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Carnival Cruise Line Shares a Special Main Dining Room Menu

In the mood to ring in the New Year at sea with braised lamb shanks?



In the mood to ring in the New Year at sea with braised lamb shanks?

Recently, Carnival Cruise announced the details of its plans for the holidays, which include special activities on all 24 of the ships in Carnival's fleet. 

Activities on deck will include caroling, ugly sweater parties and a special tree lighting ceremony before each embarkment, all scored by classic holiday music. 

Additionally, all Carnival  (CCL) - Get Free Report cruises will host non-denominational Christmas and Hanukah services on board, with prayer, hymns, and fellowship on both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. The Hanukah services start on December 18 and continue through every night of Hanukah, and will include traditional food, songs, and prayer to commemorate the occasion.

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Carnival Has a Special MDR New Year's Even Menu

Recently, John Heald, Carnival Cruise Line brand ambassador, released details of Carnival’s upcoming holiday menu. 

And now, Heald has taken to Facebook “share with you the special menu that the chef has prepared for New Year’s Eve.” 

Here’s what cruisers who are looking forward to ringing in the New Year can expect to feast on. Please note, that Carnival's new policy where a second entree is free, but each one after that will cost $5 will apply to this special menu. In addition, the cruise line will be offering some added-fee choices from its added-fee steakhouse, which will cost more (and come with an automatic 18% gratuity fee). 

Carnival's New Year's Eve Menu


  • Shrimp Cocktail with American cocktail sauce
  • Tuna Poke with wakame, soba, sesame, chilies, edamame 
  • Carpaccio, Figs and Mozzarella with salt-baked beets, butternut squash, parsnip, multi-grain cracker
  • Shrimp Carbonara Flatbread, with Jalisco style shrimp, smoked beef, queso blanco
  • Bouillabaisse with baguette crouton
  • Sopa De Queso with cheese soup with queso fresco, cheddar, yukon gold and tomatoes
  • Cheesesteak Egg Roll with melted cheese, roasted tomato salsa


  • Watermelon & radish
  • Persian cucumber and mint salad
  • Shaved iceberg & arugula
  • Roasted tomato & pepper gorgonzola vinaigrette
  • Caesar salad with house-made dressing, shaved parmesan


  • Pappardelle butternut squash, portobello ragu.
  • Pine Nuts, pecorino roasted & dressed petite eggplant
  • Stir-fried barley with peas nizami kofte, dakhani saag dahi ke kebab, kashmiri pulao


  • Meat Thyme Butter Cooked Barramundi with charred poblano, cabbage chili pickle 
  • Parmesan & Peppercorn Crusted Chicken with sautéed corn, lemon & mint, pan drippings
  • Grilled Jumbo Shrimp with olive oil, smoked paprika, garlic and lemon
  • Braised Lamb Shank with Moroccan style with preserved lemons and Parmesan polenta
  • Broiled Salmon with mushroom walnut ragu, celery oil and fennel sauce
  • Pan Fried Ribeye Steak with spiced rubbed, roasted carrot, chimichurri sauce
  • Apricot Glazed Pork Ribs with fried potatoes, honey-chipotle sauce, pickled cabbage salad

Steakhouse Selections ($23 added fee for each)

  • Surf & Turf with lobster tail & grilled filet mignon
  • Broiled filet mignon with 9 oz. premium aged beef
  • New York strip loin steak with 14-ox. of the favorite cut for steak lovers
  • Grilled Lamb Chops, double Cut, lamb Au Jus


  • chimichurri
  • béarnaise
  • peppercorn sauce

Don’t Forget the Dessert

What would a cruise be without dessert? Here’s what’s on tap.

  • Melting Chocolate Cake
  • Danllaice Cream
  • Cherry Pie
  • Stracciatella Ice Cream
  • Chocolate Turret Lavender Brulée Heart, Pink Champagne Coulis
  • Nutty Hazelnut Crisp

Carnival very rarely offers special menus in its main dining rooms -- generally just on major holidays including Thanksgiving, Easter, Christmas, and New Year's Eve. Cruises over these major holidays often cost more and tend to attract families due to kids being on vacation.  

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