Carnival’s New Fun Ship 2.0 Showcases George Lopez, Guy Fieri
By Theresa Norton Masek
October 03, 2011 2:30 PM
Carnival Cruise Lines unveiled plans for Fun Ship 2.0, a program that will add new branded entertainment and dining options to its existing fleet. The program features comedian George Lopez, who will become Carnival’s creative director for comedy and enhance its comedy clubs across the fleet, and Food Network star Guy Fieri, who will develop a burger venue called Guy’s Burger Joint. Carnival will invest more than $500 million across its fleet in the first phase alone, which extends through the end of 2015.
“With Fun Ship 2.0, we’re partnering with renowned experts and brands to create new spaces and experiences designed to make sailing with Carnival even more valuable and memorable,” said Gerry Cahill, Carnival’s president and CEO.
Carnival also is partnering with video game manufacturer EA Sports to create the EA Sports Bar at sea, and Hasbro, to develop new family-oriented game shows onboard its ships. In addition, celebrity song master DJ Irie has been named Carnival’s official DJ.
In addition, Carnival announced more branded spaces with the RedFrog Rum Bar, Blue Iguana Tequila Bar and three other themed bars and lounges, as well as complimentary casual dining in BlueIguana Cantina, featuring Mexican fare.
Carnival Liberty will be the first ship to feature many of the new dining and bar venues when it returns from a scheduled refurbishment later this October. Fourteen ships are scheduled to receive many of the enhancements, though not all of them, through 2015.
Lopez will act as a consultant on the vetting and hiring of comedic talent for what will be renamed the Punchliner Comedy Club Presented by George Lopez. He also will advise on décor, lighting and music and will record voice and video messages that will welcome club patrons. A new Punchliner Comedy Brunch will take place in the main dining rooms. Most shows will be family oriented, but there will be adult-oriented comedy performances late in the evening.
At Guy’s Burger Joint, restaurateur, cookbook author and television star Fieri will serve fresh-off-the-grill burgers he has designed, or guests can make their own at a condiment bar. Burgers are complemented by hand-cut fries and there also will be vegetarian options. The poolside dining venue will be modeled after a road-side burger joint off a coastal highway.
Another free dining venue is Blue Iguana Cantina, a poolside eatery that will serve three types of tacos, three kinds of burritos, plus chips and salsa. A tortilla maker will create fresh wheat and jalapeño tortillas.
Under license from Hasbro Inc., Carnival will create Hasbro, The Game Show, a new series of productions and entertainment activities based on the Family Game Night television show from The Hub. Six main games are to be featured: Sorry Sliders, which involves a giant shuffleboard court; Simon Flash, where two teams of four guests wear giant light-up color boxes and shuffle themselves to repeat a color sequence; Yahtzee Bowling, with a giant ball and bowling pins; Operation, which is set up like a skee-ball board where contestants try to get the balls into different slots on the patient’s body, and Connect 4 Basketball, which uses a basketball setup rather than the traditional checkers to play.
The new sports bar will feature EA Sports videogames, a video wall comprised of 16 46-inch displays, and real-time sports scores 24/7 live on the ticker. The sports bar will feature daily trivia contests, videogame tournaments, a full drink menu and sports bar snacks.
RedFrog Rum Bar will be a pool-side version of the Caribbean-themed RedFrog Pub, which debuted on Carnival Magic. It will specialize in rum-based frozen drinks and beers, including Carnival’s private label draft brew, Thirsty Frog Red. Just across the deck will be Blue Iguana Tequila Bar, providing a Mexican-themed atmosphere with live music, tequila-based frozen drinks and Mexican beers.
Alchemy Bar is Carnival’s vintage-themed cocktail lounge where mixologists will “prescribe” concoctions. Meanwhile, The Library Bar is a new intimate cocktail lounge featuring bar service and automatic wine dispensers.
Carnival also plans to add more entertainment. Playlist Productions is a retooling of the line’s revues that combine live performances with high-tech LED staging and special effects. These music-driven revues will feature a wide diversity of musical styles, genres and eras to appeal to a broad cross-section of guests. The 30-minute Playlist Performances will be created by leading producers, directors and choreographers who have worked on productions for Broadway, London’s West End and popular musical acts.
Guests can enjoy “Motor City,” which celebrates the R&B Motown sound of the 1960s and 1970s, and “Divas,” which combines music, dance and fashion celebrating iconic female entertainers. “Latin Nights” offers a fusion of Latin culture, rhythmic music and hot choreography, while “The Brits!” features tunes from the Britain’s most famous artists. These new shows will premiere on Carnival Breeze when it enters service next summer. Finally, DJ Irie will create and lead “DJ Irie’s Spin’iversity” to train and develop the musical skills and personalities of onboard DJs. For more information, visit www.carnival.com/funship2 or www.GoCCL.com.