CARNIVAL SPIRIT FACT SHEET
CARNIVAL CRUISE LINES TAKES DELIVERY OF NEW 2,124-PASSENGER CARNIVAL SPIRIT
Carnival Cruise Lines took delivery on April 11, 2001 of its new $375 million cruise ship, the 88,500-ton Carnival Spirit, during the traditional "hand-over" ceremony at the Kvaerner Masa-Yards in Helsinki, Finland, where the 2,124-passenger vessel was built.
The Carnival Spirit, the 15th vessel in the "Fun Ship" fleet and the first in a new class of ship for the line, departed Helsinki on Thursday, April 12 on its transatlantic crossing and arrived in Miami on Tuesday, April 24.
Following a two-day pre-inaugural voyage for the travel trade, the Carnival Spirit began its inaugural season with a 16-day Panama Canal cruise and arrived in Los Angeles May 15. The ship then hosted a series of travel agent functions on the West Coast before sailing on a special three-day Pacific Coastal voyage from San Francisco to Vancouver on May 20. The Carnival Spirit then launched her summer program of week-long Glacier Bay and Glacier Route Alaska voyages, followed by two 12-day Hawaii cruises, marking the first time that a new "Fun Ship" has been deployed in those markets. The ship will sail on a 14-day Panama Canal cruise departing Oct. 20 from San Diego to Miami, where the Carnival Spirit is scheduled to operate a unique eight-day "exotic" Caribbean program beginning Nov. 3.
The Carnival Spirit offers a host of innovative dining and entertainment options, including the line's first wedding chapel, a large conference center, a reservations-only supper club bordering the ship's massive winged funnel and a spectacular outdoor wrap-around promenade. It is also one of the most spacious cruise ships in the contemporary market and offers the highest percentage of ocean view and balconied staterooms of any "Fun Ship."
Dining options also include a two-level formal dining room, an expansive casual poolside eatery and a 24-hour pizzeria. Also featured are four swimming pools, one with a retractable dome, a two-level "Nautica Spa" health club, and a 2,400-square-foot children's play area. A diversity of entertainment venues, ranging from a multi-deck show lounge housing Las Vegas-style revues to an intimate piano bar and live music clubs, is included, as well.
Carnival currently has six other "Fun Ships" with an estimated value of $2.6 billion scheduled for delivery over the next three years. Included in the company's order book are three additional "Spirit-class" ships under contract with Kvaerner - the Carnival Pride, which is scheduled to debut Jan. 12, 2002, the Carnival Legend in summer 2002 and the Carnival Miracle in early 2004.
NEW CARNIVAL SPIRIT DESIGNED FOR ULTIMATE ALASKA CRUISE EXPERIENCE
With its high percentage of ocean-view and balconied staterooms, numerous indoor and outdoor vantage points for optimum viewing of spectacular scenery, and an enclosable pool, the Carnival Spirit's innovative design makes it perfect for deployment in Alaska. The 15th ship in the "Fun Ship" fleet began sailing the waters of the 49th state in May 2001.
The first in a new class of 86,000-ton ships, the 2,124-passenger Carnival Spirit is 960 feet long, among the longest vessels in cruising. At the same time, with a 105-foot beam, it is narrow enough to transit the Panama Canal, which allows for an exciting array of itineraries.
Alaska, where the ship will spend its inaugural summer season, provides endless opportunities for scenic cruising, from pine-forested coastlines to the state's famous fjords where glaciers meet the sea in spectacular displays of ice "calving." Wildlife, from sea lions, whales and orcas that inhabit the waters of this wild northern region, to the eagles that soar above it, can also be seen from excellent vantage points aboard the Carnival Spirit.
The Carnival Spirit's long, sleek hull design creates extensive interior public space while allowing 80 percent of the ship's 1,062 staterooms to offer an ocean view. Eighty percent of outside accommodations feature private verandahs, providing a wonderful, intimate venue for enjoying Alaska's stunning scenery.
Locations for glacier gazing abound throughout the Carnival Spirit. The ship's uppermost exterior levels, Sky Deck 12 and Sports Deck 11, provide excellent observation areas for those seeking the ship's highest vantage points. An exterior promenade on Atlantic Deck 3 provides an opportunity to circumnavigate the entire ship on one deck and sightsee from a wide array of exterior vantage points closer to the water. The forward end of the promenade is enclosed by the Jungle Room, a winter garden area, accessible through automatic doors, which offers protection from the elements in a comfortable, atmospheric room featuring seating and large picture windows.
Another excellent observation point can be found on the Lido Deck. Here, guests can relax at a cozy table, sipping hot chocolate and watching the shoreline slip by through deck-high picture windows. And should the weather turn inclement, the retractable Sky Dome can be extended to cover the main pool area so guests can swim in the heated pool or use the whirlpools throughout the occasionally cool Alaska season.
Carnival Spirit is perfect for Alaska cruising for yet another reason - it is the first ship in Carnival's fleet equipped with Wartsila's revolutionary "enviro-engine," an innovative system that closely monitors fuel delivery to the engine's cylinders, dramatically reducing smoke emissions. The company will also be installing a $2 million state-of-the-art wastewater treatment system, the first of its kind in the Carnival fleet.
CARNIVAL DRAMATICALLY EXPANDS SHORE EXCURSION OPTIONS FOR CARNIVAL SPIRIT'S INAUGURAL 2001 ALASKA SEASON
For its 2001 Alaska season which began May 23 on the new 88,500-ton Carnival Spirit, Carnival Cruise Lines has dramatically expanded its shore excursion offerings to include nearly 100 different tour options - a 17 percent increase over last year.
