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As Carnival Corporation’s flagship brand, Carnival Cruise Lines, founded in 1972, sets the pace as the world’s largest, most popular cruise line (based on carrying about 2.5 million passengers annually). Carnival offers affordable cruise vacations with Fun Ship appeal. Today’s Carnival, a far cry from modest beginnings, defines contemporary cruising with expanded options in dining, children’s programming, spa pampering and shipboard weddings. Carnival’s fleet, composed of six vessel classes, has grown to 20, with more Fun Ships forthcoming, including five on order.
The $400-million Carnival Destiny, the world’s first 101,000-ton cruise ship, has amazed guests with convenience and variety afforded by its passenger-friendly design. Ship architect Joe Farcus notes that the Carnival Destiny represents an “evolution, not a revolution” of the line’s highly successful 70,000-ton “Fantasy-class” fleet, and that the 40 percent increase in tonnage actually makes the ship easier to use. Carnival Destiny, with 18 elevators carrying up to 2,642 passengers on a basis of two per cabin, carries an average of 3,000 on a typical cruise. To enhance guest movement through the ship, four scenic elevators were incorporated into the nine-deck atrium called the Rotunda. Carnival Destiny sails seven-day southern Caribbean itineraries departing on Sundays from San Juan, calling in St. Thomas/St. John, Martinique, Barbados and Aruba, with two Fun Days at sea. Shore options include golfing in St. Thomas, visiting the Mount Pelee volcano in Martinque, afternoon tea and shopping in Barbados, or sunbathing on Aruban beaches.
Year entering service: 1996
Corridors are extra roomy, staircases wide, and design emphasis was put on easy access to public rooms. The triple-tiered Palladium show lounge, for example, has entrances on all three decks, and both forward and aft dining rooms are two decks tall with wide doorways on both levels. With size, comes choice. Lido Deck’s double-tier Sun & Sea restaurant provides several dining alternatives, from the pizza parlor first popularized on Carnival’s “Fantasy-class” ships to Italian and Chinese buffets, as well as the traditional mixed-menu buffet and salad bar. Carnival Destiny public areas include the Side Deck, comprised of open promenades, port and starboard, running the length of the ship on Lobby Level. The triple-deck Captain’s Hall atrium creates a unique venue for the traditional captain’s cocktail party, allowing guests to interact within assorted public rooms while participating in the reception.
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