The first night of the cruise we had made reservations at the Steakhouse restaurant, the Point. We have had varying degrees of success with the same style restaurant at Royal Caribbean’s Chops steakhouse so I was interested to see how this compared. Of course, Carnival sweetens the deal by offering a free bottle of wine if you book the first night…I know what you’re thinking: I have the drink package, I don’t need a free bottle of wine. Well you would be wrong. Totally wrong! That is, until I saw what wine they were offering as the free bottle…blech! The other option Carnival offers is that you can purchase any bottle of wine on their list at 50% off…see!! I still get my bottle of wine!!
The Point Steakhouse on the Conquest is on Deck 10. I was there a bit earlier than our reservation or our dining companions so I sat down at the bar to wait. This turned out to be a GREAT idea as this was where I met one of my favorite bartenders, Javorka (it only took me until day 3 to get her name right…sorry!!) from Serbia. Javorka worked at the Steakhouse in the evening, but at the Serenity Pool Bar during the day so naturally I spent most of my days with her!! But back to the Point…hehehe I mean the steakhouse.
We were seated promptly at a table by the window, since it was January, it was already dark outside by 7pm, but I am sure that the view would be spectacular at other times of the year. My first thought after sitting down was…”Look at these plates!!!!” I mean really…Look at them:
They’re spectacular! And everyone’s was different. All of them pretty, but mine was the best! For real, if I could have fit it in my purse, I would be eating dinner off this plate every night!
But now lets talk about what goes on the plate. As an appetizer I chose the Escargots. I love snails and cruise ships are the only place I know I can get them prepared well, and not crazy expensive!
Moving on to the entrees, two of us had the Filet, one had lamb and one had the Tomahawk Ribeye. All of the dishes were cooked perfectly, and served with three sauces for the table: Peppercorn, Wild Mushroom, and Bearnaise. We also had an assortment of side dishes, served family style for all of us to share.
If that didn’t fill you up, we still have dessert!!! There is always room for dessert!! I know one of us had the fresh fruit plate (well, its actually served in a martini glass but you get the idea), one of us had the cheesecake and I had the Chocolate Sampler. I am not really a dessert person so I usually get samplers.
In addition, you can see my espresso and Frangelico in the background…I may not be a big dessert fan, but coffee and cordials are my jam!
Needless to say, after a meal like this, the best plan of action is to very carefully roll yourself into bed. BUT! See that little cup of caffeine? Yep, I’m headed to the Casino!!!
Mom headed to bed like a normal human, but down to the casino I went where I managed to close the place down, then stumble back to my cabin and fall into my bed (sorry mom!).
Next, we were headed to Nassau. I didn’t even get off the ship and spent most of the day chatting with Javorka at the Serenity Bar. Pretty sure I was hoping some of that “Serenity” would seep into me after the night before!
Our next day was a sea day, so really more Serenity, but in my next post I will introduce you to my other favorite bartender and tell you all about the Chef’s Table experience. Then, eventually, we do get to some ports!