Included are 14 new excursions - everything from tours of the region's spectacular undersea life to halibut fishing, alpine lake snorkeling and advanced mountain biking - many of which reflect the trend toward more active recreational pursuits. "Our 2001 Alaska cruises are designed to appeal to a broad range of vacationers, offering an unforgettable shipboard experience, along with an outstanding mix of leisurely paced land tours and thrilling 'adventure-type' excursions for our more active guests," said Bob Dickinson, Carnival president.
The increase in shore excursions is a result of the line's efforts to provide more and varied choices, as well as the Carnival Spirit's faster speed, which allows the vessel to spend more time in port, offering guests the opportunity to partake in multiple tours if they desire.
Included among the new tours are:
The new tours complement a wide variety of longtime favorites such as the Mendenhall Glacier and Gardens tour and Gold Creek Salmon Bake in Juneau, the Klondike Summit and Gold Rush Camp and Yukon Territory Scenic Drive in Skagway, Sea Otter and Wildlife Quest and History and Nature Walk in Sitka.
"The expansion in shore excursion offerings, combined with a spectacular outdoor wrap-around promenade and huge number of ocean view and balconied staterooms, and of course, Carnival's unmistakable brand of 'fun,' positions the Carnival Spirit as the ultimate Alaska vacation experience," Dickinson said.
The Carnival Spirit's 2001 Alaska season consists of 16 seven-day Glacier Route and two Glacier Bay voyages. Glacier Route cruises depart May 23 to Sept. 5, either northbound from Vancouver or southbound from Seward/Anchorage. Cruises in both directions feature Prince William Sound, College Fjord, Lynn Canal, Juneau, Skagway, Ketchikan and the Inside Passage. Southbound cruises also visit Valdez, Yakutat Bay and Hubbard Glacier while northbound cruises feature Sitka and Endicott Arm Fjord.
The two Glacier Bay cruises will depart round-trip from Vancouver Sept. 12 and 19 and feature full days cruising Glacier Bay National Park and the Inside Passage, as well as visits to Juneau, Skagway and Ketchikan.
CARNIVAL SPIRIT TO FEATURE LINE'S FIRST WEDDING CHAPEL AND OFFER WEDDINGS AT SEA
Couples sailing aboard the new 88,500-ton Carnival Spirit can say "I do" in a traditional and elegant setting in the first wedding chapel to be featured on a Carnival ship. Also, Carnival Spirit will feature the line's first "Weddings at Sea" program, which allows couples to marry while the vessel is sailing in Canadian waters during the summer Alaska season. These new components complement Carnival's existing comprehensive wedding program, whose wide variety of convenient and affordable packages is expected to attract nearly 2,200 couples this year.
"The Chapel on the Carnival Spirit combines a traditional wedding atmosphere with the romance of the sea, to create a truly memorable experience for couples who choose to marry aboard this exquisite new ship," said Bob Dickinson, Carnival president.
With stained-glass windows and Old Testament scenes, The Chapel features a central aisle leading to the stage and a private dressing area for the bride.
The Gothic-style facility will serve as the venue for the "Weddings at Sea" program, available only during the Carnival Spirit's Alaska sailings. Couples will have the opportunity to "tie the knot" as the ship enters and leaves Vancouver, B.C., through an arrangement with Canadian authorities. Carnival will offer the "Weddings at Sea - Just for the Bride & Groom" package, priced at $795, including an official civil ceremony, a champagne toast with keepsake flutes, flowers for both bride and groom, a wedding cake with cake topper, pre-recorded wedding music, a decorated bridal aisle and photographic services.
The "Welcome Aboard" package costs $1,395 and offers all the amenities of "Just for the Bride & Groom" as well as a reception with one-hour open bar and hot-and-cold hors d'oeuvres, a traditional two-tiered wedding cake and coffee service. Couples may also select the "Deluxe Romance" package for $1,495, which includes a one-and-a-half hour reception and an ice carving, as well as all the features of the other programs.
A wide variety of options such as videography services, live music and tuxedo rental are also available at additional cost.
A shipboard staff member authorized by the Canadian government will perform the ceremonies at sea and wedding licenses will be processed and issued on board at an additional cost.
For additional information on Carnival's wedding program and "Weddings at Sea" packages, call the line's Bon Voyage Department at 1-800-933-4968.
'Family-Friendly' Amenities on New Carnival Spirit Expected to Double Number of Kids on 'Fun Ship' Alaska Voyages
The new 88,500-ton Carnival Spirit - featuring exceptional family-friendly amenities and Carnival's top-rated children's program -- is expected to attract double the number of children on the line's Alaska cruises compared to just five years ago. The first in a new series of "Fun Ships," the 2,124-passenger vessel is designed as the ultimate Alaska family cruise vacation choice. Kids enjoy modern, state-of-the-art facilities, including a high-tech children's play area, and a host of fun, "Alaska-themed" activities, while adults appreciate a seemingly endless array of dining and entertainment venues and such innovative design features as an outdoor wrap-around promenade and a huge number of ocean view and balconied staterooms.
"The number of children enjoying our Alaska cruises has dramatically increased since we began operating in the region in 1996. The deployment of the Carnival Spirit there demonstrates our confidence in attracting even more families to what has been traditionally an adult-oriented market," said Bob Dickinson, Carnival president. He added that with the launch of the Carnival Spirit, combined with "Camp Carnival" programs on Carnival's 14 other vessels, the line expects to carry a record 300,000 kids in 2001 - a 200 percent fleetwide increase from just six years ago.
The focal point of the Carnival Spirit's "Camp Carnival" program is the "Fun House," a spacious 2,400-square-foot enclosed play area located on Upper Deck 5 forward. Decorated with a playful undersea motif designed by Carnival's interior architect Joe Farcus, the "Fun House" is separated into three distinct areas, each of which is accessible by a series of "tunnels" that serve as passageways connecting the different venues. The first area houses an arts and crafts center complete with spin and sand art machines while the second offers a computer lab featuring educational and video game software, as well as the latest Sony PlayStation 2 units. The third section, an all-ages play room, is stocked with a variety of toys and games, a "video wall" displaying movies and cartoons, an indoor climbing maze, and kid-sized tables and chairs.
