A cruise is a voyage of discovery and MSC Cruises knows that the gastronomic experience is an incredibly important part of this journey. In fact, as a company inspired by Mediterranean values, MSC Cruises knows that good food is about more than just delicious meals, it’s a real way of life.

The company is therefore constantly looking for innovative ways to enhance the gastronomic experience on board and, besides the impressive main and speciality restaurants, has recently introduced a more flexible buffet service.

The buffet is now open non-stop for 20 hours a day, from 6:00 until 2:00,meaning that guests can now enjoy more flexible times for traditional main meals, as well as satisfying rumbling stomachs at any time of the day and into the small hours of the morning, with no extra charge.

These enhancements are a direct reflection of the company’s identity.“Our Mediterranean way of life teaches us the importance of spontaneity,”said MSC Cruises Corporate Product Manager Andrea Gangale.

“By extending the buffet service, we have introduced a more relaxed and flexible approach to dining. Our guests can enjoy MSC’s famous Mediterranean and international cuisine whenever they feel like it, and not when the clock dictates that it’s time to eat.”

For the most important meal of the day, the buffet has something for everyone. A full breakfast service including a complete continental and cooked breakfast is available from 6:30 to 10:00, while late risers can enjoy a continental breakfast, including pastries, yogurts, delicious cold meats and cheeses, from 10:00 to 12:00.

Lunch can also be enjoyed over an extended period, with lunch menus available from 12:00 to 15:30 in the buffet.

For those who fancy an afternoon snack or a casual late lunch, the buffet offers guests many options from 15:30 to 18:00, including items from the grill, pizzeria and salad bar, as well as soups,pasta, vegetables, fish and meat specialities,fruit and desserts.

The buffet provides a complete and uninterrupted dinner service from 19:00 to 22:00, while the grill is open continuously from noon until 22:00 and the pizzeria corners stay open from noon until midnight.

For those who’ve been having too much fun to stop for dinner, a midnight snack is even available in the buffet from midnight until 2:00. As room service is available 24 hours a day, at certain times with an extra charge, MSC Cruises has made sure that every hour of the day is covered.

Shifts may vary by half an hour depending on the itinerary and season.