Carnival goes Carnivore with 48,000 Lbs of Thanksgiving Turkey

GlobalEAT - Carnival goes Carnivore with 48,000 Lbs of Thanksgiving Turkey
In the U.S., turkey has become the national dish eaten on Thanksgiving through the decades. (Image: Carnival Cruise Line)

Carnival Cruise Line chefs expect to serve more than 110,000 Thanksgiving meals to guests and team members this week.

It is the largest number of Thanksgiving meals to be served onboard in the cruise line’s 51-year history.  The amount of turkey used is up by 14 per cent from last year.

You never go hungry on a cruise. One of the biggest highlights of a cruise is dining. The quality and quantity of food onboard cruises are impressive, from tempting appetizers to sumptuous entrees and decadent desserts. To savour all the delicious food, not indulge and waste food, one often have to practice restrain.

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According to Carnival news, this Thanksgiving, their kitchens are expected to cook up:

  • Turkey: 48,000 pounds (3,200 birds at 15 pounds per bird)
  • Turkey Gravy: 600+ gallons
  • Turkey Stuffing: 6,600+ pounds
  • Cranberry Sauce: 2,200+ pounds
  • Pumpkin Pie: 20,900+ portions
  • Pecan Pie: 24,800+ portions
GlobalEAT - Carnival goes Carnivore with 48,000 Lbs of Thanksgiving Turkey
Pumpkin pies are popular desserts consumed during Thanksgiving. Pumpkins and squashes are harvested in North America during the fall. As a seasonal crop, it is in abundance at this time. Pumpkins are rich in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. (Image: Carnival Cruise Line)

First All-Vegan Menu Among Thanksgiving Meal Offerings

Vegan diners will get to enjoy a special menu with all-plant-based protein for the first time this year.
There are also many other delicious meatless menu available onboard.

Some of the best vegan breakfasts include baked apples, browned potatoes, butter-free breakfast burritos, fresh fruits, and a variety of breads and jams.

Their Bonsai Sushi restaurants offer a delicious lunch combo of Bonsai noodle salad and miso soup. Sushi meals are always filling. Inform your server to replace seafood with tofu.

GlobalEAT - Carnival goes Carnivore with 48,000 Lbs of Thanksgiving Turkey
A powerful plant-based salad is an easy, quick and nutritious meal that leaves you feeling satisfied and filling. It’s rich in vitamins and minerals, and healthy fats from meatless proteins. (Image:
In September 2023, the cruise line expanded their vegan menu in their main dining rooms onboard Carnival Freedom and Carnival Horizon.

The cruise line is in the process to introduce the menu in phases fleet-wide through the end of 2023.  Recently introduced dishes include:


  • Hawaiian salmon poke using plant-based salmon
  • Stuffed mushrooms
  • Spaghetti carbonara with vegan bacon


  • Grilled tofu steak
  • Baked vegetable au gratin
  • Eggplant cutlet a la Parmigiana


  • Key lime velvet cake
  • Dutch double chocolate pave
  • Cappuccino pot de crème

For an enjoyable and flavour-packed cruise vacation, speak with the dining room host or head waiter about your dietary needs.  Bon Voyage and Bon Appétit!