One deck below the "Fun House" is the "Techno Arcade" offering a wide variety of video and arcade games. An outdoor play area featuring jungle gyms, mini-basketball hoops and playground equipment is also available on Sports Deck 11.
The 960-foot-long vessel will also offer four different options for swimming and splashing fun, including a children's wading pool on Sports Deck 11 and three pools on Lido Deck 9. There is also a corkscrew water slide full of exhilarating twists and turns on Sports Deck 11. All pools are heated for Alaska sailings.
Fun, 'Alaska-Themed' Activities
"Camp Carnival" also features a variety of hands-on environmentally themed activities, many of which are tied to the cruise line's alliance with Turner Broadcasting's Captain Planet Foundation. And to make sure kids are able to view all of Alaska's natural splendor "up close and personal," complimentary binoculars are provided to all "Camp Carnival" participants.
For families who want to experience Alaska ashore, Carnival offers nearly 100 different organized shore excursions, from leisurely paced nature walks and city tours to kayaking, dog-mushing, ice-fishing and flightseeing for today's more active guests. Special teen shore excursions - hand-picked each voyage by the teens themselves - are available, as well.
Special Child-Oriented Dining Options
Other "kid-friendly" dining amenities include a turn-down service, provided twice during each cruise, offering freshly baked chocolate chip cookies at bedtime, and Carnival's "Fountain Fun Card," good for unlimited soft drink purchases throughout the cruise. The cards, which are available on all "Fun Ship" departures and purchased once guests arrive on board, range in price from $9 for three-day sailings to $19.95 for seven-day voyages, including Alaska.
Babysitting is also available from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. Conducted by the youth staff and held in the "Fun House," babysitting costs $5 per hour for the first child and $3 per hour for each additional child in the same family.
The Carnival Spirit's Alaska season consists of 16 seven-day Glacier Route and two Glacier Bay voyages. Glacier Route cruises depart May 23 to Sept. 5, 2001, either northbound from Vancouver and southbound from Seward/Anchorage. Cruises in both directions feature Prince William Sound, College Fjord, Lynn Canal, Juneau, Skagway, Ketchikan and the Inside Passage. Southbound cruises will also visit Valdez, Yakutat Bay and Hubbard Glacier while northbound cruises will feature Sitka and Endicott Arm Fjord.
The two Glacier Bay cruises will depart round-trip from Vancouver Sept. 12 and 19 and feature full days cruising Glacier Bay National Park and the Inside Passage, as well as visits to Juneau, Skagway and Ketchikan.
Prior to and following its Alaska cruises, Carnival Spirit will operate a variety of other exciting voyages, including a 16-day inaugural Panama Canal cruise departing April 29 and an innovative eight-day "exotic" Caribbean program from Miami beginning Nov. 3.
Carnival Spirit's Interior Design Celebrates World's Great Architectural Styles
From art nouveau to postmodern to funky to Egyptian, the public rooms on Carnival Cruise Lines' newest ship, the Carnival Spirit, celebrate a wide variety of architectural styles in their interior-design themes. Just as the Carnival Spirit represents a new class of "Fun Ship" for the line, its interior design reinvents the traditional central thematic idea by creating a mood of diversity through a synthesis of highly divergent décors.
The 88,500-ton, 2,124-passenger Carnival Spirit sails Alaskan waters during its inaugural season through the summer, followed by a winter program of eight-day Caribbean cruises from Miami.
"Although the central idea for this ship could be called 'noteworthy décor styles,' it's really a very abstract unifying theme," said Joe Farcus, interior architect for the "Fun Ship" fleet. "There is a main decorative style used in each of the public rooms - Chinese in one, art deco in another, for example - however, the styles are not necessarily executed in a traditional manner, but rather are more interpretive," he added.
The Spirit Lobby and some public areas are decorated in the art deco style, which uses sleek, graceful lines and slender organic forms. The lobby houses two grand staircases, a bar with dance floor and the information and tour desks. Rich wood and antiqued copper are used extensively in the lobby, stairwells and elevator bays. Railings are a lacey cast copper, stained-glass domes in the ceiling provide diffused mood lighting, and the walls and elevators combine wood, handmade etched plates, marble inlaid frames and embossed copper trimmings.
The Spirit has several rooms not found on other Carnival ships, perhaps most noteworthy among them the alternative-dining venue, the Nouveau Supper Club. Located just forward of the ship's trademark Carnival funnel stack and at the top of the atrium, this art nouveau-style restaurant hearkens back to the great supper clubs of the past. Under a soaring red tinted glass dome, the circular, two-level room has a stage for entertainers, as well as a dance floor.
Art nouveau is characterized by dense, winding floral forms in a linear arrangement. It incorporates organic shapes - vines, leaves, flowers, branches - into abstracted architectural elements. In the supper club, pillars are shaped like flower buds in a Tiffany-like design using antiqued copper for the stems and leaves. The floral pattern is carried out throughout the room in hand-painted wall murals, the stained-glass balcony on the upper level and the bud-shaped bar stools. On one side of the room is a beverage bar, and on the other, a display cooking area with bar stools so guests can watch the cooks at work.
Another first on a Carnival ship, The Chapel, is decorated in the linear, graceful and elegant Gothic style. Available for weddings or other ceremonies, The Chapel has a traditional house of worship atmosphere. A central aisle leads to the stage under stained-glass windows that portray Old Testament scenes. A bride's room with dressing area provides privacy.
