Carnival has announced that they’re are investing over 500 million dollars into transforming their entire fleet of ships into a better vacation experience. The Fun Ship 2.0 initiative includes new dining choices, innovative bars and lounges and even more entertainment options. The cruise line has partnered with Comedian George Lopez to enhance the on-board comedy shows. They have also brought on Food Network’s Guy Fieri to develop a special on-board burger venue called Guy’s Burger Joint. But we’re more interested with Carnival’s plans to partner with EA Games and Hasbro, on some very unique entertainment experiences.
For starters, Carnival has teamed up with EA Sports to create the EA Sports Bar on their ships. This bar will feature the traditional qualities that you would expect from a traditional Sports Bar like live sports broadcasts, beer cocktails and even pretzels, but it will also be the first sports bar to offer game consoles for playing EA SPORTS video games. The bar will also offer daily tournaments and contests for guests, and the bar itself will be decorated with a massive video wall made of 16 individual 46-inch flat-screen televisions.
As far as Hasbro is concerned, Carnival has partnered with them to bring another very unique on-board entertainment experience to their cruises. Hasbro, the Game Show will let guests actually partake in a live game show production – complete with a live audience and prizes. Hasbro, the Game Show, will actually choose contestants from on-board guests. Some of the live games will include Simon, Sorry, Operation Sam, Yahtzee, and Connect 4.
Hasbro, The Game Show will put guests right in the middle of their favorite Hasbro games. Six main games are to be featured: Sorry Sliders, which involves a giant shuffleboard court; Simon Flash, where two teams of four guests wear giant light-up color boxes and must shuffle themselves quickly to repeat a color sequence; Yahtzee Bowling, with a giant ball and larger-than-life-sized bowling pins; Operation, which is set up like a skee-ball board where contestants try to get the balls into different slots on the “patient’s” body, and Connect 4 Basketball, which uses a basketball setup rather than the traditional checkers to play.
But besides for adding family entertainment options, Fun Ship 2.0 also brings a particularly neat new bar experience to their ships. The Alchemy Bar is a vintage-themed cocktail “pharmacy,” where guests can get “prescribed” concoctions from mixologists, or even create their own custom cocktails.
Carnival Cruises Fun Ship 2.0 initiative begins rolling out this year, with the Carnival Liberty ship’s transformation scheduled to be completed by the end of the year. By 2015 all of their ships will have been transformed. However, not all of the aspects of Fun Ship 2.0 will be able to roll out to every specific ship, but the majority of these new entertainment experiences will roll out to most of the ships.
Update 7/16/12: Check out our full review of Carnival Breeze