) as it's easier to find a table when it's less crowded and we can actually eat together.

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On 9/30/2019 at 4:03 PM, John&LaLa said:

 

I like Golden Corral 😇

 

The one thing Royal does good at the buffet is the stir fry and mongolian grill stations. That's about it

Absolutely agree with this, I love the Mongolian when they have it.

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3 minutes ago, Host Clarea said:

 

Or the fresh made pasta station.🙂

 

Harmony switches back and forth between pasta and Asian.

 

Laura has mastered turning that into stir fry/Mongolian as well. Even in the MDR.

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9 hours ago, LMaxwell said:

I don't think Royal's buffet measures up to any decent Vegas buffet.  I haven't been to them all but they consistently are many levels ahead of Royal, NCL, MSC, Carnival buffets. 

Having done numerous buffets in Vegas and on Royal ships...

 

The easiest way to compare...will be subjective based on personal tastes and food selection.

 

Overall -----

 

Royal (Windjammer) Buffet (scale of 1 to 10) = 5 - 6, depending on the specific ship

Vegas Buffets (same scale) = 3, 5, 7, 8, 9

 

Put simply...without a specific buffet (like the Bellagio Buffet - 7, or  Paris Buffet - 6, Encore Buffet - 9), comparisons are pretty much meaningless and most subjective.

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On 10/14/2019 at 12:41 PM, HBE4 said:

 

Usually we try to avoid peak hours (12-1:30 pm) as it's easier to find a table when it's less crowded and we can actually eat together.

We gave up on WJ after one breakfast and one lunch. Cold eggs, rubber bacon, and stale pastry. I couldn't even identify most of the lunch items.  It was ok for fruit and cheese but the rest just looked like a sloppy mess of something. It was after peak time so it was like arriving late to the soup kitchen.  MDR for breakfast was great and on sea days we went  to 270 for lunch and enjoyed the view and no crowds.

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On 9/30/2019 at 1:58 AM, Ashland said:

Come on the WJ is not at all that bad folks...and on some ships it's pretty good....after all you're on vacation and have a view of the ocean...what could be better !

 

I for one very much like the buffets in Vegas...Mandalay Bay, Paris, Wynn, Caesars, Mirage, Bellagio some of our favorites.

Bellagio is FAB!

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4 hours ago, CRUISEFAN0001 said:

Having done numerous buffets in Vegas and on Royal ships...

 

The easiest way to compare...will be subjective based on personal tastes and food selection.

 

Overall -----

 

Royal (Windjammer) Buffet (scale of 1 to 10) = 5 - 6, depending on the specific ship

Vegas Buffets (same scale) = 3, 5, 7, 8, 9

 

Put simply...without a specific buffet (like the Bellagio Buffet - 7, or  Paris Buffet - 6, Encore Buffet - 9), comparisons are pretty much meaningless and most subjective.

I agree with this.  The WJ is better than many Vegas buffets, but not as good as the better ones.

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On 9/30/2019 at 7:04 PM, George C said:

I am a rccl fan , they do many things well, but buffet is not one of them , prefer buffet on just about any other cruise line. 

 

I surprisingly found that even NCL passed RC in this department and RC had very weak buffets in 2000-x.

I am not talking about usual suspects like Celebrity, Holland, Princess, Cunard.

MSC is probably weaker than RC, but we have not cruised with then in 5 years

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3 hours ago, Iamcruzin said:

We gave up on WJ after one breakfast and one lunch. Cold eggs, rubber bacon, and stale pastry. I couldn't even identify most of the lunch items.  It was ok for fruit and cheese but the rest just looked like a sloppy mess of something. It was after peak time so it was like arriving late to the soup kitchen.  MDR for breakfast was great and on sea days we went  to 270 for lunch and enjoyed the view and no crowds.

 

We are still ok with poached eggs or Eggs Benedict's when we can find them, lox and some other stuff, but yes it is a bit limited.

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5 minutes ago, John&LaLa said:
3 hours ago, Judyrem said:

Bellagio is FAB!

 

Bellagio buffet can cost almost as much as the per day cost of a cruise in some cases

 

LOL, I was just about the write the same thing.

 

Many of the top-tier Casino buffets (Bellagio, Wynn, etc),  it costs $30 (lunch) / $40 (dinner) on a weekday and $50+ on a weekend per person.  That's pre-tax.

 

Lunch alone will cost you close to $500 for the week. Throw in a a dinner or two and you almost have the price of a cheap cruise.

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1 hour ago, HBE4 said:

 

LOL, I was just about the write the same thing.

 

Many of the top-tier Casino buffets (Bellagio, Wynn, etc),  it costs $30 (lunch) / $40 (dinner) on a weekday and $50+ on a weekend per person.  That's pre-tax.

 

Lunch alone will cost you close to $500 for the week. Throw in a a dinner or two and you almost have the price of a cheap cruise.

 

You can get MLife discounts if you qualify

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2 hours ago, HBE4 said:

 

LOL, I was just about the write the same thing.

 

Many of the top-tier Casino buffets (Bellagio, Wynn, etc),  it costs $30 (lunch) / $40 (dinner) on a weekday and $50+ on a weekend per person.  That's pre-tax.

 

Lunch alone will cost you close to $500 for the week. Throw in a a dinner or two and you almost have the price of a cheap cruise.

I only went twice to Bellagio's buffet.  My husband LOVED it, he had bear, I was appalled and proceeded to eat all the steamed  clams they had!

 

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3 hours ago, John&LaLa said:

 

Bellagio buffet can cost almost as much as the per day cost of a cruise in some cases

True, especially around the holidays, easily $50 pp.  But they do serve  pre-cut crab legs, oyster and sushi,  even kobe sirloin roast is a fairly regular item on their carving station (at least it use to be).    For non holiday weekends the trick is get in early and pay breakfast price, and stay for lunch... or get in right before dinner starts and pay lunch price.  They don't close between meals.  

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