When we went on our first cruise, I had no idea what to expect. I spent plenty of time researching, but until you experience things on your own, you really don’t know what you will like or not like. One thing I did know was that you never had to worry about an abundance of food on a cruise. However, even with the array of food offerings, we were hoping to eat in one of the specialty restaurants. Since we LOVE steak, we choose the Steakhouse. I also wanted a picturesque, romantic atmosphere with the sun setting beside us. That is exactly what we got with our experience in the Carnival Cruise Steakhouse on the Carnival Dream.
The wait staff was always there filling drinks, seeing if we needed anything, bringing more food, and more food, and well, even more food! Yet, they were not intrusive of our private dinner for two. I liked the individual attention we received as opposed to being in the main dining room with hundreds of other people.
I also loved how the Chef sends out small samples to try of food that he prepares. It was just part of the overall experience to be able to sample other offerings from the Chef. I am not sure I would ever order mushroom soup or baked shrimp so it was nice to be able to try it to see if it was something we would like.
Without a doubt, it was one of the best steaks we have ever had in any restaurant. After the Chef samplings, the scrumptious rosemary bread dipped in olive oil, salad, and the appetizers, I was already just about completely full when the steak arrived, along with the baked potato. This piece of meat was HUGE! By the time dessert rolled around, we had to have them box one up and take it back to the cabin. We ended up taking a small bite later in the evening but we stayed stuffed throughout the whole night. We did eat bites of the chocolate sampler dessert while we were there because that was too difficult to take back with us. It was delectable!
The biggest difference in the food in the Steakhouse versus the food in the main dining room is that the quality is on a completely different level. The food is not being served to the masses; just small groups of diners at different times in the evening. The presentation of the food is much more elegant in the Steakhouse and the Chef takes pride in preparing each and every dish to order. The presentation is a work of art and not just thrown on the plate to be served with dozens of other plates.
Carnival Cruise Steakhouse offers a variety of places to grab a bite to eat but the Steakhouse restaurant gave us a fine dining experience for a far less price than we would have ever paid in a land restaurant. For the minimal upcharge, you receive a lot of food but it wasn’t just about eating a great steak. It truly was a romantic evening as we savored each course of food that was presented. I loved spending that quality, peaceful time with my spouse as we enjoyed reliving the fun and laughter we had over the last few days on our vacation. After dinner, we took a stroll out on the deck where the sun had set and the moon was full over the ocean.