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Carnival Cruise Lines' new 70,000-ton, 2,040-passenger MS Paradise offers health-and-fitness buffs a wide variety of activities and facilities in a smoke-free environment. Currently, more than 650,000 vacationers -- nearly half of all the guests Carnival hosts annually -- use the line's on-board spas and gymnasia.
The Paradise's 12,000-square-foot Nautica Spa has a full gymnasium outfitted with the latest Keiser progressive-resistance workout machines, as well as treadmills, electronic exercise bicycles, rowing machines and an array of free weights. Activities include weight-circuit classes in the gym, morning Walk-A-Mile groups on the upper deck's eighth-mile jogging track and Cardio-Funk low-impact aerobics classes. Step-, high-impact and water aerobics, special calisthenics and yoga-based stretching classes also are conducted. All workout classes are led by trained instructors and are provided at no additional cost to Carnival guests.
Steam and sauna rooms and full locker-room facilities featuring showers and keyed lockers also are provided at no extra charge. Carnival's Paradise has three swimming pools and six whirlpools.
While providing exercise for the body, the Nautica Spa also pampers the psyche with a variety of massages, loofah rubs and special European treatments designed to relax and rejuvenate. Treatments range from conventional seaweed wraps and mud packs to more exotic therapies such as the Ionithermic Superdetoxification treatment, a 90-minute therapeutic slimming treatment using a cleansing algae concentrate, and La Therapie, a "bio-technical" facial combining organic gels and creams with electronic stimulus.
Trained spa staff conduct one-on-one wellness counseling sessions, provide tips on nutrition and health, and coach guests on proper training techniques. Staff also conduct orientation sessions outlining the spa's many services and treatments, as well as health evaluations and screenings using sophisticated electronic testing equipment.
Contrary to the popular misconception that taking a cruise means giving up a healthy diet and inevitably gaining weight, Carnival Cruise Lines has created the Nautica Spa menu, a specially designed cuisine that is low in calories, fat, sodium and cholesterol. Poultry and meats are broiled or roasted, salads are prepared with low-fat or fat-free dressings, and desserts are made with sugar substitutes. All lunch and dinner menus feature Nautica Spa entree options as well as vegetarian selections.
Godmother Paula Zahn christens Paradise
LAUNCH OF WORLD'S FIRST SMOKEFREE CRUISE SHIP
On November 19, ACS Celebrates 'Great American Smokeout' with 'A Day on Paradise'
The American Cancer Society and Carnival Cruise Lines has announced an historic partnership that embarks the nation on a new phase in its smokefree future. On the occasion of its 22nd-annual Great American Smokeout, the American Cancer Society offers a day-long celebration of smokefree environments aboard Carnival Cruise Lines' new $300 million MS Paradise, the world's first smokefree cruise ship.
The American Cancer Society's "A Day on Paradise" offers a range of events for educators, legislators, corporate partners, restaurateurs, and students to underscore the hazards of smoking and of exposure to secondhand smoke. Awards will be given to work sites and public places to acknowledge their participation in smoking bans beyond that which the law requires.
This is the inaugural event aboard Carnival's Paradise, which will be docked at the Manhattan Passenger Terminal, Pier 88, for the duration of the event. Carnival Cruise Lines donated use of the ship to the American Cancer Society for the Great American Smokeout. SmithKline Beecham is corporate sponsor for the nationwide Great American Smokeout, as well as the evening's fundraising gala, "A Night on Paradise."
"For twenty-two years, we have asked American citizens to quit smoking for one day on the Great American Smokeout," stated John Seffrin, Chief Executive Officer, American Cancer Society. "And we are gratified that they have heard the message. Since we launched the Smokeout in 1976, adult cigarette consumption has declined by 10%, to 24.7% of the population. Nonetheless, our work is far from over. Teenage use of tobacco products is increasing, and research has confirmed that the health effects of secondhand smoking are devastating. For these reasons, we salute Carnival Cruise Lines for its heroic decision to launch a brand new, beautiful, smokefree passenger ship. We hope it also serves as a bold example of the health and pleasurable benefits of becoming smokefree for other tourist attractions, public spaces, workplaces, schools, and homes."
