Mexican cuisine is one of those universally adored tastes which forms part, if a slightly naughty part, of many people’s guilty dietary pleasures. The simple act of filling a taco shell or burrito wrap, melting some cheese or adding some spicy rice is such a simple way to enjoy your favourite ingredients with a varying degree of spice.
Widely available throughout the world, cruise ships also indulge in offering Mexican food in different forms – whether a sit-down table service restaurant, design-your-own buffet service or a combination of the two – further highlighting the flexibility of the dining style.
If you’re cruising on Carnival Cruise Line, both in Australia or North America, the major brand under which you can get your Mexican food is the BlueIguana Cantina, which can usually be found on the upper Lido pool deck as an extended part of the buffet which also includes Guy’s Burger Joint. There is also the BlueIguana Tequila Bar or Rum Bar in the same vicinity as a supplementary offering where you can complete your Mexican meal with an exotic cocktail.
Service at this venue is generally two-fold, with one line specialising in serving simplistic tacos with your choice of chicken, fish or pork as the core filling on a small soft tortilla. Once you have your baseline product, turn around and head to the Salsa Bar, where a huge array of freshly prepared salads and condiments are available on a self-serve basis.
The Salsa Bar is always loaded with a wide range of freshly prepared ingredients, supplements and sauces.
Further around the counter, you’ll find the second service area – a design-your-own burrito bar. Guided by a board which details all of the core fillings and condiments at your disposal, one of BlueIguana’s chefs will expertly build your burrito to your specifications. Starting with chicken, beef or shrimp, you can then add refried beans, black beans, fresh tomato, roasted corn, sauteed onion, lettuce, grated cheese or capsicum.
Your selections to top it off with a sauce include guacamole, roasted tomato salsa, sour cream, pico de gallo and more. If you’re not sure or get stuck, your burrito builder can also provide expert tips on which ingredients go well together and which sauces are best to suit your spice tolerance.
The finished product is wrapped and handed to you on a plate, which you can supplement with extra salads from the salsa bar if you wish.
BlueIguana Cantina is also open for breakfast, so if you feel like heading up early for a bit of Mexican in the form of a brekkie burrito to kick off the day, you can build one with your choice of scrambled eggs (try the Mexican style eggs to add a bit of a kick), chicken sausage or ham, top it with hash brown potato, onion, iceberg lettuce or tomato and top it off with your favourite salsa.
Perhaps the best thing about the BlueIguana Cantina is that the food is included in your cruise fare, so despite it being a specialty option outside of the main buffet, there’s no extra charge, so load up and enjoy your Mexican fare on Carnival.