Carnival Vista to have brewery on board

Miami-based Concrete Beach is a craft beer brewery located in the Wynwood Arts District.

Carnival Cruise Line said three beers will be brewed aboard the Carnival Vista.

The Vista, entering service in May in Europe, is the first cruise ship to sail for a U.S. brand with its own brewery aboard.

The beers, produced in partnership with Concrete Beach Brewery in Miami, will be ThirstyFrog Port Hoppin’ IPA, ThirstyFrog Caribbean Wheat and FriskyFrog Java Stout.

Carnival described ThirstyFrog Port Hoppin’ IPA as having “aromatic, floral and hoppy notes with passion fruit and citrus overtones” while ThirstyFrog Caribbean Wheat is an unfiltered lager with aromas of bananas and spices. The third beer, FriskyFrog Java Stout, is rich and creamy with hints of coffee, Carnival said.

Concrete Beach is an Alchemy & Science brand, an independently operating subsidiary of the Boston Beer Company, Carnival said. The company’s Rica Wheat IPA is already served on other Carnival ships and regional brews are served on ships sailing from Miami; Long Beach, Calif.; and New York.

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Norwegian add-on package bundles several extras

By Tom Stieghorst

Norwegian Cruise Line will offer an add-on package that can be pre-purchased and includes a kitchen sink of items that cost extra on a cruise.

The package, priced at $899 per passenger for a seven-day cruise, bundles Norwegian’s prepaid dining and beverage packages with a $200-per-person shore excursion credit, 250 minutes of Internet access, prepaid gratuities, 20 photos of any size, a bottle of wine, six bottles of water, one bingo session and chocolate-covered strawberries.

Apart from service charges and gratuities, the package is fully commissionable to travel agents at the agent’s contracted rate, a Norwegian spokeswoman said.

Norwegian’s dining package offers complimentary access to a specialty restaurant each night of the cruise; its beverage package includes cocktails, beer and wine up to $10 a glass and unlimited fountain sodas and juices.

The package is for sale Aug. 4 to 29 and applies to all 2015 cruises of three to 14 days, except those on Pride of America. Pricing is by length of cruise. Shore excursion credits on shorter cruises are $100 per person instead of $200.

Norwegian said adding the package to select cruises will reduce the fare by 10%.

Norwegian said the package is the first of its kind in the cruise industry.