Updated! We’ve added more Panorama menus and included bar menus:
This article has become a total labor of love for us. We collected and scanned as many menus as we could get our little cruiser hands on, and added them to this post. We’ve got main dining room menus, poolside eatery menus, and tons of bar menus – all ready for you to download before your Carnival Panorama cruise. The first part of this article will be more of a “food diary” with descriptions of where and what we ate. The specific menus will be available via a link at the end of each dining venue section.
Later in the article we will shift to brief descriptions of each venue, including a photo and link to menu download. Guy’s burgers and other poolside food stops can be found toward the middle of the article, and bar menus around the bottom.
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 Downloads
Download menu – Night One MDR
Download menu – Night Two MDR
Download menu – Night Three MDR
Download menu – Night Four MDR
Download menu – Night Five MDR
Download menu – Night Six MDR
Download menu – Night Seven 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.
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.
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.
For mains: grilled salmon, grilled chicken breast, pan fried bass, lobster tail.
For Dessert: coffee cream cake, vanilla creme brulee.
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!
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!
Download the Cucina del Capitano Menu.
Download the Cucina del Capitano (Pasta Bella) Lunch 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.
Our mains: salmon cake, grilled beef tenderloin, Indian Vegetarian.
Our desserts: warm chocolate melting cake, bitter n’ blanc.
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.
Download the JiJi Asian Kitchen menu.
Download the Jiji Lunch (Mongolian Wok) menu.
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.
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.
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
Our entrees: grilled garlic shrimp, teriyaki salmon, filet mignon
Our desserts: fruit platter, 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.
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!
Download the Bonsai Teppanyaki Menu.
But wait, what about Guy’s Burgers?
Guy’s Burger Joint
Don’t worry – we haven’t forgot about Guy’s Burgers and Guy’s Pig & Anchor. Guy’s Burgers has been pleasing burger lovers on Carnival since around 2011, and has become a favorite food stop on many Carnival Cruise ships. Usually located on the pool deck, Guy’s Burgers serves ’em up hot and tasty. The simple 5-burger menu is your starting point for burger perfection.
The CruiseTipsTV family each has their own favorite. I like the Straight Up, Mr. CTTV likes the Ringer, and Junior likes the Plain Jane. The beauty of this simple menu is realized at the toppings bar. From the menu, you start with the burger basics, but the customizations available at the toppings and sauce bar are almost endless.
Download the Guy’s Burger Joint Menu.
Guy’s Pig & Anchor Bar-B-Que Smokehouse
Guy Fieri wasn’t content with awesome burgers on Carnival ships, so Guy’s Pig & Anchor Bar-B-Que Smokehouse was born. Pig & Anchor serves up BBQ inspired dishes like Championship Pork Butt, Smoked Round of Beef, Smoked Andouille Sausage and Guy’s famous Blue Ribbon Chicken. Pig & Anchor is also your one stop shop for comfort food sides like Mac Daddy Mac n Cheese, Old Skool Potato Salad and Collard Greens. For dinner, Pig & Anchor is an upcharge spot, but on certain days of your cruise (usually embarkation and sea days), you can enjoy lunch at NO charge, served outside. Don’t miss the free lunch!
Not just for Foodies
It doesn’t stop with the food at Guy’s Pig & Anchor. Carnival Panorama has its very own brewery located inside Guy’s Pig & Anchor Bar-B-Que Smokehouse. We’re talkin’ craft beers here folks! There’s the ParchedPig Smoked Porter, the ParchedPig Farmhouse Ale, the ParchedPig Toasted Amber Ale, and finally the ParchedPig West Coast IPA. I stopped by and got the sampler, and I really enjoyed it. Check out that vlog here. You can download the Guy’s Pig & Anchor bar menu in the Carnival Panorama Bar Menus section below.
Who say’s there’s no free lunch?
Remember that secret we mentioned earlier?
If you’re curious about the Guy’s Pig & Anchor Bar-B-Que Smokehouse, but you’re not sure your ready to commit, you might be interested in a little secret. On embarkation day and sea days Carnival Panorama Guy’s Pig & Anchor offers up a free lunch menu. This is a great way to check out the dishes, and see if you like it. However, the upcharge menu at dinner offers additional items, so our advice is to TRY BOTH!
All this and live music too?
Live bands play hometown America-style tunes when the Smokehouse restaurant is open. It’s a regular slice of Americana! Enjoy the decor, sip craft beers, and listen to live music. That’s tough to beat.
