Carnival Cruisers Get a Taste of Appies


Before there were apps, there were appies. We love appies. Probably more than we love apps.

So now along comes Carnival Cruise Lines with the latest attempt to appeal to our palettes. Free appies and, yes, we know that there are lots of free apps, too. But when was the last time you ate one?

Starting with the Miracle, currently sailing round trips from New York to warmer climes (Caribbean), there will be free appies on Carnival ships when you buy a drink in the accompanying dining venue.

For example, a blue margarita in the Blue Iguana Cantina comes with "roast pork tacos with green chili salsa and aged cotija cheese, and chicken, avocado, and lime tortilla soup." Buy a $5 Manhattan cocktail at the American Steakhouse and your appie will be "short rib croquettes with chipotle aioli and guava and tomato relish, served with pumpkin bisque with sour cream."

And so on.

While the 8-year-old Miracle is the first ship, Carnival plans to have free appies — officially, it's called The Taste Bar — on all 24 by next year. That includes the Breeze, which will be break water in June in Venice.

Now, if you don't think it's worth five bucks alone for elaborate appies like these…maybe stick to the apps.

Oceania Nautica
10 nights
May 14, 2012
Athens, Santorini, Ephesus, Taormina, Amalfi, Rome, Florence, Marseille, Barcelona
Inside: $2,049
Cost per day: $205

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