Shaquille O'Neal is the Chief Fun Officer at Carnival
Have you heard the one about Shaquille O'Neal and the “Big Chicken”?
Carnival Cruise Line has announced that the Carnival Radiance will be the first cruise ship to feature “Big Chicken,” a seagoing version of a new restaurant created by Carnival's Chief Fun Officer, NBA Hall of Famer Shaquille O'Neal.
“As Chief Fun Officer, I want to bring even more fun to every aspect of a Carnival cruise, including what guests eat,” Shaquille O'Neal shared. “Big Chicken has been a dream of mine and now that our land-based restaurant is open, it's only natural to bring it to sea, as well. I'm really excited that Carnival Radiance guests will be able to enjoy my own delicious creations alongside all the other great food offerings on board.”
The menu will feature a variety of fried chicken sandwiches and fries. You can also order the chicken grilled if you're looking for a healthier variation.
O'Neal opened his first land-based Big Chicken restaurant in Las Vegas in late October 2018. The seagoing adaptation Big Chicken aboard Carnival Radiance will be incorporated into the 102,000-ton ship following a $200 million refurbishment in Cadiz, Spain, in 2020.
“Shaq has brought so much to our brand as Chief Fun Officer and we are always looking for ways to expand on this wonderful relationship and provide our guests with new ways to Choose Fun,” said Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line. “Knowing his passion for food and fun, we're thrilled to work with Shaq to bring the first Big Chicken at sea aboard the totally transformed Carnival Radiance.”
A variety of fried chicken sandwiches will be featured, with playful monikers inspired by Shaq's litany of clever nicknames for himself, along with his own take on traditional sides.
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, a classic American steakhouse called Fahrenheit 555, the Cucina del Capitano family-style Italian restaurant, and the Caribbean-inspired RedFrog Pub.
Itinerary and homeport details for Carnival Radiance are expected to be announced in the near future.