The Chef’s Table — My Carnival Cruise Experience

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I had the chance to dine at The Chef’s Table during our recent Carnival Cruise and it was amazing! This multi-course experience gave me the chance to sample a unique menu created by a master chef, along with a behind-the-scenes look at the galley and kitchens on our ship.

The Chef’s Table with Carnival Cruise Lines


The Chef’s Table is a unique opportunity available to Carnival Cruise guests. It costs $75 per person and includes a full-service menu of appetizers, entrees and desserts not found on the normal dinner menu. You also receive a VIP experience that includes a look at the galley while dinner service is in full-swing — so fun!

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I wish I had a photo of the first appetizer that we were served during our galley experience — it was amazing! The Mango Sphere on a Rosemary Biscuit looked like an egg yolk on top of a cracker. I have to admit that I had some trepidation about trying something that looked like a raw egg yolk… But I was pleasantly surprised! It was actually liquid mango inside a thin shell. The shell burst inside my mouth, flooding it with delicious mango flavor. So yummy!

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That was just the beginning of the delicious and unique foods that we got to enjoy during our Chef’s Table experience. From a beet blanket with spiced grape tea to a crab stack to tender duck textures, each dish was a melody of flavors that worked together in harmony. It sounds cliche, but it’s so true!

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Surprisingly, this was my favorite dish of the night. See the white stuff up there? That’s tomato mousse infused with basil and accented with cherry tomato caviar. The chef then poured tomato bisque (Yellow Cherry Tomato and Red Cherry Tomato flavors) into the dish. Stir to combine for a creamy soup that melts in your mouth. It was amazing.

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YES – that is fried popcorn pudding served with sea bass. Trust me, it totally works! 

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The Wagyu roast was a close second for my favorite dish, though. What can I say… I’m a meat and potatoes kind of girl. Especially if the potatoes are scallion and garlic panisse.

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Executive Chef Karan Singh put out an amazing spread and the evening was definitely one of my favorite experiences during our cruise. If you are a foodie, this is one thing you don’t want to miss!

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Check out our Guide to Cruising With Kids to see all the other fun things we did on our trip!


Disclosure: Carnival Cruise Lines hosted our family for this trip and provided accommodations and other perks. All opinions and photos are my own.


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