Whenever I take a first-time cruiser on Princess I explain that the first day or two there's a little confusion in the HC, because people start to "line-up", and it takes people a while to grasp that it's more of a "walk to the buffet of your choice and grab what you want" situation more than it is a cafeteria line. But, has the new HC design changed that?
I also haven't sailed Princess since the International Cafe became more of a HC substitute. And, what I mean by that is, I think the times I sailed on a ship with an International Cafe, I just assumed it was a specialty coffee and pastry place...but it now sounds as though you can get "real" food there...sandwiches, etc. Has the growth in popularity at the Int'l Cafe created any noticable decrease in foot-traffic at HC?
One last thought...I have always thought that on day one, the employees handing out cutlery should be announcing in a friendly way to guests "No need to form a line, just browse the different stations until you see something you like"...or something similar. I'm just curious if this redesign would make that announcement less-necessary...or no longer correct. If that makes sense.