Buffet Lines: Survival of the Fittest

July 22, 2013 | By | 6 Comments

Your stomach is gurgling, all the good seats are taken and the only thing between you and those mouthwatering pastries is a never-ending line of passengers, all after the same thing. There’s no denying it: Buffet lines tend to bring out the worst in people. And it’s hard not to adapt a “survival of the fittest” attitude when someone ninja-moves his or her way in front of you or spends five minutes contemplating the burgers or hot dogs.
Unwritten laws exist for buffet etiquette. If everyone abided by them, waiting in line would be much more relaxed and less of an obstacle course. But no one is innocent. We’ve covered these do’s and don’t’s in the past, but now, we’re letting you do the talking.
What we asked: Buffet lines would move much more smoothly if there were no ___.
What they said: The majority (35.43 percent) of our poll-takers dubbed line-cutters as the biggest culprits. However, 27.87 percent believe there are other ways that buffet meals could improve. What did we leave out? Share your thoughts in the comments below. And if you’re not sure whether or not your buffet manners are frowned upon, check out our 10 Commandments of Cruise Buffet Etiquette.
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    6 Responses to “Buffet Lines: Survival of the Fittest”

    1. Jean
      July 22nd, 2013 @ 4:14 pm

      People touching and tasting!!! Totally grosses me out!

    2. Ray
      July 22nd, 2013 @ 4:17 pm

      Buffet Lines.

    3. Roberta Gerlach
      July 23rd, 2013 @ 11:28 am

      Buffet lines would be more efficient and “healthier” if there were more serving personnel who ladled the food for you.(And they will always give you the portion size you want!) Those who do not wash hands, or perhaps wipe them on multiple-times-worn clothes that have not been laundered, are the friends of the norovirus. We always used the Lido deck, but after a noro experience, I was warned by the infirmary on board to avoid the buffet. Cutting into lines is not as bad as those touching everything to see what it feels like. I may be hungry, but on a cruise, never starving, so I can wait another 5 minutes to get my turn. Love to see more servers, less self-serve.

    4. diana
      July 23rd, 2013 @ 11:39 am

      touching food and being courteous have somewhat of an idea of what you want if you want a taste put it on your plate you can always go back for more

    5. Kimberly Howard
      July 24th, 2013 @ 9:45 am

      It is better not to think that you’re in a line. Try to have some chit chat with a friends in the process.

    6. Richard
      July 24th, 2013 @ 12:35 pm

      Patience, no one will starve!

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