November 12, 2018.
Carnival Cruise Line announced today that the totally transformed Carnival Radiance will be the first cruise ship to feature “Big Chicken,” a seagoing version of a new restaurant created by the line’s Chief Fun Officer, NBA Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal.
The menu will feature a variety of fried chicken sandwiches and fries, with flavors to match Shaq’s larger than life personality, all free of charge. The new food venue will be located on Lido Deck aft.
O’Neal opened his first land-based Big Chicken restaurant in Las Vegas in late October. The Big Chicken aboard Carnival Radiance will be among the many food, dining and entertainment innovations incorporated into the 102,000-ton ship following a $200 million refurbishment in Cadiz, Spain, in 2020.
Breakfast will be offered as well with choices such as chicken and egg biscuits and omelets. Patrons will place their order at the counter and pick up their items right away. And as previously mentioned, there is no extra charge.
Big Chicken is among the many new culinary and beverage offerings that will be available on Carnival Radiance when it debuts in 2020. Other outlets include Guy’s Pig & Anchor Bar-B-Que Smokehouse developed by Food Network star and longtime partner Guy Fieri, the Fahrenheit 555 steakhouse, the Cucina del Capitano Italian restaurant, and the RedFrog Pub.
A new WaterWorks aqua park featuring the new AquaTunnel slide as well as a SportSquare open-air recreation complex with a suspended ropes course will be added as well. All of the ship’s staterooms will be renovated with a tropical color palette and new décor.
Itinerary and homeport details for Carnival Radiance will be announced shortly.