So, I am trying to get back to my Cruise Recaps, and I’ve just realized that this is going to make me miss vacation/friends while I am also drooling over some of these food pictures.
For those of you who’ve never cruised before, be warned, that there is food EVERYWHERE. I think I honestly gained about 10 pounds over 7 days. I was being overly gluttonous, but hey, what can I say? When there is food available at all times of the day, I will most definitely be the girl eating at every hour, on the hour!
I didn’t do a very good job taking pictures of the Lido Deck lunch buffets and/or anything else outside of the formal dining room, so I will curtail my recap to a review of our week-long dining room experience.
Mr.DJW and I have cruised before, both separately and together. We don’t remember much of either dining experience because when we went together we sat at a 2-top and had more of an intimate experience; and the time we went separately was too long ago for us old fogies to remember any details besides “I ate a lot.”
Our dining experience was so much fun on this cruise as we traveled with 8 others in the group. We made it to the formal dining room each and every night for our 8:15 p.m. table at the Silver Olympian Dining Room.
Our servers: Chulee from Thailand, Bryan from India, and Alan from Turkey were always so sweet and accomodating.
They were always entertaining us, in addition to their amazing serving skills, they were pretty talented dancers too!
All 10 of us got close to our servers and each night we were always the last table to close out the entire restaurant because we got caught up in the “brain-teasers” that Bryan showed us after our dessert. And most nights, we were mesmerized by the magician who came around to show us a few mind-boggling “magic” tricks.
Aside from the amazing staff, I have to admit that the food was pretty delicious. I mean, to get a break from cooking for an entire week was a blessing in and of itself, but the dinners was always on point. They always had a plethora of menu options for each course, including vegetarian, non-sugar, and other non-standard food items to accomodate all of the ship’s cruisers.
I was kind of disappointed with some of the “higher-end” items not being up to par, but that’s how it goes when you’re mass producing meals for a ship of 3,000+ people. Overall, the meals were delectable, and the dessert was ALWAYS delicious. Especially, this piece of heaven right here:
Yup, HEAVEN. It’s Carnival’s signature dessert, Melted Chocolate Cake. Mr.DJW and I always orderd it with extra vanilla ice cream. Literally, the cake melts in your mouth. I’m not even a huge chocolate addict, and I enjoyed EVERY bite.
Their seafood dishes were my absolute favorite entrees. I’m a huge seafood fanatic and all of their dishes met my expectations (and then some!)
And again, their desserts (even the sugar-free ones) were AMAZING!!!!!
My tip for the dining room is TRY EVERYTHING YOU WANT!!!!! The servers are always patient and accomodating. If you see more than one menu item you want to try, go for it! Mr.DJW and I have this habit of being THAT couple who orders practically everything on cruises and at all-inclusives; but hey, it’s our vacation right?
’til next recap…