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Carnival Cruise Lines


Inaugural Cruise: March 20, 1998



MIAMI -- The multi-million-dollar art collection aboard Carnival Cruise Lines' new "Fun Ship" Elation showcases the talents of several acclaimed artists from around the world.

Adorning the Elation's seven-deck-high Grand Atrium is a series of 27 jewel-encrusted murals by renowned British artist Susanna Holt. Citing a diversity of influences -- from Dutch artist Vincent Van Gogh to the sand paintings of the American Navajo, and even noted Swiss psychoanalyst Carl Jung -- Holt utilizes an unusual approach to create the large, vibrant mural positioned along the Elation's bulkheads. The artist combines steel, chemically treated copper and precious and semi-precious gems with universal and ancient symbols -- all resin encased -- creating murals that radiate in brilliant color patterns. Several of the panels also feature the artist's original poems which explore the delicate relationship between man and nature.

The Elation's stair landings are decorated with colorful, three-dimensional murals created by Calman Shemi, whose works have been showcased in a number of private, public and corporate collections throughout the world. The large, semi-abstract panels -- which feature vibrant, multi-hued patterns interwoven with irregular-shaped textured and colorful fabrics -- depict images gleaned from the artist's varied life experiences, from the sunbaked landscapes as seen from an Israeli kibbutz to the rugged mountains of his native Argentina.

Miami artist Virginia Ferrara was commissioned to create original designs for the Elation's more than 1,000 staterooms. Utilizing such photographic techniques as dramatic cropping patterns, asymmetrical compositions and soft, muted images, the motifs reflect Ferrara's longtime passion for the arts. Designs include a stunning seascape based on Ernest Hemingway's classic Old Man and the Sea to the sophisticated urbanites often found in the novels of F. Scott Fitzgerald. Other motifs are less defined interpretations of different musical and literary genres, including a classic French garden, musicians and dancers amid a bevy of palm trees and a bullfight set against a stark Spanish landscape.


MIAMI -- Playing on the popularity of coffee houses which serve as intimate venues for conversation, people watching and light entertainment, Carnival Cruise Lines' new MS Elation features a new style of shipboard gathering spot called The Musical Cafe.

Located halfway along the ship's Elation Way promenade, The Musical cafe is a perfect area for sipping a specialty coffee or liqueur while watching the passing scenery and enjoying soft music from a nearby player piano.

A wide selection of pastries and sweets are also available, including such offerings as apple strudel with ice cream, Black Forest cake and chocolate-covered strawberries. A variety of ice cream sundaes and milk shakes are featured as well.

Specialty coffees range from espresso, cappuccino and cafe latte to chocolate truffle, vanilla nut and countryside. A selection of liqueur-flavored coffees are also offered.

This semi-enclosed public room is created by virtue of a circle of arc-shaped leather sofas located along the promenade. These are complemented by wood veneer-topped tables whose bases house Tivoli lights which cast a glow on the surrounding area and add to the elegant ambiance. Another design highight consists of large hand-painted Portuguese ceramic tiles behind the cafe's serving area, providing a European feel.

"By combining the popular concept of a coffee bar with an ideal shipboard location, guests are provided a cozy seating area perfect for taking in views of both the passing ocean and fellow guests as they stroll the promenade," said Natko Nincevic, Carnival's vice president of food and beverage.


MIAMI -- The new MS Elation features the first dedicated conference facility in the Carnival Cruise Lines fleet. The line responded to a growing trend in the meetings industry toward staging professional gatherings on cruise ships as a cost-effective alternative to land-based meetings.

Carnival has hosted meeting and conference groups aboard its ships for years with those gatherings typically taking place in the ships' various public room and lounges which are not normally in use for regular acrtivities during the day. The Elation, however, features Carnival's first purpose-built meeting facility.

"A common objection to a cruise ship meeting is that a ship does not provide a serious enough venue for a truly productive gathering," said Cherie Weinstein, Carnival's vice president of group sales. "The reality is that these rooms can be completely closed off and a meeting just as intensely focused and productive at sea as it would be on land."

This is especially true of the Elation's conference room, which is specifically designed for groups of less than 100. Situated aft of the Inspiration dining room on Atlantic Deck, the room combines privacy with a convenient location.


Weinstein suggested the room is especially appropriate for conducting continuing-education courses for small professional groups such as accountants, dentists, doctors, attorneys and nurses, or for break-out rooms for large groups, or executive conferences.

