Hi dschweitzer, I will be on the same cruise as you. Welcome aboard. I have not seen the Midnight Gala Buffet on Carnival in a few years.
I would like to add my own question regarding dining times.
At one time Carnival used to have staggered dining times (5:45 and 6:00) between the forward and aft dining rooms before they added the anytime dining. From what I understand, are the upper decks of both restaurants reserved for "Any Time Dining" and the lower decks for reserved dining? Or is the forward restaurant exclusively any time and the aft reserved?
I have asked for the early sitting dining. My room is 2 decks below the forward restaurant, so I would prefer to be in that one.