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Old January 13th, 2014, 06:56 PM
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I was on the Glory the first week that this new menu/serving idea came out.

In my opinion, the food quality was still what we expect from Carnival, which to me is perfectly fine! We have never gone hungry on a cruise and always found something to eat at each mealtime.

What was different was the options they offered and the way they served them. Many of the 'old favourites' were gone, but there were many new alternatives too. The only thing that we were expected to share, and no different than before was the bread basket. IF MORE THAN ONE PERSON at the table wanted caesar salad or calamari, THEN they brought out a large portion for sharing. IF MORE THAN ONE PERSON ordered the same side dish, THEN they brought out a large portion. Otherwise, everyone got their own. It was not a 'free for all' or 'grab fest' as some people seem to be envisioning.

It is different, it is new....and I can promise you that once those who have sailed many times before on Carnival adjust to the change, everyone will be happy. The servers really were trying very hard that first week, and succeeded to keep everyone in our party happy. Go with an open mind, expect the change and just enjoy!!!!
Thanks you for the very clear explanation . I think the reason so many are up in arms is the type of information you just gave is very difficult to come by. I sail on Liberty on Saturday and we will be the 2nd cruise on her with the new menus. I received a letter from Carnival saying the Jan 11th cruise and my cruise will be the first to try out the new menu and will be counting on us for feedback. It talks alot about American Table and American feast and having great choices, etc but doesn't really explain it well at all, especially the very limited dessert choices and doesn't mention the new serving style. This is why I have asked about sharing - I didn't want to have to choose the same as my family as most of them would want seafood and I don't like it
So thank you for the clarification. I will do a review when I get back and hopefully I will have the same experience you had
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Old January 13th, 2014, 07:00 PM
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no problems! I felt that the CHOICES on the menu had diminished, but not the service itself. The new tables ARE without tablecloths, which did not bother me at all. I don't have a tablecloth on my table at home, and Im sure it is a way of saving CCL some money. The whole dining room looks different, not formal. BUT, that does not take away from the experience of having your dinner served to you by a smiling face! For picky eaters or those who cannot or do not like seafood, pork etc, the choices may be limited. For instance, my 19 year old daughter is very picky. Does not like food with sauce or spice. She likes PLAIN FOOD...that said, she ate mashed potatoes. period. almost every day. But, she went to the deli and got her standby of a turkey on a country roll, every. day.
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Old January 13th, 2014, 08:14 PM
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I really like to have the cheese plate and fruit plate for dessert. I usually order this every night when I cruise unless there is something else I just can't resist. Will I still be able to have this?
I read on JohnH blog that fruit bowl was available, just need to ask your server. I don't know about the cheese plate.
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The new menu has both, for example:

Salmon, Chicken, Steak, Pork Chops

Sides: Corn & Veggies, Double Baked Potato, Beans, Gold Potatos, Salad

But that same night you can order alligator fritters and Mahi Mahi!
I am really hoping that they offer a vegetarian option.
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How was the rest of the menu. Can't wait to try it.
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Old January 14th, 2014, 01:37 AM
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I am really hoping that they offer a vegetarian option.
Yes, it looks like there is 1 vegetarian meal each night of the cruise.
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Wonder if they still have the Indian vegetarian option
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Wonder if they still have the Indian vegetarian option
No Stu, I do not believe that they do. That said, there were certain "indian type" foods available a couple of nights, if memory serves me correctly.
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What do they do for MDR breakfast,,, brunch,,,,,lunch. Served the same. Or are the served the old way.
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Yeah, I'm betting that the food is just as good as before, only a few less options. Since I was always on the fence between 2 dishes anyways, no loss. It also looks like you choose family style, separated right there on the menu.
There are actually 90 less options...Someone figured it out on another thread
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