Inspired by the pioneering Thirsty Frog Summer Ale and a wider selection of craft beers available in Australia onboard Carnival Spirit and Carnival Legend, Carnival Cruise Line has taken the idea further by unveiling a dedicated brewery which will feature onboard the brand’s newest vessel Carnival Vista, debuting in May this year.

Upon its launch, Vista will house the first brewery ever to feature on a cruise ship, with three unique craft beers available on tap at the ship’s RedFrog Pub & Brewery. The facility will offer indoor and outdoor seating areas, located on Deck Five on the port-side (left hand side). It is an entirely separate venue to the RedFrog Rum Bar, itself located on Deck 10.

Preparatory work on each of the three new brews has come through a collaboration between Carnival Cruise Line and the Miami-based Concrete Beach Brewery – an offshoot of The Boston Beer Company, which also operates breweries in Los Angeles and New York City. The newly designed and flavourful drops include:

  • ThirstyFrog Port Hoppin IPA – a traditional filtered brew featuring passion fruit and citrus overtones, aromatic with a floral sense to it.
  • ThirstyFrog Caribbean Wheat – An unfiltered pale ale with aromas of bananas and spices.
  • FriskyFrog JavaStout – A dark beer in line with traditional stout beverages, full flavoured and creamy with a coffee overtone.

The three craft beers brewed onboard the ship will be in addition to a wide range of additional flavours which feature on all US-based Carnival Cruise Line vessels, which can vary depending on which part of the country your cruise departs.

“We’ve been working for months with these talented partners who have helped us create three exciting and unique craft beers for Carnival Vista and we anticipate our guests are going to absolutely love them,” said Vice President of Beverage Operations Eddie Allen.

Thirsty Frog Summer Ale, enjoyed by Australian guests on Carnival Legend and Carnival Spirit is brewed by the Lord Nelson Hotel in The Rocks, Sydney. The brew features among a number of other craft beers loaded onto the ship for each local sailing.