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Name: Carnival Dream
Owner: Carnival Corporation & plc
Operator: Carnival Cruise Lines
Port of registry:  Panama
Ordered: 2007
Builder: Fincantieri
Cost: $740 million
Yard number: 6151
Laid down: 2008
Maiden voyage: September 21, 2009
In service: 2009-present
Identification: IMO 9378474
Status: In Active Service as of 2010
Notes: Constructed in Monfalcone
General characteristics
Class and type: Dream Class
Tonnage: 130,000 GRT
Length: 1,004 ft[1]
Beam: 122 ft[2]
Decks: 14
Speed: 22.5 knots
Capacity: 3,652 Passengers
Crew: 1,369

Carnival Dream is one of the latest of the Carnival Cruise Lines (NYSE[3]) ships to enter the fleet; entered service on September 21, 2009. At 130,000 tons, she is the biggest the line has ever built. Her sister ship, the Carnival Magic is expected to enter service in June 2011.

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Highlights

According to Carnival's press release [4], the ship and her sister, the Carnival Magic are expected to have the widest variety of activity, dining, and entertainment options of the entire fleet.

Cabins

The ship has an array of cabins to choose from. The cabins ranges from interior staterooms to suites. In addition, the ship introduced newer forms of cabins for Carnival Cruise Lines. One new type of cabin is a deluxe ocean view stateroom. The deluxe ocean view stateroom has two separate washroom facilities. Another new cabin the for the cruise line is cove balcony stateroom. The cove balcony stateroom has a partially enclosed veranda. The ship features special spa staterooms that are currently available on the Carnival Splendor.[5]

Facilities

The Carnival Dream is first Carnival ship to feature a water park with multiple slides as a newbuild. The ship uses a larger variation of the water park that was recently added to the Fantasy class ships. The ship features a 2-deck miniature golf course. The ship also features a wide outdoor promenade deck that includes an outdoor cafe and a whirlpool jacuzzi in four places along the outside edge of the deck. [5]

Design

Comparisons to Other Cruise Ships

While the largest cruise ship operated by Carnival Cruise Lines, the ship will not be the largest in the world, being surpassed by Royal Caribbean International's Freedom Class and Oasis Class and Voyager Class of ships as well as Cunard Line's RMS Queen Mary 2 and Norwegian Cruise Line's Norwegian Epic. By comparison, the Carnival Dream is roughly equal to Royal Caribbean International's Voyager class. However the Dream is 17 feet shorter, and 8,000 gross tons lighter.

Exterior

The Carnival Dream is an all new class of ships for Carnival Cruise Lines. She will feature facilities similarly designed and used on the previous generations of Carnival ships.

Interior

The exact details of her interiors have not been fully released.

Decks and Facilities

Carnival Dream

Decks and facilities are based on the basic layout elements of the Destiny class and the Carnival Splendor, with newer elements.

  1. Riviera - Passenger staterooms
  2. Main - Passenger staterooms
  3. Lobby - Restaurants, main lounge
  4. Atlantic - Restaurant upper levels, main lounge upper deck, photo gallery, lifeboat deck
  5. Promenade - Outdoor promenade, cafe, main lounge top deck,casino, nightclub, aft lounge
  6. Upper - Passenger staterooms
  7. Empress - Passenger staterooms
  8. Verandah - Passenger staterooms
  9. Vista - Passenger staterooms
  10. Lido - Passenger staterooms, pool, lido buffet restaurant
  11. Panorama - Passenger staterooms, spa staterooms, children's facilities,lido restaurant
  12. Spa - Spa staterooms, spa, waterpark, mini golf course, reservations-only restaurant
  13. Sun - Spa upper deck, basketball court (12A)
  14. Sky - Spa top deck, slide entrance

Branding Controversy

Since the ship's announcement, there has been some debate in cruising circles as to whether or not the phrase "the Largest 'Fun Ship' " is misleading. It has been cited by some familiar with the industry as possibly creating confusion with Royal Caribbean International's larger ships. However, it has been noted that "Fun Ships" is a Carnival trademark and the Carnival Dream is the company's largest ship, and the first of the Dream Class of ships. It is 1,004 (306 m) feet in length, displace 130,000 tons, and has 1,823 cabins according to a Carnival spokesman.

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