Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Cruise News: Carnival Dream Dry Dock Adds New Features

Namesake of Carnival Cruise Line’s “Dream Class,” the Carnival Dream began a two-week dry dock last weekend that will add some of the line’s innovative “Fun Ship” 2.0 features being instituted across the fleet. Included during the dry dock will be two new bars—RedFrog Rum Bar and BlueIguana Tequila Bar—along with Cherry on Top, a retail outlet specializing in confections, custom apparel, and other merchandise.

RedFrog Rum Bar offers the vibe of the tropics, with refreshing Caribbean rum-based frozen drinks and beers, including Carnival’s private label draft brew, ThirstyFrog Red. Just across the deck will be BlueIguana Tequila Bar, providing a laid-back Mexican-themed atmosphere offering delicious tequila-based frozen drinks and Mexican beers. Cherry on Top celebrates the joys of simple indulgences with bins of bulk candy, fun-and-fanciful gifts, just-because novelties, colorful custom apparel, and more.

As you can see in the photo here, workers have already begun the process of preparing the Carnival Dream’s Lido Deck for the addition of the two new poolside watering holes which are part of the $500 million enhancement program that was introduced after Carnival Dream’s entered service in 2008. Sadly, it appears that the ship will not get other popular features that subsequent “Dream Class” sister-ships had upon launch, such as the RedFrog Pub (on Carnival Magic and Carnival Breeze) and Guy’s Burger Joint (on Carnival Breeze).

These new options complement the wide variety of on-board features already available on Carnival Dream, including an expansive WaterWorks aqua park, an indoor/outdoor café/live entertainment venue called Ocean Plaza, and The Lanai, a half-mile wraparound outdoor promenade with whirlpools that extend out over the ship’s sides. Following the dry dock, Carnival Dream is scheduled to resume its year-round 7-day Caribbean schedule from Port Canaveral, FL, Sept 22.

Image Courtesy of Carnival Cruise Lines

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