Carnival Ecstasy Dining
Once upon a time, the dining experience wasn't Carnival's high point, but that was then. In the now, the line's ships offer exciting dining options and truly good food. Service has been considerably refined and is outstanding.
Wind Star and Wind Song are the two main dining rooms. Menu items include a wondrous raspberry mousse with chocolate cake; a free-range chicken specialty with creamed foie gras sauce served with grilled zucchini, glazed mushrooms and a basmati rice pilaf; and more. An appetizer that got rave reviews on Ecstasy was the smoked duck and caramelized oranges with onion and oven-dried tomato confit.
Menus also offer spa alternatives, lower calorie items with calories and fat grams listed. (How about grilled baby veggies with tangy soy vinaigrette at 121 calories and only 2 grams of fat?)
Breakfast, lunch and dinner are available at the Panorama Bar & Grill, a buffet eatery where a 24-hour pizzeria, 24-hour yogurt and ice cream station, and deli sandwich bar are also located. Breakfast on the Lido Deck includes a made-to-order eggs/omelet station, fresh breads, Danish pastry and muffins, many items for lunch plus a salad bar, and at dinner, some of the offerings from the main dining rooms.
A children's menu featuring those ubiquitous chicken fingers, small pizzas and pasta is always available.
Service in the dining rooms -- and the Panorama Bar & Grill -- is consistently good. Attentive waiters fill glasses, offer more (oh so good) bread and make that extra effort to ensure guests enjoy the meal.
The two dining rooms accommodate 650 passengers. The two seatings are at 6 and 8:15 p.m.
All dining venues are nonsmoking.
For an exclusive dining event for just 12 guests, book the Chef's Table through the ship's information desk. For $75, diners can attend a multicourse dinner, hosted by one Carnival's master chefs. The evening begins with a private cocktail reception and a tour of the galley, led by the chef, and concludes with a sumptuous dinner in a nontraditional dining venue, such as the galley or the library.
Room service -- with a limited menu -- is available 24 hours. Salads and sandwiches are pretty much all that's offered for lunch and dinner, and a continental breakfast of cold cereal and/or breads is delivered promptly with the toast still warm.
Late night offerings include the ever-popular midnight buffets -- yes, Carnival still offers them -- and that 24-hour pizzeria. A sushi bar on Promenade Deck is in operation before dinner.