Carnival Cruise Line has announced plans to debut a new hands-on culinary experience, called Carnival Kitchen, on the Carnival Panorama when the new cruise ship launches in December. Guests sailing on the new vessel will be able to enjoy more than 15 onboard cooking classes inspired by the international cuisines served on the new ship.
Sample Carnival Kitchen offerings will include Carnival Classics Workshop Class with Dinner, which will allow guests to explore signature Carnival dishes such as tuna tartare, saffron risotto and warm chocolate melting cake, as well as The Orient Unknown Class with Dinner, which offers the opportunity to learn about the cuisines of Thailand, Indonesia and the Philippines. The Cake Workshop will provide step-by-step instructions for cake making, from layering and filling to using hand-made fondant and edible decorations, and the Pasta Master Class will allow travelers to try their hand at preparing homemade pasta and pairing them with scratch-made sauces.
Additional classes include sushi rolling, pizza making and pie baking, among others, and participants have the opportunity to sample their creations. One-hour and two-hour morning, afternoon and early evening sessions are available primarily on sea days and can accommodate up to 18 guests at a time. Reservations can be made on the cruise line’s website pre-cruise or at any restaurant once onboard.
Located on Deck 4 aft, Carnival Kitchen will have nine marbled-granite cooking and prep stations with individual sinks, refrigerators and stove tops, as well as all necessary tools, utensils and ingredients. The space is accented with white and grey pattern-tiled floors and steel ceilings and walls, as well as a dedicated dining area for guests in the evening classes to enjoy a themed sit-down dinner included in the price once the classes commence. Class prices range between $30 and $59, and Carnival Kitchen-branded items are available for purchase onboard.
In addition to the Carnival Kitchen, amenities onboard the Carnival Panorama will include the Sky Zone trampoline park, a WaterWorks aqua park, the SkyRide bike-ride-in-the-sky attraction and dining venues such as Bonsai Teppanyaki and Guy’s Pig & Anchor Smokehouse Brewhouse, serving barbecue dishes from Food Network star and Carnival partner Guy Fieri along with craft beers brewed onboard.
A wide range of staterooms and suites are available as well, including spa staterooms with exclusive privileges at the Cloud 9 Spa, expanded staterooms in Family Harbor and tropical-inspired Havana staterooms with access to a Cuban-themed bar and pool.
Carnival Panorama debuts with a special three-day voyage on December 11, followed by year-round Mexican Riviera cruises beginning December 14. Voyages depart from the newly renovated Long Beach Cruise Terminal with calls at destinations including Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlan and Puerto Vallarta. The Carnival Panorama is the first new ship from Carnival to homeport on the West Coast in 20 years.