The Carnival Vista set sail for the first time in May 2016 and added something never seen before on a North American Cruise Ship. The time had come to have a microbrewery at sea! Carnival decided to put an actual working microbrewery onboard. Carnival also decided that if they were going to take on this project that they had to do it right and make it a star attraction.
The first order of business was to build on the ThirstyFrog Brand giving Carnival’s guests a wide variety of options to choose from. Carnival has partnered with Miami’s Concrete Beach Brewing for years delivering the ThirstyFrog Red. This lager style beer is sold exclusively on Carnival Cruise Lines and has been a huge success onboard its ships sailing out of Florida heading to the Caribbean. Lagers are the preferred beer in the Caribbean with its smooth drinkability and hot summer days. I have enjoyed many ThirstyFrog Red’s over the years sailing on Carnival!
The new brewery onboard the Vista is now brewing three new options for its guests including the ThristyFrog Caribbean Wheat, FriskyFrog Java Stout and the Thirsty Frog Port Hoppin` IPA. I have been a big fan of IPA’s for years and I personally loved the ThirstyFrog Port Hoppin` IPA! It was a very well balanced citrus flavored IPA, not overpowering and very drinkable. I may have ordered 1 or more pitchers all in the name of research. We were with friends that also raved about the FriskyFrog Java Stout and the ThirstyFrog Caribbean Wheat!
I was also very excited to see pub food available. There is a small fee but was well worth having Coconut Prawns and hamburger sliders to go with my beer. There were other pub favorites too!
Carnival dedicated both indoor and outdoor seating and greatly expand the overall size of RedFrog Pub from all other ships. This extra room has allowed for more seating and space for games while creating that at home feeling of any local microbrewery.
Having a brewery onboard gives guests fresh quality beers. There are even taps at some of the tables where you can pour your own beer at the table. There is no need to wait for a server, simply run your cruise card and pour your glass. Did I mention that these taps are connected directly from the source?
We all have free time during the day on sea days. Why not sign up for a brewery tour! You will get to meet the brew master, try all four ThirstyFrog beers and see how and where this beer is made. It’s great fun with friends and family plus you get to meet other guests onboard.
I have to admit that this was one of my favorite places onboard the Carnival Vista. It had the laid back Caribbean lifestyle with great beers. The staff working here share the same passion for beer and helped put me in that island state of mind! I could have easily spent a week here alone and had a great vacation.