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Review: Carnival’s BlueIguana Cantina



Another one of Carnival’s popular venues onboard is the BlueIguana Cantina, found on most Carnival ships. This fun, casual dining experience is located outdoors on the Lido deck. The BlueIguana Cantina serves up freshly made tacos and burritos stuffed just the way you like them. With fresh homemade tortillas and a self-serve salsa bar, this hot spot makes for a perfect little Mexican paradise aboard your Carnival cruise ship. This is a review of the BlueIguana Cantina.

Fast Facts

  • Cost: Complimentary
  • Location: The Lido deck, usually opposite Guy’s Burger Joint
  • Meals served: Mostly lunch, although breakfast burritos are available on select days


The Cantina is a counter-service venue, meaning you place your order and then take it over to a nearby salsa bar to finish it off with the nice variety of toppings you’ll find there. Seating in the immediate vicinity is limited, but includes colorful tables and a few benches that are out of the direct sun. Most people, however, take their food back to their poolside loungers or – if looking to supplement their Mexican food with something else – into the Lido buffet, which is only steps away and, of course, offers plenty of seating. As with Guy’s Burger Joint, this is a popular place and the lines can get a little long. But also like Guy’s, they tend to move quickly. I’ve never waited more than 10 minutes, which ain’t bad considering the guys behind the counter are making everything to order. Go early and you’ll avoid the lunch crowds, meaning a wait of 5 minutes or less.

What’s for Breakfast?

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Because it’s only open early on select days, you’ll want to check the Fun Times before making this your breakfast stop. But if you’re a fan of breakfast burritos, make sure you hit the Cantina, where they’ll fill a tortilla – wheat or jalapeño – with scrambled eggs (regular or Mexican style), chicken sausage, hash browns, cheese, salsa, pico de gallo and more. You tell them what you want in it, they’ll make it happen. Or, if you want something a little simpler, just order the huevos rancheros.

What’s For Lunch?

There are two options for lunch: tacos or burritos. Tacos are made with fresh homemade tortillas topped with your choice of chicken, pork or fish. Burritos are stuffed to your liking with either chicken, pork, fried fish, or shrimp. Both options come with unlimited toppings, which include everything from refried beans and the amazingly flavorful cilantro lime rice to roasted corn and charred green peppers. You won’t lack for flavor combinations here, and this is even before you head over to the salsa bar and decide whether you’re feeling mild (blackbean and corn) or wild (habanero). My personal favorite? The watermelon salsa, offering up fresh, crisp flavors that add a unique twist to your meal.

Worth a Visit?

I won’t lie, I’m kind of obsessed with this place. And while it’s great for a quick lunch (assuming you’ve beaten the lines), I highly recommend swinging by for a breakfast option that’s different and, frankly, usually better than what you’re going to find elsewhere. My favorite item is a breakfast burrito, and no matter what I order or the time of day, my food is piled high with the watermelon salsa from the toppings bar. And don’t forget that the BlueIguana is often open on disembarkation day, meaning you can get one last breakfast burrito to go!

By Jenn Martin

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Carnival Raises Faster to the Fun Price



The good news: When sailing on most Carnival Cruise Line ships, you can still purchase the Faster To The Fun package. The bad news? On many of those ships, taking the happiness highway’s express lane is gonna cost you a little extra.

How Much Faster To The Fun Went Up

Carnival quietly boosted the price earlier this week, although news of the change spread quickly across social media. Some proclaimed that they didn’t mind paying the extra fee for the program — which offers numerous benefits, including priority embarkation — while others thought there were better ways in which they could spend the money.

So how much did the price go up? Previously, the cost — which is per cabin, not per person — ran between $49,95 to $79.95, depending on the ship and the length of the sailing. The price has now gone up to between $69.95 and $99.95.

The Breakdown


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  • The program will cost $69.95 on 5-day sailings, except on the Sensation, where the price is $59.95.
  • For 4-day cruises on Carnival Conquest, Carnival Ecstasy, Carnival Liberty, Carnival Paradise, Carnival Triumph, Carnival Valor and Carnival Vista is $69.95.
  • For 6- and 7-day sailings, Faster To The Fun will cost $89.95.
  • On sailings lasting 8 days or longer, the package will now cost $99.95.

When Carnival first rolled Faster to the Fun out in 2012, it was $49.95 per stateroom across the fleet. In 2016, the line switched to the tiered pricing system which remains in effect to this day.

