Carnival Panorama Menus & Food Diary

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Mexico Carnival Panorama Vista Dining Room
Mexico Carnival Panorama Vista Dining Room

Carnival Cruise Line brought their culinary a-game when designing Carnival Panorama. From staples like Seaday Brunch & Guy’s Burgers, to Bonsai Sushi & the quintessential Carnival Steakhouse experience, it’s tough to fit all of the dining options on Carnival Panorama into a 7 night cruise.

You could spend all 7 nights in the main dining room and have a solid dining experience and plenty of choice. But, the upcharge options on this ship are high quality and worth every penny, in our opinion. The value, for what you receive can’t compare to land-based restaurants, and the portions are above average.

Here’s a night-by-night look at what we ate on Carnival Panorama, along with the menu’s from the Main Dining Room for all 7 nights of the cruise. *Important note: we didn’t dine in the MDR each night so we’re sharing specialty dining photos, and experiences as well. However, the MDR menus for each day can be found below for your convenience.

Carnival Panorama Menus – Main Dining Room Download

Download menu – Night One MDR

Download menu – Night Two MDR

Download menu – Night Three MDR

Download menu – Night Four MDR

Download menu – Night 5 MDR

Download menu – Night 6 MDR

Download menu – Night 7 MDR

Download menu – Bonus – Seaday Brunch

Night One – Fahrenheit 555

Carnival Cruise Line steakhouses never disappoint, and this night one experience at Fahrenheit 555 was no exception. For starters, we tried the Jumbo Shrimp Cocktail, Classic Ceasar Salad, & Baby Leaf Spinach Salad. On our sailing, a free bottle of wine with dinner was being offered.

Carnival Panorama Food Jumbo Shrimp Cocktail
Carnival Panorama Food Jumbo Shrimp Cocktail

For entrees, we went with our usual Filet Mignon & Surf & Turf choices, with a few sides. For dessert, our server recommended the chocolate sphere & cheesecake.

Carnival Panorama Food surf and turf
Carnival Panorama Food surf and turf
Carnival Panorama Food Cheesecake
Carnival Panorama Food Cheesecake

Let’s not forget my cocktail choice for the evening, the Seven Seas – a lovely blue hued martini with plenty of citrusy flavor.

Fun fact, Fahrenheit 555 is the temperature the restaurant sears their steaks to lock in flavor.

Download the Fahrenheit 555 Menu.

Night Two – Main Dining Room (Formal Night FEAST)

Since we’d spent our first night on Carnival Panorama in the steakhouse, this was our first time meeting our dining room staff & experiencing the MDR. Tonight was the Formal Night Feast, which also means lobster was served, along with other favorites like Prime Rib (we didn’t try it).

For starters, we had: mushroom bisque, caesar salad, baby spinach salad, fried oysters.

Carnival Panorama Food mushroom bisque
Carnival Panorama Food mushroom bisque

For mains: grilled salmon, grilled chicken breast, pan fried bass, lobster tail.

Carnival Panorama Food Lobster tail
Carnival Panorama Food Lobster tail

For Dessert: coffee cream cake, vanilla creme brulee.

Carnival Panorama Food Coffee cream cake
Carnival Panorama Food Coffee cream cake

Night Three – Cucina del Capitano

Mama MIA! Bring your appetite! At just $15 for adults, and $5 for kids, you’re gonna leave Cucina FULL. This italian upcharge restaurant offers a three course meal.

Weeks after my Carnival Panorama cruise, I’m still thinking about that our dinner at Cucina and just how hard it was to choose what to order!

Nonna’s Meatball or Calamari? Arancini or Antipasti? UGH! Impossible! Our server was kind, and allowed us to order an extra starter to share, so we went with the Arancini (rice balls with marinara), Nonna’s meatball & the Insalata di Rucola for starters. Top that off with the fresh baked rolls they serve, and you could easily be full after before the entrees arrived!

Carnival Panorama Food Nonna's Meatball
Carnival Panorama Food Nonna’s Meatball

Our mains – Pappardelle with shrimp, Pollo Parmigiana, and for Junior spaghetti with meatballs. Tip: the Chicken Parm is not served with pasta, so order a side of spaghetti if you’re used to eating it that way.

For dessert, we went with the Biscotti & Crostata. Absolutely YUM!

Carnival Panorama Food Biscotti
Carnival Panorama Food Biscotti

Download the Cucina del Capitano Menu.

