Thursday, December 3, 2009

Carnival Corp Orders New Ship For Carnival Cruise Lines

It was no surprise this week when Carnival Corp announced it has has reached an agreement with Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri to construct a new ship. What was surprising is that the ship will be a 130,000-ton cruise vessel for its Carnival Cruise Lines brand. Hints last month at the Carnival Dream U.S. preview suggested that the next cruise line in the Carnival family of brands to get a new ship would be Princess Cruises.

Scheduled to enter service in spring 2012, the new 3,690-passenger vessel will offer many of the same innovations featured on the recently launched Carnival Dream, as well as some exciting new elements to be announced at a later date. Like Carnival Dream, which has earned accolades for its creative design and on-board amenities, the new ship will include a WaterWorks aqua park with a 300-foot-long corkscrew water slide, a stunning indoor/outdoor cafĂ© and live entertainment venue called Ocean Plaza, and a wide range of staterooms including deluxe ocean views with two-bathrooms, some of which feature five berths and hold particular appeal for families. Expansive, modern facilities for children and teens, a 23,750-square-foot Cloud 9 Spa, and The Lanai, an outdoor promenade featuring cantilevered whirlpools that extend over the ship’s sides, will be included, as well.

Already under construction at Fincantieri is the second sister ship to the Carnival Dream, the 130,000-ton Carnival Magic, which is scheduled to enter service in May 2011.

“Barely in service for two months, Carnival Dream is already earning rave reviews from guests and travel agents and ordering a third Dream-class ship speaks volumes about the confidence we have in the continued success of this series,” said Gerry Cahill, Carnival Cruise Lines’ president and CEO. “The Dream class of ships embodies the evolution of our brand by providing the type of fun, affordable vacations that today’s consumers are seeking,” he added.

It's also no surprise that Carnival Corp isn't going after the biggest-ship-in-the-world prize. As Cahill indicated, that's not what Carnival Cruise Lines, or Carnival Corp brands are all about. To get an idea of what ship size means to your cruise experience, Cruise Diva explains why SIZE Matters.

Don't let the Travel Bloggers' Caravan pass you by!

Today's Caravan stop is where Kathy McCabe is giving away a one-year online subscription to Dream of Italy newsletter & DVD

At tomorrow's stop,, Shannon McKenna Schmidt & Joni Rendon have a Literary Travel Prize Pack (a tote bag, book, travel kit, note cards, tea, bookmarks, and a keychain) for a lucky winner.

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