Friday, May 6, 2011

Thirsty Aboard Carnival Magic

Inspired by the sights, sounds, and flavors of the Caribbean, Carnival Magic is home to RedFrog Pub, the first-ever pub in Carnival Cruise Lines’ fleet. The ambiance is decidedly British-West-Indies-meets-Key-West with a touch of nautical mixed in—wood details are accented with portholes and ships-at-sea artwork. It’s really the perfect spot to kick back with a piña colada, local island brews, and top-shelf Caribbean rums. The laidback island vibe of the pub’s décor is a nod to Carnival Magic’s Caribbean itineraries, which will begin when sailings from Galveston commence in November. Pub snacks, for which there is a charge, are Caribbean favorites, such as Bahamian conch salad, grouper fingers, and firecracker Jamaican chicken wings.

You can’t miss RedFrog Pub on Promenade Deck. In fact you may hear the Jimmy Buffett style music as you approach the tables on the promenade “patio.” It seems that some beer aficionados on board grew very fond of the private-label draught beer, Thirsty Frog Red, that’s brewed especially for Carnival Magic. It was thought there was enough Thirsty Frog Red brought on board Carnival Magic for the entire maiden cruise, but it ran out the very first night! That’s why I don’t have a photo of it. I hope the “slider” from the pub snack menu pictured here will suffice until more beer is air freighted to our next port.

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