The largest Carnival Cruise Lines ship ever constructed, the 3,646-passenger Carnival Dream debuted September 21, with a host of innovations. Features include Ocean Plaza, a stunning indoor/outdoor café and entertainment venue; the most elaborate children’s facilities at sea, including a huge Carnival WaterWorks aqua park; “scenic whirlpools” that extend over the ship’s beam; and a variety of new stateroom categories, including two-bath, five-berth cabins that have particular appeal to families.
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“Families today are looking for a vacation that provides children of all ages with a wide variety of fun-filled activities, all at outstanding value. We’ve taken everything we’ve learned over the years and incorporated it into the design of Carnival Dream whose unmatched combination of spacious facilities, unique outdoor features and enthusiastic staff makes it the ultimate family vacation,” said Roberta Jacoby, Carnival’s senior vice president of hotel operations.
The focal point of Carnival Dream’s children’s activities is Camp Carnival, an expansive play area on Deck 11, divided into three distinct sections, each catering to a different age group.
The first area, designed for children ages 2 to 5, features an arts and crafts centre and a variety of age-appropriate toys and games; the second, aimed at six- to eight-year-olds, offers video game consoles such as PlayStation2 and Wii linked to the latest plasma TV screens; and the third, catering to kids 9 to 11, includes a karaoke machine, air hockey and foosball tables and PlayStation2 and Wii video game consoles. Camp Carnival will also serve as the site for Carnival’s babysitting services, which are available from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. nightly
Carnival Cruise LinesLocated on Deck 4, the Circle “C” centre gives ’tweens a place to call their own, with a dance floor, DJ, a video jukebox and Internet workstations, providing the perfect place to just kick back and relax. Adjacent to Circle “C” is Club O2, a teen club where older kids can make new friends, and dance to the latest hits cranked out by a high-energy disc jockey. Designed as the ultimate “chill” space, this expansive room also includes a soda bar, music-listening stations and a state-of-the-art sound and lighting system.
The ship also boasts Carnival WaterWorks, the largest and most elaborate water park at sea. In addition to a four-deck-high corkscrew water, there’s another 30-metre-long spiral water slide that leads into a giant funnel; twin double-lane 24-metre-long racing slides and various water spray apparatus.
Teens can also enjoy Carnival’s popular Y-Spa youth spa program offering a variety of soothing treatments.
Carnival Dream’s family friendly features even extend to the ship’s accommodations, which include spacious deluxe ocean view staterooms with a unique configuration featuring two bathrooms. In addition to twin beds that convert to a king and ample closet space, the extra-roomy cabins include one full bathroom and a second bathroom with a junior tub, shower and sink. In addition to dozens of inter-connecting staterooms, many of the Carnival Dream’s accommodations can hold up to five guests.
And then there is the food. In addition to a grille serving hamburgers and hot dogs, The Gathering casual poolside restaurant offers 24-hour pizza and ice cream while extensive children’s menus, with a daily junior special promising something new each day, are available in the main dining rooms. And with Carnival’s “dining under the stars” program, kids can also enjoy a meal with the youth staff in the Lido restaurant allowing parents to have a night to themselves.
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Carnival Dream boasts the largest adults-only retreat in the line’s fleet. Created as an oceangoing oasis for relaxation, the Serenity area encompasses two levels and accommodates up to 200 guests who can select from seven different styles of seating, from plush chaise lounges and chairs to shaded sun loungers and even hammocks. The area also features a full bar on the lower level in a shaded area, while the upper level offers two whirlpools with magnificent sea views.
“Guests choose a Carnival vacation to relax, laugh and have a great time, and comedy shows are one of our most popular entertainment offerings,” said Roger Blum, Carnival’s vice president of cruise programming. “On the Carnival Dream there will be 24 performances during each voyage, providing guests multiple opportunities to enjoy a highly talented roster of comics providing endless laughs in a fun and entertaining environment.”
The Burgundy Lounge hosts the line’s first comedy club featuring six comedy shows on four different nights during each voyage. Six 35-minute shows are presented nightly, with the last two performances R-rated, adult-only shows.
Carnival Dream’s comedy club is one of several entertainment options that offer guests an unparalleled mix of entertainment and activity choices from early in the morning to late at night.