Download the Guy’s Pig & Anchor Bar-B-Que Smokehouse menu.
Carnival Panorama Bar Menus
The Alchemy Bar may just be my absolute favorite cruise bar. It certainly is my favorite bar on Carnival, and judging by the crowd it draws night and day, I’d say I’m not alone. Yes Alchemy Bar is a Carnival favorite, and it is one of the hottest gathering spots on Deck 5. Watch for drink specials and special events like martini tastings in your Carnival Hub app.
This is the place to go if you want to try something new and unique. Alchemy’s “Mixologists” are experts at what they do, and they always helpful with suggestions. It’s a super fun place to hang out, and although Carnival’s official stance is that no magic spells are used in the creation of Alchemy Bar’s cocktails, I have to wonder, because some of the drinks are truly magical tasting.
Download the Alchemy Bar menu.
If you’re looking for Cuban coffee, Cuban cocktails, music and dancing well into the night, look no further than the Havana Bar. The Havana Bar is all about atmosphere. The vintage themed bar will definitely give you the feeling of being transported to antebellum Cuba. The richly colored furniture, wall art, and authentic music give the Havana Bar a vibe like no other on Carnival Panorama.
Download the Havana Bar menu.
Blue Iguana Tequila Bar
Carnival Panorama has two terrific options when it comes to poolside libations. The Blue Iguana Tequila Bar is a pretty hopping place especially when the weather is warm. It’s hard to resist their slushy tequila drinks, and ice-cold Mexican cervezas. The menu offers up tons of Mexican favorites, including several brands of tequila and a slew of Mexican brews. Blue Iguana’s frozen concoctions, cocktails and margaritas by the glass keep the pool crowd coming back for more. If you’re looking for a way to stay cool, and quench your poolside thirst south-of-the-border style, then this is the bar for you.
Download the Blue Iguana Tequila Bar menu.
RedFrog Rum Bar
If Caribbean chill is more your thing, then Carnival Panorama’s RedFrog Rum Bar is your best option for poolside refreshment. The RedFrog Rum bar is super convenient. I found myself stopping by there more than a few times on our cruise. The bartenders were always friendly, and went out of their way to help me with my drink decisions. They have a great selection of “frog-approved” Caribbean rum-based concoctions available by the glass or pitcher, plus plenty of Carnival’s signature private-label draft beer, ThirstyFrog® Red. This is your place to go if you are looking for a poolside party with a Caribbean vibe.
Download the RedFrog Rum Bar menu.
We weren’t really sure where to put JavaBlue. It serves a dual purpose on Carnival Panorama. You’ve got the Coffee Shop portion, and you’ve got the Shake Spot portion. The Shake Spot is kind of a “Smoothie Bar”, so although it may be a stretch we’ve decided to include it here with the other bar menus. JavaBlue serves up some wicked good coffee and snacks. The snacks are truly beautiful! Even if you don’t decide to give into temptation, you should take a peek at the tantalizing treats available behind the glass.
The Shake Spot has everything you think it might, and some things you might not expect. Check out the menu, and you’ll find a whole list of spiked milkshakes! Yes, your read that right. Things like the rum-laced chocolate shake make this a solid entry into Carnival Panorama’s list of terrific bars.
Download the JavaBlue Café menu.
Heroes Tribute Bar
The Heroes Tribute Bar is a new concept on Carnival Panorama. It offers sports bar vibes and a terrific drink menu. One think we really appreciate is that a portion of the proceeds helps to support Carnival Partner, Operation Homefront. Be sure to stop by to check out the memorabilia, and order one of the signature cocktails, like the green beret, shore leave or blue angel. This is a great spot for sports lovers too. They’ve got a wall of big screens, and updates on all types of sports.
Download the Heroes Tribute Bar menu.
Punchliner Comedy Club (at the Limelight Lounge)
Carnival Panorama’s Limelight Lounge is dual purpose. By day it is typically home to seminars, and private events, but at night things heat up with comedy, karaoke and even dancing to hits spun by the nightclub’s DJ. Limelight’s alter ego, the Punchliner Comedy Club hosts both adult and family friendly comedy. Good on Carnival for offering parents options. Oh, and they have their own bar menu too.
Download the Punchliner menu.
Piano Bar88 is a music lovers haven. In addition to the obvious live piano music, this intimate environment hosts singalongs. Get here early as the place fills up during the evenings.
Download the Piano Bar88 menu.
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