MIAMI (August 7, 2007) Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Carnival Cruise Lines is unveiling specific design details for its stunning new resort-style pool areas and spectacular Ã¢â‚¬Å“Carnival WaterWorksÃ¢â‚¬Â aqua parks on its eight Fantasy-class ships, part of the lineÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s $250 million Ã¢â‚¬Å“Evolutions of FunÃ¢â‚¬Â enhancement program.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“A quintessential part of the Carnival cruise experience centers around the shipsÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ pools and outdoor decks,Ã¢â‚¬Â said Vicki Freed, CarnivalÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s senior vice president of sales and marketing. Ã¢â‚¬Å“With the Ã¢â‚¬ËœEvolutions of FunÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ program, we have focused very heavily on making these areas absolutely fabulous.Ã¢â‚¬Â
The new resort-style main pool areas, located mid-ship on Lido Deck, will feature striking umbrellas providing shaded seating at poolÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s edge along the tiled Ã¢â‚¬Å“beachÃ¢â‚¬Â bordering the circumference of the pool. The pool and beach area will feature eye-catching blue tile with yellow accents, reminiscent of the CaribbeanÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s aqua waters infused with tropical sunshine.
A thatched roof will cover one of the two whirlpools at either end of the swimming pool, providing guests the option of shaded or sunny relaxation in the bubbling water. Towering faux palm trees, along with more thatched roofing over new, centrally positioned staircases further enhance the tropical resort-style ambiance.
New mosaic tiles behind the two bars which occupy the forward corners of the deck area, along with thatch-work above, will create a fresh look, while the bar stool seating areas are given a more spacious, open feel by the removal of staircases previously positioned just in front that partially blocked views to the open deck. New tile-work and thatched roofing elements will also be featured in the outdoor food service area just behind the performance stage.
Spectacular new Ã¢â‚¬Å“Carnival WaterWorksÃ¢â‚¬Â aqua parks will be introduced on Verandah Deck aft on Fantasy-class ships and will feature a four-deck-high, 300-foot-long spiraling tube water slide, the biggest, longest and most elaborate in cruising. A separate 82-foot-long triple-lane waterslide will be featured, as well, while much of this deck area will be occupied by an expansive spray park that will offer multiple and varied water spray apparatus, creating cool and exhilarating fun for kids and adults, alike.
Both the mid-ship pool areas and Ã¢â‚¬Å“Carnival WaterWorksÃ¢â‚¬Â parks will be accented by comfortable lounge chairs and teak decking.
The first two ships to begin receiving these features, as well as Ã¢â‚¬Å“SerenityÃ¢â‚¬Â adults-only deck areas, are the Carnival Imagination and Carnival Inspiration later this year, with implementation on the balance of the lineÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Fantasy-class fleet expected to be completed by the end of 2009.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Evolutions of FunÃ¢â‚¬Â is a $250 million product enhancement initiative that began in 2005 and includes renovations to virtually every guest area on the lineÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s eight Fantasy-class ships, the Carnival Fantasy, Carnival Ecstasy, Carnival Sensation, Carnival Fascination, Carnival Imagination, Carnival Inspiration, Carnival Elation and Carnival Paradise.
Many aspects of the Ã¢â‚¬Å“Evolutions of FunÃ¢â‚¬Â program have already been implemented on several ships, including fully remodeled staterooms, suites, and bathrooms, flat-screen televisions in staterooms and select public areas, atrium lobby bars, updated sound and lighting systems in various lounges and clubs, coffee bars, nine-hole miniature golf courses, new art and photo galleries, New York-style delis in the Lido restaurants, and purpose-built conference facilities.
The program also includes makeovers of the shipsÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ 12,000-square-foot spa facilities, custom-designed clubs for the 12-14 year old age group under the lineÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s top-rated Ã¢â‚¬Å“Camp CarnivalÃ¢â‚¬Â childrenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s program, inter-connecting staterooms on some ships, and elaborate new sound and lighting systems in the shipsÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ main show lounges.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“The Fantasy-class ships are already tremendously popular, and the upgrades and enhancements we are introducing through Ã¢â‚¬ËœEvolutions of FunÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ will take the guest experience to an entirely new level,Ã¢â‚¬Â said Freed.
Digital renderings of the resort-style pools and Ã¢â‚¬Å“Carnival WaterWorks,Ã¢â‚¬Â along with additional information on the Ã¢â‚¬Å“Evolutions of FunÃ¢â‚¬Â initiative, can be viewed at www.evolutionsoffun.com.
Carnival is the worldÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s most popular cruise line with a fleet of 22 Ã¢â‚¬Å“Fun ShipsÃ¢â‚¬Â operating voyages ranging from three to 16 days in length to the Bahamas, Caribbean, Mexican Riviera, Alaska, Hawaii, Canada, New England, Europe, Bermuda, the Greek Isles and South America.
For additional information and reservations, contact any travel agent, call 1-800-CARNIVAL or visit www.carnival.com.