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Carnival Legend Dining

The new-look Carnival Legend features several restaurants and a couple of new dining concepts. The buffet restaurant, Unicorn Cafe, is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and also serves free 24-hour pizza and ice cream. Meal choices at breakfast include bacon, pancakes and a variety of eggs. Lunch and dinner choices include pies, cold meats, beef stroganoff, Asian noddles, roast of the day, curries and deli sandwiches.

The full-service restaurant, Truffles, is a two-level 1,250-seat dining room with extensive three-course menus and wine lists. Passengers can dine at set meal times (the 'traditional' early seating or a late seating) or opt for open dining and then eat anytime between 5:30pm and 9:30pm. New for Truffles will be the 'A Taste of Nouveau' experience, where diners can sample dishes normally served in the fine-dining steakhouse restaurant, Nouveau. The choices, such as lobster and filet mignon, will be an extra $20 each. Dinner menus consist of a daily menu and an everyday menu, the latter featuring dishes that can be ordered any time during the cruise. These items include Caesar salad, grilled salmon and Guinness mince, and mushroom and cheese pie. Daily menus may feature fire-roasted chicken in sesame sauce, Chinese broccoli and crispy pork, steamed mussels in white wine sauce, and creme caramel for dessert.

The fine-dining steakhouse, formerly called Golden Fleece, has been renamed Nouveau Restaurant. Situated on the top deck and accessed via an elevator or jaw-dropping glass staircase, it serves prime aged beef, lobster dishes, surf and turf (lobster tail and filet mignon), lobster ravioli, and cheesecake and hazelnut biscuits for dessert.

The surcharge to eat there is $40 per person.

A new concept called the Long Lunch at Sea will take place in the Nouveau restaurant on sea days. A three-course lunch at $30 a head, it features dishes like grilled cold-water lobster tail and blue-crab salad, while a fresh seafood platter can be enjoyed for another $20 a head. A selection of wines to pair with the dishes will cost an extra $20 per person.

A completely new experience and restaurant is Bonsai Sushi on Deck 2. Passengers can sit at the bar or at tables for two and four and choose from a menu featuring sushi rolls, sashimi, bento boxes (or larger sushi/sashimi meals for two, called shiploads), along with miso soup, Japanese desserts and sake. Items are priced from as little as $1 apiece.

Also available on all of Carnival's ships is the Chef's Table dining experience, which affords a dozen passengers an eight-course dinner with a master chef, a private cocktail reception and a tour of the galley and its operations. This dining option usually takes place in a non-traditional venue, such as the galley or library, and it can be booked onboard at the information desk for a per-person cost of $75. It happens twice on most cruises, or according to passenger demand.

Carnival Legend also features the Taste Bar, located on Deck 2, just outside the RedFrog Pub. There, two chefs make and serve complimentary delectable little morsels, which will also be on offer in the main Truffles restaurant that night. It's fresh, it goes perfectly with a couple of drinks at the pub, and it's free.

Also on Deck 2, just near the pub, is Legends café, offering espresso coffees (flat whites, long blacks, short blacks and cappuccinos that Aussies love), cakes and pastries at extra cost. Australians, who are coffee fanatics, will be pleased to hear that baristas hail from the Australian Coffee School.

For those who want to dine in, the ship offers 24-hour room service, with dishes priced individually from about $3 for breakfast items (such as fruit and cereal), $4 for breakfast breads and pastries, $4 for soups and salads, and about $7 for pizza, sandwiches, pies and chicken wraps. It's a limited menu.

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