Bob Dickinson, President of Carnival Cruise Lines, added "We pride ourselves in responding to the ever-changing preferences of our guests, which is why we've decided to make this grand statement that we care about the quality of their lives -- even while on vacation! We are proud and thrilled to have formed this esteemed partnership with the American Cancer Society and to be the recipient of its world-class 'seal of approval' for our launch of the world's first smoke free cruise ship."
The Paradise will be emblazoned with the international smokefree symbol portside and starboard. Additionally, a special plaque honoring the American Cancer Society for its tobacco-control initiatives will permanently sail with the ship.
"A Day on Paradise," onboard the Paradise, marks the nationwide celebration of the Great American Smokeout as a salute to smokefree work sites, as well as an encouragement to all smokers to quit and to young people not to start. The November 19 roster of activities begins at 8:00 a.m. as follows:
With its launch in 1996 of Nicorette® nicotine gum and NicoDerm® CQ® nicotine patch, SmithKline Beecham became the first company to offer over-the-counter nicotine replacement therapy for smokers who want to quit. In that year, it formed its partnership with the American Cancer Society to become corporate sponsor of ACS's Great American Smokeout, a nationwide educational and awareness program on smoking cessation.
LONGEST, MOST SUCCESSFUL SERIES OF CRUISE SHIPS
Carnival Cruise Lines' newest ship - the MS Paradise - will both make history and mark the end of a significant phase of maritime tradition when it debuts in November. As the world's first smoke-free cruise ship, Paradise will offer guests a unique on-board environment; as the final vessel of the "Fantasy class," Paradise represents the culmination of a decade-long technological evolution and the most successful series of cruise ships ever.
The Fantasy class - named for the SuperLiner MS Fantasy, the first of eight 70,000-ton, 2,040-passenger ships - comprises the most cruise ships ever built of a single design. These ships have sailed more than 2.2 million nautical miles and carried some 5 million guests since 1990.
"The Fantasy class was our $2.5 billion investment in the future of cruising," said Carnival President Bob Dickinson. "These ships provide all of the services, amenities and activities that millions of our guests want most in their vacations."
The Paradise, which features a luxurious interior decor in the style of legendary ocean liners, adds an exclamation point to the success of the Fantasy-class series by re-creating the romance and entertainment of a classic sea voyage in a contemporary atmosphere designed for today's vacationers.
While major specifications of Fantasy-class design give the ships a similar exterior appearance, their creative interiors are completely distinctive, embodying the "entertainment architecture" style conceived by Carnival's ship architect, Joe Farcus.
Fantasy, delivered in 1990, still enjoys the same reputation for sparkling, innovative design concepts as the day it entered service. The first newly built cruise liner with a diesel-electric AC propulsion and power system, and joystick controlled navigation, the Fantasy offers spectacular salons and lounges with themes of time and distance. The first cruise ship to have a seven-deck central atrium, called the Grand Spectrum, Fantasy began the Carnival tradition of the largest spa and exercise facilities in the industry.
Sister ships Ecstasy (1991), with its startling "cityscape" decor that won kudos for its avant-garde concept, and Sensation (1993), which offers lush, atmospheric interiors, established the Fantasy-class ships as the industry's most popular cruise vacation destinations. Fascination (1994) brought Hollywood elegance and life-size likenesses of the stars to a cruise ship for the first time. Imagination (1995) takes its cue from wondrous visions which lead from its quaint Curiosity Library to elegant, romantic lounges named Shangri-la and Xanadu. Inspiration (1996) offers a glorious impression of Parisian art nouveau, complete with its relaxing Cafe des Artistes and sparkling Candlelight Lounge.
Elation, which entered service in March, furthers the Fantasy-class tradition through beautifully decorated lounges and salons, created to celebrate fabled muses of mythology who inspired the work of the world's most talented artists.
