Keep In Shape While You Cruise...
From energetic aerobics and kick-boxing classes to relaxing "European-style" facial and body treatments, guests will find an exciting variety of choices in the "Body Beautiful Spa" health and fitness center aboard the new 88,500-ton Carnival Pride, which is scheduled to enter service Dec. 30, 2001.
Combined with Carnival’s 15 other "Fun Ships," the line anticipates nearly 1.2 million guests – roughly half of its total passenger base – will take advantage of its fleetwide spa services within the next year.
"We’re finding more and more guests seeking high-quality fitness facilities and professional spa treatments during their vacation," said Bob Dickinson, Carnival president. "Fitness has become a very important part of people’s lifestyles and, in response, Carnival is designing top-notch, state-of-the-art shipboard health and fitness facilities."
Spanning the forward area of Lido Deck 9 and Sun Deck 10, the two-level 13,700-square-foot spa will feature large picture windows that provide spectacular views of the sea.
The gymnasium will be fully equipped with modern exercise machines, including stationary bicycles, treadmills, and rowing, stair-climbing and Life Fitness pneumatic progressive resistance machines, as well as free weights and dumbbells.
The spa will also include a spacious aerobics studio, where a variety of instructor-led fitness classes, such as low- and high-impact and step aerobics, stretching and muscle-building sessions and kick-boxing classes, will be offered. Personal trainers will be on hand for those seeking one-on-one training sessions, as well.
Guests can also indulge in one of the spa’s many exotic "European-style" therapeutic spa treatments, such as the "aroma stone therapy," which uses warm basalt stones and heated and scented oils to massage the body, creating a rejuvenating sensation. Other pampering services will include full body and scalp massages, seaweed wraps, mud packs and slimming and toning therapies, all of which will be conducted by the ship’s highly trained staff.
The spa will include a full-service beauty salon, "The Look," offering a variety of nail and hair treatments, including the "Frangipani Hair and Scalp Conditioning Treatment," which uses Tahitian Monoi oil to massage the scalp and soften the hair. Ten private treatment/massage rooms, locker facilities and sauna and steam rooms will also be featured, as well as four swimming pools and five whirlpools – including one in the spa and four others on Lido Deck 9 – along with a padded jogging track encircling Sports Deck 11.
In addition to the ship’s health and fitness center, Carnival’s commitment to healthy lifestyles is displayed in its signature "Nautica Spa Fare," which consists of delicious, guilt-free dishes with lower fat, calories, sodium and cholesterol content. Meats, fish and poultry are roasted or broiled, salads are prepared with diet dressings, and desserts with sugar substitutes. Vegetarian selections are also available in the formal dining room, as well as an extensive salad bar in the ship’s poolside restaurant, the Mermaids’ Grille.
The 2,124-passenger Carnival Pride is scheduled to debut Dec. 30, 2001, on a six-day western Caribbean voyage from Miami, followed by a three-day Bahamas cruise from Port Canaveral, Fla., departing Jan. 9, 2002.
Beginning Jan. 12, 2002, Carnival Pride will launch year-round seven-day service from Port Canaveral, becoming the newest and largest vessel to operate from that port. Eastern Caribbean cruises will feature the private Bahamian island of Half Moon Cay or Salt Cay, St. Thomas/St. John, and St. Maarten, while the western route will feature stops at Key West, Belize City, Progreso/Merida, and Playa del Carmen/Cozumel.
New Teen Club Rocks Carnival...
The first dedicated facility for teens in the Carnival fleet was recently introduced on the line’s 2,052-passenger "Fun Ship" Fascination.
Geared toward 16- to 18-year-old guests, the new "Backstreet Club" features a CD jukebox stocked with the latest rock, R&B, rap and hip-hop hits, as well as state-of-the-art sound and lighting system and a large dance floor.
The facility also houses a bank of Internet-connected Apple iMac computers, Sony PlayStation 2 video game units and a "mocktail lounge" serving non-alcoholic versions of Carnival’s popular frozen specialty drinks. A karaoke machine and a library featuring teen-oriented magazines are included, as well.
With the creation of the "Backstreet Club," a new "teen club manager" position has been created with responsibility of overseeing the various activities taking place within the facility.
According to Carnival President Bob Dickinson, older teens comprise a significant portion of the record 350,000 children expected to sail on the line next year and the new "Backstreet Club" is specifically designed to cater to this growing market. "Older teens have their own unique vacation expectations and this new facility offers 16- to 18-year-olds a fun, exciting place to call their own and further demonstrates our efforts at providing guests of all ages with a high quality vacation experience," he said.
The new "teen club" complements the Fascination’s full schedule of fun, supervised activities, and indoor and outdoor play areas available as part of the line’s complimentary fleetwide "Camp Carnival" program, offered for children ages 2-15.
Other "family-friendly" features aboard the Fascination include three swimming pools – one with a 115-foot-long water slide – a video game room, special children’s menus in the main dining rooms, and a turn-down service offering chocolate chip cookies at bedtime. A nightly babysitting service is also available for a nominal fee.
The SuperLiner Fascination sails year-round from Miami on three-day Bahamas and four-day western Caribbean cruises. Three-day cruises departing Fridays overnight in Nassau while four-day cruises departing Mondays call at Key West and Playa del Carmen/Cozumel.
Carnival plans to add teen clubs to other vessels within the "Fun Ship" fleet, particularly those operating short cruises (less than five days in length), which generally attract more families than longer length voyages. The Imagination, which operates four- and five-day western Caribbean cruises from Miami, is the next Carnival vessel scheduled to be retrofitted with a teen club.
Recent features include:
• New in-cabin amenities baskets and terrycloth robes
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