Celebrity Chef Guy Fieri — whose Guy’s Burger Joints on Carnival Cruise Line ships have earned a reputation as the best burgers at sea — has expanded his seagoing culinary offerings with a new eatery aboard Carnival Magic called Guy’s Pig & Anchor Bar-B-Que Smokehouse.
The casual, open-air smokehouse is located on Carnival Magic’s Lanai on Promenade Deck. It’s open from noon to 2:30 p.m. on sea days and is free of charge.
The smokehouse offers a wide variety of BBQ favorites smoked right on board over hickory and cherry wood using Guy’s signature recipes, rubs, and spices.
A member of the American Royal National Barbecue Hall of Fame, Fieri is cooking up smokehouse favorites like bone-in, dry-rubbed, slow-smoked and pulled “Championship Pork Butt”, dry-rubbed and grilled “Blue Ribbon Chicken”, smoked Andouille sausage, and “Sliced Smoked Round of Beef cooked “low and slow” and thinly sliced.
Guy’s Pig & Anchor Bar-B-Que Smokehouse features a traditional wood smoker — a rarity on cruise ships — which was installed on board as part of a recent dry dock.
Guy’s Pig & Anchor Bar-B-Que Smokehouse also features Fieri’s own unique take on traditional side dishes with deliciously creative offering
s like “Mac Daddy Mac n Cheese”, “Old Skool Potato Salad”, “Scratch-Made Slaw”, “Collard Greens with Smoked Turkey”, and “Molasses Baked Beans with Bacon and Burnt Ends.”
Diners can spice up their dishes with Fieri’s signature BBQ sauces, including “Award-Winning Brown Sugar” (sweet and sticky), “Kansas City” (smoky and sweet), “Sriracha BBQ “(spicy and tangy) and “Carolina #6” (tangy with sweet heat). A hot sauce bar–as well as a wide range of ice-cold beers and sodas–will be available as well.
Fieri said, “Everyone knows that it takes the finest meats cooked low and slow to create truly righteous mouth-watering barbecue. My new Pig & Anchor eatery on Carnival Magic is gonna be off the hook! Be sure to grab lots of napkins; it’s gonna get messy!”
According to Christine Duffy, the president of Carnival Cruise Line, “Guy has been a wonderful partner, and we can’t wait for our guests to enjoy all the incredible offerings at his Pig & Anchor Bar-B-Que Smokehouse, which we’re sure will be a huge hit with Carnival Magic guests.
Guy’s Pig & Anchor Bar-B-Que Smokehouse is part of Carnival Magic’s extensive multi-million-dollar renovation that spanned three weeks and added a variety of exciting new dining and bar concepts, including Guy’s Burger Joint, a poolside, open-air venue serving hand-crafted burgers and fries with recipes created by the Food Network star.
In addition to Carnival Magic, Guy’s Burger Joints are available on 10 other Carnival ships and serve more than 1,000 burgers per ship per day. Guy’s Burger Joint will also be featured aboard the new Carnival Vista when it debuts in May.
Other newly added spaces on Carnival Magic include two poolside bars – the RedFrog Rum Bar and BlueIguana Tequila Bar – along with the BlueIguana Cantina serving authentic Mexican tacos and burritos, Pizzeria del Capitano offering hand-tossed artisanal pies, the cocktail pharmacy-themed Alchemy Bar, and a “candy and more store” called Cherry on Top.
Carnival Magic will continue its seven-day schedule from Galveston through April 10, 2016, then reposition to Port Canaveral to launch year-round seven-day Caribbean cruises April 23, 2016. Prior to launching its new seven-day schedule from Port Canaveral, Carnival Magic will operate a special three-day cruise to Nassau April 20-23, 2016.
Carnival Magic will offer two distinctly different week-long itineraries from the Space Coast – a western Caribbean route featuring Cozumel, Belize, Mahogany Bay (Isla Roatan) and Costa Maya; and an eastern Caribbean option calling at St. Thomas, San Juan, Grand Turk and Nassau or Amber Cove.