Elation also demonstrates Carnival's leadership in embracing new technology, a hallmark of the Fantasy ships. A new propulsion system known as Azipod produces fuel savings (an estimated 40 tons per week), dramatically improves maneuverability and delivers higher operating speed. The Paradise also will be outfitted with this revolutionary propulsion system, which pulls instead of pushes the vessel through the water, and eliminates the need for drive shafts, rudders and stern thrusters.
The eight Fantasy-class ships set new standards for the cruise industry. Besides offering the most spacious guest accommodations in the contemporary cruise market, they deliver high service and guest comfort. Innovative hospitality training for staff and stimulating on-board environments combine to rank the Fantasy-class ships as the most popular series of vessels in the industry.
Along with the Fantasy-class cruise liners, Carnival's "Fun Ship" fleet features its flagship, the 101,353-ton Carnival Destiny, and the more intimate SuperLiner trio of Jubilee, Holiday and Celebration - each with a guest capacity ranging between 1,452-1,486 - and the "pioneer" ship of the fleet, the 1,022-passenger Tropicale.
The Paradise is slated to debut December 6, sailing from the Port of Miami every Sunday on seven-day alternating eastern and western Caribbean itineraries.
Elements of the interior design of Carnival Cruise Lines' upcoming MS Paradise are inspired by the most famous passenger ships in history. Slated for delivery in November 1998, the Paradise is the eighth and last sister ship in the longest, most successful series of passenger vessels ever built, the "Fantasy-class," which started with the MS Fantasy in 1990.
The 70,000-ton, 2,040-passenger Paradise also is the world's first cruise ship to have a completely smoke-free environment everywhere on board, including open decks.
The interiors of Paradise's graceful lounges, salons and restaurants recall the rich decor of such romantic and celebrated 20th-century passenger ships as France's fabulous Normandie, Britain's imposing Queen Mary and America's sleek SS United States. Joe Farcus, Carnival's interior ship architect, said he was not trying to reproduce the rooms of these famous ships, but instead sought to evoke a nostalgic atmosphere of the liners from that era.
"We made an effort to re-create the feeling and flavor of the world's great ships, which relied heavily on beautiful woodwork with skilled carving and luxurious furnishings, to create the distinctive perception of a vessel styled in the grand tradition of yesterday's transoceanic titans," Farcus explained.
That tradition is captured in Paradise's Blue Riband Library, a colorful, absorbing room dedicated to the coveted Blue Riband, for decades the prestigious international prize awarded the world's fastest trans-Atlantic liner. A full-size replica of the onyx-and-gold Hale's Trophy adorns the room, along with hand-painted ceiling murals depicting shipping lanes and great ports of the Atlantic, as well as showcased models and photos of the greatest and fastest ships that won that prize.
While the showpiece Blue Riband Library broadly illustrates the industry's history, other features of the Paradise focus on the splendor of individual ships, like the famous Italian liner Rex, legendary for its accent on modernism. The Paradise's Rex Dance Club uses the name Rex as a jumping off point, employing a sophisticated African jungle motif with Rex, in this instance, referring to the lion -- king of the jungle. The room's modernist decor is akin to what a disco on the original liner might have looked like, but with contemporary touches such as neon, fiber optics and high-tech lighting.
In another prominent venue, the two-deck Normandie theater exhibits a striking art deco design reminiscent of the celebrated French liner with its large stained-glass chandeliers, warm cherry wood, Brazilian rosewood and Louis Comfort Tiffany details.
The ship's aft lounge is themed after the well-known Queen Mary, with scaled-down replicas of that ship's famous funnels adorning the walls. Above those are portholes housing 10-inch video monitors continuously showing vintage ship films. The America Bar, named for the classic liner, features several large round copper-leaf sculptural panels in bas relief depicting such quintessential American scenes as the Grand Canyon, Niagra Falls, Monument Valley, Yellowstone National Park and the Everglades.