In addition to three spell-binding production revues that feature elaborate sets and costumes, state-of-the-art video technology and sophisticated special effects, there are a multitude of entertainment choices, ranging from solo singers, comedians, and live bands to “Fun Force,” the line’s high-energy acrobatic team, which performs in different areas throughout the ship.
Ocean Plaza is an indoor/outdoor café/live music venue with activities and entertainment from 9 a.m. until 1 a.m. Here, guests can relax with specialty coffees and sweets and enjoy a variety of live music, from rock and roll bands to a Latin trio, classical pianists, solo singers and more.
Located on Promenade Deck 5, Ocean Plaza also serves as the venue for activities ranging from scrapbooking classes and trivia contests to karaoke, and art, spa and photo seminars. Jugglers and magic shows are also presented, along with the Fun Force.
Carnival Cruise LinesAnd for the connected generation, Carnival Dream offers the FunHub, a comprehensive shipboard intranet portal featuring the cruise industry’s first on-board social network, along with access to a wide variety of information on the ship’s services, facilities and daily activities.
The on-board social network mirrors other social networking sites. Guests can create a personal profile and use the application to meet and interact with others on board, send and receive private messages, create groups based on interests, and invite friends to attend shows or participate in on-board events. Guests can also create their own private or public discussion group.
Finally, 15-minute nighttime laser shows, the line’s first, will feature choreographed lasers projecting brilliant aerial patterns of blue, red and green set to music by popular artists such as Styx, Rush, Van Halen, Boston and Pink Floyd.
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“We’ve conducted extensive research that shows that in today’s economy consumers are seeking a vacation that offers a multitude of delicious dining choices without a lot of added costs,” said Roberta Jacoby. “The dining options aboard the Carnival Dream represent the culmination of our wide-ranging consumer research efforts, while showcasing the incredible talents of our master chefs.”
Carnival is known for offering the widest variety of casual dining options at sea, and Carnival Dream continues that tradition with the two-level casual eatery, The Gathering, offering breakfast, lunch and dinner ranging from Italian and Tex-Mex to tandoori and Asian specialties – and just about everything in between.
New is a pasta bar where guests have their choice of pasta, sauce and ingredients to create a custom-made dish or enjoy traditional Italian favourites such as Portobello ravioli and pasta carbonara. The Gathering also houses the popular 24-hour pizzeria with seven kinds of pies and calzone, Caesar salad and garlic bread.
Plus, The Gathering is the place to find the burrito bar, a Mongolian wok offering custom-made stir-fries; Taste of the Nations, featuring a different international cuisine each day; a New York–style deli; a tandoori oven offering Indian-style chicken, fish and meatballs; a grille serving hot dogs, hamburgers and grilled chicken sandwiches; 35-item salad bar; and 24-hour frozen yogurt.
The Promenade Deck features Wasabi, a sushi bar serving complimentary sushi, as well as sake.
The Scarlet and Crimson main dining rooms offer a more formal experience along with a choice of six different appetizers and soups, two salads and six entrees each night.
Also, Carnival Classics selections, including char-broiled steak made with the line’s signature rub, grilled chicken and pasta dishes, along with a decadent dessert menu offering six different selections, including the cruise industry’s most popular dessert — the Warm Chocolate Melting Cake — are offered nightly.
Both dining room menus also feature Spa Carnival Fare selections, delicious, guilt-free items that are lower in calories, cholesterol, sodium and fat content, plus vegetarian choices and children’s menus.
Clients looking for a more intimate dining experience, can book into The Chef’s Art, Carnival Dream’s steakhouse-style restaurant.
This 139-seat venue offers a sumptuous menu of prime dry-aged U.S.D.A. beef – selections include a nine-ounce filet, 14-ounce strip loin, 18-ounce grilled prime rib chop and 24-ounce porterhouse – along with lobster tail, lamb chops, Chilean sea bass and Maine Lobster ravioli. Creamed spinach, Wasabi mashed potatoes, sautéed mushrooms and traditional sauces complete the steakhouse experience. Reservations are recommended and there is a charge of $30 per person.
Carnival Dream sails year-round seven-day service from Port Canaveral on weeklong voyages to the eastern and western Caribbean.