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So here is the news on our new dining concept which we will begin on the Carnival Glory;

CARNIVAL CRUISE LINES ANNOUNCES NEW AMERICAN TABLE AND AMERICAN FEAST DINNER CONCEPTS

MIAMI (December 3, 2013) – Carnival Cruise Lines is launching new dinner concepts for the ships’ main dining rooms that will begin the week of December 8 aboard the Carnival Glory. The two new concepts, American TABLE and American FEAST, reflect an increased investment by Carnival in its main dining room experience and incorporate the results of extensive testing and research conducted among Carnival’s past guests.
During the development of the new dinner concepts, the cruise line’s management team spent time interacting with the leadership at Union Square Hospitality Group, a leading New York-based entertainment, food and hospitality organization, to observe best practices and the organization’s approach to culinary excellence. Taking inspiration from that interaction, Carnival’s culinary team developed the new dinner concepts, which will be offered during a pilot period with some variation in the dishes, presentation style and other elements to gauge additional guest feedback before rolling out the program fleetwide in the latter half of 2014 and 2015. Other ships included in the pilot are Carnival Liberty beginning in January, and Carnival Imagination and Carnival Inspiration starting in February.
American TABLE, offered on Cruise Casual nights, is designed to evoke a modern restaurant experience with an emphasis on exceptional American cuisine featuring a mix of familiar regional, fresh and contemporary dishes. Menus will change each evening and will feature an expansive array of creative and delectable appetizer, entrée and dessert choices.
Modern table décor and place settings are complemented by new menus and a new serving style to deliver a memorable dining experience. Menu selections will feature a wide variety of new and inventive dishes, along with plenty of Carnival favorites that are exceptionally popular among the cruise line’s past guests.

Meals will begin with an extensive stand-alone cocktail menu featuring a variety of imaginative drink specialties such as the Raspberry Mojito, the Carnival Cosmo and the Sunset Serenity, which provide a unique twist on some favorite classics. Featured wines will also be offered by the glass, in addition to a wide-ranging list of wines available by the glass and bottle.
The new American TABLE experience offers a full appetizer menu including selections such as Fried Calamari, which can be served family style for the table, as well as soup and salad options. Special selections called ‘Rare Finds’ for the more adventurous, such as Spicy Alligator Fritters and Frog Legs Provencal with Herb Butter, are available as well.
Entrée choices include expertly prepared pasta and poultry dishes such as Free Range Chicken with Salsa Verde and Charred Lemon or Cornmeal Crusted Chicken Breast with Black Bean, Corn and Tomato Salsa, as well as meat and seafood options such as Seared Tilapia with Capers and Parsley or Rosemary Braised Lamb Shank. Carnival favorites such as Flat Iron Steak with Pepper and Herbs, and Veal Parmigiana with Spaghetti and Tomato Sauce will continue to be offered as well.

“Port of Call” entree selections are inspired by the destination on the ship's itinerary that day. For example, when calling at St Thomas, in the U.S. Virgin Islands, the day's ‘Port of Call’ entrees will include dishes such as Tropical Salad of Ripe Mango, Spicy Grilled Chicken Strips, Crispy Carrots and Red and Green Peppers on a Bed of Fresh Greens Drizzled with Tangy Raspberry Vinaigrette, and Island Chicken Curry with Potato Crisps and Sweet and Sour Mango Chutney.
‘From the Grill’ entrees such as Pork Chop with Caramelized Onions and Stewed Apple will be available every evening to provide diners with even more variety and choice.
Every exceptional meal should end with a fun and memorable dessert and the American TABLE dining experience will feature a special dessert menu with options such as S’Mores Parfait as well as a divine pie of the day option served whole for the table and a la mode. A variety of featured after-dinner drinks will also be available.

In addition to American TABLE, a second dining concept, American FEAST, will also be offered in the main dining room one or two times per voyage on Cruise Elegant nights. American Feast has been designed to create the feel of an elegant, elaborate special occasion celebrated by all guests in the restaurant with courses served table-side in elaborate style befitting the occasion.
The American FEAST menu features a full selection of tantalizing appetizers such as Mojito Cured Salmon with Minted Cucumber Slaw, and Crispy Crab and Corn Fritters with Pineapple, Coconut and Cilantro Salsa, followed by a savory pasta dish, served as the second course. Guests then choose their entrée from a delicious selection of succulently prepared meats, seafood and vegetarian choices such as Slow Cooked Prime Rib, Broiled Maine Lobster and Miso Marinated Salmon Filet. Spectacular desserts such as Sticky Toffee Brioche with Whipped Crème Fraiche, Chocolate Nib Crunch, Toasted Coconut-Lime and Strawberry Compote will top off the meal in style.