Throughout the Paradise's seven-deck atrium, its decorous elevator lobbies and bustling promenade, grand columns, and classical stone and mahogany architectural fixtures recall the ocean liners' impact on the world of style. The Paradise's on-board amenities include eight meals and snacks a day, 24-hour complimentary room service and 24-hour pizzeria, Las Vegas-style entertainment, casino gambling, three swimming pools, duty-free shopping and some of the largest staterooms in contemporary cruising. The ship also features a 12,000-square-foot Nautica Spa health and fitness facility and a "Camp Carnival" children's program.
The Paradise is slated to debut in November operating two special mini-cruises from Miami, a two-day cruise-to-nowhere departing Nov. 25 and a three-day Bahamas cruise departing Nov. 27. Then beginning Dec. 6, the ship will commence a year-round program of seven-day cruises to the eastern and western Caribbean sailing Sundays from Miami.
Ocean Liner Profiles
The MS Paradise pays homage to the heyday of the grand ocean liners, and many of the ship's public rooms are named after the legendary vessels that plied the trans-Atlantic shipping lanes in the 19th and 20th centuries. Following are brief historical profiles of the famous vessels that inspired ship architect Joe Farcus' interior design.
SS AMERICA (America Bar, Atlantic Deck)
When the predecessor to the legendary SS United States was launched Aug. 31, 1939, at Newport News, Va., United States Lines' America was touted as incorporating "the high American standard of living." Shortly thereafter the 33,532-ton vessel was requisitioned as a troop ship at the outset of World war II.
America finally entered commercial service in 1946, and was the principal U.S. ship on the North Atlantic route until she was joined by the United States in 1952. She was sold in 1964 and continued sailing as a Greek cruise ship renamed the Australis until 1979. Out of service for most of the 1980s, the ship was sold and renamed the American Star in the early 1990s. In January, 1994, while under tow to Thailand for conversion into a floating hotel, the vessel was blown ashore in a hurricane in the Canary islands and split in two.
BLUE RIBAND AWARD (Blue Riband Library, Atlantic Deck)
Aug. 17, 1833, marked the beginning of the era of trans-Atlantic steam shipping with the crossing of the Royal William. Although the Royal William took 25 days to cross the Atlantic, averaging only 4.5 knots, the sailing marked the beginning of a 160-year-long race to be the fastest vessel to cross the Atlantic between Europe and the United States, and claim the coveted "Blue Riband," an award created in the late 19th century.
In 1935 Sir Harold Hale introduced a trophy -- the Hales Trophy for the Blue Riband of the Atlantic -- adorned with images of the Great Western, Mauretania, Rex and NORMANDIE. When the SS United States won the award in 1952, the Rex and Mauretania were removed and an image of the United States was added to the trophy. An authentic replica of the Hales trophy is on display in Paradise's Blue Riband Library.
ILE DE FRANCE (Cafe Ile de France, Promenade Deck)
Launched in 1926 by Compagnie Général Transatlantique (also known as the French line), the 43,153-ton Ile de France was as popular with American as with French travelers. The interior design was pure art deco, and the ship was renowned for its French ambiance.
In 1932, Ile de France had a major refit to create tourist-class accommodations in response to demographic changes in the trans-Atlantic liner trade. In 1940, the Royal Navy claimed the Ile de France and used it as a troop ship until 1947. Following another major renovation, the ship re-entered the trans-Atlantic trade and in 1956 rescued 750 survivors of the Andrea Doria after it was rammed by the Stockholm off Nantucket Island. In 1958 the France was sold to Japanese interests, and in the 1959 movie "The Last Voyage" the ship was intentionally sunk and later raised and sold for scrap.
LEONARDO DA VINCI (Leonardo da Vinci Lounge, Promenade Deck)
Built as a replacement for the Italian Line's Andrea Doria, the 33,340-ton Leonard da Vinci entered service as an express liner in 1960 and was considered one of the best ships ever to sail under the Italian flag. The ship continued on the North Atlantic run from Genoa to New York until 1976.
Subsidized heavily by the Italian government, the ship was withdrawn from service and laid up. Costa Line operated the Leonardo in 1977, but the vessel proved to be too expensive to operate as a cruise ship. The ship was put up for sale, but before a buyer could be found, the ship was destroyed by a fire and scuttled in 1980. In 1981 the Leonardo was sold for scrap.