Located adjacent to The Chapel is the Chippendale Library. Named after Thomas Chippendale, the 18th-century English style of furniture is recognized by its graceful lines and rococo ornamentation. The room's main features are columns shaped like giant Chippendale table legs. The mural of an English garden overlooks a traditional secretary and bookcases mounted on desks which hold computer terminals offering Internet access for guests.
The three-level Pharaoh's Palace show lounge is decorated in Egyptian Revival style. Sarcophagi designed after that of the golden King Tutankhamen are situated between the windows and stone walls which are decorated with hieroglyphics. Twenty-foot-tall stone figures flank the stage. A circular staircase and elevator provide access to all three levels of the lounge, which has a retractable orchestra pit, turntable stage and loft for scenery, lights and stage props.
The ornate Versailles Lounge is located one deck below the Egyptian Lounge, and, as its name implies, is richly done in the elegant, highly decorative manner that emerged in 18th-century France. The sloping floor provides excellent sightlines to the stage, which extends into the seating area for greater interaction between the entertainers and the audience. Since the room is on a lower deck, there are no windows. However, faux windows have been created using ornate frames around French skyline scenes of chateaux with starry skies lit by fiber optics. With a large dance floor, the room has been designed as a cross between a lounge and an intimate theater.
"Funky" best describes the décor of the two-level Dancin' Dance Club. The biggest dance floor in Carnival's fleet is located on the lower level of the club, with the bar and overlook seating located on the upper level. The room features a two-deck, 20-by-20-foot video wall of 48-inch monitors and -- in a new twist -- raised platforms where staff members called "animators" will dance and keep the action going on the dance floor.
The Champions' sports bar is done in the sophisticated moderne style. Decorated like a 1950s club with wood and black lacquer with copper accents, one wall has bas-relief figures of famous sports legends like Babe Ruth and Alonzo Mourning. The room features big-screen televisions and tabletop gaming machines.
The Shanghai Bar, the Carnival Spirit's piano bar, features a heavy Oriental "Chinoise" style that emphasizes elaborate ornamentation. The walls are covered in Chinese fabric, and silk screens are illuminated from behind. Although contemporary, the room has many authentic Chinese elements to create an impressive Oriental atmosphere.
The Spirit's main dining room, the Empire Room, is a two-deck affair done in the Napoleonic, or early 19th-century French style. The ceiling is decorated with domes painted with murals in the grandest empire style, with crystal chandeliers providing an elegant atmosphere. In the center of the room is a grand circular staircase decorated with a sculpture of the regal Napoleon at his coronation. Flanking the entrances are pilasters that are in the form of female statues. Large circular windows are bordered with a cast frame embossed with shapes of fruit and flowers.
The Lido restaurant, called La Playa Grille, takes postmodernism for its style. The room features a skylight that culminates two levels above and houses a spectacular chandelier. The majority of seating is adjacent to windows between which are wooden columns connected to deconstructed masonry-like arches that appear to be falling apart. Multi-colored terrazzo flooring in an arabesque design and hand-painted murals on the walls create a stunning and elegant atmosphere. The aft section of the restaurant features an outdoor bar and serving area under a large awning.
All of these diverse public rooms are connected by a two-level promenade. A waterfall and grand staircase lead from one level to the other.
The Carnival Spirit is sailing a series of weeklong Glacier Bay and Glacier Route Alaska cruises throughout the summer, and a 14-day Panama Canal sailing from San Diego to Miami departing Oct. 20. From Miami, Carnival Spirit is slated to sail a unique eight-day program to "exotic" Caribbean ports of call throughout the winter, commencing Nov. 3.
WORKS OF TALENTED INTERNATIONAL ARTISTS FEATURED ABOARD NEW 88,500-TON CARNIVAL SPIRIT
For the new Carnival Spirit, Carnival Cruise Lines has commissioned a cadre of internationally renowned artists to adorn the vessel's striking interiors, which celebrate the world's most famous architectural styles.
Included in the multi-million-dollar collection is a series of 27 murals by Israeli artist Calman Shemi, who utilized a variety of techniques to produce the huge, brightly hued panels, some of which measure an impressive six by nine feet. From colorful, highly textured murals and glossy, three-dimensional "wall sculptures" to "light-o-graphs" - comprised of three paintings that produce different images depending on the viewers' vantage point - Shemi's works are as diverse as they are provocative.
Positioned throughout the Carnival Spirit's stair landings and atrium lobby are 72 hand-made crystal pieces - elegant vases, candle holders and other items -- by Czechoslovakian glass artist Borek Sipek, while a trio of giant six-foot-high bronze flamingos by Israeli artist Ilana Goor add a whimsical feel to the vessel's expansive pool areas.
A massive statue of Napoleon flanked by a pair of six-foot-high female figures by Italian sculptor Sergio Benvenuti greet visitors as they enter the ship's two-level Empire Restaurant.
Rounding out the collection are 15 original suite paintings and 14 cabin motifs by Miami artist Virginia Ferrara, whose works are featured on a number of Carnival "Fun Ships," as well as in galleries throughout North America. For the Carnival Spirit, Ferrara draws upon her wide-ranging influences - from classic painters Matisse and Gaugin to the art nouveau movement of the late 19th century - to create the vibrant prints and paintings that adorn the Carnival Spirit's 1,062 staterooms.
MODERN FACILITIES, PAMPERING TREATMENTS HIGHLIGHT CARNIVAL SPIRIT'S 'NAUTICA SPA,' AMONG THE LARGEST AT SEA
Spacious Grecian-inspired surroundings, state-of-the-art exercise equipment and a variety of soothing "European-style" therapies will create a unique environment for personal indulgence and keeping fit aboard the 88,500-ton Carnival Spirit, Carnival Cruise Lines' newest "Fun Ship."
