Is that the sound of rumbling bellies? Late-night snackers have one less dining option now that Princess Cruises has eliminated its 24-hour buffet option. The Horizon Court — which, until August, offered a “bistro” menu throughout the night — now closes fleetwide “anytime between 11 p.m. and 2 a.m., depending on the demand and passenger demographics.” Spokeswoman Karen Candy explained: “The line made the decision based on low demand for late-night dining.”
Cruise Critic readers with a penchant for predawn peanut butter cookies have expressed their sadness on the message boards.
“I just informed my 16-year-old son about the change in hours for HC,” wrote Iamcruisin. “His reply was, ‘That’s going to be a problem I need my roll at 3 a.m.’”
The news had Red Hat Cruise Cat‘s stomach all in knots. “I’m a night owl and room service isn’t practical when my cabin mate is sound asleep,” he wrote.
Others mourned what they expected to be the loss of the night-muncher community. “As a night an owl, I have often visited HC at odd hours, always amazed by how many folks were there, as well as ships officers, and staff,” posted a mournful Shogun.
Walttd shrugged off the change. “Really no loss as far as I’m concerned,” he wrote.”I’ve been up there after 11 and the food that is there is pretty bad looking.”
Shredie had some advice to keep from going hungry. “Pack a lunch when HC is open and take it to your cabin fridge for later?”
Whatever your take on the news, 24-hour room service is, of course, still available. Oh, and there are no plans to levy a late-night room service fee, added Candy.
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