Here’s How Disney Cruise Line Is Changing Buffet Dining

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Disney Cruise Line is officially set to return to sailing from Florida in just a couple of weeks, and, for those who have been wanting to get back to cruising in 2021, this is great news. But there is one major cruise component that has changed — buffets.

Here is the latest update from Disney Cruise Line regarding how buffets and other traditionally self-service dining options will be modified when the Disney Cruise ships return to sea. If you are planning to set sail on the Disney Dream soon — and you’re a fan of buffet dining — just keep reading!

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Related: Can (and Should) Buffets Return to Walt Disney World?

Updates to Buffet-Style Dining on Disney Cruise Ships

In an update to the Disney Cruise Line website, Disney has shared how buffets and other self-serve food and beverage options will work onboard Disney Cruise Line this August (and, presumably, for the foreseeable future).

Here is what the website reads, as of Friday, July 23:

Quick-Service Food & Beverage Locations
Quick service food and beverage locations, including buffets, still offer all-you-care-to-eat bites and treats, and are served by Crew Members at designated times each day throughout the cruise. All food and beverages that were previously available at self-service stations will now be served by Crew Members.

As Disney indicates above, the Cabanas buffet will still be available for Guests, but all food will be served by Crew Members. Additionally, any food and beverage offering that was previously at a self-service station on the ship will no longer be self-service. This is part of Disney’s efforts to promote health and safety as the cruise ships return to sea and welcome passengers back onboard.

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Note that Disney has not yet shared whether traditional, self-serve buffets and food and beverage will make a comeback to Disney Cruise Line ships in the future. However, we do know that the newest Disney Cruise ship, the Disney Wish, does not have Cabanas, the all-you-care-to-enjoy buffet onboard the Disney Dream, Disney Fantasy, Disney Wonder, and Disney Magic. 

Click here to read our update on buffet dining on the Disney Wish. 

Disney has made a variety of changes to Disney Cruise Line operations in order to promote health and safety. You can read more about what you should know before you set sail in our article here.

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More About Cabanas on Disney Cruise Line

Below is the official description of Cabanas:

Cabanas is a novel, free-flowing buffet experience serving made-to-order mouthwatering specialties. During breakfast and lunch, wander the “boardwalk”—home to over 10 diverse food stations—and partake in an eclectic menu of freshly prepared, culinary classics. At dinnertime, the restaurant is transformed into a table-service dining experience where entrees are cooked to order in the show kitchen.

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Do you plan to take a Disney Cruise Line vacation anytime soon? Are you sad that traditional buffets on the Disney Cruise Ships aren’t going to be the same as before? Or are you happy with the changes Disney has made? Let us know in the comments!

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