Carnival Announces "Fun Ship 2.0" Upgrades

The cruise line introduces Guy Fieri and George Lopez "star power" for its new onboard offerings.

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On a chilly, gray Oct. 3. 2011, a day that brought New Yorkers their first taste of autumn, Carnival Cruise Lines came to town with visions of fun in the sun, announcing "Fun Ship 2.0," a multi-year initiative to bring new dining, bar, lounge and entertainment experiences to the Carnival fleet, one ship at a time. The new project includes innovative partnerships with celebrity personalities in order to create new entertainment and culinary experiences. The first phase of Fun Ship 2.0 extends through the end of 2015 and includes an investment of more than $500 million across 14-ships of the Carnival fleet.

The event to announce the Fun Ship 2.0 initiative was hosted by Carnival president and CEO Gerry Cahill and featured guest appearances by comedian and recently departed TBS nighttime talk show host George Lopez as well as Food Network star Guy Fieri. The unique talents of both gentlemen have been tapped to bring their personal magic to the following enhancements:

George Lopez is now Carnival's Creative Director for Comedy. Lopez will act as consultant on the vetting and hiring of comedic talent for The Punchliner Comedy Club on each Carnival ship and advise on decor, lighting, music and other aspects of the overall comedy club experience. A new Punchliner Comedy Brunch will be introduced, bringing live comedic entertainment to the line's main dining room.

Guy Fieri's Burger Joint. Guests will soon have a choice of delicious, fresh-off-the-grill gourmet burgers designed by the Food Network star at Guy's Burger Joint, a new laid-back poolside dining venue modeled after a roadside burger joint off an iconic coastal highway. Best of all, these burgers will come at no additional charge to the guest.

New Bars. Carnival is partnered with EA Sports on an exciting new sports bar concept where guests can play their favorite EA Sports videogames, watch live sports on a massive video-wall and keep up with real-time sports scores 24/7.

Shorts and flip flops are welcome at two new poolside destinations: The RedFrog Rum Bar and RedFrog Pub. Both will specialize in Caribbean rum-based frozen drinks and beers, including Carnival's new private label draft brew, ThirstyFrog Red. Across the deck will be the Blue Iguana Tequila Bar, a Mexican-themed watering hole offering tequila-based frozen drinks and Mexican beers.

Alchemy, a vintage-themed cocktail "pharmacy" will "prescribe" concoctions from fun categories while The Library Bar is designed for guests seeking a more relaxed and quiet venue.

The Blue Iguana Cantina is a new, no added cost dining options with fresh Mexican cuisine. Poolside, Blue Iguana offers guests freshly made burritos and tacos on homemade tortillas with a variety of salsas and toppings. An innovative addition is the Cantina's automatic tortilla maker, fresh wheat or jalapeno, and all the accompaniments.

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Entertainment. Carnival is now partners with Hasbro, DJ IRIE and top Broadway producers to develop high caliber entertainment with a focus on interactive shows.

Under license from Hasbro, Inc., Carnival's Hasbro, The Game Show, based on the popular Family Game Night television show from the Hub, will put guests right in the middle of favorite Hasbro games like Sorry, Operation and Yahtzee.

Playlist Productions offers music-driven revues featuring a wide range of musical styles, genres and eras in 30-minute shows created by leading producers, directors and choreographers of Broadway and West End productions. Guests on 2012's Carnival Breeze will be the first to enjoy a variety of musical productions dedicated to R&B Motown, Latin, Female entertainers, the British Invasion and more.

DJ IRIE, known for keeping Miami and Las Vegas crowds on their feet, was named Official DJ of Carnival Cruise Lines and will lead up Carnival's DJ IRIE's Spin'iversity--a program designed to train the musical skills and personalities of on-board DJ talent.

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The 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 month.

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