Carnival Cruise Line Specialty Dining Guide: What is Included vs. AdditionalBy
In the not so distant past, Carnival Cruise Line presented their guests with a handful of dining venues to choose from. Albeit a delicious handful, one simply did not have many choices.
Your taste buds’ horizons are now broadened on a Carnival cruise — from sushi bars to family-style Italian, specialty steakhouses to hot dog carts – the problem now will be deciding which to try first!
With this culinary explosion, it can be hard to follow which dining venues on Carnival are complimentary as opposed to which require a fee.
We’ve put together your go-to Carnival dining guide below — detailing what restaurants are an extra charge (not many!) and what is included in the cruise fare.
Get ready for your stomach to growl…
Specialty Dining on Carnival Cruise Line (Additional Charge)
Carnival’s classic Steakhouse is an elegant specialty dining venue available on select FunShips. Elevate your culinary experience at sea with a delicious, exclusive New York steakhouse featuring mouthwatering beef cooked to your exact specifications, as well as a fantastic selection of seafood, entrées, gourmet appetizers and an extensive wine list. The intimate atmosphere is ideal for a romantic dinner or special occasion.
Open daily from 5:30pm-9:30pm. To ensure your desired dining time, we strongly recommend making your table request online at least two weeks prior to your sail date. Please allow 2 ½ hours for your dining experience. Make your reservation here.
The $35 fee includes an appetizer, entrée, dessert and the wait staff’s gratuity; additional gratuities are optional and may be extended in cash or to the guest’s Sail & Sign Account at your discretion.
*Please note: Steakhouses are available on Conquest-class, Spirit-class, Splendor-class and Dream-class ships.
The Chef’s Table is a one-of-a-kind culinary experience that offers you an exquisite multi-course dinner hosted by one of the line’s master chefs along with a private reception and a personalized tour of the galley.
With The Chef’s Table, up to 12 guests can enjoy champagne and hors d’ouevres hosted by the ship’s chef de cuisine. The chef then takes your group on a personalized tour to see the galley in operation, providing participants with a unique perspective on Carnival’s extensive food and beverage operations. The evening ends with a sumptuous full-service dinner with delicious appetizers, entrees and desserts created by the line’s master chefs.
This experience is available on all Carnival ships. Depending on the vessel, the meal takes place in non-traditional dining venues throughout the ship – the galley, library, conference center, etc. The program can be booked on board at the Guest Service Desk. The cost is $75 per person. Note: Very limited number of guests may participate!
Bonsai Sushi is a beautiful new full-service sushi restaurant debuting on the Carnival Breeze. Select from a wide variety of Asian-inspired delicacies, including sushi, sashimi and rolls along with bento boxes and a sushi boat!
Prices range from $1 for an appetizer-sized portion to $15 for a full sushi ship for two.
Another fresh Carnival eatery is Cucina del Capitano, serving up Italian-American dishes inspired by the recipes from Carnival’s Italian captains’ and officers’ childhood. This comfy dinner-time option offers made-to-order Italian favorites using only the finest ingredients like vine-ripened tomatoes, fragrant herbs and extra virgin olive oil.
Dinner at Cucina del Capitano costs $12 per adult and $5 per child, ages 11 and under. The restaurant is also open for lunch with a complimentary made-to-order pasta bar.
Complimentary Dining on Carnival Cruise Line
In addition to three specialty dining experiences and the main dining rooms onboard, Carnival offers an abundance of exciting and unique complimentary dining options.
Guy’s Burger Joint is modeled after a road-side burger joint and an absolutely delicious result of the partnership between Carnival and Food Network star Guy Fieri. Cooking up the best burgers at sea, Guy’s Burger Joint is free of charge — but the best part is the yummy fresh-off-the-grill burgers designed by Fieri. Add as many tasty toppings as you’d like at the condiment bar.
The all-new BlueIguana Cantina is one of the more popular additions to Carnival’s dining alternatives. This eatery features three kinds of freshly made tacos and burritos that you can fill to the brim with an assortment of toppings. Pair them with homemade tortillas (you can actually watch the tortilla maker at work), chips and salsa and you have met your ‘mmmm’ match.
Open for breakfast (check out the breakfast burritos and huevos rancheros) and lunch, the BlueIguana Cantina is free of charge.
Reminiscent of a backyard barbecue, Fat Jimmy’s C-Side BBQ is an open-air dining venue located at the Lanai on the Promenade Deck. Choose from a mouth-watering array of grilled favorites, including barbecued chicken breast, kielbasa, Italian sausage and Fat Jimmy’s signature item, pulled pork sandwiches, along with traditional sides like baked beans, potato salad, coleslaw and mini-corn muffins.
Fat Jimmy’s C-Side BBQ does not cost a thing, food is complimentary. However, the BBQ shack is only open on sea days.
Available on the Carnival Breeze.
An alternative breakfast venue is the The Punchliner Comedy Brunch, presented by George Lopez, this brunch offers up heaping servings of laughter along with a new twist on the traditional culinary feast. Taking place on sea days in the main dining room, The Punchliner Comedy Brunch is a free dining option that features five-to six-minute performances each hour by hilarious comedians who entertain guests as they enjoy a variety of delicious mid-morning favorites prepared by Carnival’s master chefs.
Many items are inspired by Lopez’s Mexican heritage, including Carne y Huevos – filet mignon topped with two eggs and béarnaise sauce; Hen Alla Diavola, grilled chicken with lemon and pepper and Mexican-style churros. Two special ‘George’s Recipes’ dishes created by the comedian himself – his own take on Huevos Rancheros that features a chicken quesadilla topped with fried eggs and manchego cheese, and a breakfast burrito filled with scrambled eggs, beans and chorizo are also offered.
Brunch will be served on sea days, 9:00am-1:30pm in the Aft Dining Room. The traditional breakfast and lunch menus will not be offered.
Available on Carnival Breeze, Carnival Conquest, Carnival Dream, Carnival Glory, Carnival Liberty, Carnival Magic, Carnival Miracle, Carnival Splendor (December 2012), Carnival Fantasy (January 2013), Carnival Fascination (January 2013), and Carnival Sunshine (April 2013).
The Taste Bar, located on the Promenade Deck is open nightly on sea days and some port days, offering complimentary bite-sized appetizers giving you a taste of the flavors that await at dining venues across the Carnival fleet. A different delicacy each day!
Available on the Carnival Breeze, Carnival Conquest, Carnival Dream, Carnival Glory, Carnival Imagination, Carnival Inspiration, Carnival Legend, Carnival Liberty, Carnival Magic, Carnival Miracle, Carnival Sensation, Carnival Triumph, Carnival Fantasy (January 2013), Carnival Fascination (January 2013) and Carnival Sunshine (April 2013).
Sea Dogs is a fun hot dog-shaped cart ready to curb your hunger pains within the SportSquare outdoor recreation area. Grab an all-beef frank and choose from traditional toppings like ketchup, mustard, onions, relish and sauerkraut.
Open daily from 11:00am-3:00pm, Sea Dogs is free of charge.
You’re on vacation; please don’t forget about room service! Room Service is available 24 hours a day with a selection of sandwiches, salads, desserts and beverages; a continental breakfast is available during the morning hours.