Dining On The Carnival Legend
Guest Blogger: Jayne Gorman
Recently, Cruiseabout sent Jayne Gorman on a round trip journey from Sydney aboard the Carnival Legend to the Isle of Pines, Lifou, Mare and Noumea. Here is her second blog of three she has written about her experience. You can read her first blog, All Aboard the Fun Ship Carnival Legend here;
If you’re sailing on the Carnival Legend you best bring your appetite on board. From steak to cake, curries, pies and pizzas, the Carnival Legend has a fantastic range of dining options to tempt you 24/7!
There are 2 main choices for breakfast on board the Carnival Legend, buffet style at the Unicorn Café or a sit down service at Truffles Restaurant. The more formal service at Truffles Restaurant works well for those who suffer buffet indecision (like myself!) and if you like to socialise with other passengers as you will be seated with a different group each morning. The Truffles breakfast menu includes continental and cooked options, which you can muse over as a warm basket of pastries is delivered with your tea or coffee.
At the Unicorn Café you will find plenty of cooked options at The Grill and row upon row of fluffy pastries at The Sweet Spot. A continental breakfast is served in the mid section until 12.30 for the late risers.
On certain Sea Days, Truffles Restaurant opens for brunch and you’ll be tempted by a 3-course menu, featuring American minute steak and mac n’ cheese, as well as a range of desserts including a not-to-be-missed Salted Caramel Cheesecake.
The Unicorn Café puts on an impressive spread for lunch, with a deli Bar, salad cart, The Pizza Pirate, Good Eats international dishes, Snags and Pie and The Sweet Spot dessert section. Good Eats offers an array of daily changing dishes that range from chicken satay to crispy pork belly. Popular among the guests on board our cruise were the Asian specialities such as Pad Thai and Nasi Goreng. The Snags and Pie section offers a range of meals designed to satisfy the Aussie market. Regular tasty features are butter chicken pies topped with mash potato and lamb and feta sausages.
Just outside the Unicorn Café is The Grill where you will find burgers, hot dogs and chicken schnitzels available for lunch and dinner.
Afternoon Tea & Sweet Treats
If you happen to have any cravings between meals the Legends Café has got you covered. The café on deck 2 not only serves a range of coffees, including iced and alcoholic varieties, but delicious (enormous!) cakes too. You can purchase a whole cake for a special occasion or just treat yourself to some chocolate dipped strawberries.
A traditional Afternoon Tea is served at Truffles Restaurant on Sea Days. Dainty cucumber sandwiches, scones and macaroons are served alongside miniature pots of tea, just as they do in the best London hotels. For any candy cravings, head to the Cherry On Top rainbow-coloured sweet shop found amongst the Fun Shops.
The Taste Bar is where you can get a complimentary sample of some the delicious cuisine served across the Carnival fleet. Appetisers on offer include tasty morsels of the soups, steaks and sushi you will find at the ship’s Speciality Restaurants.
Dinner at the Truffles Restaurant is a spectacular affair. Whether you are on the assigned dining or flexible plan the waist-coated waiters are as charming as they are efficient. The dinner menu features a fixed selection of dishes plus 4 or 5 additional options for each course that will change daily. On themed nights the menu will reflect the region – curries from the Caribbean and tacos from Mexico – and every night the waiters surprise the guests with a dance before dessert, which you may join in with if you want to!
If you’ve had a long day on shore or want to spend more time enjoying the evening entertainment, the Unicorn Café is open for dinner from 5.30pm. The meals on offer will be similar to those in the Truffles Restaurant; you can help yourself to as much as you want.
Carnival Legend has 3 speciality restaurants you may treat yourself to (surcharges do apply). Nouveau Restaurant is an outstanding steakhouse found at the top of the ship. Each course is paired with great wine and served artfully under candlelight. The generous sized steaks are cooked to perfection and delicious desserts include a creamy cheesecake and chocolate dessert sampler.
Fans of sushi can enjoy seafood and saké at the Bonsai Sushi Restaurant, situated near the Atrium Lobby, and from 4pm Freshie’s Corner offers a taste of the ocean with its pots of fresh prawns or mussels and classic fish n’ chips. Freshie’s also caters for the health conscious as Carnival have teamed up with Biggest Loser Trainer Shannan Ponton to design a nutritious turkey burger on a chia and quinoa bun.
Late Night Munchies
The Carnival Legend chefs make sure you never go without food, even in the middle of the night. The Pizza Pirate serves a selection of vegetarian and meat pizzas 24 hours a day. For a little something sweet you can help yourself to soft serve ice cream or frozen yoghurt at Swirls and room service is also available (at extra cost) 24/7.
From a warm pastry to start your day to a freshly baked pizza at night, there’s a wealth of fresh food served on board the Carnival Legend, to satisfy your every craving.
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