Do you remember the announcement that was made back in 1996? You know, the one that went something like this:
One of the World’s Largest Ship Delivered To Carnival Cruise Lines
MIAMI, Oct. 17/PRNewswire/ — “Carnival Cruise Lines today took delivery of the world’s first 100,000-gross-registered-ton cruise ship, the Carnival Destiny, which will enter seven-day Caribbean service from Miami in late November.
In dockside ceremonies at the Fincantieri shipyard in Monfalcone, Italy, where the massive, $400 million vessel has been under construction for the past two years, the Carnival corporate flag was raised on the ship’s mast for the first time. Command of the vessel was turned over to Captain Giovanni Gallo.” Well, Carnival Cruise Lines has done it again, not with the addition of the world’s largest cruise ship (that title goes to Royal Caribbean’s latest addition, Oasis of the Seas), but with the addition of the fleets largest cruise ship – the 130,000-ton Carnival Dream.
Carnival Dream entered service on September 21, 2009. Dream plans to welcome a sister, Carnival Magic in June of 2011. The Carnival Dream inaugural festivities took place live in NYC on November 12th 2009 at 4 p.m. EST. Dream was officially welcomed to the Carnival Cruise Lines fleet with an “uplifting and entertaining ceremony,” according to the
official Carnival Cruise Lines website.
At a cost estimated at $740 million, Carnival Dream can hold 3,652 passengers or up to 4,631 if all upper berths are full, plus 1,369 crewmembers. The ship features the world’s longest waterslide at sea. The 303-foot-long enclosed corkscrew waterslide is four decks high, along with twin dual-lane 80-foot-long racing slides and water spray apparatus featuring squirting fountains, dump buckets, and splash zones.
Dream also features an 11,250-square-feet adults-only area, a 40,000 square foot spa called Cloud 9 Spa and the largest children’s facilities at sea (19,000 square feet). Carnival Dream also features a seaside theater with a 12’ x 22‘ LED screen. Adults will enjoy casinos, restaurants, and dance clubs, as well as a wide selection of staterooms to suit every taste. Staterooms include: interior, ocean view, balcony, suites, and penthouse suites.
Carnival Dream will travel to Alaska, Bahamas & Florida, Bermuda, Canada & New England, the Caribbean, Europe, Hawaii, and Mexico. Carnival Dream will also offer the popular “Cruise to Nowhere,” where guests can spend 2 days cruising the seas while enjoying all that Carnival Dream has to offer. Dream will also offer a number of amazing shore excursions. Depending on the destination, shore excursions may include: stingray adventures, kayaking, dolphin watching, beach buggy adventures, sea treks, ocean races, submarine tours, glacier treks, and more.
If you want to book a Carnival Dream cruise, visit the official Carnival Cruise Lines website at www.carnival.com or contact a cruise travel agent to get started.