An 18 oz ribeye at Farenheit 555. It doesn't get any better than this!

An 18 oz ribeye at Farenheit 555. It doesn’t get any better than this!

Let’s face it: One of the reasons we love cruising is the food. We overindulge, then appropriately cry about it when we get home. On board the Carnival Sunshine, there are so many selections and venues, it’s not only tough deciding when to eat, but where to eat.

For breakfast, choose from the full service dining room to the self-serve Lido buffet or at the Alchemy Bar, which offers continental fare. Then there’s the Havanna Bar, one of my faves, where you can get Cuban specialties like pastelitos and croquettes. Not to be left out, there’s the Blue Iguana Cantina where you can get fresh made breakfast burritos or arepas. For late risers, breakfast is served until noon.

At midday, either lunch or brunch is available in the main dining room or you can indulge in a buffet on the Lido Deck. Two specialty restaurants offer a very different experience for those looking for something extra. The Cuchina del Capitano  and JiJi’s Asian Restaurant offer full sized, complimentary samplings from their evening menus. The Blue Iguana Cantina is where you will find the best tacos and burritos onboard with just about any salsa you can imagine available to add to your creation.  Guy’s Burger Joint not only serves mouthwatering burgers, but really good fries. The onboard deli offers mouthwatering, stacked sandwiches and paninis.  

For dinner, two main dining rooms offer scheduled and anytime dining, providing options to better suit your lifestyle. While most dining is casual, if you prefer self-service, there’s always an evening buffet on the Lido Deck. For a really special evening, dinner at the Farenheit 555 Steak House is a must. It’s fine dining at its best and they request you allow two hours for the ultimate dining experience. The cost is $35 per person.

Cuchina del Capitano and JiJi’s Asian Restaurant, offer their specialties at $12 per

Lunch or dinner fare at Bonsai .

Lunch or dinner fare at Bonsai .

 person. In the mood for sushi? The intimate Bonsai Sushi whips sushi and other Japanese specialties up to order. No reservations are required. I got the tuna sushi for $4, which was eight pieces of  some beautifully presented sushi – almost a foot long! Bonsai Sushi is open for dinner and occasionally for lunch.

Java Blue will not only whip up your favorite coffee concoctions, but they also feature some lavish desserts not found anywhere else onboard.  It’s open during breakfast, lunch and dinner hours. Charges start at less than two dollars for an espresso. The Taste Bar is open evenings and offers two, unique hors d’oeurves to passersby.

Of course a number of bars are always open to create your favorite libation and if for any reason you’ve missed a feeding or you get the urge for something in the wee hours of the morning, 24 hour room service and pizza are available around the clock at no additional charge.

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