"Spas have become an essential part of the overall cruise experience and we've incorporated everything we've learned over the years to create this spectacular new facility," said Bob Dickinson, Carnival president. "'Today's Carnival' is all about choice and the Carnival Spirit's spa - with its vast array of sophisticated exercise equipment and pampering treatments - is just the latest example of our efforts to satisfy today's health-conscious vacationers," he added.
Dickinson noted that the debut of the Carnival Spirit's "Nautica Spa," combined with the spas on Carnival's 14 other "Fun Ships," is expected to push the line's fleetwide spa usage past the one million mark - roughly half of the company's overall passenger base.
As the first in a new series of "Fun Ships," the Carnival Spirit's design innovations will extend to the two-level, 13,700-square-foot spa. Spanning the forward portion of Lido Deck 9 and Sun Deck 10, the expansive health and fitness club will feature a distinctive multi-level configuration, which maximizes space and provides magnificent sea views from the large picture windows that surround the facility.
Housed within the various levels will be a wide variety of state-of-the-art exercise equipment, including stationary bicycles, treadmills, and rowing, stair-climbing and Keiser pneumatic progressive resistance machines. A variety of free weights and dumbbells will be available, as well.
Exercise areas are enhanced by a stunning Grecian-inspired décor, including terra cotta and ochre-accented zebrawood walls, classic Doric columns and hand-painted murals featuring a Greek vase motif with depictions of various Olympic events.
Adjacent to the workout areas is a mirrored aerobics room, which will serve as the venue for Carnival's wide range of exercise classes, including low- and high-impact aerobics, step and senior aerobics, and various stretchingand relaxation sessions. The spacious facility can accommodate large groups or be reconfigured to host several different classes simultaneously.
The Carnival Spirit will also offer a variety of exotic "European-style" treatments, including the new "aroma stone therapy," based on an ancient ritual that combines heated and scented oils with a full body massage using warm basalt stones, creating a relaxing and rejuvenating sensation.
These treatments complement a sophisticated menu of full body and scalp massages, seaweed wraps, mud packs, and various slimming and toning therapies. Treatments are conducted by the Carnival Spirit's highly trained staff, who also provide nutrition and training tips, wellness counseling sessions, and fitness evaluations such as height/weight and body fat composition analyses.
The Carnival Spirit will also feature four swimming pools and five whirlpools -- one housed within the spa itself and four others on Lido Deck 9. For those who want to exercise in the fresh sea air, there's also a padded jogging track encircling Sports Deck 11. Ten private treatment/massage rooms, complete locker facilities, sauna and steam rooms, and a full-service Nautica Salon, further add to the total "spa at sea" experience.
As part of Carnival's Total Choice Dining(SM), cruising's most comprehensive dining program offering the widest variety of formal and casual options at sea, menus in the Carnival Spirit's main dining room, the Empire Restaurant, will offer the line's signature "Nautica Spa Fare." These delicious, guilt-free dishes are lower in fat, cholesterol, sodium and calories. Meats are broiled or roasted, salads prepared with low-fat or fat-free dressings and desserts with sugar substitutes.
Vegetarian meals will also be available on all dining room menus, while the expansive two-level La Playa Grille poolside restaurant will include a diversity of healthy offerings, including an extensive salad bar and a 24-hour frozen yogurt station.
SPECTACULAR LAS VEGAS-STYLE REVUES CREATED FOR NEW 88,500-TON CARNIVAL SPIRIT
Two original high-energy Las Vegas-style revues presented in an expansive, Egyptian-themed show lounge are sure to dazzle audiences aboard Carnival's newest "Fun Ship," the 88,500-ton Carnival Spirit.
The two revues - "SRO (Standing Room Only)" and "High Spirits" - combine a cadre of talented entertainers and behind-the-scenes personnel, elaborate sets and costumes, and Carnival's show-stopping special effects to provide audiences with unforgettable evenings of high-caliber entertainment.
"Carnival's shows have grown progressively more sophisticated over the years and 'SRO' and 'High Spirits' set a new standard for shipboard entertainment, making maximum use of talented personnel, as well as technical capabilities that only a large ship like the Carnival Spirit can provide," said Roger Blum, Carnival's vice president of cruise programming and the shows' producer.
The first show, "SRO," is a toe-tapping tribute to some of the most recognizable and beloved stage productions on The Great White Way. The show includes recreations of Broadway's favorite moments - from the melodic tunes of My Fair Lady and Oklahoma! to mysterious and sultry Miss Saigon and the sizzling song and dance numbers of A Chorus Line and Fosse. Also included are the sassy sounds of Ain't Misbehavin', the rocking tunes of Tommy and the infamous "Sharks & Jets" of West Side Story.
Equally entertaining is the second show, "High Spirits," which, like the name implies, offers a look at the "spirits" that inspire us all. The avant-garde show combines a variety of musical genres - from Latin, blues, hip-hop and everything in between - with memorable stage set ups, including a swashbuckling pirate ship and mermaid-infused undersea life to take audiences on a fast-paced journey through a mystical and ethereal world. The show closes in unforgettable fashion with a chorus line atop the wing of a World War I-era biplane, enhanced by state-of-the-art video projections that create the appearance of the dancers in flight.
The shows are presented in the Pharaoh's Palace, a 1,200-seat, three-deck-high show lounge that provides one of the most memorable and spacious entertainment venues at sea. Carnival's interior architect, Joe Farcus, extensively researched ancient Egypt to lend a feeling of authenticity to the modern, multi-level lounge. Highlights include authentic hieroglyphics and other Egyptian markings on the stone bulkheads, ceiling panels and doors, and twin, 20-foot-high statues of Pharaohs flanking the venue's massive stage. Adorning the lounge's windows are gold sarcophagi of the famed King Tutankhamen, while floors are inlaid with blue, red and turquoise ceramic tile offering the appearance of precious stones, a technique patterned after the grand palaces of ancient Egypt.