Night Four – Main Dining Room

My eyes were bigger than my stomach tonight in the MDR. I’ll explain. I thought I’d try the Indian Vegetarian main, but wasn’t sure it would be enough, so I also ordered the salmon cake. To my surprise, the Indian Vegetarian entree came on two enormous plates, filled with savory mains in addition to basmati rice, papadam and raita. I HIGHLY recommend the Indian vegetarian entree if you like Indian flavors – it will satisfy!

Our starters: fried mozzarella sticks, braised ox tongue, shrimp cocktail, mango cream, heart of iceberg lettuce.

Carnival Panorama Food fried mozzarella sticks
Carnival Panorama Food fried mozzarella sticks

Our mains: salmon cake, grilled beef tenderloin, Indian Vegetarian.

Carnival Panorama Food Salmon cake
Carnival Panorama Food Salmon cake
Carnival Panorama Food Indian Vegetarian
Carnival Panorama Food Indian Vegetarian

Our desserts: warm chocolate melting cake, bitter n’ blanc.

Carnival Panorama Food warm chocolate melting-cake
Carnival Panorama Food warm chocolate melting-cake

Night Five – Bonsai Sushi

We had plans to to go Jiji Asian kitchen on night 5, but after looking at the menu at Bonsai, we opted to shift gears and try this open seating restaurant instead. While none of us eat raw fish, the Japanese food selections looked amazing, and the prices even better, so we rolled in, secured a nice table and grabbed a pencil to fill in our a-la-carte menus.

Upon taking our order, our server politely told us we’d chosen too much food (oops!) so we removed a tempura roll, and settled in for what would end up being one of our most memorable meals of the cruise.

We started with green salads , then shared a California Roll, Tempura Roll, Shrimp Tempura, Chicken Katsu, Teriyaki Steak, and a chicken ramen bowl. For dessert, the tempura green tea ice cream.

Carnival Panorama Food Bonsai Sushi California Roll
Carnival Panorama Food Bonsai Sushi California Roll
Carnival Panorama Food Bonsai Sushi Green Tea Ice Cream
Carnival Panorama Food Bonsai Sushi Green Tea Ice Cream

Download the Bonsai Sushi Menu.

If you’ve ever watched some of our vlogs you may know that we often times will highlight a “drink-of-the-day”. They have a terrific drink selection at Bonsai Sushi, and I chose my drink of the day from there on the night. It was the ever-so-tasty Saketini.

Carnival Panorama Bonsai Sushi Saketini
Carnival Panorama Bonsai Sushi Saketini

Download the Bonsai Sushi Drink Menu

Night Six – Main Dining Room (Second Formal Night FEAST)

For our second formal night, another “feast” was on tap. This time, no lobster was served on the complimentary menu, so I opted for the Garlic Grilled Shrimp.

Our starters: stuffed mushrooms, clam chowder, crab cake, four season salad

Carnival Panorama Food Stuffed Mushrooms
Carnival Panorama Food Stuffed Mushrooms

Our entrees: grilled garlic shrimp, teriyaki salmon, filet mignon

Carnival Panorama Food Teriyaki Salmon
Carnival Panorama Food Teriyaki Salmon

Our desserts: fruit platter, grand marnier souffle.

Carnival Panorama Food grand marnier souffle
Carnival Panorama Food grand marnier souffle

Night Seven – Bonsai Teppanyaki

Having dined at Teppanyaki restaurants quite a bit on previous cruises, we were planning to skip this meal experience on our cruise and head back to Bonsai Sushi. We’d booked and paid for this experience in our cruise planner in advance, but found out that cancellations charges would apply if we cancelled on the ship (seems odd). So, we kept the reservation, hoping to fend off the last night blues. The goodbye song the staff sings in the MDR on the final night chokes me up every time, so sadly, we now avoid the MDR on the last night when cruising with Carnival.

Aside from some intoxicated tablemates, our dining experience at Bonsai was excellent. As with any teppanyaki experience, it’s LOUD, so be prepared for singing, utensil clanking, and plenty of fun.

Starters: in addition to soup and salad, Bonsai serves spicy tuna on the rocks & pork belly. NICE touch! In addition, everyone gets grilled shrimp – something you won’t always find in land based teppanyaki restaurants.

Carnival Panorama Food Bonsai Teppanyaki Tuna
Carnival Panorama Food Bonsai Teppanyaki Tuna

Mains: Everyone gets fried rice, and an assortment of proteins. We didn’t get good photos of our seafood & meat this time.

Desserts: The chocolate bento box was the star of the evening. EVERY dessert item had it’s own flavor and personality, and we lingered extra long over this course!

Carnival Panorama Food Bonsai Teppanyaki Dessert
Carnival Panorama Food Bonsai Teppanyaki Dessert

Download the Bonsai Teppanyaki Menu.

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