Port Canaveral, FL – Early yesterday morning Carnival Cruise Lines’ newest and biggest ship the DREAM pulled into its new home port of Port Canaveral, by nightfall the Dream set on it’s maiden voyage to the Bahamas. The Carnival Dream will launch year-round seven-day Caribbean service from Port Canaveral on Dec 12.
About the Carnival Dream
The largest “Fun Ship ever constructed, the new 130,000-ton Carnival Dream, offers a host of on-board innovations and amenities, and will operates a diverse inaugural schedule that features visits to magnificent European and Caribbean destinations.
A new class of vessel, the 3,646-passenger vessel ushers in an exciting new era of “Fun Ship” cruising. With a new layout, sleek hull and distinctive profile, Carnival Dream is designed as the ultimate vacation experience.
Unique features of the Carnival Dream include a stunning café and entertainment venue called Ocean Plaza; 19,000—square-feet of dedicated children’s facilities , including expansive play areas and a huge Carnival WaterWorks aqua park featuring the longest water slide at sea; “scenic whirlpools” that extend over the ship’s sides; the line’s first two-level Serenity adults-only retreat; a 23,750-square-foot Cloud 9 Spa – Carnival’s largest; and a variety of new stateroom categories, including two-bath, five-berth cabins that have particular appeal with families.
Unique Features and Facilities
With a basis-two capacity of 3,646 passengers and spanning 1,004 feet in length, Carnival Dream is the largest and longest “Fun Ship” ever constructed and the line has made maximum use of the vessel’s added size by creating some truly spectacular on-board facilities and features.
Among the highlights of Carnival Dream is Ocean Plaza, an indoor/outdoor café and live music venue featuring a large circular dance floor. A massive floor-to-ceiling curved glass wall separates the room, creating comfortable seating areas offering magnificent ocean views. Guests at Ocean Plaza can also enjoy coffees and sweets – even freshly made milkshakes. Full bar service is also offered.
Ocean Plaza also offers full Wi-Fi access, along with 12 stand-alone kiosks where guests can access an exciting new concept in shipboard technology – the FunHub, Carnival Dream’s comprehensive portal and exclusive on-board social network.
Carnival Dream also takes the traditional cruise-ship promenade to new heights with a half-mile, open-air promenade encircling the ship on Promenade Deck 5. Here, guests can take a stroll while enjoying spectacular ocean vistas, read a book, or just take in the sun from one of the many deck chairs that will line this unique open deck area.
Along the expansive promenade, four “scenic whirlpools” cantilever out over the sea providing magnificent sea views. Higher up, Lido Deck 10 offers the most elaborate and expansive open-deck area of any Carnival ship with a tropical, resort-style main pool complete with a Seaside Theatre LED screen, Carnival’s first two-level Serenity adults-only retreat with comfortable seating and full bar service, and numerous other features.
A wide variety of lounges, bars and nightspots – including a new dance club concept offering indoor/outdoor access – will be accessible via an 11-deck-high atrium whose ground level will offer a cantilevered bandstand atop a massive dance floor. Other features include an expansive 23,750-square-foot Cloud 9 Spa – Carnival’s largest and most elaborate health and wellness center to date.
Innovative New Staterooms
Particular attention was paid to Carnival Dream’s accommodations, as several innovative new types of staterooms will be introduced. The line’s first-ever “cove” balcony staterooms – located closer to the water line – offer beautiful sea views and exceptional value.
New deluxe ocean view staterooms – featuring a unique, guest-friendly configuration with two bathrooms and five berths – provide the ultimate in comfort and convenience for guests who can enjoy their unique spaciousness, particularly families. In addition to twin beds that convert to a king, ample closet space and elegant décor, the two-bathroom configuration include one full bathroom and a second bathroom featuring a junior tub with shower and sink.
There are even staterooms that can accommodate five guests – a rarity in new ship construction and also ideal for families. Additionally, there is a wide selection of balcony staterooms and suites from which to choose – all offering the best in scenic cruising. Additionally, adjacent to Carnival Dream’s luxurious Cloud 9 Spa are 65 spa staterooms and suites which offer guests a number of exclusive amenities and privileges.
All Carnival Dream staterooms feature the Carnival Comfort Bed sleep system with plush mattresses, luxurious duvets and high quality linens and pillows.
Families Will Live the Dream
Carnival Dream’s numerous family-friendly amenities include separate, purpose-built facilities for the line’s three distinct children’s programs: Camp Carnival for kids ages 2-11, Circle “C” for 12- to 14-year-olds, and Club O2 for teens ages 15 to 17, along with a full schedule of morning-til-night activities catering to each age group.
Sure to be a hit with guests of all ages is Carnival WaterWorks, an expansive aqua park offering exhilarating water slides – including a 303-foot-long Twister slide the longest in cruising and an exhilarating DrainPipe attraction featuring a unique funnel-style design – and various water spray apparatus. Carnival Dream also features an 18-hole miniature golf course.
All this, combined with the spacious two-bathroom staterooms and an attractive and convenient Port Canaveral/Central Florida homeport, make Carnival Dream an exceptional family vacation.
Carnival Dream Schedule
The Carnival Dream’s home port will be Port Canaveral, Fl, and will launch year-round seven-day Caribbean service from Port Canaveral.
Reservations are currently being accepted for Carnival Dream’s European and Caribbean departures. For additional information and reservations, contact any travel agent, call 1-800-CARNIVAL or visit carnival.com.
Carnival Dream Facts
Approximate Cost: $860 million
Shipyard: Fincantieri Cantieri Navali, Italiani,S.P.A., Monfalcone, Italy
Homeport: Port Canaveral, Florida
Speed: 22.5 Knots
Appoximate Crew Size: 1,367
Gross Registered Tonnage: 130,000
Length: 1,004 Feet
Beam: 122 Feet
Beam at Pooldecks: 158 Feet
Maximum Draft: 27 Feet
Normal Cruise Capacity: 3,646
Number of Guest Decks: 13
Penthouse Suites: 12
Ocean View Balcony Suites: 58
Ocean View with Balcony: 817
Ocean View without Balcony: 258
Interior Staterooms: 678
Originally Published on November 19th, 2009