Carnival largest cruise ship
The Carnival Dream floated into the Port of New Orleans at approximately 5:45 Monday morning (April 14), becoming the largest cruise ship to establish a year-round homeport in the Crescent City.
Some basic facts about the ship: At 130, 000 tons and 1, 004 feet in length, it can carry up to 3, 646 passengers, a 30 percent increase from the Carnival Sunshine.
But during a tour of the ship's glitzy interior Monday afternoon, led by longtime Carnival spokeswoman Jennifer de la Cruz, some lesser known details about the Dream and the Carnival brand came to light.
"He's one of the hottest deejays in South Beach, " de la Cruz said, adding that he "helps elevate the other deejays' skill levels."
Unlike other cruise lines, Carnival serves its own brand of beer, known as Thirsty Frog Red Ale, brewed by Anheuser-Busch in St. Louis. On the Dream, Thirsty Frog Red is served at its namesake Red Frog Rum Bar.
"Carnival cruise ships are the only place that you can find Thirsty Frog, " de la Cruz noted. "And I can attest that it's actually a pretty decent beer."
Heavy-handed branding was in evidence elsewhere aboard the Carnival Dream.
The jumbo-sized TV above the main pool deck shows concerts and films as part of a regular series called "Dive-In Movies." The ship's Punchline Comedy Club was co-created by a comedian named Jeff the Fun Dude, whose biography describes him as a "dys-FUN-ctional member of the Carnival Dream" since 2009.
"We worked pretty hard to give character to the ship's environment, " de la Cruz said.
Much of the character on the Dream seemed directed at children. By noon Monday, dozens of them could be seen back-flipping into the upper deck's swimming pool or hitting fluorescent golf balls on the vessel's 18-hole miniature golf course.
According to de la Cruz, Carnival serves more than 400, 000 kids each year. None of them, however, are allowed on the Carnival Dream's Serenity Deck, an adults-only area with its own bar and cabanas that had yet to see many guests Monday afternoon.
"It gets pretty popular during the cruise, " de la Cruz said.
The Carnival Dream departs Monday on a six-day cruise to Costa Maya, Mexico, followed by Mahogany Bay on the island of Roatan and Cozumel, a popular spring break destination. The ship will soon begin seven-day cruises to different destinations, including Jamaica.
Bojan Stoilkovski, a 22-year-old Carnival photographer from Macedonia who was lingering by the mini-golf course, said that Jamaica is his favorite Dream destination so far.
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