MIAMI, July 16 â€“ â€œCarnivalâ€™s Seaside Theatresâ€ — jumbo-sized LED screens currently featured poolside on five Carnival â€œFun Ships,â€ including the new 113,300-ton Carnival Splendor which debuted earlier this month â€“- will be expanded to an additional five vessels over the next year. The massive 270-square-foot screens display a variety of programming, including movies, concerts, news, sporting events and the entertaining â€œMorning Showsâ€ which are hosted by the shipsâ€™ respective cruise directors. Additionally, during Carnivalâ€™s lively deck parties, music videos, along with live shots of the band and party guests, are displayed.
The first â€œSeaside Theatreâ€ debuted aboard the 110,000-ton Carnival Liberty in 2005 and the concept proved so popular with guests that the facilities have been incorporated into all of the lineâ€™s subsequent new ship projects, including the 130,000-ton Carnival Dream currently under construction and set to debut Sept. 12, 2009.
The 101,000-ton Carnival Destiny and 102,000-ton Carnival Triumph will also be retrofitted with â€œSeaside Theatresâ€ during scheduled dry docks later this year with the 110,000-ton Carnival Conquest and Carnival Glory set to receive the screens next year.
â€œThe â€˜Seaside Theatreâ€™ concept has resonated very positively with guests, providing a fun and interesting outdoor diversion that is enjoyed both during daytime and nighttime hours,â€ said Ruben Rodriguez, Carnivalâ€™s executive vice president of marketing and guest experience. â€œIn addition to popular movies and major sporting events, our shipboard staff has made maximum use of the â€˜Seaside Theatres,â€™ broadcasting custom-designed programming such as the engaging Morning Shows which have been a tremendous hit with guests,â€ he added.
The 12-foot-high by 22-foot-wide screens utilize the same technology featured in large stadiums and New Yorkâ€™s Times Square and can be seen during both the day and evening hours. In addition to superior picture quality, the state-of-the-art entertainment system includes a 70,000-watt sound system, providing concert quality sound, even outdoors.
For additional information and reservations on the â€œFun Shipâ€ vacation experience, contact any travel agent, call 1-800-CARNIVAL or visit www.carnival.com