Where's the beef?
Located on the newest ships in their fleet, Carnival Cruise Lines’ classic American steakhouse restaurants have proven to be extremely popular with guests who crave a really fine steak, as well as those who want to celebrate a special occasion by enjoying a steak (or lobster!) dinner in intimate surroundings.
That specialty dining option hasn’t been available to passengers on ships without steakhouse restaurants until now. Carnival began a test this week in which some of the most popular selections from its steakhouse menus will be offered in the main dining rooms on three ships that don’t feature steakhouses. The entrees are being offered on the Carnival Paradise, Carnival Triumph, and Carnival Inspiration and carry a fee of $18 each.
The four steakhouse entrees added to main dining room menus include a 9-ounce filet mignon, an 18-ounce grilled prime rib chop, broiled Maine lobster tail, and surf and turf consisting of a half lobster tail and petite filet mignon. The beef is USDA prime, dry aged, the same beef that is served in Carnival’s steakhouses. The testing period is expected to run approximately three months during which time the company will evaluate guest demand for these specialty menu items.
The new steakhouse options complement the line’s wide-ranging main dining room menu selections, which include a flat-iron steak offered nightly, along with prime rib and broiled Caribbean lobster tail served every voyage. While they can’t add the intimate surroundings of the specialty restaurants to the experience, you can still celebrate a special occasion with an exceptional meal of your choice, served by your regular wait staff, and in the company of your regular dinner companions. And, let’s face it, where else are you going to get those choices of entrees for that low price?
Carnival Inspiration currently operates 4- and 5-day Caribbean cruises from Tampa, Florida; Carnival Triumph sails 4- to 7-day Caribbean voyages from New Orleans, Louisiana; and Carnival Paradise offers 3- and 4-day Baja departures from Long Beach, California.