RMS MAJESTIC (Majestic Casino, Promenade Deck)
Originally built as the Bismarck by the Hamburg-Amerika Line and launched in June, 1914, the ship that was intended to be the largest of the German merchant fleet sat unfinished in a shipyard throughout World War I. After the war, as part of reparations under the Treaty of Versailles, the ship was completed in May, 1922 by the Germans and turned over to the Allies and was renamed Majestic by the White Star line.
The Majestic was the flagship of White Star Line's fleet, and was, at 56,551 tons, the largest liner afloat until 1935, when the 79,000-ton Normandie was launched. Majestic was retired by Cunard-White Star Line in 1936, and became the British Navy training ship Caledonia. While awaiting conversion to a troop transport in September, 1939, the ship burned and sank at its moorings in Rosyth.
NORMANDIE (Normandie Lounge, Atlantic/Promenade Decks)
When it was launched on Oct. 29, 1932, he French line's 79,280-ton, 1,029-foot-long Normandie was the largest passenger vessel ever built. On May 29, 1935, the Normandie left Le Havre bound for New York with a crew of 1,341 and 1,261 passengers aboard, and, after four days, three hours and two minutes, set a new trans-Atlantic speed record and won the coveted Blue Riband.
In 1936, the new Queen Mary won the Blue Riband from Normandie, setting records in both directions. Following a propellor refit in 1937, Normandie recaptured the Blue Riband from Queen Mary. In 1938, Queen Mary regained it permanently.
On Dec. 12, 1941, the U.S. government claimed the Normandie and work began in New York to refit her as a troop transport. During renovations, on Feb. 9, 1942, the vessel caught fire and fire-fighting efforts overloaded the ship with water, causing it to capsize at the dock. In 1943, Normandie was raised and later sold for scrap.
RMS QUEEN MARY (Queen Mary Lounge, Promenade Deck)
Launched on Sept. 26, 1934, by England's Queen Mary, Cunard-White Star Line's Queen Mary entered trans-Atlantic service in May, 1936, winning the Blue Riband award for the first time in August of that year. In August, 1938, the ship won the Blue Riband again, and held the award until 1952.
During World War II, Cunard's Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth were placed into service as troop transports and were credited by British Prime Minister Winston Churchill as having made an invaluable contribution to the Allied effort in Europe. After the war, Queen Mary was refitted and re-entered the trans-Atlantic liner service, but as air travel increased, that trade declined, and in 1967, after more than a thousand trans-Atlantic crossings, the Queen Mary was sold to the city of Long Beach, Calif., where today it is a floating hotel and conference center.
SS UNITED STATES (United States Bar, Promenade Deck)
When she was commissioned in 1951, the 53,329-ton United States set a new record in each direction on her maiden trans-Atlantic voyage, capturing the Blue Riband from the Queen Mary.
United States' impressive speed (nearly 40 knots) partly could be attributed to an innovative all-aluminum superstructure. But the aluminum interiors created an institutional look, and the ship could not compete aesthetically with other liners' wooden appointments and works of art.
Plagued by frequent labor strikes and rising operating coats, in 1969 the United States was sent to Newport News, Va., for repairs, but was mothballed instead. In 1973 the ship came under the authority of the U.S. Federal Maritime Administration and since 1978 the SS United States has changed hands and today remains out of service, laid up in Philadelphia and slowly succumbing to the ravages of time and tide.
For its new MS Paradise -- the world's first smoke-free cruise ship set to debut this fall -- Carnival Cruise Lines has commissioned a pair of talented artists to enhance the vessel's striking interiors, which pay homage to the great ocean liners of the past.
Israeli artist Calman Shemi took this historic maritime theme to heart, creating a series of 27 nautical-inspired murals for the Paradise's stair landings. Patterned after the classic Jules Verne novel Around the World in 80 Days, the huge murals combine abstract images of various ocean-going vessels with recognizable icons from some of the world's great cities, ranging from New York's breathtaking skyscrapers to Bueno Aires' mountainous landscape to the stately columns of ancient Rome. The artist, whose works can also be found on Paradise's sister ships Sensation and Elation, utilized a unique approach to create the large, colorful works, applying several layers of glossy, highly textured automobile paint directly to laser-cut steel panels.
