During the cruise, I quickly learned that cruise food is every bit as big of a deal as the cruise itself. And when it comes to dining, the Carnival Miracle does not disappoint.

Bacchus Restaurant
Thousands of purple, bubble-like lights embellish Bacchus Restaurant, where most guests dine each night. Much of the menu changes nightly, except for a list of standard fare like fried chicken, burgers and grilled salmon. Each night, the menu also lists a "Didja Ever?" option, which features wacky samples of frog legs, alligator fritters and shark! Kids menu options include chicken nuggets, hot dogs and macaroni and cheese.

You'll have two options for dining at Bacchus, typically arranged at the time of your cruise booking. You can choose Assigned Dining or My-Time Dining. We suggest My-Time Dining, as it enables you to eat dinner anytime between 5:45 and 9:30 p.m.

Bacchus also serves brunch, and I highly recommend it, as well as the Comedy Brunch. The best part of this meal is that you'll be placed at a table with other guests you don't know. This was one of my favorite experiences on the ship. We met a couple from Canada, who told us about their cruise adventures, as well as other first-time cruisers from Cape Cod.

Breakfast, lunch and late-night snacks are offered at Horatio's, which resembles a food court.

Breakfast is served buffet-style, with separate bars for fresh fruit, pastries and cold cereals, and hot items like made-to-order omelets, pancakes, potatoes and oatmeal. Coffee, tea, water, apple juice and orange juice are served at a separate bar. Lattes, espressos and the like are available at the coffee bar just inside the entrance of Horatio's (additional charges apply).

For lunch, some items are served buffet style, while others are made to order. Guests enjoy Carnival Deli and Pizza Pirate, as well as a salad bar, Chinese buffet and pastry bar. Two other bars offer a daily special, such as French food or Caribbean-inspired food. For drinks, water, iced tea (unsweetened) and lemonade are served.

Late-night snacks include hot dogs, hamburgers and French fries. Pizza Pirate is also open for made-to-order pizza. We admit it's not the best pizza, but the kids might love it.

Horatio's also offers specialty foods and buffets on certain days. For example, a Mexican buffet was served late one night, and on the last day of our cruise, the staff set up a Chocolate Extravaganza Buffet with a fondue fountain! Needless to say, it's one of the ship's highlights.

Enjoy a soft-serve ice cream cone at this small shop. Flavors include chocolate, vanilla and twist. Coffee and tea are also served here.

Fountainhead Cafe
Treat yourself to a latte, espresso or cappuccino at Fountainhead Cafe, located in the lower promenade area. Extra fees apply.

Taste Bar
A newer feature on the ship, the Taste Bar offers free appetizer samples, including roasted pork tacos with chili salsa and short rib croquettes.

Room Service
Room service (and tips) are included in your fees, so feel free to order as often as you like! Room service for breakfast is especially convenient on days you plan to take shore excursions. Breakfast consists of cold items, such as cereals, fruit, yogurt and bagels.

Written by Amanda Geronikos

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