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Old February 4th, 2008, 11:05 PM
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We are going on our 2nd cruise in a couple of weeks. One issue we had on our first cruise was that we really don't care for "gourmet" food. We really are meat and potatoes types and don't care for all the unusual food combinations they served on the ship. Nothing wrong with that, everyone just has different tastes and part of the enjoyment of the cruise is food choices that are enjoyable for you. We had our kids with us last time, so we spent a lot of time eating in the informal restaurants. This time we are going by ourselves and we want to enjoy the formal atmosphere of the main dining rooms.

We had been assured that we could order items alacarte like just a steak or some lobster, but the couple of times we tried to do that, we were told that we had to go to the steakhouse ($$$) to get a steak, and that they only served lobster on certain nights, so we were quite disappointed with that. So instead, we made do with the menu choices and I actually ended up getting sick the last couple of days of the cruise, I believe from some half-raw quail eggs that were in a soup.

Maybe that's just an NCL thing, so we're hoping to have a better experience with Carnival. I have to say, we didn't care much for the Freestyle set up, so that was a big factor in the choice to switch to Carnival.

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Almost every cruise line has "Always Available" that are available, each night, for dinner. These dishes are usually, steak, salmon and other standard dining options.

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Carnival has alternate menu items available in the dining room every night. Steak, Burger, and sometimes BBQ Ribs. Lobster is normally served only on formal night. Don't hesitate to order two entre items if you see more than one thing you might like. Certainly don't eat anything you don't like. The dining staff wants you to enjoy your food. They will be glad to take it back and bring something else.
Whatever else you do try the chocolate melting cake.
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What Mike and scurveydog says is certainly true with respect to Holland and Princess as well.
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You can go to Carnival's site, to the FAQ's and under Dining Options and Seating Assignments, you can find sample menus, including the Alternates.

http://www.carnival.com/CMS/FAQs/FAQLanding.aspx
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Sorry for the delay in responding, but we literally just got back home last night! I was delightfully surprised by the menu on the ship. It was very nice and not as "gourmet" as the food on Norweigan was. I think I only resorted to the "alternative" menu maybe twice.

I think what I don't like about "gourmet" food are the unusual combinations - raspberry walnut viniagrette for example, or chipotle lime mayo, things like that. There really wasn't a lot of that on the menu and that was a big relief to me. And I like the traditional seating much better than the Freestyle concept. We had a very nice table and everyone showed up for dinner every night and stayed there talking and eating for about two hours. Much nicer!

PS: On your recommendation, I tried the Chocolate Melting Cake - oh my gosh! I don't think I've ever had something so delicious!
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PS: On your recommendation, I tried the Chocolate Melting Cake - oh my gosh! I don't think I've ever had something so delicious!
I knew you would like that!!!!!!!!
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"And I like the traditional seating much better than the Freestyle concept. We had a very nice table and everyone showed up for dinner every night and stayed there talking and eating for about two hours. Much nicer! "

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Carnival has an alternative menu item listing at the bottom of the right side of the menu. It always has New York Sirloin on it.
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To echo Mehawk...... on RCI we had a tablemate who was a "meat and potatoes" guy and he was able to order steak every night. There was always some kind of potato dish on the menu so he was a happy camper.
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PS: On your recommendation, I tried the Chocolate Melting Cake - oh my gosh! I don't think I've ever had something so delicious!
I knew you would like that!!!!!!!!
by the end of my last cruise i didnt even have to ask for dessert.....they just brought me the chocolate melting cake
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You can always ask for your items to be served plain. And you can always ask for the kids menu, too.

On Princess I regularly ask for the cheese cake minus the coulis. Just plain ol' cheesecake, thank you. Never had a problem with the waiter either. They are always glad to oblige.

The always available menu also usually has chicken and steak on it and if you want, you can ask the maitre d' to see the next days menu and ask to order something on the menu prepared without sauces.
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