Shemi's work also adorns the Paradise's seven-deck-high Grand Atrium with a series of 12 semi-abstract murals depicting classic ocean liners at sea. The large, three-dimensional murals are comprised of a blend of highly polished brass and copper, which according to the artist, represent the grandeur and elegance of the great ships of yesteryear.
Featured in the Paradise's more than 1,000 staterooms are 14 original motifs by Romanian-born artist Janinne Arnov Alter. Drawing inspiration from the surroundings of her adopted South Florida home, the artist combines long, curvilinear lines with brilliant hues of blue, green and orange to depict some of the area's best-known natural attractions. Included in the colorful collection are dramatic interpretations of the expansive Everglades, a variety of cool, tropical sunsets and several variations of the area's legendary beaches.
The Paradise will debut in November with a two-day Bahamas cruise from Miami departingNov. 25 and a three-day Bahamas cruise from Miami Nov. 27, 1998. Then, beginning Dec. 6, 1998, the ship will operate weekly cruises from Miami alternating to the eastern and western Caribbean.
For its new Paradise, the world's first smoke-free cruise ship, Carnival Cruise Lines has incorporated a number of family-friendly amenities and facilities, including an expansive high-tech play area.
The amenities are the latest additions to the top-rated "Camp Carnival" program, available aboard all 13 of the line's "Fun Ships," which are expected to carry a record 200,000 kids this year.
"Today's families are seeking safe and healthy vacation options and the launch of the new Paradise offers parents and kids an opportunity to enjoy all the fun and excitement of a "Fun Ship" cruise in a totally smoke-free environment," said Bob Dickinson, Carnival president. Aboard the Paradise, smoking is completely prohibited, even on open decks.
The hub of "Camp Carnival" is "Children's World," an enclosed 2,500-square-foot play area that overlooks the main pool area. The high-tech facility is divided into three distinct areas. In addition to an arts and crafts section featuring spin and sand art machines, the room boasts a state-of-art computer lab and a multi-tiered indoor climbing maze including an "activity wall" filled with toys, games and puzzles for kids of all ages. The area also features a 16-monitor video wall displaying kids' favorite movies and cartoons.
On the Paradise, an outdoor play area includes playground equipment such as jungle gyms and mini-basketball hoops, along with a schooner-shaped playhouse.
"Camp Carnival" features a wide variety of age-appropriate activities from 9am to 10pm conducted by the line's 100-member fleetwide youth staff. Sample activities include puppet shows, sing-a-longs and face painting for the younger set, while older kids enjoy talent shows, jewelry-making sessions, dance classes and scavenger hunts. A host of teen-oriented activities, including late-night movies and pool parties, Ping-Pong and video tournaments, and "mocktail parties" where teens can socialize and enjoy non-alcoholic specialty drinks, are offered, as well.
Also available are nightly babysitting services, conducted by the ship's youth staff in "Children's World" from 10pm to 3am, as well as from 8am to noon on port days for children under 2. The charge is $5 for the first child and $3 for each additional child in the same family.
Kids of all ages are attracted to Virtual World, located on Promenade Deck. This high-tech gaming and entertainment center offers the latest in video and arcade games, including several virtual reality-based games. Another family favorite is the Paradise's 114-foot-long cascading water slide at the Lido Deck pool. A children's wading pool is located on Promenade Deck, and a third, more secluded pool is on Verandah Deck.
When it comes to dining, the Paradise offers kids a variety of appealing choices, featuring a complete children's menu at all meals, as well as a 24-hour pizzeria serving up seven different kinds of pizza and calzone. Complimentary self-serve ice cream and frozen yogurt are available throughout the day, as well. Carnival also offers the new "Fountain Fun Cards," good for unlimited soft drink purchases throughout the week-long Caribbean cruise. Each card costs $18 and can be purchased once on board.
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