MONFALCONE, Italy -- Standing high on the communication's mast, veteran Carnival Cruise Lines officer Giovanni Gallo is serving as Carnival Destiny's first captain. All photographs in this update are actual photos of the Carnival Destiny "under construction" in Monfalcone, Italy.
CARNIVAL DESTINY'S NAUTICA SPA THE LARGEST FITNESS FACILITY AFLOAT
The 15,000-square-foot, two-level health club features a state-of-the-art gymnasium, two whirlpool baths, steam, sauna, massage and loofah rooms and the Nautica Salon as well as an aerobics room and juice bar.
In the photo to the right, craftsmen fit out the Carnival Destiny's two-deck spa and fitness center in the shipyard in Monfalcone, Italy.
Guests who adhere to fitness regimens at home or who want to start one on vacation can count on keeping fit in this complete health club. The gymnasium is outfitted with the most modern, high-tech weight and workout equipment. From exercise bikes to treadmills, step and rowing equipment, guests have a choice of 36 Nautilus machines to raise their heart rate, or shape and tone with a full array of dumbbells, weight-lifting and resistance equipment.
Trained instructors are on hand to help guests use equipment, give individual recommendations regarding exercise programs and lead workout classes. These include step aerobics, high- and low-impact workouts, aqua aerobics and seniors classes, as well as several stretching and calisthenics sessions. You can even hire a personal trainer for the week.
Adjacent to the Aerobics Room and paneled in light-toned lacewood, the colorful Juice Bar specializes in healthful refreshments -- zesty, Caribbean fruit concoctions -- served in sunny, soft-pastel surroundings.
For guests who want sunshine and sea air as they exercise, the one-eighth-mile oval Nautica Jogging Track is located high on the Aft Sun Deck.
In the photo to the left, a Danish craftsman saws a teak board that will be utilized as a small facet of Carnival Destiny's Lido deck.
The health club's sophisticated menu of European-style spa services for men and women provides vacationers a perfect opportunity to pamper themselves. A new hydrotherapy bath - unique to the Carnival Destiny -- is a personal Jacuzzi-like tub where seaweed, aroma therapy, special oils and other ingredients create a soothing, rejuvenating sensation.
Ten massage/treatment rooms, several with private showers, provide quiet venues where guests can experience relaxing scalp and body massages or such skin therapy as mud packs and seaweed wraps. Among the dozens of exotic treatments offered by the Nautica Spa are the Ionithermie Superdetoxification Treatment, a 90-minute therapeutic slimming system, and the La Therapie Facial, a biotechnical treatment that penetrates the deeper layers of the skin with active ingredients of organic gels and creams using high-frequency galvanic stimuli.
Perhaps the most unusual therapeutic treatment available on Carnival Destiny is the Nouveau Yu Health Environment Capsule. Guests lie in a temperature-controlled oval-shaped chamber surroundeed by soothing aromas and sounds with synchronized lighting to induce total relaxation.
The Nautica beauty salon has eight private styling areas and two facial rooms offering a full complement of hair, facial and manicure services.
A big ship deserves big recreation activities. Carnival Destiny guests will be able to zip down a winding, 214 foot long fiberglass waterslide on the cruise liner during Caribbean cruises.
Carnival's health and fitness program is not limited to the spa and the jogging track, however. On regular menus, the Nautica Spa Fare symbol identifies a special dish that is lower in sodium, calories, cholesterol and fat. Nautica Spa Fare items are roasted or broiled, salads are prepared with diet dressings, and desserts with sugar substitutes. Vegetarian selections are offered on the main menu at each meal, as well.
Shipyard supervisors monitor work on the Rotunda on board Carnival Destiny. Surrounded by retail shopping experiences, the Rotunda is a facet of the ship's 10-deck-high atrium.
CARNIVAL DESTINY'S PALLADIUM THEATER OFFERS BIGGEST, BRIGHTEST SHOWS AT SEA
Glittering stage shows in the most sophisticated cruise ship theater ever created -- the Palladium -- will amaze guests on Carnival Cruise Lines' 100,000-ton MS Carnival Destiny.
State-of-the-art technology will make Palladium revues shine with high production values and modern special effects. The showroom's stage complex -- from the lowest level in the orchestra pit to the scenery loft -- is five decks deep. The design allows the orchestra pit to be retracted via an elevator, and for large pieces of scenery, special lighting equipment and even performers to be "flown" on and off the stage from above.
The high-tech lighting system includes three full 10-watt lasers and a "surround sound" audio system.
"Virtually every stage technique used in the world's leading productions can be employed in this theater," said Roger Blum, producer for the shows and Carnival's director of operations. "This is unequivocally the most sophisticated theater at sea."
Spacious enough to accommodate an audience of 1,500, the Palladium's superb seating design provides excellent sight lines to the entire stage from the comfortable sofas on the first level and the plush theater seats of the two-deck balcony. The theater is located forward on Lobby Deck 3, with convenient access from Atlantic and Promenade decks, as well.
In the tradition of grand theaters, a sparkling hand-made Venetian glass chandelier hung in a gold-leaf gypsum dome dominates the ceiling. When the lights are dimmed for the show, the chandelier turns high-tech with fiber-optic colors coordinated to match changes in the stage lighting.
The vast showroom's contemporary, elegant decor features walls of distinctive Portoro marble -- polished black stone with gold and bronze streaks -- surrounding the stage and flanking curtain-festooned window arches along both sides of the room.
Two new stage shows have been designed for Carnival Destiny , according to Blum. "Since we were working with the world's most lavish shipboard showroom, we tried to envision the most lavish shows in the world," he said. "That led us to France, where some of history's most spectacular shows have been born."
"Les Formidables" opens with a medley of French show tunes from the 1950s and '60s, followed by a rousing cancan number. After that introduction, the audience is taken on a tour of Paris via a high-tech blend of video effects, slide projection and elaborate sets. The musical tour includes the Pigalle -- Paris' infamous red-light district -- a stop at a surreal circus and a high-energy fashion show. The grand finale is staged at the Eiffel Tower with a breathtaking display of lasers and pyrotechnics.
The second new show, "Nightclub Express," is hosted by a talking, singing sofa that escorts the audience from club to club on a fast-paced frolicking tour of famous night spots. Ten different cabarets are on the unique itinerary, including the Copacabana, Cotton Club and Studio 54, with appropriate music at each venue.
Dwarfed by the huge, distinctive ship's funnel, shipbuilders at the Italian Fincantieri yards board the Carnival Destiny to begin their day of work.
Photos by Andy Newman of Carnival Cruise Lines.
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