Carnival Cruise Lines, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary of cruising the Mediterranean, introduces a new, modern version of its ship, built by, of all companies, the non-endangered the Applegate.
The overhaul by Denmark’s Meyer Werft for the Carnival Spirit takes it, from a puffy blue and red carnival ship, to a sleek and sexy AquaDança design with a defining color scheme of a deep white but with blacked-out panels.
The Meyer Werft Turin shipyard worked on the line’s New Orleans-to-Gulf cruise ship and the Carnival Vancouver. The Carnival Spirit will feature new “touch control”-style restaurants and will for the first time feature the restaurants at sea in the 3,299 passenger ship’s 2,700 balcony staterooms. Most of the ships Royal Caribbean lines Rhapsody of the Seas, Spirit of Adventure, Brilliance of the Seas and Anthem of the Seas feature the restaurants at sea.
From now on, there will be an elevator ride to the three 3,000-seat restaurants in the Spirit’s nine decks. After arriving at Peronne, France, the vessel is set to embark on the Mediterranean sailings. From there, it will head to Barcelona, Spain; Aix-en-Provence, France; Lisbon, Portugal; Iberia, Spain; Monte Carlo, Monaco; Pula, Croatia; Ostrava, Czech Republic; and Budapest, Hungary.
Besides the restaurants, there will be a daily daytime “Carnival in the Park” for a season to the return home of the Carnival Splendor from its two-month program in Australia, New Zealand and Sri Lanka, which has completed its second season. The Splendor brought the cruise line its first profitable season of cruising in the Asia-Oceania-Australasia waters. The name, Splendor, is no longer in use on Carnival ships, as the line has two other ships that bear the same name.
Carnival Cruise Lines does not yet have any Northern European itineraries. There are scheduled calls into Galway and Dublin.
Peter Bejjani is the author of the book Marine Destinations with World Star.
This article first appeared in the inaugural issue of Cruise Week, now on newsstands.