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Carnival Cruise Line Returns to St. Maarten



Carnival Cruise Line has marked their return to St. Maarten, four months after the island was devastated by hurricanes. Earlier today, Carnival Sunshine was the first in the fleet to return to the nation with a day-long call there.

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The visit is the first of dozens of port calls by Carnival ships to the Caribbean destination in the coming weeks.

Over 3,000 passengers onboard enjoyed a variety of shore excursions, as well as St. Maarten’s world-class beaches and shopping and dining in downtown Philipsburg.

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Guy Fieri BBQ Prices on Carnival Horizon



Attention, foodies: Carnival Cruise Line has detailed the menu and the prices of Celebrity Chef Guy Fieri’s Pig and Anchor Smokehouse and Brewhouse onboard Carnival Horizon. Located on deck five, the venue will be complimentary for guests during the day, with a la carte pricing in effect at night. The menu will include appetizers, real pit BBQ and desserts, with a selection of craft beers — brewed on board — available as well.

So What’s On The Menu?

Pig and Anchor BBQ

Pig and Anchor indoor rendering via Carnival.

Appetizers (all $4 each)

  • Trash Can Nachos: Pulled pork on house-made tortilla chips, Bourbon Brown Sugar BBQ sauce, pico de gallo, jalapeno, black beans and super melty cheese
  • Ain’t No Thing But a Chicken Wing: Slowly smoke and fried, dry rubbed and tossed in your choice of Spicy Sriracha BBQ, Honey BBQ, Bourbon Brown Sugar BBQ
  • Smoked Sausage and Cheese: house-made smoked pork belly and veal sausage, cheddar, pepper-jack cheese, pickles, pepperoncini, pickled onions, bread & butter pickles, crispy flatbread strips
  • Dragon Chili Cheese Fries: Smoked beef brisket, pork sausage, crispy hand-cut fries, cheddar, green onions, bacon and sour cream

From The Smokehouse (all items $8 each, served with coleslaw, sweet pickle, golden honey cornbread or Texas Toast)

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Pig and Anchor BBQ will be complimentary during lunch.

  • Blue Ribbon Chicken: This exclusive dry-rub chicken with bourbon smoked paprika, chipotle habaneros, and muscovado sugar, smoked over hickory and grilled.
  • Championship Pulled Pork: Hickory smoked with brown sugar, paprika, garlic and cumin rub, Carolina style
  • 18-Hour Beef Brisket: Cooked in a custom smoker for 18 hours
  • Cedar Plank Salmon: Cedar smoked with jalapeno and apricot glaze

The Whole Smoker ($16) 

  • This big-enough-for-two meal includes chicken, beef, brisket, pulled pork, house smoked sausage, and baby back ribs

The Pig and Anchor Melt ($6)

  • Pulled pork, sliced brisket, double pork belly bacon, smoked gouda, cheddar, homemade pickles, and donkey sauce

Flatbreads ($6)

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  • BBQ Chicken Ranch: Pickled onions, roasted peppers, charred tomato, ranch dressing, and pulled smoked BBQ chicken
  • The Pig Pie: Pulled pork, caramelized onions, roasted peppers, cheddar, and jalapenos

Outside rending of the Pig and Anchor Smokehouse Brewhouse. Photo: Carnival

From The Pit Master 

Baby Back Ribs: Memphis style, marinated for nine hours and slow smoked

  • Half Rack: $8
  • Full Rack: $12

Prime Time Prime Rib: Guy’s blue ribbon rubbed prime rib

  • Half pound: $10
  • Full pound: $18

Side Dishes ($2 each)

  • Mac Daddy Mac and Cheese
  • Beer Braised Cowboy Punto Peans
  • Sweet Potato Bourbon Mash
  • Buttermilk Broccoli Salad, Bacon, and Almonds
  • Mashed Potato, Red Eye Gravy and Burnt Ends
  • French Fries

Desserts ($3 each)

  • Pecan Pie with bourbon syrup and orange potpourri
  • Apple Cobbler topped with cinnamon sugar in an almond crust
  • Banana Cream Pie topped with chantilly cream

