If you sail on a Carnival cruise ship you will find lots of delicious things to eat. There are fine dining restaurants. There are buffets overflowing with a wide variety of different kinds of food and are all sorts of specialty restaurants from burgers and craft beers brewed onboard, to Kathy Lee Gifford’s Gifft Wines featured onboard all the ships in the Carnival Cruise fleet.
Yes, you can find a lot of unique food and drinks on a Carnival cruise ship. But the one thing I didn’t ever think I’d see is authentic BBQ actually smoked “low and slow.”
At a unique event in New York called #BeerBBQ Carnival Cruise Lines and Guy Fieri launched the Pig & Anchor Bar-B-Que Smokehouse.
Carnival Cruise Lines and Guy Fieri Make Cruisers Happy:
Carnival has had a long-standing partnership with Chef and Food Network star Guy Fieri who admitted at the event that he’d never even been on a cruise before he initially agreed to work with Carnival! Once onboard, I guess he was totally hooked.
Guy’s Pig & Anchor Bar-B-Que Smokehouse follows the kind of casual, open air eatery space that Carnival cruisers love. But this one features a variety of authentic BBQ favorites and sides. The eatery has just launched on board Carnival Magic. It will also be featured beginning in November on the Carnival Vista, when it arrives in New York in November 2016 and then it will open on Carnival Dream and Carnival Breeze in 2017.
Real BBQ Leaves The Land!
The Pig & Anchor is not just meat cooked elsewhere, frozen, and thawed onboard. Guy Fieri insisted that Carnival have a real smoker onboard. This is a rare occurrence for a cruise ship. But otherwise, the BBQ isn’t going to taste authentic. A real BBQ lover isn’t going to be fooled! Guy Fieri knows that! Carnival must love him, because they said “yes!”
The press got a chance to taste the various meats: bone-in, dry-rubbed, and slow-smoked pulled Championship Pork Butt, dry-rubbed and grilled Blue Ribbon Chicken, smoked Andouille sausage and Sliced Smoked Round of Beef. These really were cooked as they should be, “low and slow” over hickory and cherry wood, using Guy’s signature recipes, rubs, and spices. The meats were full of flavor, and tender as can be. There were also a number of sides including a delicious mac and cheese.
Cheers for Beers and Beers and Beers!
Beer and BBQ go together, of course. Already onboard Carnival’s ships is the ThirstyFrog with several interesting beers brewed just for Carnival. The U.S.-based Carnival ships already serve Concrete Beach Brewery Rica Wheat IPA, Angel City Brewery’s Pilsner, Coney Island’s Hard Root Beer and 1609 Amber.
On a personal note, I spent my Summers on the beach at Coney Island and have a soft spot for Coney Island’s Hard Root Beer not just for the name, but because it’s “root beer-y” and spicy and a bit sweet and absolutely unique.
Make Mine Local:
Carnival makes each ship a bit more personalized with beers that reflect the homeport.
Regionally, Carnival ships sailing from Miami feature Concrete Beach Stiltsville Miami-style Pilsner, while Long Beach and California–based ships offer Angel City Brewery IPA and cruises departing from. New York-based ships are stocked with Coney Island Mermaid Pilsner. Carnival also offers beers brewed either locally in homeports or within the homeport state on ships sailing from New Orleans, Galveston, Baltimore and Tampa, as well as ships that sail to Alaska and Hawaii.
A New Twist: The First Craft Brewery On A Cruise Ship in North America:
When the Carnival Vista hits NYC on November 3, 2016 there will be a new twist: the RedFrog Pub & Brewery. It’s being touted as the first craft brewery on board a cruise ship in North America.
The Vista’s RedFrog Pub & Brewery is the result of a unique collaboration between Carnival and Miami-based Concrete Beach Brewery. They worked with Carnival to produce three craft beers for Carnival Vista: ThirstyFrog Port Hoppin’ IPA, aromatic, floral and hoppy notes with passion fruit and citrus overtones; ThirstyFrog Caribbean Wheat, unfiltered lager with aromas of bananas and spices; and FriskyFrog Java Stout, a take on a traditional stout, rich and creamy with hints of coffee
Carnival Cruise Line
Do you remember Cathy Lee Singing about the “Fun Ship Cruise” for Carnival Cruise Line? Carnival was and still is touted as “The World’s Most Popular Cruise Line®”,. It has 25 ships operating three- to 16-day voyages to The Bahamas, Caribbean, Mexican Riviera, Alaska, Hawaii, Canada, New England, Bermuda, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands. There are plenty of Carnival ships and itineraries to choose from, but Carnival’s newest ship, Carnival Vista, arrives in New York November 3rd before repositioning to Miami for year-round Caribbean departures later that month. Carnival offers sailings out of New York on board Carnival Sunshine and Carnival Vista.
What are you waiting for?! Your next vacation could be a click or a phone call away. For more information visit the Carnival Cruise website or call 800-76407419