Carnival Cruise Line and Port Canaveral hosted a special event earlier today to celebrate the arrival of Carnival Magic to Florida’s space coast, as well as marking the official grand opening of the new restaurant onboard – Guy’s Pig & Anchor Bar-B-Que Smokehouse.
Highlighting the event was, of course, food! Officials of the port and Carnival carved a 6-foot long pulled-pork sandwich to commemorate the arrival of Guy Fieri’s new BBQ venue. A traditional maritime plaque exchange also took place, between the ship’s Captain Antonio Marchetti, Carnival’s VP of Commercial Port Operations Carlos Torres de Navarra, and CEO of the Canaveral Port Authority, Captain John Murray.
Carnival Magic is joining Carnival Victory and Valor for year-round departures from Canaveral, as well as seasonal sailings for Carnival Sunshine. Together, the ships will carry over 650,000 guests each year from Florida’s Space Coast, with over 200 three to eight-day cruises.
The new BBQ venue in partnership with Guy Fieri was one among many new features added during a recent makeover to the ship. Other additions include the Alchemy Bar, RedFrog Rum Bar, BlueIguana Tequila Bar, BlueIguana Cantina, and Guy’s Burger Joint.
This afternoon, Carnival Magic will depart on a three-day sailing to Nassau, and will launch year-round seven-day cruises on April 23. She will sail both western and eastern Caribbean itineraries.