Yesterday Carnival Cruise Lines released details on it’s largest ever “Fun Ship,” the 130,000-ton Carnival Dream. The ship will offer a new entertainment concept called “The Piazza”, plus cantilevered whirlpools, new types of staterooms and elaborate children’s facilities. “It’s a new era of Fun Ship cruising,” says Carnival.
The Carnival Dream will debut in Europe on September 21, 2009 before before moving to year-round service from Port Canaveral in December 2009.
New types of accommodations on Carnival Dream include ‘cove’ balcony staterooms located closer to the waterline that offer views and value. New deluxe ocean-view staterooms sport two bathrooms and extra room, with families in mind. Other family-friendly accommodations will sleep five people.
The Piazza is designed as a relaxing oasis during the day that converts into a bustling entertainment complex at night. This indoor/outdoor café and live music venue will sport a bandstand and circular dance floor, with a curving glass wall dividing the indoor and outdoor areas. The Piazza will offer full bar service and an espresso bar offering gelato and baked goods, along with high-speed Internet access.
The traditional promenade will go to new heights with a half-mile, open-air promenade encircling the ship on Deck 5. In addition to deck chairs and space for strolling, the promenade will offer four whirlpools cantilevered over the sea.
Five levels above, the Lido will offer the largest open deck area of any Carnival ship and a tropical, resort-style main pool, large LED screen, a Serenity adults-only retreat and other features.
A new dance club concept with indoor/outdoor access will be reached via an 11-deck-high atrium with a cantilevered bandstand atop a massive ground-level dance floor.
There will be children’s programs for three age groups and an expansive Carnival WaterWorks aqua park, as well as a two-level miniature golf course.
Other features include a 23,750-square-foot Cloud 9 Spa, with 65 adjacent spa staterooms and suites.