The 1,075-square foot room is decorated in a style appropriate to its purpose. A small foyer ensures privacy, and the mahogany wainscoting around the walls of alternating panels of dark wood and light marble provides a board-room ambiance that is businesslike yet comfortable.

The panels of one wall can be opened to reveal a "white board" which can function as a projection surface, marker board or magnetic surface, depending on the needs of the meeting. A full array of basic audiovisual equipment is available at no additional charge ranging from a simple overhead projector to a remote-controlled slide projector and wireless microphones. The modular tables and padded chairs can be arranged in a variey of configurations.

The conference room also can be used as a venue for intimate cocktail receptions.

According to Weinstein, demand is outstripping supply and driving up meeting prices in the lodging industry in contrast with cruise pricing which has remained relatively stable over the past decade. "Price stability and the all-inclusive nature of cruising often make it a much more attractive and affordable alternative to a meeting on land, even when comparing the after tax cost of a resort or hotel meeting against a Carnival cruise."

Along with accomodations, the up-front cost of a cruise also includes all meals as well as entertainment and activities with a wide range of choice serving to please a whole variety of tastes. When the day's work is complete, meeting-goers can participate in everything from wine and cheese tastings to bingo, with the cruise ship environment serving to greatly increase the likelihood of continued mingling and networking beyond the group's scheduled activities.

Additionally, Carnival can work with meeting groups in organizing specially-tailored activities, shore excursions, private receptions, personalized gifts, etc.


MIAMI -- The magic of Manhattan in the Jazz Age imbues the sensational setting of Duke's, the "Fun Ship" Elation's dazzling showpiece piano bar.

Named in tribute to American jazz legend Duke Ellington, whose career was steeped in New York's "Cotton Club" scene, Duke's brilliantly depicts some of the Big Apple's best-loved icons.

"I envisioned this room as having an artistic New York feeling to it," said Joe Farcus, the Elation's interior architect. And, like much of the Elation, this lively lounge embodies Carnival's imaginative and exciting "entertainment architecture" concept. "You'll feel as if you are a giant -- floating through Manhattan with all the city's famous, most recognizable landmarks brought together in one room," Farcus said.

Guests enter Duke's through a scaled-down replica of Washington Square Park's well-known Triumphal Arch. In one corner of the bar stands a faithfully rendered scale model of the Empire State Building's graceful topmost stories and fabled observation deck. Across the lounge, the Statue of Liberty's weathered-copper, crowned visage (complete with lighted windows under the crown's spikes) extends from floor to ceililng.

Detailed, scale-model replicas of Manhattan's most impressive skyscrapers decorate the lounge -- the familiar V-shaped windows of the Chrysler Building; the gilt-decorated Barbizon Plaza; the angular Flatiron Building; the domed Riverhouse Building; the monolithic Chanin Building; and the towering Metropolitan Life Insurance Co. Building.

Window booths offer memorable vistas to a superbly detailed model of the Brooklyn Bridge. The extraordinary model is outlined by tiny light bulbs, while fiber-optic lights create the effect of taffic moving across the bridge.

The sophisticated lighting scheme creates a sense of the "City That Never Sleeps" with dark, glossy wall panels dotted with fiber-optic lights radiating a prism of changing colors. Wall panels, as well as aluminum ceiling panels, are enhanced with fluorescent paint -- swirls of blue, violet, pink, green and yellow -- set aglow by ultraviolet lights suspended from the ceiling.

To the left of the entrance, a white baby grand piano on a motorized turntable is surrounded by a bright, glossy white circular bar. Art deco-style leather-upholstered bar stools are trimmed with shiny brass, chrome and stainless steel.


MIAMI -- Dancing denizens of the late night will encounter a fantastic atmosphere of dark and light, good and evil, in the exciting Jekyll and Hyde Dance Club on Carnival Cruise Lines' SuperLiner Elation.

Taking his inspiration from Robert Louis Stevenson's famous 112-year-old tale of a man torn by conflicting personas, Joe Farcus, the "Fun Ship" fleet's interior architect, has crafted a night club that features eye-catching special effects in a stimulating environment.

Eight-foot-tall sculptures, their faces split to convey both benevolence and menace, surround the room, eyes glowing as their heads swivel right and left in unison to the music's tempo, occasionally blowing puffs of smoke from their mouths. Video monitors set in the abdomens of the Jekyll and Hyde sculptures are connected to the main video display controlled by the disc jockey, playing live pictures of dancing guests, hot music videos and abstract designs that pulse to the beat. Meanwhile, pairs of glowing eyes peer upward along the entry aisle, on bar tops surrounding the DJ booth and along the dance floor.

