Carnival Glory Dining
Dining options include traditional two-level formal dining rooms, an upscale reservations-only steakhouse, and an expansive two-level poolside complex offering casual alternatives for breakfast, lunch and dinner including a 24-hour pizzeria, burrito venue, New York-style deli and seafood station.
The Japanese-temple-inspired Platinum and Golden dining rooms, both spanning two levels, are Glory's main restaurants. Dinner can be taken either in traditional assigned seating at two times (6 and 8:15 p.m.) or on a flexible basis, via Carnival's "Your Choice Dining" program. With the flexible option, passengers can have dinner in the main dining room anytime they like between 5:45 and 9:30 p.m. (times may vary). Dining assignments -- which you select before the cruise -- are made on a first come, first served basis, so if you have your heart set on one or the other, consider booking earlier rather than later.
As on other Conquest-class ships, the quality and variety of food in the main dining room onboard Carnival Glory is solid. We also love that the dining rooms offer more than just a handful of tables for two for honeymooners and couples. Spa selections are available, and the menu lists calorie and fat content for each; there is also a vegetarian selection noted. Breakfast and lunch are open seating.
The Taste Bar, also added fall 2012, offers a nightly rotating menu of light bites culled from the fleet's various signature dining venues. Given its promenade location, the venue is a perfect amuse bouche on the evening march to the dining room.
The fee-free Punchliner Comedy Brunch, a sea day exclusive introduced fall 2012, features five-minute teasers from that evening's comedians every hour on the hour from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. There's also a special menu inspired by Carnival's "Curator of Comedy," George Lopez, and a Bloody Mary bar ($7.75 to $8.75). Dishes include huevos y carne, a Mexican-style steak-and-eggs dish, and a breakfast burrito.
The Red Sail Restaurant, the casual Lido Deck eatery, offers a daily buffet for all meals with varying themes, as well as self-serve ice cream and frozen yogurt machines. There's a grill station and a "Mongolian Wok" option offering made-to-order stir-fries. Fish and chips lovers should not miss the seafood station, open for lunch only, found up on the second floor of Red Sail. Red Sail also has a 24-hour pizza station, which offers calzones, and a deli.
To one side of the main pool on Lido Deck, you'll find the BlueIguana Cantina, a fee-free venue that was added fall 2012 as part of the line's $500 million Fun Ship 2.0 initiative. Choose from chicken, fish or pork tacos and beef, chicken or shrimp burritos. Toppings run the gamut from lime-infused rice and pico de gallo to beans and corn. The soft taco shells are made fresh on-site and there are also separate bars for toppings and hot sauces. The venue is open for breakfast and lunch.
On the opposite side of the pool is Guy's Burger Joint, a Fun Ship 2.0 enhancement backed by Food Network personality Guy Fieri. Choose from one of five burgers on the menu, or simply build your own with the help of a nearby toppings bar. Guy's is open from noon to 6 p.m.
The reservations-only Emerald Room Steakhouse is Glory's for-fee alternative restaurant. For many passengers, the special menu combined with attentive service is worth the $35 per person fee. Here's a tip: the first day of the cruise is the best time to get in so call to book as soon as you get onboard. Specialties include surf 'n' turf, ribeye and grilled lamb chops.
The Deck 5 promenade is home to Creams Cafe, the extra-charge dessert and coffee bar, and a complimentary sushi cart that's wheeled out nightly. Room service is available 24 hours a day. Hot and cold breakfasts are available in the morning; the usual sandwiches and salads are available around the clock.
Also available on all of Carnival's ships is The Chef's Table dining experience, which affords a dozen passengers a multi-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 nontraditional venue, such as the galley or library, and it can be booked onboard at the information desk for a per-person cost of $75.