Carnival Dream Dining

Carnival Dream - Scarlet Restaurant

Trip Savvy / Linda Garrison

The Carnival Dream has several dining venues with a wide variety of cuisines featured. The two main dining rooms are the 1,180-seat Scarlet Restaurant and the 828-seat Crimson Restaurant. Scarlet has some tables with window views. Both restaurants are very red, as is shown in the photos below.

The 139-seat Chef's Art is the deck 12, reservations-only, steakhouse specialty restaurant with an extra surcharge. If it's as good as Harry's Supper Club on the Carnival Liberty, it is worth the fee.

The Gathering is the Lido Deck buffet restaurant, serving three meals a day and an excellent variety of cuisines, including Mongolian wok, Mexican, Indian Tandoor, a pasta bar, pizza, grill, and deli.

Sushi lovers will enjoy the Wasabi Sushi Bar, which is open in the late afternoon, and those with a sweet tooth will need to stop by the Plaza Cafe patisserie.

Red is definitely the predominant color in Scarlet, one of the two main dining rooms on the Carnival Dream. Scarlet features some tables with window views.

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Carnival Dream - Scarlet Restaurant

Carnival Dream - Scarlet Restaurant
Carnival Dream Dining (c) Linda Garrison

Scarlet is one of the two main dining rooms on the Carnival Dream. As expected, it is done in red.

Guests dining in the Scarlet Dining Room for dinner have their choice of six different appetizers and soups, two salads, and six entrees each night. Also, Carnival Classics selections include steak, grilled chicken, and pasta dishes. The dessert menu offers six different selections, including my personal favorite, the "Warm Chocolate Melting Cake".

For those seeking more health-conscious cuisine, the dining room menus feature Spa Carnival Fare selections that are lower in calories, cholesterol, sodium, and fat content. Vegetarian and children's menus are available as well.

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Carnival Dream Crimson Restaurant

Carnival Dream Crimson Restaurant
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Carnival Dream Crimson Restaurant

Carnival Dream Crimson Restaurant
Carnival Dream Dining (c) Linda Garrison

Crimson Restaurant is one of two main dining rooms on the Carnival Dream. The Crimson Restaurant seats 828 guests.

Guests dining in the Crimson Dining Room for dinner have their choice of six different appetizers and soups, two salads, and six entrees each night. Also, Carnival Classics selections include steak, grilled chicken, and pasta dishes. The dessert menu offers six different selections, including my personal favorite, the "Warm Chocolate Melting Cake".

For those seeking more health-conscious cuisine, the dining room menus feature Spa Carnival Fare selections that are lower in calories, cholesterol, sodium, and fat content. Vegetarian and children's menus are available as well.

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Carnival Dream Crimson Restaurant

Carnival Dream Crimson Restaurant
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Carnival Dream Chef's Art Restaurant

Carnival Dream Chef's Art Restaurant
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The Chef's Art is Carnival Dream's steakhouse restaurant, seating 139 and found on deck 12. Reservations are recommended, and the surcharge is $30 per person.

The Chef's Art features a menu of prime dry-aged USDA beef, including a 9-ounce filet, 14-ounce strip loin, 18-ounce prime rib chob and 24-ounce porterhouse, along with lobster tail, lamb chops, Chilean sea bass, and Maine Lobster ravioli. Creamed spinach, Wasabi mashed potatoes, sauteed mushrooms, and traditional sauces complete the Chef's Art steakhouse experience.

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Carnival Dream Chef's Art Restaurant

Carnival Dream Chef's Art Restaurant
Carnival Dream Dining (c) Linda Garrison

Chef's Art is the Carnival Dream steakhouse restaurant and carries a $30 per person surcharge for diners.

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Carnival Dream Chef's Art Restaurant

Carnival Dream Chef's Art Restaurant
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Carnival Dream - The Gathering Lido Deck Buffet Restaurant

Carnival Dream - The Gathering Lido Deck Buffet Restaurant
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Carnival Dream - The Gathering Lido Deck Buffet Restaurant

Carnival Dream - The Gathering Lido Deck Buffet Restaurant
Carnival Dream Dining (c) Linda Garrison

The Gathering is a two-level casual eatery on the Carnival Dream. It is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and offers a selection of international favorites.

New on the Carnival Dream is a pasta bar where guests have their choice of pasta, sauce, and ingredients to create a custom-made dish and enjoy tradional Italian favorites such as Portobello ravioli and pasta carbonara. The Gathering also houses a 24-hour pizzeria with seven kinds of pies and calzone, Caesar salad, and garlic bread.

The most popular area in The Gathering on our short cruise was the Mongolian wok, which offers custom-made stir-fries with passengers choice of vegetables, noodles, and sauces. It was delicious, but the line took about 30 minutes from start to finish.

Other foods available in The Gathering include "Taste of the Nations", a different international cuisine each day; a New York-style deli; a tandoori oven with Indian-style chicken, fish, and meatballs; along with traditional bread, chutneys, and relishes; and a grill serving hot dogs, hamburgers, and grilled chicken sandwiches.

The Gathering also features a 35-item salad bar, 24-hour frozen yogurt, low-calorie dressings, and sugar-free desserts for those seeking healthier alternatives.

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Carnival Dream - The Gathering Lido Deck Buffet Restaurant

Carnival Dream - The Gathering Lido Deck Buffet Restaurant
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Carnival Dream - The Gathering Lido Deck Buffet Restaurant

Carnival Dream - The Gathering Lido Deck Buffet Restaurant
Carnival Dream Dining (c) Linda Garrison
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Carnival Dream Pasta Bar

Carnival Dream Pasta Bar
Carnival Dream Dining (c) Linda Garrison

The Pasta Bar is one of the food court dining venues in The Gathering. Passengers place their order, receive a number, and wait for their pasta.

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Carnival Dream Deli

Carnival Dream Deli
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This New York-style deli is one of the food court dining venues in The Gathering on the Carnival Dream cruise ship.

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Carnival Dream Indian Tandoor Restaurant

Carnival Dream Indian Tandoor Restaurant
Carnival Dream Dining (c) Linda Garrison

The Indian Tandoor Restaurant is one of the Lido Restaurants at the Gathering. It was very popular on our short Carnival Dream cruise to nowhere.

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Carnival Dream - Wasabi Sushi Bar

Carnival Dream - Wasabi Sushi Bar
Carnival Dream Dining (c) Linda Garrison

The Wasabi Sushi Bar is open in the late afternoon (5 pm to 8:15 pm), and is found on the Promenade Deck 5. It serves fresh sushi at no extra charge.

The Wasabi Sushi Bar was very popular on our short cruise on the Carnival Dream. The line moves quickly because the sushi chefs only prepare three different pieces and everyone is served the same thing on their small plates.

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Carnival Dream Plaza Cafe in the Ocean Plaza

Carnival Dream Plaza Cafe in the Ocean Plaza
Carnival Dream Dining (c) Linda Garrison

The Plaza Cafe is a patisserie serving lattes, cappuccinos, espresso and other specialty coffees, along with sweets (cakes, pies, and cookies) and milkshakes.

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