Parched Pig Brews ($5.75 each)

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  • Parched Pig Smoked Porter: A full-flavor, robust beer. Brewed with roasted grain and malts smoked in our wood smokers onboard
  • Parched Pig Smokehouse Ale: Refreshing and fruity with mild spice character. The complex beer with a dry finish is perfect for a hot summer day

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Carnival Cruise Line Adds Photo Packages



As much as passengers love having their pictures taken around the ship — especially on formal night! — they’ve always hated how expensive it can be to buy those photographs. This week, Carnival Cruise Line has rolled out photo packages designed to make it at least a little bit cheaper to bring home the images of those special moments.

How Much The Packages Cost

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Now available for pre-cruise purchase in the Fun Shops, there are three different packages for cruisers to choose from, all of which offer significant savings over buying individual photos while on board. The packages break down as follows:

  • Pixels: This package offers prints of 5 of your best photographs, plus 1 16” by 20” canvas portrait at a cost of $99.99.
  • Pixels Plus: With this package, you can choose as many of your favorites as you like and have them printed at a cost of $199.99.
  • Pixels Plus Digital: This option offers you all of the prints of your favorite photographs, plus a souvenir USB stick containing high-resolution digital versions of the pictures, and runs $249.99.

Although all three packages must be purchased in advance in order to take advantage of the discount, those picking the Pixels option have until the final sea day of their voyage to pick the five prints they want to have made. Passengers who purchase a package will receive a Pixels gift ticket, which will be left in their stateroom. That ticket can then be taken to the photo gallery for redemption (which must be done within two days of boarding).

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Not All Photos Are Included

There are, of course, exceptions and restrictions, although generally speaking, the packages do include all of the candid and posed shots taken by the ship’s photographers. But photos of people not staying in your stateroom aren’t included, nor are photos of large groups (such as those that might be taken for weddings or other special events) or generic ship images. If your group does a private photo shoot (or wants additional prints), those come at an extra charge. And it’s important to note that once you’ve disembarked, the photos will no longer be available! For full details on the packages, head to the Fun Shops at

Will you purchase a photo package for your next Carnival cruise?

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Carnival Horizon Will Have Live Music in Steakhouse



As the countdown to Carnival Horizon’s spring arrival continues, new details are emerging every day about what passengers can expect on the fleet’s newest ship. This week, it was revealed that Horizon will introduce a new twist to the line’s popular steakhouse.

What Will Be Different

This morning, Carnival’s Brand Ambassador, John Heald, announced on his Facebook page that guests dining at Fahrenheit 555 — aka the line’s branded, for-fee steakhouse —will be treated to live piano music during dinner hours, which typically run from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

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Many people at first wondered if this meant there would be two piano-centric venues onboard Horizon, but as it turns out, deck five’s layout is a bit different on this ship than on her sister ship, the Vista, and it is this small difference actually winds up making the dinnertime entertainment possible: On Vista, the steakhouse is across the hall from the piano bar, while on Horizon, the two are side-by-side. The two venues will be separated by a watertight door which, during the dinner hour, will be opened so that a pianist can play classical music to entertain guests.

Read More: 7 Reasons to Dine in Carnival’s Steakhouse

And no, guests needn’t fear that if they are lingering over a late dinner at the steakhouse, the atmosphere will suddenly turn raucous when the piano bar opens. As Heald explained, “If anyone is still dining in the steakhouse at 10 p.m. or whenever we open the piano bar, we will close the door, the piano bar will open, and the steakhouse is closed off again.”

About Fahrenheit 555 Steakhouse

Carnival Cruise Line recently started revamping the steakhouse menus across the fleet to add items such as pork belly, fresh oysters, crab risotto, prime beef and a new dessert called Table Art where the chef designs your dessert in front of you.

The steakhouse is currently priced at $35 per guest, with the kid’s menu offered at $10.

Do you like the idea of a pianist playing while you enjoy dinner at the steakhouse?

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