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    Buffet is coming back on Carnival ships. What do you think.

    https://www.cruisecritic.co.uk/news/..._Member_Newsub

    #2
    They are already back at at least one carvery chain in the UK help your self to veg etc.

    People using the same tools to serve themselves is not a problem that needs fixing.

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      #3
      I think the buffets should be service by the crew only, behind perspex screens like they were planning on. Much more hygienic. It would likely save a few Norovirus outbreaks too. Not sure I would want to pick up the tongs again after everyone in the queue has handled them even if they have supposedly washed their hands.

      As for the carvery chain - not for me.

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        #4
        Does it really matter who has touched anything on the ship?

        Thousands of contact points.... You can't avoid them all.


        If your own hygiene standards are up to scratch you protect yourself whatever you do wherever you go.




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          #5
          What about all those past passengers that have picked up Norovirus? In the past, I have watched numerous passengers walk past the hand gel station and not bother. Other passengers have seen people walk out the toilet not washing their hands, though I must admit, I haven't.

          As for touch points I am very choosy who touches food that I eat.

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            #6
            Chairs, tables, glasses, stair rails, door handles, railings, the list is endless. Holding the same tongs as someone else will make no difference. As TD says ptotect yourself, or walk round and disinfect the whole ship.

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              #7
              You shouldn't have to protect yourselves if everyone was tested before embarkation and they haven't been ashore since.

              Garf

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                #8
                Originally posted by Garfield, Waterlooville View Post
                You shouldn't have to protect yourselves if everyone was tested before embarkation and they haven't been ashore since.

                Garf
                The whole idea of a cruise is that you do go ashore and come back on ship.

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by lucy, sutton View Post
                  I think the buffets should be service by the crew only, behind perspex screens like they were planning on. Much more hygienic. It would likely save a few Norovirus outbreaks too. Not sure I would want to pick up the tongs again after everyone in the queue has handled them even if they have supposedly washed their hands.

                  As for the carvery chain - not for me.
                  That's easily fixed.
                  I always use my own cutlery to pick up buffet food and have done for years after seeing the unhealthy hygiene of one lady many years ago. If she could sneeze into the hand which held the serving implement, so could hundreds of others!

                  I quite like the idea of perspex screens though, with a small window from which to help yourself.

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                    #10
                    Using one's own cutlery is a good idea. I much prefer to serve myself as I know almost exactly how much I want to eat, and when served by crew they always give me far too much and I simply can't eat it all, and I hate waste.

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                      #11
                      I wouldn't have any problem with a self serve buffet, but it wouldn't be a deal breaker if it was staff service only. You can always ask for more or less to suit.

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                        #12
                        Using your own cutlery at every station increases risk of cross contamination of allergens.


                        Just think in the dining room your waiter is handling plates and cutlery from all the tables after use then heads of to the galley to get your next plate of food.

                        They will replenish your cutlery from their station after removing used from other tables as well(unless on a ship that fully loads the place setting).

                        Same with drinks and bar staff not just on ships but everywhere you go.

                        For the ultra cautious we got 1000 of these cheap enough to carry around for single use < 1p each
                        I used for any dirty job I don't need them to be too tough.
                        make cheap dog poo bags.







                        2000 £12.99 0.65p each

                        https://www.amazon.co.uk/Disposable-.../dp/B07GTLTP9H

                        ​​​​​​​I think they are large packs you can get them in packs of 100 which will fit in a pocket.
                        https://www.amazon.co.uk/Disposable-.../dp/B00OBBSHO0



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                          #13
                          Hi all
                          If you can’t serve yourself surely it’s not a buffet.
                          So what are the suggested names for these food providing venues?

                          How about the Oceanview Food Dispensary?

                          Any suggestions?
                          JC
                          C P Scott,,,,,"Comment is Free,,but Facts are Sacred"
                          "You are entitled to your opinion. But you are not entitled to your own facts.

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                            #14
                            Originally posted by jc, liverpool View Post
                            Hi all
                            If you can’t serve yourself surely it’s not a buffet.
                            So what are the suggested names for these food providing venues?

                            How about the Oceanview Food Dispensary?

                            Any suggestions?
                            JC
                            Assisted Buffet? Is the term used in the hospitality industry.

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                              #15
                              I’ve seen too many people ignoring the hand sanitisers when entering the buffet area. I’ve also seen them handling bread rolls and then putting them back in the basket!

                              No way am I touching the same tongs that god knows how many people have used before me. Instead I use a clean set of cutlery to serve myself.

                              The best buffets are on Oceania ships where a superb layout is served to you by the staff behind the counters. Very efficient and hygienic.

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