Most of the people in our travel group are two-meal-a-day folks– particularly when we are in Vegas. Dinner is usually something upscale, and brunch is generally something less expensive which appeals to the whole group. That means we wind up at quite a few buffets, and we have reviewed a ton on them on our Dine Drink Vegas YouTube channel buffets playlist. Which one, however, is the best buffet in Las Vegas? That is a tough question to answer. We may occasionally edit this post, but we have split them into four groups– the great, the good, the perfectly reasonable places to eat, and the places we wouldn’t care to repeat. As we look at each group, we will also talk about cost since that will absolutely drive part of your choice.
All the links below are to specific YouTube videos of these buffets. We promise we won’t ever make you watch us eat, and we try to make the videos short and focused enough to get you the information you need to make your travel plans without spending too much time watching irrelevant content.
We have eaten at a lot of great steakhouses on the Las Vegas Strip. Prime, Heritage, Craftsteak, Gallagher’s, Carversteak, and Bavette’s are all strong options. Steak-adjacent places like Lawry’s Prime Rib and Morimoto are also a lot of fun, and over Labor Day we are eating at STK in the Cosmo and at SW at the Wynn. However, sometimes you just want the classic old-school cool of Downtown Las Vegas. So what is the best steak on Fremont Street? We have been to six places, and we liked them all. Ultimately, though, we split them up into three groups.
When deciding whether to get the drinks package (which Carnival calls Cheers), one of the questions is how much individual drinks cost. It isn’t that simple, of course. There is also the convenience of budgeting and paying in advance, and drinks packages typically include non-alcoholic specialty drinks as well. However, cost is obviously one of the considerations. In addition, it is good to start the cruise knowing where to find your favorite drinks. Happily, we have several Carnival bar menus from our July 2022 cruise on the Vista.
We sailed on a 7 night cruise on the Carnival Vista in July 2022. We were a party of 9, and we wanted to be together for dinner every night. That made a standing early seating in the main dining room (MDR) a great choice. While the service was fine, it was a bit rushed due to lack of staff. The food seemed pretty ordinary, but there were always 1-2 solid choices every night. In this post, I want to share with you the Carnival MDR menus for each night of our cruise. I will also tell you when formal night was.
Most cruise lines require you take a pre-cruise COVID test. The particulars vary by cruise line and vaccination status, and they are changing all the time. You should absolutely see what requirements apply to your particular cruise. However, I just took my test. I opted for the at-home test offered by EMed and Abbott labs. It was a great choice, but there are some specific details you need to know about before getting started.