The 2,056-passenger Carnival Fantasy has resumed its popular four- and five-day cruise schedule from New Orleans following a 28-day dry dock that included the addition of an expansive new water park, exclusive adults-only area, redesigned main pool and a new â€œCircle Câ€ facility for 12-to 14-year-olds.
The shipâ€™s suites and dining venues were also renovated and new dining options such as a Mongolian wok and rotisserie were added.
The new features are part of the lineâ€™s $250 million â€œEvolutions of Funâ€ refurbishment program for its eight Fantasy-class ships.
In conjunction with the Carnival Fantasyâ€™s resumption of service from New Orleans, the company has partnered with five New Orleans-based radio stations on a promotion called â€œGive Fun Back,â€ which kicks off Oct. 20 and is designed to reward deserving individuals with a â€œFun Shipâ€ cruise vacation. Based on nominations submitted by listeners, five winners will be selected, with each receiving a complimentary cruise on the Carnival Fantasy for up to four guests.
Exciting New Top-Deck Enhancements
A signature element of Carnival Fantasyâ€™s new â€œEvolutions of Funâ€ upgrades is Carnival WaterWorks, an expansive aqua park towering over Verandah Deck. Designed with all-ages appeal, the sprawling, open-air facility includes a 300-foot-long spiral water slide â€“ the longest at sea â€“ along with twin 82-foot-long racing slides and various water spray apparatus.
Located aft on Promenade Deck and offering magnificent ocean views is â€œSerenity,â€ an exclusive new adults-only retreat. Intended as an oasis for relaxation and comfort, â€œSerenityâ€ offers plush chaise lounges and chairs, colorful oversized umbrellas, and two large whirlpools. Here, guests can sip a variety of icy cocktails and frozen drinks or enjoy a light meal or snack from the nearby Lido restaurant.
The third element of the â€œEvolutions of Funâ€ top deck upgrades is a totally redesigned â€œresort-styleâ€ pool located mid-ship on Lido Deck featuring thatched roofing and large faux palm trees. Vibrant oversized umbrellas, comfortable deck chairs and a colorful tiled â€œbeachâ€ encircling the poolâ€™s edge enhance the decidedly tropical ambiance.
New Dining Upgrades, â€˜Circle Câ€™ Center, Updated Suites
The shipâ€™s Celebration and Jubilee main dining rooms, as well as the causal poolside Windows on the Sea Bar & Grill, have been renovated with striking new interiors, and updated carpeting, tile work and furniture. Windows on the Sea also features a new Mongolian wok where guests can select their choice of meat, vegetables, and noodles and have the dish prepared before their eyes. A rotisserie has been added, as well, with roasted chicken, beef, and lamb, along with a variety of side dishes and accompaniments.
A new â€œCircle Câ€ facility catering to the 12- to 14-year-olds has also been incorporated into Atlantic Deck forward. The center features a high-tech sound and lighting system, plasma-screen TVs displaying movies and music videos, a touch-screen jukebox, and gaming pods with the latest video games and consoles.
Cosmetic enhancements were also made to other shipboard areas, including renovated guest corridors and public bathrooms, a brand new dÃ©cor and technical enhancements to the Electricity dance club, a host of new artwork, and updated furniture and fixtures in many staterooms.
Additionally, all of the shipâ€™s 54 suites were remodeled with updated wall coverings, carpeting, tile work and lighting fixtures, as well as new bathrooms. A number of connecting staterooms were incorporated, as well.
The namesake vessel of the 70,000-ton Fantasy-class, Carnival Fantasy currently operates four- and five-day western Caribbean cruises from New Orleans. On this route, four-day cruises depart Thursdays and visit Cozumel while five-day voyages depart Mondays and Saturdays and call at Cozumel and Progreso.
Carnival Fantasy will sail from New Orleans through Nov. 5, 2009, then reposition to Mobile, Ala., to operate a special six-day cruise departing Nov. 10 followed by the launch of year-round four- and five-day service from that port Nov. 16. Carnival Fantasy will be replaced in New Orleans by the 2,758-passenger Carnival Triumph in Nov. 2009.
Carnival is currently accepting reservations on the Carnival Fantasyâ€™s departures from both New Orleans and Mobile. For additional information and reservations, call 1-800-CARNIVAL or visit carnival.com.