“Dining has always been a hallmark of the Carnival cruise experience and we’re constantly looking for new ways to provide our guests with exceptional meals and service that become a highlight of their vacation, bringing people together while creating fond memories,” said Mark Tamis, senior vice president of guest operations for Carnival Cruise Lines. “With our new American TABLE and American FEAST concepts, we have sought to create a delicious, fun, welcoming and highly satisfying main dining room experience and look forward to our guests’ feedback as we refine the program to take it fleetwide next year.”

Not a big fan sharing with the whole table, that would make me request a table for only my group.
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Much ado about nothing IMHO. If they want to change the menus just change them.

I don't think serving 'family style' will work, and how does the waiter know what option to serve?

Why fix something that isn't broken?
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Much ado about nothing IMHO. If they want to change the menus just change them.

I don't think serving 'family style' will work, and how does the waiter know what option to serve?

Why fix something that isn't broken?
I agree with you , I like the way it is .
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Quite a press release...why use 100 words when 900 will suffice?

I agree about the family style serving - bad idea unless it is a table for just your family and personal friends.
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This doesn't sound too good. I also agree with the much ado about nothing theme. My initial "feeling" is that it is a cost cutting measure with fewer choices.

I also agree that they didn't need to fix what wasn't broken.

Also: "What is "American" about it?"

I'm just waiting until Cracker Barrel takes over the dining room. Yes, I'm kidding but I wouldn't be surprised if something like that happened.

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I'm just waiting until Cracker Barrel takes over the dining room.
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Not that I would stop cruising Carnival but this gave me a little more push to try other lines.
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I wouldn't be surprised to see special 'extra fee' items on the menu.

Waiters will hate it.
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I wouldn't be surprised to see special 'extra fee' items on the menu.
This would be my concern. How many of these new options include an additional cost? A whole pie for the table; sure $10 please. Flambe deserts table side; sign here...etc.

Also is making it "American Themed" an excuse to not have other options such as Indian?
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On Facebook, John has posted a link to his blog and has an example of each. I have to say that neither of them appealed to me. I do prefer the current menus.
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Well, I'll let you know how it goes as we're going to be on the December 8th sailing of the Glory, so it looks like we'll be the first guinea pigs for this 'new' concept.

We're also taking our 4-year old grandson (he'll be 5 in January) with us, so it'll give us a whole new outlook as we've always either gone ourselves (we're 63) or with adult friends and family. Taking a child will provide us the opportunity to see everything through his eyes for the first time and we're really looking forward to that.

I'll be posting a review as soon as I can after we get back.

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They are serving shark?

Anyone had it? Guessing it's either really good or horrible lol
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I've had shark before. It is quite good, more mild tasting than you'd think.

The sample menu they posted that has the shark listed is a bit confusing in it's layout. The courses are not clearly delineated and I can see the waiter being asked a lot of questions.
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Well, I'll let you know how it goes as we're going to be on the December 8th sailing of the Glory, so it looks like we'll be the first guinea pigs for this 'new' concept.


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Not too sure this will work either, unless you are with just family and friends....Seems like a cost cutting measure....time will tell if it flies or not.
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I'm just waiting until Cracker Barrel takes over the dining room. Yes, I'm kidding but I wouldn't be surprised if something like that happened.
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That's not so bad. Many people like to eat at Cracker Barrel.


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I was just ON Carnival Breeze and they already have frog legs and alligator fritters - so even less ado about nothing.

Just FYI - there was a travel agent conference with some trade press in attendance and apparently some press gave Carnival a hard time about the food, saying "it has not changed in 10 years". Guess what - that is a GOOD thing considering most lines have gone downhill in the last 10 years (for food).

The subject of meatloaf on the menu keeps coming up. I guess the "comfort food" idea was not so great. My only "beef" with Carnival food is the short hours of operation for certain restaurants like the Taquito Bar, C-side BBQ and the Mongolian Buffet.
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I see lots of "new" things that I'm going to try.

I collated the menus here:
Carnival Glory New Menus - American Table and American Feast
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I see Carnival has already tweaked one of the menus, so I updated.
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