Both revues showcase the abilities of the Carnival Spirit's 18 singers and dancers, who are backed by a talented 10-piece orchestra, as well as a 43-person technical team which operates some of the most sophisticated equipment in seagoing entertainment. These include a multi-million-dollar computerized sound and lighting system, two high-watt laser banks, variable-speed riggings to "fly in" scenery changes, a "turntable" stage, and a retractable orchestra pit.
"Pharaoh's Palace is unquestionably one of the grandest, most sophisticated theaters at sea and serves as the ideal setting for these two new spectacular Las Vegas-style revues," Blum said.
NEW 88,500-TON CARNIVAL SPIRIT TO FEATURE STATE-OF-THE-ART 'TELE-RADIOLOGY' SYSTEM
A new state-of-the-art "tele-radiology" system enabling shipboard physicians to digitally transmit X-rays and other patient information to shoreside facilities for consultation on a broad range of medical situations will be featured on Carnival Cruise Lines' new 88,500-ton Carnival Spirit.
The new MedServe "tele-radiology" system, which was specifically tailored for the Carnival Spirit by U.K.-based Integrated Dynamics, a leading manufacturer of tele-medicine equipment, will utilize a high-speed satellite network link to transmit high-resolution digitized X-rays, electrocardiogram images and other patient data to land-based doctors. Once images are received by the shoreside facility, shipboard doctors and their land-based counterparts can discuss patients' conditions and prescribe treatment if necessary.
"The safety and well-being of our guests and crew are of utmost concern and the Carnival Spirit's new 'tele-radiology' system will enhance our shipboard medical capabilities and allow us to continue to provide the highest standard of care at sea," said Bob Dickinson, Carnival president.
The new system will be housed in the Carnival Spirit's infirmary, one of 15 facilities fleetwide which utilize the services of nearly 65 doctors and nurses, who are responsible for treating the line's more than 2.3 million annual guests and 16,000 full-time shipboard employees. Infirmary staff are licensed in the U.S., Canada, the U.K. or European Economic Community member countries and certified in advanced cardiac life support. Many staff members also have specialized training in trauma or pediatric care.
While doctors typically treat various illnesses and non-critical cases, ships are also equipped to treat and stabilize heart attacks and other life-threatening situations. As such, Carnival's infirmaries carry the latest lifesaving equipment and technology, including defibrillators, cardiac monitors, external pacemakers, thrombolytic ("clot-busting") therapy, electrocardiograph machines and pulse oximeters. A variety of clinical lab equipment, as well as the latest drugs and prescription medications, are available, as well.
Carnival's fleetwide medical facilities meet or exceed all standards set forth by the International Council of Cruise Lines, which established its own industry-wide standards in conjunction with the American College of Emergency Physicians.
"Carnival is constantly reviewing and updating its medical equipment to ensure we are on the 'cutting edge' of shipboard medicine," Dickinson said. "The Carnival Spirit's new 'tele-radiology' system is in tune with that philosophy and further demonstrates our commitment to providing our guests with the highest quality medical treatment available aboard ship," he added.
NEW CARNIVAL SPIRIT RECEIVES 'GREEN STAR' ENVIRONMENTAL DESIGNATION
Carnival Cruise Lines' new 88,500-ton Carnival Spirit has received the "Green Star" designation, awarded to ships that meet the environmental standards established by the Registro Italiano Navale Group (RINA), an Italian ship classification and management system certification society.
The Carnival Spirit, which debuted April 29, 2001, was awarded the "Green Star" honor for meeting the stringent environmental guidelines of RINA's two voluntary class notations, Clean Sea and Clean Air. The notations focus on the control and prevention of sea and air pollution and also comply with the regulations of the International Maritime Organization (IMO).
According to Franco Porcellacchia, RINA's international marine manager, "RINA surveyors were on-site at Kvaerner Masa-Yards in Helsinki, Finland, where the Carnival Spirit was built, throughout the shipbuilding process to ensure the vessel fully complied with the stringent standards required to earn the Green Star designation."
The Carnival Spirit is only the second vessel ever to be awarded RINA's Green Star designation. The Costa Atlantica of Carnival's sister company, Costa Cruises, received the designation when it entered service in July 2000.
"RINA's Design for Environment (DfE) designation 'Green Star' is one of the most comprehensive programs available in the maritime industry and entails a significant capital investment as well as an investment in our on-board human resources," said Jim Walsh, Carnival's vice president of environmental, health and safety.
According to Walsh, two important features of the Carnival Spirit are the segregation of bilge spaces, which further minimizes the possibility of tainting water with oil, and the isolation of fuel tanks with "double hull-like" protection, reducing the possibility of rupture in the event of a grounding. "Carnival's commitment to the environment is a critical component of the line's business plan," Walsh said. "This isn't just a social issue but is also a fundamental factor to the continued success of our business."
Exemplifying Carnival's commitment to the environment, the Carnival Spirit is the first cruise ship to feature Wartsila's new "smokeless" enviroengine, which reduces visible emissions and is expected to enhance fuel efficiency. One of the ship's six engines presently features this technology, and a second engine will be modified and converted with this system at a later date. The line's parent company, Carnival Corporation, has a partnership with Wartsila, a Finnish engine manufacturer, to develop the enviroengine for its ships. All six engines meet MARPOL's rules for nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions that will become a requirement in the future. Other features aboard the ship will include new wastewater treatment, food waste processing systems and environmentally friendly refrigerants, paints and other products.
The Carnival Spirit also adheres to the line's comprehensive fleetwide environmental program, which includes a waste-management plan, in which solid waste is processed and incinerated on board or sent to a shoreside facility for treatment, recycling or disposal. The line is already in full compliance with international and domestic environmental laws and regulations, including those of the IMO and the U.S. Code of Federal Regulations.
