MIAMI- (February 15, 2010) â€” The 2,974-passenger Carnival Glory has resumed Caribbean service from Miami following a multi-million-dollar renovation that added a host of new facilities and features, including a Serenity adults-only retreat, a 270-square-foot Seaside Theatre poolside LED screen, and a Circle â€œCâ€ facility for 12- to 14- year olds.
Eighteen new balconies were also incorporated onto existing ocean view staterooms and a new Mongolian wok venue was added to the casual poolside restaurant. Bow-to-stern Wi-Fi access was added, as well.
From February to May, Carnival Glory operates seasonal seven-day cruises from Miami, alternating weekly to the eastern and western Caribbean. Seven-day eastern Caribbean cruises visit Half Moon Cay, St. Thomas, San Juan and Grand Turk, while the western route features Grand Cayman, Isla Roatan, Belize and Cozumel.
The ship will then be deployed to New York where it will offer a series of four- and five-day Atlantic Canada voyages from June 6 â€“ September 6, 2010, followed by a series of seven-day Canada/New England cruises, from September 11 â€“ October 9.
â€œWe are constantly looking for ways to improve and expand our product to deliver fun and memorable vacations to our guests while at the same time offering exceptional value,â€ said Gerry Cahill, Carnivalâ€™s president and CEO. â€œThe new Seaside Theatre, adults-only area and Circle â€˜Câ€™ facility, which are all available to our guests on a complimentary basis, serve to enhance an already terrific, value-packed vacation choice,â€ he added.
New Seaside Theatre
Located poolside on Lido Deck is the Carnival Gloryâ€™s new â€œSeaside Theatre,â€ a massive 270-square-foot LED screen displaying movies, concerts, sporting events, and other programming, including the popular â€œMorning Showâ€ hosted by the shipâ€™s cruise director. Utilizing the same technology featured in large stadiums and New Yorkâ€™s Times Square, the state-of-the-art entertainment system includes a 70,000-watt sound system, providing concert quality sound, even outdoors.
New Balcony Accommodations
During dry dock, 18 new balconies were added to existing Spa Deck accommodations, creating spacious 220-square-foot verandah staterooms. They are conveniently located next to the shipâ€™s 14,500-square-foot â€œSpa Carnivalâ€ facility offering sophisticated exercise equipment, expansive workout facilities and a variety of soothing European-style treatments.
With the addition of these newly reconfigured staterooms, nearly 40 percent of the Carnival Gloryâ€™s 1,487 cabins now feature private balconies.
New Adults-Only Retreat
Another popular feature added during the dry dock is Serenity, a two-level adults-only retreat located forward on Sun Deck and Sky Deck. Designed as an oceangoing oasis for relaxation, with decorative latticework and teak-style decking, this area features different styles of seating, including shaded sun loungers and hammocks, a full bar, and two oversized whirlpools.
Circle â€œCâ€ Facility for 12- to 14-Year-Olds
A new Circle â€œCâ€ facility catering to 12- to 14-year-olds has been added as part of the lineâ€™s unique offerings for kids. The center features a high-tech sound and lighting system, plasma-screen TVs displaying movies and music videos, and gaming pods with the latest video games and consoles.
A new Mongolian wok option was added to the Carnival Gloryâ€™s Red Sail casual restaurant located poolside on Lido Deck. At the new venue, guests can select their favorite meat, sauce, vegetables and other ingredients and watch as a chef creates their custom-designed stir fry dish right before their eyes.
Additionally, the Golden dining room, located forward, was reconfigured for Your Time Dining providing guests the option of open seating between 5:45 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. nightly.
For additional information and reservations on the Carnival Glory or any other vessel in the â€œFun Shipâ€ fleet, contact any travel agent, call or visit carnival.com.