Cruise News: The Biggest Sandwich at Sea
In this week's Cruise News: Carnival Magic debuts in Port Canaveral with a giant sandwich, rare photos of Queen Elizabeth are released and a ship that's claiming to be the Queen of Gin.
The collection, coined as The Unseen Queen, features never-before-seen photos of her attendance on Cunard ship launches, including a then 12-year-old Princess E at the launch of RMS Queen Elizabeth in 1938, her launch of Caronia in 1947 (pictured above) and her first view of Queen Elizabeth 2 in 1967 (pictured below).
Trust us when we say that Her Majesty is just as majestic in person as she is in pictures. We had the honor of posing for a photo with Queen Elizabeth earlier this year!
Carnival guests cruising to Cozumel now have the option to select "Cozumel Plus" itineraries– additional time in port will provide access to new excursions such as swimming with whale sharks (a must-do for any Caribbean cruiser), swimming in the Mexico's famed "secret river" and visiting ancient Mayan ruins on the mainland. This extended itinerary is a chance for guests to truly make the most out of their time in port (even though we all know there's never enough time to appreciate the wonders of a Caribbean island).
Speaking of wonderful things, take a look at this amazing sandwich (oh, and a new ship launch):
The celebration took place yesterday and also marked the grand opening of the ship's new BBQ eatery designed by Food Network star Guy Fieri, Guy Pig & Anchor Bar-B-Que Smokehouse. So how does a cruise line celebrate a launch of this tasty caliber?
With massive pulled pork sandwiches, obviously.
Carnival Magic is currently on its inaugural cruise to Nassau and will launch year-round, 7-day sailings to the western Caribbean (Cozumel, Belize, Costa Maya and Mahogany Bay) and eastern Caribbean (Grand Turk, San Juan, St. Thomas and Nassau or Amber Cove).
The ship won't be coming into service until December 2017, but she's already making quite a buzz. The coin ceremony revealed several details about the ship, including an interactive 5D cinema (yes, 5D exists), the longest zip line on a cruise ship at 420 feet and three long catwalks complete with all-glass railings and glass floors (pictured above). MSC Seaside will sail to the Caribbean year-round out of Port Miami.
Let's not forget that MSC Seaside will also host a very special celebrity chef on board. So we suggest strutting on this glass catwalk on your way to enjoy some of the finest Pan-Asian food at sea.
The 684-guest vessel, which makes her maiden voyage in just 6 days, will feature two new specialty restaurants: Tuscan Steak and a guest favorite on Marina and Riviera ships, Red Ginger. Jacques Bistro, a new gourmet lunch experience located in the Grand Dining Room, will feature signature dishes created by the legendary chef Jacques Pepin.
After dinner, kick back at one of the ship's newest entertainment options, which include:
- Tuxedo, a nine-piece orchestra which performs modern versions of music from legends like Tony Bennett, the Rat Pack and more
- Acoustic Sessions, an "unplugged" live-band performing acoustic versions of pop music in a 360-degree arena-style setting
- Cabaret Cinema, a rendition of classic movie themes and Academy Award winning productions.
RANDOM, BUT COOL
Gin lovers, this one's for you.
Looking for a diverse gin selection on board your next cruise? Sail on Europa 2, which claims to have the largest collection at sea--32 bottlings ranging from from various walks of Europe and the U.S. Not to mention, they also have a pretty impressive selection of tonic water to go along with your choice of gin, complete with various garnishes to top off your boozy brigade. The most impressive detail? Guests can choose from 140 ways to enjoy their Gin and Tonic.
Which is really just 140 new reasons why we love Europa 2.