Cruise News Shorts: Carnival Adds Craft Beers, Celebrity Intros 'Modern' Table Games & More Cruise News

July 18, 2014
Cigar City Brewing Craft Beers Added to Carnival Cruise Ships

(11:40 a.m. EDT) -- Every week we catch wind of so much cruise news, we don't always know what to do with it all, but a few standout bits sometimes catch our attention. Here are some interesting snippets we think you might like to know about.

Gettin' Crafty
Carnival Cruise Lines is jumping on the craft beer wagon, adding two of Cigar City Brewing's lineup of craft beers to all its Florida-based ships: Florida Cracker Belgian-Style White Ale and Invasion Pale Ale. Both are served in aluminum cans.

Heading Northwest
Talk about a unique itinerary! Crystal Cruises is offering a nearly out-of-this world 32-day Northwest Passage sailing in 2016, during which Crystal Serenity and and a small, to-be-used-when-needed-for-exploring expedition ship will traverse the Arctic Ocean via the Northwest Passage. The 900-mile journey will begin August 16, 2016 in Anchorage and end in New York City. Specifically for this sailing the line is introducing Wilderness Adventures, excursions that take passengers across polar tundra and up ice-strewn fjords. A 14-person expedition team of experts in a variety of subject will sail with passengers, offering lectures, hands-on seminars and workshops, guided wildlife watches and more.

Table Games 2.0
Passengers onboard Celebrity Reflection will soon find a new form of entertainment onboard -- interactive, multi-sensory touch screen tables pre-loaded with a variety of games. Called Game On tables, the devices feature eight games that appeal equally to an older demographic, as well as families, according to the Chicago Tribune. Among the eight games are: Bumpers (a modern version of marbles), Checkers; Think Faster (a Concentration-like match game); and the Boggle-esque Word Power. Up to four players can compete on one table, or up to six tables can be connected wirelessly to allow up to 24 people to take part in group games.

A Tall Order
Star Flyer and Star Clipper, two tall ships in the Star Clippers fleet, recently underwent refurbishments that saw all onboard decor and furnishings updated. New to the ships are bedside LED reading lights, as well as flat-screen TVs in all cabins except Category Six. Additionally, all bed linens were replaced including bed covers and throw pillows.

--By Dori Saltzman, News Editor