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Old August 16th, 2011, 12:08 AM
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John Heald added a link today for the new Carnival MDR menus. These will be fleet wide by the end of the month. I like them. Much better vegetarian selections, comfort food selections, and a want-to-try selection. Simplified and fits the profile of a carnival passenger very well IMHO. Most of the favorites are still there and a few new items.

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The menu looks a little dumbed down but they have retained a variety of choices. It's nice to see that they didn't go overboard with the comfort food selections.

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Wife and I reviewed the menu's. We found many things that would be cool to try and didn't find anything we would miss from the old. We are actually looking forward to the next few cruises to try the new items out. Can't wait.
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Does RCCL offer online menus, too?
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When I was finally able to look at the new menus last night I will say my mouth was watering due to some of the new starters. It looks like I may just end up gaining weight on our next cruise. Since I like to eat things that I normally don't eat at home there are just so many that I want.
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I don't have a problem with the food, per se. I do have a problem with the "style" of the menu. Looks like it belongs in a casual family eating place like Shoney's. I like the elegant look of the old dining room menus.

And what's with "Didya"? Is this some type of ghetto slang? Again, it cheapens the experience, IMO.

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Looking forward to the new menu..after 12 cruises we need a few new dishes!!
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I just went back to re-read the menus and I see that:

NO MORE FLAT IRON STEAK ) or the "Always Available" items.

I'm happy about the Flat Iron Steak but my nephew won't be since his company supplies the steaks. Yes: They are/were a very cheap cut of meat.

I also agree that I preferred the more "elegant" look to the old menus. I'm just waiting until they put pictures on them.

I also think the "didja" is somewhat of a joke and I really dislike this marketing campaign.

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I just went back to re-read the menus and I see that:

NO MORE FLAT IRON STEAK ) or the "Always Available" items.

I'm happy about the Flat Iron Steak but my nephew won't be since his company supplies the steaks. Yes: They are/were a very cheap cut of meat.

I also agree that I preferred the more "elegant" look to the old menus. I'm just waiting until they put pictures on them.

I also think the "didja" is somewhat of a joke and I really dislike this marketing campaign.

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Where did you see the style of menu? all I got as an adobe file of the menu.

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I don't see these as being what the menu's look like. I think they were just posted on the plain background to make it easier to scan and read. I could be wrong, it would be nice to have some flair to the menu other than just the white background. It would be nice if someone who has actually seen the real menu would/could chime in on that.
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When I said "style", I'm referring to the font style and size and the layout. I don't know how another background is going to make it look more elegant, or get rid of the Didja.

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Got it, the font style don't bother me, I'm picking choices and giving the menu back so for me, its a non issue.
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Here is the link to the NEW Didja dessert menus:

Index of /Didja menus/2011-08-16
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You must have missed it. entrees available every day include chicken breast, mahi nmhi, 8 oz gourmet burger, a vegetarian entree, and flat iron steak.

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I looked at the last "Every Day" menu and sure enough the Flat Iron Steak lives.

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Sad to say the flat iron is still there. Sorry, but before I order another one of those I'll order a hamburger - and in fact, have.

The menus are not that much different. They mostly shuffled the deck. There are a few new dishes and Veal Parmigiana and Duck were lost (or maybe just moved to other menus).

I've put together another menu page with the pictures that I could easily locate:
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First thing I though of when I saw the new menus: Z-man has to update his pages.
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When I said "style", I'm referring to the font style and size and the layout. I don't know how another background is going to make it look more elegant, or get rid of the Didja.

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I think the "Didja" was a marketing tool for Carnival a year or so ago. Had something to do with "Did you ever try?" and then they listed things like water slides, jungle canopy rides, etc. I may be wrong. Need another opinion here.

And the new menus sound just right to me. And again I think they were published here on plain paper. I think what you will see on the cruise will be a little more elegant.
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Correct, 'Didja' is a marketing campaign that goes beyond the dinner menus.
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Looks pretty good..I love the cold soups and the pumpkin one.
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looks good to me.
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and john finally posted the 3 and 4 day dessert menus, so here is my interpretation:

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Well after experiencing them, I have changed my opinion. They suck!
Just my opinion, yours may be different. I won't go hungry, but it's another step down the mediocre path.

I think we are reverting to the dining rooms of the past.
1st class dining room = premium restaurants
2nd class dining room = MDR
3rd class dining room = Lido

I see myself doing more of the other options to the MDR--probably their goal.
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I still see lots of my favorites and some interesting new ones to try. And a number of new picture taking opportunities.

The 5 day menus actually look pretty good. Since I have well over 225 points/days/nights on Carnival, no need to worry about cruise lengths!

Carnival Cruise - Newest Five Day Menus

but I also like the 8 day menus, too!
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I'm going on a 6-day cruise - will the menus be a cross between a 5-day cruise and an 8-day cruise?

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I just got off the Fantasy and had no issues with the menu. I couldn't tell much difference. Chocholate melted cake...still there ! Baked Alaska...still there. Lobster...still there.
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My brother just got back from his first cruise ever on the Spirit and said the food was bad.
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Just got off the Pride last week, and had no problem with the menus. Found multiple items each night that I enjoyed. Loved the Alligator Fritters and Oysters Rockerfeller.
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I kind of liked the two sides to the menu...
Right is traditional favorites...(Chocolate melted cake :eek: )
Left is specialize of the day.
It does seem that they are tailoring their menus more for middle class, middle America, unpretentious types...such as French fries and fried chicken.
Of course one can still get the lobster and escargot.
Let's face it...some are like me...eat to live & not live to eat. I'm easy to please !
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I wouldn't miss the Flat Iron Steak if they would have taken it away. The times I've had it, it was tough as can be. Recent cruisers have told me that the new Comfort food selections are actually quite good. When I first saw the Mac 'n Cheese on the new menus I thought Oh My! That was until I saw the recipe!
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