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Carnival Cruise Line Introduces New Vegan Dining Room Menu

Carnival Cruise Line Introduces New Vegan Dining Room Menu

New plant-based menu options will be available in all of Carnival’s main dining rooms by the end of the year.

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Carnival Cruise Line is now offering new vegan menus aboard Carnival Freedom and Carnival Horizon as part of a fleetwide initiative to provide even more options for cruisers in its dining rooms. Moving forward, the new vegan menus will be rolled in across the fleet through the end of 2023.

The vegan menus will feature plant-based choices for appetizers, entrées, and desserts at each meal in the ships’ main dining rooms. Carnival chefs have developed recipes for each menu item that are free of animal products, and the proteins are derived from meat substitutes.

“Plant-based food options are a rising preference on our ships just as they are on land, and so the new dishes we’re introducing are a direct response to that shift,” said Richard Morse, Carnival’s senior VP of food and beverage, in a press release.

“Our skilled chefs work to accommodate all dietary needs and preferences but building on our vegan offerings and emphasizing them with specific menus will help to make ordering easier in the dining room and preparation more efficient in the galley,” Morse continued.

Related: Princess Cruises Introduces Vegan Menus For Plant-Based Cruisers

Carnival’s new plant-based menu offerings

Options featured on Carnival’s new vegan menus include:

Appetizers

Hawaiian Salmon Poke: A refreshing starter that combines plant-based salmon, edamame, mango, and cucumber.

Hawaiian Salmon Poke made with plant-based salmon (image courtesy of Carnival Cruise Line)

Stuffed Mushrooms: Four fried mushrooms, stuffed with delicious plant-based cheeses and spinach.

Spaghetti Carbonara: A flavorful pasta with vegan bacon, onion, and garlic. This dish can be ordered as a starter or entrée.

Entrées

Grilled Tofu Steak: A savory tofu steak covered in honey barbecue sauce, accompanied by a Hasselback potato and mixed vegetables.

Grilled Tofu Steak with a Hasselback potato and mixed vegetables (image courtesy of Carnival Cruise Line)

Baked Vegetable Au Gratin: A medley of mixed vegetables, combined with vol-au-vent and sprinkled with melted plant-based cheeses.

Eggplant Cutlet à la Parmigiana: A tasty entrée, covered in savory vegan mozzarella and topped with pesto and basil leaves.

Eggplant Cutlet à la Parmigiana with vegan mozzarella, pesto, and basil leaves (image courtesy of Carnival Cruise Line)

Desserts

Key Lime Velvet Cake: A fruity spin on the classic key lime pie, this cake combines flavors of citrus with raspberry and strawberry.

Dutch Double Chocolate Pavé: With alternating layers of cake and buttercream frosting, this dessert is a chocolate lover’s dream.

Cappuccino Pot de Crème: A treat with coffee flavors surrounding cinnamon crème chantilly.

Cappuccino Pot de Crème with cinnamon crème chantilly (image courtesy of Carnival Cruise Line)

Vegan menus in Carnival’s dining rooms will roll out to all ships by year end

Carnival’s vegan menus have already been piloted on Carnival Magic, and will be introduced throughout fall 2023.

Carnival Dream will be the next ship to implement the menus and by the end of September, guests will be able to order from the menus on Carnival Valor, Carnival Radiance, Carnival Miracle, Carnival Panorama and Mardi Gras.

The plant-based options will become available on Carnival Celebration, Carnival Sunrise, Carnival Glory, Carnival Conquest, Carnival Vista, Carnival Breeze, Carnival Sunshine and Carnival Elation by the end of October.

Carnival Paradise and Carnival Spirit will introduce the menus by the end of November and Carnival Legend, Carnival Venezia and the new Carnival Jubilee will follow before the end of December.

Carnival is also adding dozens of new dishes to its regular dining room menus across the fleet. The new dishes are part of Carnival’s continued effort to diversify its dining room offerings, which already include dishes created by Chief Culinary Officer Emeril Lagasse in collaboration with Carnival chefs.

Related: Carnival Cruise Line Piloting New Main Dining Room Menus

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Carrie Ann Karstunen