New & Improved Cruise Ship Buffets

Posted May 13th, 2016

You know what they say – the way to a cruiser’s heart is through their stomach! With this in mind, it’s easy to see why more and more cruise lines are putting emphasis on their culinary program, upping the ante with fresh foods, boutique dining and partnerships with celebrity chefs.

Even the humble cruise ship buffets have got a makeover, with many cruise lines transforming the casual cafeteria we once knew to a gourmet smorgasbord of culinary delights. The new and improved class of dining halls focuses on well-designed spaces, fresh produce and delicious creations that cater to every passenger. Keep reading to find which lines produce the best buffets at sea!

Delicious pastries on offer in Princess Cruises' Horizon Court

Princess Cruises

The Horizon Court Buffet on Princess’ ships has a revolving menu that changes throughout day, meaning there’s always something new to enjoy. This casual setting is where cruisers can tuck in to their favourite dishes, and some regionally-inspired meals, while waiters stand by to serve you beverages.  What really makes Princess Cruises stand out though, is The Pastry Shop at Horizon Court (available on the Royal Princess and Regal Princess). You won’t be able to pass up the delicious selection of freshly-baked treats, such as pies, cakes and delicate pastries.

Norwegian Cruise Line

On Norwegian Cruise Line’s ships, guests will enjoy endless buffets of freshly-made meals. Norwegian Cruise Line was one of the first to pioneer buffet stations, where the different food groups are presented separately to avoid making patrons wait in line. They also offer a special buffet area and menu just for kids!


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Terrace Café on Oceania

Oceania Cruises

The Terrace Café on Oceania Cruises’ ships is the ultimate in casual luxury. For breakfast, lunch and dinner, guests can enjoy the laidback buffet that includes many of the meals from the main dining room, as well as freshly-prepared sushi and made-to-order seafood. The laidback setting allows passengers to enjoy the passing views while dining alfresco and mingling with fellow cruisers.

Celebrity Cruises

Celebrity has taken a wholesome approach to its casual dining, modelling their casual dining venue after an international food hall. The Oceanview Marketplace offers a variety of flavours from countries all over the world, including pizza, sushi, Asian fusion and a huge salad bar. There are even chefs on hand to make your pasta to order!

Sweet treats on P&O

P&O Australia

Select ships in P&O Australia’s fleet have recently said goodbye to the traditional buffet and instead have completely reimagined the concept of casual cruise dining with The Pantry. The Pacific Jewel, Pacific Aria and Pacific Eden all feature this new venue, which boasts a number of internationally-inspired culinary stations that create the atmosphere of an upmarket food court. Curry House for Indian, Stix for Asian fusion, Kettle & Bun for freshly-baked breads and sandwiches, Hook’s fish & Chips for an Australian classic, and the Sugar Bar for sweet treats… plus many more!

Don’t skip the buffet on your next cruise – these cruise lines are bringing a whole new meaning to casual dining. To experience it for yourself, all you have to do is get in contact with one of our friendly consultants on 1300 954 661.


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