Are We There Yet? – Cruise News

If you're ready to hit the high seas, here are a couple new bits of info you should know.

Jennifer Coxby Jennifer Cox

I've done a lot of traveling in my life but one mode of travel I have yet to try is a cruise (how strange!). Everyone I know who goes on extended cruises loves it, and I'm anxious to find out what it's like. This week I received several press releases related to cruises and it got my curiosity piqued – here's some news about one of the world's largest cruise lines.

– Carnival Cruise Lines is teaming up with renowned comedian and TV personality George Lopez who will become the  cruise line’s creative director for comedy as Carnival introduces the Punchliner Comedy Clubs Presented by George Lopez. Lopez, one of America’s favourite comedians and a popular TV personality, will become the cruise line’s "curator of comedy," acting as a consultant on the vetting and hiring of comedic talent for the line’s existing fleet-wide comedy clubs. Lopez will play an active role in the securing of top up-and-coming comedic talent, utilizing his vast resources within the North American comedy scene. Through the partnership, Carnival ships will feature a Lopez comedy routine shown on in-cabin televisions fleetwide and pre-recorded introductions by Lopez at comedy club shows, as well as a new Punchliner Comedy Brunch that will be offered on sea days. Lopez will also partner with the line on a comedy-themed consumer contest in 2012. The partnership is part of Fun Ship 2.0, a multi-year initiative valued at more than $500 million that will completely transform the Carnival guest experience and is the largest and most ambitious project the company has ever undertaken.

– Carnival Cruise Lines has also partnered with celebrity chef Guy Fieri to offer a free shipboard dining venue called Guy’s Burger Joint, featuring the Food Network star’s amazing hand-crafted burgers, fresh-cut fries, and special recipes created exclusively for Carnival. The new dining option will debut aboard the Carnival Liberty following the completion of a refurbishment later this month and will be rolled out to several other Carnival “Fun Ships” over the next few years. A variety of innovative condiments, everything from chipotle mayonnaise and a special barbecue sauce to garlic aioli and three hot sauces, will be available at two self-serve condiment stations. For guests who like a little more spice, seasonings like garlic and herb, sea salt, and hot chili also will be offered, along with a selection of toppings such as sautéed mushrooms, grilled onions, blue cheese crumbles, and vine-ripened tomatoes.

Known for his boldly flavourful food and even bolder personality, Guy Fieri is one of the biggest stars on the Food Network, where his shows include "Guy’s Big Bite" and "Diners, Drive-ins & Dives". 


Bon Voyage,



Jenn Cox is a Montreal-based freelance journalist. Visit her website or email her at