Ah, fine dining on the high seas. It’s possible, especially on Carnival ships that have the destination restaurant Steakhouse. Carnival’s Steakhouse treats cruisers to delicious cuts of premium beef as well as gourmet appetizers, award-winning wines, savory seafood and more.
Now that your mouth is watering, here are 10 insider tips on Steakhouse that’ll make your dining experience even more delicious.
1. You’ll want a Reservation
Though you don’t need reservations for cruise dining, you’ll want one to save your seat at Steakhouse. Here are a few tips for making your Steakhouse reservation:
- To secure your table, make a reservation online after you’ve booked your cruise. Simply click on “My Booking” to access your cruise manager on Carnival.com to request your reservation.
- You can also make a reservation when you board the ship on embarkation day. You would be able to do so at a station in the atrium.
- You can dine between 5:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.
- Dates and times are honored on a first-come, first-served basis.
- Reservation fees are $38 per adult and $12 for kids 11 and under. This includes an entrée, appetizer, salad, side, dessert and a gratuity for your wait staff.
- You can purchase wine, liquor, bottled water and soda for an additional charge, as well as offer additional gratuities.
2. Kids Love It
Speaking of kids, they’ll love eating at Steakhouse. If you’re wondering what to eat on a cruise when you’re traveling with kids, look to Steakhouse. You don’t have to compromise on sophisticated dining, and your kids can enjoy a bit of the gourmet lifestyle, too.
Kids menus are available upon request. It’s chock full of goodies from mac ‘n cheese to banana splits. Your kids can enjoy some adult choices, too. How about chicken with a side of French fries or onion rings?
It’s also tough to pass up a taste of luscious USDA Prime New York Strip Loin Steak at any age.
3. It’s Not Just Steak
The Carnival Steakhouse menu has more than steak. There’s plenty of delightful variety, including:
- Jumbo shrimp
- Crab risotto
- Maine lobster bisque
- Chicken and fish selections
4. It Serves Cowboy Steak
What is cowboy steak? If it’s on the Steakhouse menu, you know there’s a good reason it’s there. Cowboy ribeye, or cowboy cut, is an American steakhouse term for bone-in ribeye. It’s highly marbled, flavorful and tender because it comes from the upper rib cage area, which is far from tough. It’s best for slow-oven roasting and grilling.
At Steakhouse, a cowboy steak is a hefty 18 ounces of mouthwatering, marbled magic.
5. And It Serves Australian Wagyu
The next question is, “What in the world is wagyu?” It’s one of the most marbled meat, and it’s known for being so tender that it melts in your mouth. Wagyu is an older breed of cattle from Japan. In fact, the word “wagyu” means “Japanese cow.” But the cattle have also been bred in Australia for over a century. You can enjoy wagyu’s unparalleled taste and flavor on your next cruise.
6. It’s Worth the Extra Cost
The menu is modeled after classic American steakhouses that serve fine aged beef cuts that are weighed and charbroiled to perfection by world-class chefs. Carnival’s Steakhouse recommends that you relax and enjoy your meal for about two and a half hours. That’s how much time you’ll want to fully immerse yourself in the Steakhouse experience.
7. Steakhouse Wines Win Awards
The wine list of Steakhouse is recognized with the distinguished Wine Spectator Magazine’s Award of Excellence in 2019. Only a few thousand restaurants receive this award every year. Restaurants are honored with the award when wine selections are well-paired to menu items, appeal to a wide range of wine drinkers and are creatively curated and distinctive.
8. Wine May Be Complimentary
Who wouldn’t want a complimentary bottle of wine at one of the best restaurants on land or sea? That’s what you’ll get if you make your reservation on the first or second night of your trip. You’ll have your choice of house wine or a discount on a premium bottle. Either way, the Steakhouse sommelier will help you select the perfect pairing to your entrée.
9. Attire Is Cruise Casual or Cruise Elegant
The steakhouse has an intimate but fun atmosphere, so it can be as romantic for couples as it can be comfortable for family dinners. For all the elegance Steakhouse offers, why not dress the part? The dress code for Steakhouse is the same as the evening’s onboard dress code: either cruise casual or cruise elegant. Here are the quick differences — and remember, no shorts allowed in Steakhouse:
- Cruise casual for women: casual and summer dresses, skirts, pants, Capri pants and nice jeans
- Cruise casual for men: sports slacks, khakis, nice jeans, collared sport shirts
- Cruise elegant for women: cocktail dresses, pantsuits, elegant skirts and dresses or an evening gown if you wish
- Cruise elegant for men: dressy slacks and shirts, and a sports coat is suggested; suits and ties or tuxedos also welcome
10. Many Carnival Ships Have a Steakhouse
You’ll find a Steakhouse on many Carnival ships, especially the newest ones. In one scenario, enjoy a Caribbean cruise in style on Mardi Gras™ with a reservation at Fahrenheit 555 Steakhouse where you can dig into a juicy steak.
Here’s a list of ships and their destinations, so you don’t miss an opportunity to eat at the Steakhouse:
- Carnival Breeze®: Cruises to Bermuda and the Caribbean, departs from Fort Lauderdale and Orlando, Florida.
- Carnival Conquest®: Cruises to The Bahamas and the Caribbean, departs from Miami.
- Carnival Dream®: Cruises to the Caribbean, departs from Galveston, Texas.
- Carnival Freedom®: Cruises to the Panama Canal and the Caribbean, departs from Galveston, Texas.
- Carnival Glory®: Cruises to the Caribbean and the Panama Canal, departs from New Orleans.
- Carnival Horizon®: Cruises to the Caribbean, departs from Miami.
- Carnival Legend®: Cruises to Alaska, the Caribbean, Europe, Hawaii and the Panama Canal. Transatlantic cruises available. Departing from Los Angeles (San Pedro), New York, Seattle, Tampa, Vancouver and several overseas ports.
- Carnival Liberty®: Cruises to The Bahamas, departs from Orlando.
- Carnival Magic®: Cruises to Bermuda and the Caribbean, departs from Miami and Fort Lauderdale.
- Mardi Gras™: Cruises to the Caribbean. Departs from Orlando.
- Carnival Miracle®: Cruises to Hawaii, the Caribbean, Alaska, Mexico and the Panama Canal, departs from California and Florida.
- Carnival Panorama™: Cruises to Mexico, departs from Los Angeles (Long Beach).
- Carnival Pride®: Cruises to The Bahamas, Bermuda, the Caribbean and the Panama Canal, departs from Baltimore.
- Carnival Radiance™: Cruises to Europe, The Bahamas, Bermuda, Canada and the Caribbean. Transatlantic cruises available. Departs from Spain, New York, Norfolk or Orlando.
- Carnival Spirit®: Cruises to Alaska and Hawaii, departing from Honolulu, Seattle and Vancouver.
- Carnival Sunrise™: Cruises to Canada/New England, The Bahamas, Bermuda, the Caribbean and the Panama Canal, departs from Fort Lauderdale, New York and Norfolk, Virginia.
- Carnival Sunshine®: Cruises to The Bahamas, Bermuda and the Caribbean, departs from Charleston, South Carolina.
- Carnival Valor®: Cruises to the Caribbean, departs from New Orleans.
- Carnival Vista®: Cruises to the Caribbean, departs from Galveston, Texas.
Also, note that the location and configuration of each steakhouse restaurant may vary depending on the ship you’re on.
But the top-notch quality of the cuisine never, ever varies. Now that you’re in the know about Steakhouse and where you can find one, all you have to do is reserve, arrive and enjoy!
Note: Onboard activities, shore excursions, and dining options may vary by ship and destination.