Some news from Carnival Cruise Lines, as they have announced a new feature for one of their sporting partners, the Miami Heat NBA team: the home arena of the renowned basketball champions, the AmericanAirlines Arena, is to feature three bars from the cruise line, including the RedFrog Bar, the RedFrog Rum Bar and BlueIguana Tequila Bar.
Along with the usual mix of cocktails that you could enjoy at these bars when at sea, crowds at the arena can enjoy a selection of bottled and draft beers including Carnival’s own ThirstyFrog Red.
This all got me thinking, and speculating, as to some of the other features of a cruise ship that I’d like to see make it to land, whether that’s sport arenas or other venues. Now of course usually it’s the other way round – cruise ships try to add popular bars, restaurants and entertainment from more land-based holidays or cities to their ships, so putting them on the list is a bit pointless really.
But the one thing I think I’d love to see is Qsine from Celebrity Cruises as an eating venue. It’s something so contemporary, quirky and fun that you won’t really find anywhere on land (similar concepts exist, but they aren’t widespread). From the unique, interesting foods that you’ll be served, to the little touches like ordering on an iPad, it’s a breath of fresh air compared to your standard meal.
And then in terms of the bar, I’ve just one choice that stands out, pandering to my personal tastes, and that’s the EA Sports Bar on Carnival ships. I love bars, I love beers, I love sports and I love gaming, so it’s essentially my heaven.
It’s a bar where you can enjoy live sports from around the world, as well as play major EA Sports gaming titles on big screens, whilst being served a range of beers and proper bar snacks. Whether this was at the football stadium I visit (I’ll keep it quiet to avoid arguments, but feel free to guess) or just a standalone bar in a city centre, it’d be amazing for a relaxing night.
Those are my two stand-outs, but I’d love to know your thoughts. What are your favourite elements of cruise ships that you’d like to see make it to your home town or city for you to enjoy at land? Put them in the comments and I’ll maybe blog again about the most popular suggestions.
By Ian Lewis