RINA is part of the Registro Italiano Navale Group and is a Genoa-based classification society, which was formed in 1861. It was a founding member of the International Association of Classification Societies (IACS) and has particular expertise in passenger vessels and fast craft.
Carnival's New Staggered Dinner Seatings Now Available On All 14 'Fun Ships'
As part of its Total Choice Dining(sm) initiative, Carnival Cruise Lines has completed the fleetwide implementation of its new four staggered dinner seatings in the formal restaurants aboard its 14 "Fun Ships."
According to Carnival President Bob Dickinson, the new dinner seatings -- 5:45 p.m., 6:30 p.m., 8 p.m. and 8:45 p.m. -- have proven very popular among guests since implementation first began several months ago.
"Guests truly appreciate the many enhancements provided by this new seating system, which offers greater choice in dining times while maintaining one of the single most valued aspects of the traditional cruise dining experience - the opportunity to develop a rapport with the same wait staff throughout a voyage," Dickinson said.
The new dinner seatings are just one component of Carnival's Total Choice Dining, cruising's most comprehensive dining program offering the widest variety of formal and casual options at sea. In addition to full-service, multi-course meals in the formal restaurants, Carnival's "Fun Ships" feature a diversity of casual choices, including expansive Lido-area eateries offering breakfast, lunch and dinner-time alternatives, 24-hour pizzerias and self-serve ice cream and frozen yogurt, grille areas, meat-carving and pasta stations, and extensive salad and dessert bars.
Complimentary 24-hour stateroom service, nightly midnight buffets, and a children's turn-down service offering chocolate chip cookies at bedtime twice each voyage are available fleetwide, as well.
Patisseries, sushi bars, New York-style delis, and Asian and American specialty areas are also featured on several vessels, while the new 88,500-ton Carnival Spirit - set to debut April 29 - will feature stone crabs from Miami Beach's legendary Joe's Stone Crab Restaurant -- the first time the world-famous delicacies have been included on a cruise ship menu.
"Carnival's dining options have changed dramatically in recent years and with Total Choice Dining we're striving to provide our guests with not only enhanced quality but also the greatest variety of cuisines at sea, along with culinary experiences not available on any other cruise line," Dickinson said.
Carnival Spirit to Operate Special Six- and Eight-Day Mexico Cruises from San Diego in October, 2002
Carnival Cruise Lines' new 88,500-ton Carnival Spirit will operate two special Mexico cruises round-trip from San Diego in October 2002 - a six-day Baja California voyage departing Oct. 19 and an eight-day Mexican Riviera voyage departing Oct. 25.
The special one-time voyages follow the Carnival Spirit's 2002 Alaska and Hawaii sailings which will operate from May - October 2002.
"These two departures from San Diego offer consumers an opportunity to experience some of Mexico's most exciting resort destinations and quaint coastal towns, while the Carnival Spirit, with its huge percentage of ocean view and balconied staterooms and indoor and outdoor promenades, provides an exceptional environment for scenic cruising," said Bob Dickinson, Carnival president.
CARNIVAL SPIRIT'S NOUVEAU SUPPER CLUB TO FEATURE JOE'S WORLD-FAMOUS STONE CRABS
One of Florida's most renowned delicacies, stone crabs, from Miami Beach's oldest restaurant - legendary Joe's Stone Crab - will be featured for the first time on a cruise ship menu when the new Carnival Spirit enters service in late April. The announcement was made at the Seatrade Cruise Shipping Convention in Miami Beach in March. Carnival Cruise Lines President Bob Dickinson and Steve Sawitz, president of Joe's, revealed that the succulent claws will be served in the Carnival Spirit's specialty restaurant, the Nouveau Supper Club.
"We're very excited at being the first cruise line to offer our guests the world-famous stone crabs from Joe's," Dickinson said. "We are creating a world-class dining venue in the Carnival Spirit's Nouveau Supper Club and through this association with Joe's we will offer our guests a truly one-of-a-kind culinary experience not available on any other cruise ship," he added.
Sawitz, whose great-grandparents established Joe's as Miami Beach's first restaurant in 1913, noted that the arrangement will introduce the tasty claws, native to Florida waters, to a new, sophisticated market segment.
"We anticipate Carnival guests will join the tens of thousands of stone crab aficionados who have enjoyed the claws at Joe's," commented Sawitz. Traditionally served cold, the claws are usually accompanied by Joe's signature mustard sauce or drawn butter. The claw's hard shell is cracked with a wooden mallet just before being served to preserve freshness.
Presidents from Dwight Eisenhower to Bill Clinton, royalty, including the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, and celebrities world-wide have savored the seafood delicacy.
The 156-seat Nouveau Supper Club - Carnival's first reservations-only specialty restaurant -- is located at the top of a soaring nine-deck-high atrium and housed under a red tinted glass dome that forms the front portion of the ship's funnel. Hearkening back to the great supper clubs of the past, the circular, two-level room has a bandstand and a stage for entertainers, as well as a dance floor.
MORE THAN STONE CRABS: CARNIVAL SPIRIT'S NOUVEAU SUPPER CLUB TO OFFER PRIME STEAKS, OTHER UPSCALE CUISINE
While the delectable crab claws from the legendary Joe's Stone Crab Restaurant may get top billing at the Carnival Spirit's Nouveau Supper Club, the a la carte shipboard dining venue, like the Miami Beach institution, will offer a diverse, palate-pleasing menu to suit a variety of tastes.
Taking its cue from New York's widely popular steakhouses, the two-level supper club will offer top-quality aged USDA prime beef, seafood and other upscale cuisine, all in elegant and comfortable surroundings that set the tone for a perfect meal.
