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Dining on board Carnival Cruise Line Cruise

Carnival Cruise Food

When it comes to dining, Carnival offers plenty of options to suit everyone’s needs. Choose to reserve a table for either an 'Early' or 'Late' sitting, or choose 'Your Time' open-seating, which offers a more flexible approach to dining on a first-come-first-served basis. Be sure to save at least one evening to treat yourself at a speciality restaurant too.


There are plenty of breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner and snack options onboard, with speciality restaurants, main dining rooms, and more casual low-key options. Here's an overview of your choices:

Big Chicken – chicken a la Shaquille O’Neal
Street Eats – international street food
Lucky Bowl – for fresh Asian-style noodles
Guy’s Burger Joint – unfussy North American food
BlueIguana Cantina – for freshly made Mexican fast food
Dining Room – this main venue has an international menu
Guy’s Pig & Anchor BBQ – for North American barbecue
Lido Marketplace – help yourself at this buffet venue
Pizza Pirate – your 24 hour pizza joint
Mongolian Wok – enjoy the varied flavours of Asian food
Pizzeria del Capitano – freshly made authentic pizzas
Emeril’s Bistro – Creole cuisine curated by Emeril Lagasse
Guy’s Pig & Anchor Smokehouse – for tasty, smoked bbq
Bonsai Teppanyaki – Japanese cuisine cooked at the table
Cucina del Capitano – for traditional, wholesome Italian
JiJi Asian Kitchen – serving pan-Asian fare
Steakhouse – Treat yourself to perfectly cooked steak
Green Eggs & Ham Breakfast – a Dr Seuss brunch for kids
Seafood Shack – delicious New England-style seafood
Bonsai Sushi – dine on freshly made Japanese foods
The Chef’s Table – a private kitchen tour and special dishes

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Best Carnival Speciality Restaurants

With such a huge amount of choice, many cruisers feel they don't know where to start when it comes to choosing a speciality restaurant for a 'treat night' onboard. To help out, here are a few of the most popular:

  • Emeril's Bistro - if you'll be onboard one of the few ships with this restaurant, make the most of the opportunity to try some truly brilliant New Orleans-style food.
  • Seafood Shack - fish-lovers will adore this New England-esque venue which serves things like fresh lobster rolls and mixed fish chowder.
  • JiJi Asian Kitchen - treat your tastebuds to a whirlwind of incredible flavours at this Asian restaurant and dine on noodles, rice dishes, and dim sum to name a few.
  • Best Carnival Included Restaurants

    If you don't have time to eat in all the restaurants onboard, here's a list of our favourite must-try spots:

  • Guy's Burger Joint - Between the hand-cut fries and succulent beef patties, Guy's burgers on Carnival ships will live on in your memory forever.
  • BlueIguana Cantina - dine on flavoursome burritos, tacos, nachos, and other Mexican favourites at this casual and friendly venue.
  • Street Eats - this is ideal for groups with a variety of tastes to satisfy, as you can find a fantastic range of street food from all over the world.
  • To find out exactly which restaurants are onboard each ship, you can access the ship's main page through the Carnival Cruise Line page.

    The dining dress code onboard all Carnival ships is 'Cruise Casual', which means no shorts or swimwear, but jeans and t-shirts etc are fine. There will also be one or two optional Carnival Cruise formal nights known as 'Cruise Elegant' evenings during your sailing, on which you are invited to don more formal attire such as a ball gown, cocktail dress, or suit.

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