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Old December 19th, 2013, 11:38 PM
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Olive oil on top of a pizza (prior to cooking) is the Napoli way. There is hope for you. I will give you an A for effort!




The old pizza ovens are reminiscent of Pizza Hut (or Domino's, etc.) ovens (not the pizza), but on the newer Carnival ships, they do have probably the best pizza ovens you can have at sea. I'm pretty sure you won't find any wood or coal fired pizza ovens on any major cruise line.




I think it was Phil Robertson that said boudin was better than sex (at his age). Given the choice between boudin and sex, I know which one I'd pick... but good pizza? Nah, sex wins every time.
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Very thin crust is very authentic and very good.

Pizza making in Naples/Napoli

Not too much sauce




None of that shredded cheese




a real pizza oven that would never be allowed at sea




Perfect pizza


Is he really going to reach his nasty hands in that bowl with no gloves on? GROSS!

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Old December 22nd, 2013, 12:13 PM
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Is he really going to reach his nasty hands in that bowl with no gloves on? GROSS!

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I dunno. Italians do live significantly longer than germaphobic Americans. That which does not kill us...
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Guess you've never seen them throw the pizza dough over their heads!

By the way, thought I'd throw this picture in here - it's one of their menus for the new dining concept! This was from the dinner on the first night. You'll notice they no longer have the usual 'old reliables' that were on the menus in the past.

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I still like the look of the menu.. Love french onion soup and the brisket on other ships is pretty good.





These were my guestimate of the order of menus. I wonder how lose I was?


Carnival Glory New Menus - American Table and American Feast
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I was reading another review of someone on the same cruise. This was their second cruise with Carnival, they had Princess & Dsney as the lines the sail mostly on however it seemed they enjoyed the food.
I enjoyed my cruise and the food was fine but it was very generic nothing special but I don't expect fine cuisine on Carnival or Royal.

The menue doesn't seem so different then the old menue as I see most of the same food being offered with the exception of " for the table"
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I still like the look of the menu.. Love french onion soup and the brisket on other ships is pretty good.





These were my guestimate of the order of menus. I wonder how lose I was?


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Definitely does not look anywhere near what we got!!

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Here's what my lasagna looked like on the first night.

You'll notice there's a little bit of sauce around the plate, but there was no tomato sauce in the lasagna at all, but LOTS of cheese.

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Here's what our table looked like. Notice there are no butter knives or spoons. There was also no salt or pepper shaker.

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Looks to me as the dinning room feel and look is now just an eatery and at this point they should call it just that. Why even have an elegant night anymore just make it a casual dinning venue on all levels.
To be honest I think many will like this casual look and feel but it's one more step in changing an important element of the cruise experience.
Like I mentioned to you Pete we won't be doing Carnival anytime soon not because we didn't enjoy ourself but we're looking for something difrent that they don't offer.
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I find it hard to believe they wouldn't bring a customer salt and pepper or a spoon, etc, if asked to. So much is wasted on a cruise ship. If most people don't want something, I don't have a problem with a cruise line at least pretending to be aware of the environment.

Not everyone likes Carnival (how odd is that?), and I think cruise lines aren't necessarily after the same customer base. I also don't see anything wrong on Glory and kind of like the new tables.

At this point, I'm highly suspicious of the one post wonder, anyway, so not sure there really is a thread topic. The only posted once and don't appear to have logged on again. Not sure about the homepage listed in their profile, either.
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We did get the salt & pepper when we asked for it, but I have to question why it wasn't on the table to begin with.

And yes, we did get the spoons when asked, but again, why should we have to ask for spoons when they served us coffee along with cream and sugar? Wouldn't the waiter think that if we asked for cream and sugar that we would need a spoon to stir it with?

As I mentioned, not all waiters and waitresses were as inept as ours, but it just added to our frustration and disappointment. To not have good food is one thing, but to have it served lukewarm or cold and not to provide the proper utensils is something else. For that I don't blame the Glory or Carnival, except the training and oversight leaves alot to be desired.

As for the new 'look' at the table, we really didn't care one way or the other. But it does tend to bring down the usual ambiance you get in the main dining room to a lower level than we've become accustom to.

Guess that's the wave of the future. And if that's the case, then we'll gladly pay more for a more upscale cruise.

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If you were served coffee, then yes, they should have brought a spoon with it, along with sugar and cream.

It does sound like your waitstaff was not up to Carnival standards and there is no justification for that. In my experience, it is not typical.

The new menus are a work in progress and I know that Carnival has already changed at least one of them and there are allegedly some items that are regularly available off menu. I do expect them to evolve over the next few months.

For the casual reader, the new menus are currently only on one ship and will be added to a few more over the next couple of months.

Most of the fleet will still have the regular menus for some time (or maybe even forever).
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All I know is that our previous Carnival cruises have all been fine - we've had no complaints or problems. This cruise was hopefully an exception that won't be repeated. And yes, our waitstaff was terrible and I know they are not indicative of Carnival. We watched other waiters and waitresses do much better work than ours, so I don't hold it against Carnival, although hopefully their training and oversight will correct the situation with the two we had.

But putting their incompetence aside, I just sincerely hope this new concept is not a move in the wrong direction as it appeared to be on this one cruise. And I hope they will make the necessary changes to improve the quality and consistency on this ship to bring it up to what I know is a higher standard throughout the fleet.

Just being honest when I say that I hope this is an exception that will not be repeated and not a sign of things to come - would really hate to see that. But on this particular cruise, we were sorely disappointed as we were very excited about it, especially because our soon-to-be 5-year old grandson was with us on his first cruise and it simply did not live up to any expectations, no matter what they may have been.

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