Carnival Cruise Lines has always been a leader at making their guests' dining experience something special. Total Choice Dining continues this tradition by offering flexible seating times, increased waitstaff per table, and Fountain Fun Cards, which you can purchase to receive unlimited soft drinks. Although you'll always have a reservation at the main dining hall, Carnival also offers a wide variety of alternative restaurants, from informal 24-hour pizzerias, to elegant reservations-only late night supper clubs.
Main Dining Room Policies: Carnival guests are assigned to one of two seatings in the main dining room for their evening meal, early or late. The early and late seating times can vary by ship or itinerary, but are usually at 6:00 p.m. and 8:15 p.m., respectively. Guests will be confirmed or wait-listed for dining time at time of booking. Carnival also has Your Time Dining, which allows for open seating at dinner in the main dining room any time between 5:45 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Your Time Dining is now available on every Carnival ship.
Dress Code: With the exception of two formal nights, the dress code is casual. Appropriate casual attire for men is sport slacks, khakis, jeans, dress shorts (long) and collared sport shirts, while women are advised to wear casual dresses, casual skirts or pants and blouses, summer dresses, capri pants, dress shorts, or jeans. Gym shorts, basketball shorts, beach flip-flops, bathing suit attire, cut-off jeans, sleeveless shirts for men and baseball hats are not permitted on casual nights. On formal evenings, men should wear dress slacks and a dress shirt. A sport coat is suggested. Suits, ties and tuxedos are optional. Ladies should wear a cocktail dress, pantsuit or an elegant skirt and blouse. Evening gowns are optional. Shorts, t-shirts, beach flip-flops, bathing suit attire, jeans, sleeveless shirts for men, sportswear and baseball hats not permitted on formal nights.
Beverage Policy: All beverages except tea, coffee and water are at an additional cost. Juice is included with breakfast. Soft drink cards, good for unlimited soft drinks, are available for purchase onboard.
Special Requests: Special meals including low-calorie, low-fat, low-carbohydrate, low-sugar, vegetarian, low sodium, low/no cholesterol, gluten free and Indian vegetarian can be requested. Kosher meals are available on all ships and itineraries for lunch and dinner only. Kosher meals are available in limited quantities, so it's recommended to request these as soon as possible, and no later than 2 weeks prior to sailing.
All dining rooms onboard Carnival ships are smoke-free.
Click on any ship name below for more detailed information about the dining options for each Carnival ship: