Carnival Dream Embarks On Inaugural Cruise

The newest and largest ship of Carnival Cruise Lines, Carnival Dream, makes its inaugural cruise today from the Italian port of Civitavecchia. The vessel will take guests on a 12-day Grand Mediterranean voyage, calling at Barcelona, Dubrovnik, Messina, Monaco, Naples, Livorno and Venice.


The 130,000-GRT ship was handed over to Carnival in a traditional maritime ceremony at Fincantieri’s Monfalcone shipyard and incorporates a host of innovations. Guests can look forward to a sprawling Carnival WaterWorks aqua park featuring the longest water slide at sea, cantilevered whirlpools and a wraparound promenade at The Lanai, outdoor laser shows and movies at the Waves Lido pool and a 2,206-square meter Cloud 9 Spa. Other entertainment options onboard include a comedy club featuring 24-hour performances, the Jackpot Casino, the adult-only retreat area Serenity and the Ocean Plaza, an indoor/outdoor venue featuring live music performances.


Dining options are spearheaded by The Crimson and The Gathering formal dining rooms offering extensive menus and wine lists. For casual dining, Carnival Dream offers a variety of restaurants and cafes serving a multitude of cuisines, ranging from The Chef’s Art Steakhouse and its USDA prime beef to delectable sushi at Wasabi and freshly baked pastries, specialty coffees and world famous teas at the Plaza Cafe. Guests can also find a 24-hour pizzeria, a pasta bar and Indian tandoor specialties onboard, before heading for the ship’s bars and clubs, including the Caliente Dance Club, The Song Jazz Bar, Sam’s Piano Bar and the Scarlet Lounge.


The ship also offers a host of accomodation categories, ranging from well-equipped Interior Staterooms to the luxurious Penthouse Suites with its own walk-in closets, to suit the varied needs of guests. Travelling families will appreciate the additional space and amenities of the 2-bath, 5-berth staterooms, while the Cove Balcony cabins offer spectacular views from its proximity to the waterline. The Cloud 9 staterooms and suites also feature private access to the spa and exclusive spa amenities.


Carnival Dream will sail a 16-day transatlantic crossing on 27 October 2009 following its Mediterranean voyages to New York, where she will operate a special 2-day cruise to nowhere and 2 8-day Caribbean sailings. The vessel will then reposition to homeport in Port Canaveral in Florida to cruise the Caribbean year-round. The 23rd vessel and the first of a new class of ships in Carnival Cruise Line’s fleet, Carnival Dream will be joined in 2011 by her sister ship Carnival Magic, currently under construction in Italy.


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