The most popular activities that most people love about a cruise are the restaurants, specifically the buffet. However, there are some things you should avoid when eating at the buffet.

1. Sushi

The cruise lines take safe food handling very seriously.  However, nothing is foolproof. If there’s sushi on the buffet and you don’t know how long it’s been there, keep going.  Pick something you can see being made right in front of you.

2. Soft Serve Ice Cream Cones

The ice cream lever on the ice cream machine is not the most sanitary.  Many hands, both clean and not so clean, touch the ice cream lever. Avoid the ick factor by using a napkin to handle your cone or switch to a bowl instead of a cone.

3. Scrambled Eggs

The scrambles eggs on the buffet are probably powered eggs and ate often wet and/or squishy. Go for the made-to-order egg and omelet station. Despite what we’ve always been taught, eggs won’t raise cholesterol, and they contain “good” fats, which help to stabilize blood sugar early in the day so you’ll be less likely to snack on sweets from the buffet later on.

4. Old Pizza

If the pizza has that congealed-cheese look, it’s probably been sitting out for a while, particularly if it’s a non-peak dining time. Don’t feel bad about asking for a new pie or heading to the onboard pizza shop for a slice.Just about every ship has a pizza restaurant.

5. Communal Condiments

Giant bottles of shared ketchup, mustard and other condiments can breed germs since so many people touch them. Ask buffet staff for individual single-serve packets. If they aren’t available, use a napkin to dispense what you need.

6. Compromised Food

If you notice the person in front of you touching food and putting it back, realize that someone has contaminated a vegetable-only dish by using utensils meant for meat or if you see that the tongs have fallen completely into the food, handle and all, alert a crew member, and avoid taking any of the potentially contaminated dishes until they’ve been replaced with fresh ones

7. More Than One Plate at a Time

We know you’re probably excited about all the free food at the buffet, but there’s no need to hoard plate after plate as if eating is going out of style. You can always go back for additional helpings. It’s better to take one plate at a time so you’ll waste less if you suddenly find yourself full. It also leaves one hand free for you to grab a drink.

8. Dessert During the Day

The more sugar you eat, the more you are going to ant. If you’re concerned about avoiding a few extra pounds, try limiting your dessert intake to dinnertime only. If you wait until the last meal of the day to indulge in sweets, you have bedtime to eliminate cravings before the following day.