Saturday, March 14, 2009

Carnival Dream Will Feature A "DrainPipe"

A new rendering of the cruise industry’s most exhilarating and unique water slide, The DrainPipe, aboard the new Carnival Dream, showcases the many features of the elaborate 104-foot-long attraction. The 130,000-ton Carnival Dream will be the line's largest ship when it enters service Sept 21.

The DrainPipe–which is comprised of a giant funnel attached to an enclosed spiral water slide to providing riders with a thrilling conclusion to their journey–will be a central component to the ship’s sprawling WaterWorks aqua park. WaterWorks will also feature a four-deck-high, 303-foot-long enclosed corkscrew water slide–the longest in cruising–along with twin dual-lane 80-foot-long racing slides and water spray apparatus such as squirting fountains, splash zones, and dump buckets.

WaterWorks is just one of the many innovations featured on the 3,646-passenger vessel, which will also include a new concept in entertainment called Ocean Plaza, cantilevered whirlpools that extend out over the ship’s beam, and a 23,750-square-foot Cloud 9 Spa–the largest in the “Fun Ship” fleet. A wide range of accommodation categories, including new “cove balcony” staterooms located closer to the water line and deluxe ocean view staterooms with five berths and two bathrooms, will also be featured.

Carnival Dream is scheduled to debut with three 12-day Mediterranean cruises round-trip from Rome (Civitavecchia) Sept 21–Oct 15 followed by a 16-day trans-Atlantic crossing from Rome (Civitavecchia) to New York Oct 27–Nov 12, 2009. Following two 8-day departures from New York, Carnival Dream will sail on a special 9-day voyage from Port Canaveral before launching year-round 7-day Caribbean service from that port Dec 5, 2009.

Video footage of Carnival employees testing the new DrainPipe attraction is available on Carnival’s news blog.

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