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What does Faster to the Fun include? 

A limited number of Faster To The Fun passes are sold, which is one of the reasons many believe it to be worth the price, as it allows for faster boarding thanks to separate security screening lanes and an express boarding lane upon embarkation. Those who purchase FTTF also have immediate access to their staterooms, which generally are not available immediately upon boarding. The perk also includes priority luggage handling, access to priority tendering in ports where applicable, a choice of disembarkation times and priority dinner-time assignments.

Do you generally purchase Faster To The Fun? Will the change in price impact your decision to do so in the future? 

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Queen Latifah Named Carnival Horizon’s Godmother



The newest ship to join the Carnival Cruise Line fleet also just became the coolest with the news that Queen Latifah has been named the Carnival Horizon’s godmother.

When The Queen Will Reign

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Beloved by millions, the actress/singer/author/businesswoman said it was “an honor” to be selected, especially given the line’s longtime association with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, “a cause that is very near and dear to my heart.”

Christine Duffy, President of Carnival Cruise Line, said that “with her fun-loving spirit and positive, can-do attitude, Queen Latifah embodies our brand and knows how to Choose Fun in everything she does. Knowing that she is a long-time supporter of St. Jude and has performed on and won Lip Sync Battle made her the ideal candidate to serve as godmother on our newest ship.”

READ MORE: Sneak Peek At The Carnival Horizon [Photos]

Latifah will officially assume her duties at the naming ceremony, which is set to take place during an invitation-only overnight gala being held on the Carnival Horizon in New York City on Wednesday, May 23. During the ceremony, St. Jude will be presented with a check representing funds raised at various Carnival events, both on ships and on shore. The atrium-grounding Dreamescape funnel will also feature artwork created by dozens of St. Jude patients.

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The gala will also see Latifah taking part in a special event titled Lip Sync Battle: Horizon which will showcase the ship’s authentic reproduction of the hit TV series.

Over the past few years, Latifah has… well, pretty much done it all. She’s won awards from groups as diverse as the Teen Choice Awards and the Screen Actors Guild, not to mention a Grammy, an Oscar nomination and two NAACP Image Awards. She was also the first hip-hop artist to be honored with a star on the world famous Hollywood Walk of Fame, and now runs a production company — Flavor Unit Entertainment — which produces a wide variety of programming.

After The Gala

Following the naming ceremony and Gala on May 23, the Carnival Horizon will spend the summer sailing out of New York City before relocating in September to Miami, where she’ll sail year-round cruises to the Caribbean.

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Carnival to Offer New Cuba Cruises in 2019



Carnival Cruise Line will be offering 17 new sailings to Cuba aboard Carnival Sensation in 2019. The five-day voyages will be the line’s first to operate round-trip from Miami and feature a day-long call in Havana as well as stops in other popular ports.

The voyages complement a series of sailings to Cuba departing from Tampa aboard Carnival Paradise taking place in 2018 and 2019. Sensation‘s Cuba schedule includes:

  • four 5-day sailings to Havana and Grand Turk departing May 20, Sept. 9, Nov. 18 and Dec. 16, 2019
  • five 5-day voyages featuring Havana, Nassau and Half Moon Cay departing June 17, July 15, Aug. 12, Sept. 23, and Nov. 4, 2019
  • a 5-day cruise to Havana, Nassau and Princess Cays departing April 22, 2019
  • seven 5-day cruises to Havana and Grand Cayman departing May 6, June 3, July 1 and 29, Aug. 26, Oct. 7 and Dec. 2, 2019

A Cuban taxi driver, piloting a vintage car, pulls up to the El Morro Castle while the Carnival Paradise cruise ship is docked in Havana, Cuba. (Andy Newman/Carnival Cruise Line)

The 2,052-guest Carnival Sensation underwent a massive dry dock last year and a variety of venues were added, including Guy’s Burger Joint, BlueIguana Cantina, BlueIguana Tequila Bar, RedFrog Rum Bar, Alchemy Bar, and Cherry on Top. Already onboard was a Serenity adults-only area, 24-hour pizza, the WaterWorks aqua park, and the Seuss at Sea program.

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Guests sailing on Carnival’s cruises to Cuba can choose from almost 20 shore excursions that showcase the island’s culture, beauty, and architectural landmarks. There will also be Cuba-themed parties, games, and activities onboard. To learn more, visit

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