The "two-face" motif also extends to the table pedestals, which are shaped like the faces of the head-swiveling statues with glowing green and red eyes.

A dramatic entrance of green-flecked and solid-green granite, also used for the glittering dance floor, features a Jekyll and Hyde mask arranged within the stone -- its fiber-optic eyes constantly changing color.

Horizontal stripes of neon color are recessed into the walls automated to flash and glow with the music, while the dance floor is crisscrossed by automated Tivoli lights and built-in fiber-optic lines aglow in rainbow colors.


MIAMI -- Two new high energy Las Vegas-style revues housed in an elaborate Japanese-inspired show lounge will dazzle audiences aboard Carnival Cruise Lines' newest "Fun Ship," the MS Elation.

The two original shows -- entitled "Spin!" and "Rhythm!" -- combine spectacular sets and costumes, precision choreography and captivating special effects to offer guests unforgettable evenings of high quality entertainment. "Carnival is well known for its outstanding entertainment and these new revues continue that tradition with a talented cast of singers and dancers, spectacular special effects and fantastic scenery," said Roger Blum, Carnival's director of operations and the shows' producer.

The first show, "Spin!" takes guest on a tour of a variety of musical genres, from rock, country and blues to big band and even Cajun "zydeco," with costumes and sets appropriate to each. The tour is conducted via a giant spinning wheel which lands on the birthplaces of various musical styles. A stop at Nashville features Dolly Parton's classic country hit "9 to 5" accompanied by a cadre of dancing cowboys, while a visit to Memphis pays homage to Graceland, the home of Elvis Presley, the "King of Rock & Roll." There's also a stop at a Chicago speakeasy, with gangsters and flappers performing popular jazz and blues numbers from the 1920s and 30s.

"Rhythm!" is a tribute to a diversity of musical styles -- from the timeless American sounds of George Gershwin and Cole Porter to the sizzling Latin beats of popular Brazilian composer Sergio Mendez.

The show opens with the stage transformed into a giant musical clef, where the Elation singers and dancers perform their owm contemporary versions of such Gershwin classics as "Fascinatin' Rhythm" and "Rhapsody in Blue." Next, it's on to Rio de Janeiro for a visit to that city's legendary Carnival celebration, accompanied by colorful Latin- and Caribbean-inspired sets and costumes. Rounding out the evening is a medley of tunes from one of America's most beloved songwriters, Cole Porter, including "Too Darn Hot!" and "Anything Goes."

Both shows are housed in the Mikado, an elegant multi-level show lounge that pays homage to Gilbert and Sullivan's popular 19th Century operetta set in Imperial Japan. The lounge features a striking decor of oversized fans, rice paper walls and gold-leaf chrysanthemums. In addition to optimal sight lines enjoyed from comfortable Oriental-accented chair backs and settees, the 1,200-seat theatre offers a state-of-the-art sound and light system, as well as a sophisticated array of high-tech lasers and pyrotechnics.


MIAMI -- The MS Elation's nostalgic Mark Twain Library presents a fanciful depiction of America's elegant 19-Century Gilded Age, when majestic stern-wheelers plied the mighty Mississippi River.

Several superb scale models of the well-known Natchez and other historic riverboats in illuminated glass cases enhance the steamboat motif of the gracious Mark Twain Library, located off the seven-deck Elation Atrium on Atlantic Deck. Engraved plaques identify each model and the names of the famous riverboats are etched in gold leaf on the library's oak beams.

A cozy atmosphere is created with handsome desks and bookcases, furniture trim and woodwork in Brazilian cherry wood. Two pillars are finished in matte black and crested with shiny gilt crowns to imitate the stacks of the venerable riverboat Natchez. Plush, richly upholstered settees with carved wooden arms encircle the base of each pillar.

Slender Victorian-style spindle columns surround the room, each topped by light fixtures of glass and brass, reminiscent of the gaslight era, casting soft electric light.

Other notable design features include beaded cherry wood wainscot and fabric-covered ceiling and wall panels in tasteful traditional patterns of gold on black.

The Mark Twain Library -- a gracious salute to the great American author's storied career -- offers a quiet, picturesque setting for reading, penning a postcard or wiling away time with a chess board or Scrabble set.

Photos by Andy Newman, Carnival Cruise Lines


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