Located forward at the top of a soaring, nine-deck-high atrium and housed under a red tinted glass dome that forms the front portion of the ship's funnel, the expansive, reservations-only supper club -- the first true steakhouse at sea -- will offer a wide range of menu items, from mouth-watering appetizers, salads and side dishes to tantalizing entrees and decadent desserts. The restaurant will carry a nightly reservations fee of $15 per person.
"While our association with Joe's provides Carnival Spirit guests a dining experience not available on any other cruise ship, the Nouveau Supper Club also promises a diverse menu of classic steakhouse dishes in an atmosphere as memorable as the cuisine itself," said Bob Dickinson, Carnival president.
Typical of upscale steakhouses on land, the Nouveau Supper Club will offer guests a wide selection of the finest hand-cut prime beef, including a 14-ounce New York strip, 18-ounce classic porterhouse, 18-ounce prime rib, and the traditional cut nine-ounce filet mignon. All steaks are cooked to guests' exact specifications.
Diners can also choose from such starters as Seared Rare Fresh Hawaiian Ahi Tuna on Wilted Arugula, Lobster Bisque Flavored with Vintage Cognac and Baked Onion Soup "Les Halles." Salads include the Classic Caesar (served tableside) and Baby Leaf Spinach and Fresh Mushrooms with Blue Cheese Crumbles and Warm Bacon Dressing.
A variety of delectable entrée items are also available, including Grilled Double-Cut Lamb Chops, Dover Sole Meurniere and Chilean Sea Bass with Citrus Butter, complementing the signature stone crabs from Florida's most famous restaurant. Other upscale dishes will also be offered, some of which will be prepared and served tableside by Carnival's master chefs.
Accompanying entrees are traditional steakhouse side dishes, including sautéed mushrooms, golden hash browns, creamed spinach and grilled seasonal vegetables. Desserts such as Warm Chocolate Soufflé with Sauce Anglaise, New York Cheesecake with Raspberry Coulis, Trio of Crème Brulee and Tarte Tatin, a warm French apple tart, serve as a delicious finale.
A special wine list, hand-selected by Carnival's executive chefs to match the wide-ranging cuisines, will be available, including Chalk Hill Chardonnay, La Romanee, Vega Sicilia, Opus One 1980 and Chateau Lafite-Rothchild 1985. Table settings, including fine china and crystal stemware, and "personal touches" such as leather-bound menus further add to the refined atmosphere.
Dishes will be enjoyed in the spacious surroundings of the two-level 156-seat restaurant, which is evocative of the classic dining venues of yesteryear, with nightly entertainment in the form of a quartet or cabaret singer, as well as a marble dance floor. There's also a cooking display area where guests can watch chefs prepare their culinary masterpieces.
The Nouveau Supper Club's décor, much like the name implies, is patterned after the art nouveau movement of the late 19th century, characterized by free-flowing, curvilinear lines and decorative organic shapes such as vines, leaves, flowers and branches.
Modeled after Brussels' breathtaking Hotel Tassel -- whose interiors are considered among the finest examples of art nouveau design -- the supper club also features hand-painted floral wall murals and antiqued copper stem-like columns capped with stained-glass lighting fixtures formed in an ornate flower bud motif. A colorful Tiffany-style stained-glass balcony completes the art nouveau theme.
The Nouveau Supper Club is just one of several dining options aboard the Carnival Spirit, the first in a new series of 88,500-ton, 2,124-passenger "Fun Ships." Also housed within the Carnival Spirit is the 1,250-seat Empire Restaurant, an expansive two-deck-high formal dining room, and the two-level La Playa Grille, a casual poolside eatery offering full breakfast and lunchtime buffets, a Seaview Bistro alternative dinner service, and a 24-hour pizzeria. Complimentary 24-hour room service is available, as well.
All of these options comprise Carnival's Total Choice Dining(SM), cruising's most comprehensive dining program offering the widest variety of casual and formal choices at sea.
Response to Nouveau Supper Club Exceeding Expectations
When a new restaurant opens with fantastic food, impeccable service and low prices with spectacular surroundings to match, the inevitable has to happen - an increase in price to keep pace with demand.
Such is the case with the Carnival Spirit's Nouveau Supper Club, an upscale "steakhouse-style" restaurant whose reservations fee was recently increased to $20 per person. According to Carnival President Bob Dickinson, since the Carnival Spirit's debut April 29, response to the supper club has been outstanding, as each week nearly 700 guests enjoy the restaurant's diverse, wide-ranging cuisine, which includes a choice of nine different starters and salads, prime aged beef and stone crab claws from Miami Beach's legendary Joe's Stone Crab Restaurant - the first time the delicacies have been featured on a cruise ship menu. "We expected that our guests would appreciate an upscale alternative restaurant offering an opportunity to dine when and with whom they please and our instincts proved correct, as response to the Nouveau Supper Club has exceeded even our wildest expectations," said Dickinson. "At $20, which includes gratuity, a meal in the Nouveau Supper Club is still a tremendous value, given the restaurant's unmatched combination of high quality cuisine, top-notch service and distinctive décor," he added.
Dickinson noted that reservations for the supper club often fill up rather quickly and recommends that guests reserve their spot early to ensure an opportunity to enjoy this unforgettable dining experience. Natko Nincevic, Carnival's senior vice president of hotel operations, added that while guests enjoy the supper club's understated elegance and attentive, leisurely paced service, the quality of the cuisine is what really sets the restaurant apart. "Obviously, we have a huge hit on our hands. Our team of chefs and wait staff have created one of the cruise industry's finest restaurants, offering a tantalizing array of steaks, seafood, side dishes, appetizers and desserts, all of which are enjoyed in an environment that is as memorable as the food itself," he said.
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