Carnival Cruise Lines has announced a new program by which it will get rid of those pesky people who save lounge chairs all day but don’t actually use them. Staff members, called “team monitors,” will be patrolling the decks to make sure those towel-marked chairs actually have bums in them.
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Carnival Cruise Lines announced on Tuesday morning that Carnival Destiny will undergo a 49-day $155-million dollar refit in April 2013, a refit so dramatic that it’ll change the ships name from Carnival Destiny to Carnival Sunshine.
Along with adding the lines current Fun Ship 2.0 enhancements, the line will also add even more food, entertainment, staterooms, and shopping venues.
“This is our most ambitious ship conversion project to date and it will radically transform the Carnival Destiny into essentially an entirely new ship offering a variety of exciting dining and beverage choices, spectacular outdoor spaces and entertainment options, and on-board innovations not available anywhere else,” said Gerry Cahill, Carnival president and CEO.
So what’s being added?
- BlueIguana Cantina, poolside Mexican venue
- Guy’s Burger Joint
- Fahrenheit 555, a steakhouse
- Cucina del Capitano, Italian venue
- Asian dining venue
- Poolside Lido
- Comfort Marketplace, a comfort food addition to the Lido Marketplace
Outside and Entertainment
- The first three-deck Adults Only Serenity area
- Seaside Theater
- Punchliner Comedy Brunch
- Hasbro, the Game Show.
- Newly designed Camp Carnival
Carnival will also add the popular Ocean Plaza on Carnival Sunshine along with adding 182 new staterooms.
Carnival Sunshine will launch its year-round seven-day cruise schedule from New Orleans on Nov. 24, 2013, offering three-different week-long Caribbean itineraries. Carnival Sunshine will replace Carnival Conquest in New Orleans, whose new home hasn’t been announced yet.
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Carnival Splendor will offer three South America voyages in February and March 2013. A 17-day “South America Explorer” cruise will depart Long Beach Feb. 3 and arrive Santiago (Valparaiso), Chile, Feb. 20, 2013, visiting Cabo San Lucas and Huatulco, Mexico; Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala; Quito (Manta), Ecuador, where guests can embark on an excursion to the Galapagos; Lima (Callao), Peru, offering an opportunity to visit Machu Picchu; and Arica, Chile.
A 13-day “Fjords, Glaciers & Patagonia” voyage will operate from Santiago (Valparaiso) to Buenos Aires, Argentina, Feb. 20 to March 5, 2013, calling at Puerto Montt, Chile, before cruising the Chilean Fjords and Darwin Channel. This breathtaking itinerary is followed by calls at Punta Arenas, Chile; Ushuaia and Puerto Madryn, Argentina; and Montevideo, Uruguay.
An 18-day “Brazilian & Caribbean Splendor” voyage sailing from Buenos Aires to New York March 5-23, 2013, will feature ports that include Rio de Janeiro, Salvador, Recife, and Fortaleza, Brazil; Bridgetown, Barbados; and Grand Turk, Turks & Caicos Islands.
Disney Cruise Line is estimating to launch the Disney Fantasy on April 7, 2012. A sister ship to the Disney Dream, it will weigh in at approximately 128,000 Gross Registered Tons (GRT) and carry 4,000 passengers. The Disney Fantasy will homeport from Port Canaveral and offer seven-night Caribbean itineraries.
The 4,000-passenger Fantasy will sail week-long Caribbean cruises from Port Canaveral. Its maiden voyage is scheduled for March 31, 2012.
Carnival Cruise Lines will be launching its third Dream-class cruise ship in Spring 2012 . The Breeze is another Dream-class ship which is Carnival’s largest class of ship at 130,000 GRT and carrying 3,690 passengers. Similar to the Carnival Magic, the Carnival Breeze will feature the signature Waterworks and Cloud 9 Spa. Once the Breeze is launched, Carnival will have 24 ships on the sea.
Once launched, she will have a series of 12-day Mediterranean cruises before repositioning in November to the Port of Miami for year-round six- and eight-day Caribbean cruises.
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Carnival Cruise Lines will be cruising from the Big Apple on a year-round basis beginning in April 2012, a first for the line.
The 2,124-passenger Carnival Miracle will be homeported in New York doing eight-day cruises to the Caribbean and Bahamas, officials said.
From April to October, 2012, the Spirit-class ship will cruise from New York to San Juan, St. Thomas and Grand Turk; alternating with a Bahamas itinerary that calls at the private Bahamas island of Half Moon Cay (operated by sister line Holland America), Grand Turk and Nassau.
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Considering going on the Carnival Dream to the E Caribbean on Nov 5. Is there anyone else planning to take this cruise? Travelling alone and sure would be nice to meet up with others.
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